Port Elizabeth based Rhino Group celebrates major milestones

BY BRIAN HAYWARD - JULY 7, 2015

Major biogas deal, landmark solar PV installation, energy saving audits and a lake clean-up all part of Bay-based company’s achievements.

Nelson Mandela Bay’s multi-faceted solutions company Rhino Group is celebrating several landmark achievements spanning the renewable energy and sustainable environment sectors.

LARGEST SOLAR PV INSTALLATION IN THE PROVINCE

In June the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) installation in the Eastern Cape went live at the BKB headquarters in Port Elizabeth. The installation, undertaken by Rhino Group solar energy solutions company Rhino Energy, is capable of generating 750,000kWh of energy annually – enough to power more than 200 average-sized households continuously

The solar PV system covers 3,200m² of BKB warehouse roof area, generating a peak capacity of 400kVA, which equates to roughly 40% of the energy needs at the headquarters.

BIGGEST BIO-DIGESTERS IN AFRICA

A landmark agreement between Rhino Group water solutions company Rhino Water and Australian renewable energy firm Quantum Power Ltd will see some of the largest biodigesters in South Africa – and Africa – rolled out to commercial farmers around the country.

Large-scale piggeries, dairies, dairy factories, abattoirs and cattle feedlots are all key focus industries for Rhino Water following the signing of the agreement with Quantum Power, which will supply the specialist biodigester technology from Australia, and which Rhino will then install and maintain for clients locally.

FIRMS SAVE BIG WITH FREE ENERGY AUDITS

An energy efficiency project sponsored by the UK government, in which Rhino Lighting is involved, is seeing companies throughout the Eastern Cape reap huge financial rewards from an otherwise costly exercise aimed at reducing their reliance on the strained electricity grid.

Rhino Lighting is one of the auditors who have been included in the Private Sector Energy Efficiency (PSEE) project, sponsored by the UK Department for International Development. Rhino Lighting managing director Heather McEwan said several businesses in the region had already enlisted for the audits, including some Spar franchises, the BKB head office, Grey High School, Aberdare Cables and EP Cricket.

POLLUTED LAKE GETS PROBIOTIC CLEAN-UP

Nelson Mandela Bay’s water sports fraternity is getting a much-needed boost with the rehabilitation of the polluted North End Lake alongside the city’s showcase stadium, thanks in part to Rhino Water’s involvement in the project.

Using probiotics, the Rhino Water in collaboration with Stellenbosch company Probio will treat the polluted lake water and lake bed sludge. After treatment the water quality will meet legal requirements to allow for water contact sports.

IMAGE: INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS: Rhino Water has, meanwhile, been contracted to assist in the natural clean-up of one of the largest lakes in the region, the polluted North End Lake in Port Elizabeth.   Rhino Water MD Sarel Bam (left) celebrates the clean-up with Bay watersports event coordinator Michael Zoetmulder.