FNB keeps lights on with solar power at many branches


In an effort to ensure uninterrupted access to services at its branches, even during load shedding, FNB is going to install solar power at 100 of its branches nationwide.

Jacques Celliers, CEO of FNB, says their commitment to environmental sustainability and operational resilience remains a priority.

“Approximately 97% of our branches are already equipped with backup power solutions, including uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and lithium batteries, to ensure uninterrupted access to services, even during load shedding.

“However, in accordance with our commitment to have a positive effect on the environment and to be more resilient in our operations, it is necessary to switch to renewable energy sources,” says Celliers.

“Furthermore, our continued investment in local market presence enables us to be closer to customers and to better understand their local context. This in turn allows us to meet their personal, family and business needs.”

Celliers says in pursuit of these goals, FNB has continuously expanded its presence in certain areas and deployed community advisors to support customers with their financial needs, wherever they may be.

Lee-Anne van Zyl, CEO of FNB’s Points of Presence, says their branches are of critical importance in facilitating economic operations in local markets.

“While millions of customers use channels such as the FNB app or mobile banking to access services, many people still visit our branches and advisers to consult them about their financial requirements.

“That is why it is essential to remain accessible to local communities,” says Van Zyl.

“The solar initiative will be launched in the coming months, with a phased approach to ensure a smooth and efficient transition for each branch involved.

“This initiative is in line with our long-term vision for greener and more sustainable operations,” says Celliers.

According to FNB, the project will start with branches in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, Bethlehem and Phuthaditjhaba in the Free State, as well as Zeerust in the North West.