Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:36
Power! DAKTARI's new solar power system
In September, DAKTARI used your donations to purchase a new solar power system, including new solar panels and batteries. A big thank you to our long-time partner and friends, Deltec Power and Ikhanya Mahala for being such great partners and donating your time and expertise: http://www.deltecpower.co.za/ With the new system, DAKTARI will be less reliant on generator power during the day. This means we will be greener and have a smaller carbon footprint. Also, we have more power stored in the batteries, which is VERY good news for our volunteers. We have 24/7 power access for charging electronics in the chalets - no more early morning fights in the bar over charging space! Even better, there are now ceiling fans in three of the four chalets. The fans will make it cooler during the summer for sleeping and keep away those pesky mosquitos. We can also play movies on a big projector screen for the kids, which makes the Wednesday night Lion King showing an even bigger treat for them. Eventually, we will also be able to replace some of the older appliances we have with newer models that are cheaper overall and more effective because they run on a different type of power than our existing ones. One of the biggest benefits of the new system is that the batteries should last at least twice as long as the old batteries that we had. This saves DAKTARI money and reduces our footprint even more. Everyone at camp is very, very excited about the changes and grateful for the help from Branden, Brian, Tessa, and the rest of their amazing team!