Solar energy added as the secret ingredient to help prices stay stable
Cape Town, 8 March 2021: Proudly South African dough manufacturer, Goosebumps, has proven that life tastes better with bread. Not only bread, but cakes, croissants, muffins and other pastries too. Knowing how essential this is to South African life, they have also started a move towards sustainability by installing a solar plant to help curb rising electricity prices.
Over the years, small in-store bakeries have been under strain with the extreme time and labour-intensive process involved in mixing dough. Goosebumps have found a way to save bakers from having to get up at 3 AM to knead their mixtures. By combining the taste of traditional recipes with today’s technology, they have centralized the mixing process and now supply bakeries across the country with delicious frozen pre-mixed dough. In this way, each baker can add their unique stamp to the confectionary before it goes into the oven and enjoy an hour or two extra sleep.
Goosebumps continued production during the lockdown and made a commitment to renewable energy, starting with the installation of a solar plant at its Cape Town factory. 618 solar panels, eight grid-tied inverters and 309 optimizers are now hard at work to reduce the factory’s operating costs. Solar plants continue to generate power long after they have recouped their initial investment costs.
The system, with a total capacity of 250,29 kWp, now provides almost 25% of the site’s electricity needs. This will not only offset the tremendous power requirements of the factory but will also help keep the cost of dough as stable as possible.
Solar energy works by harnessing the sun’s energy using photovoltaic panels which convert it to energy. The solar plant at Goosebumps is tied to the national grid, meaning that their vision to move towards 100% renewable energy can take place over time. This connection is the result of collaboration between Goosebumps, New Southern Energy and Eskom.
Goosebumps’ system is monitored by one master controller which works together with a weather station to measure the solar radiation and panel temperature. All data is stored in a cloud-based system to ensure that this team of bakers have everything they knead to know at all times.
“Good things come to those who bake and we aim to keep making that process as convenient and cost effective as possible” said Cilliers Viljoen, CEO of Goosebumps. “The solar plant at Goosebumps makes excellent use of their roof space and will make a lasting contribution to the industry for many years to come as the best quality materials were used in an efficient design” said David Masureik, CEO of New Southern Energy.