Solar Powered Streetlights for Rural Townships

The communities in the Muyexe, Dingamanzi and Gonono townships in the Giyani district in Limpopo have been struggling for years without basic services such as water, electricity, or proper roads. Therefore, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform undertook to increase basic service delivery for these areas. This included providing street lighting to improve safety and security in the area.

Since these townships are not connected to the electricity grid yet, the only possibility was to install solar powered streetlights. BEKA Schréder is proud to have supplied the solar solution for this project. In order to empower the community, members of the Muyexe, Dingamanzi and Gonono communities were trained by BEKA Schréder to install and maintain the solar units. They were issued with certificates by BEKA Schréder upon completion of the training. In order to promote job creation in the area, the communities provided the physical labour.

The LEDlume-midi 24LED/41W luminaire, mounted at 6 meter above road level, was chosen for this project. The solar panels and battery boxes are secured by tamper-proof screws to prevent theft. Furthermore, the BEKA Schréder Solar module has been engineered for all geographical locations in Africa, and has been designed to operate reliably at a high light output over a 12 to 14 hour period. It has sufficient autonomy to cater for up to two continuous overcast or rainy days, in order to continue its reliable night operation.

The LEDlume-midi is the LED luminaire of choice since it is designed and manufactured in South Africa, thus taking Africa’s environments and conditions into account. This is evident in the luminaire’s design. A unique thermal sensor technique monitors the temperature of the LEDs on the printed circuit boards (PCBs). Once a critical temperature is reached, which could harm the lifetime of the LEDs, the current is reduced to ensure safe operating temperatures of the LEDs. This safeguards the LEDs and ensures that the long lifetime of up to 100,000 hours (L70), is achieved. The slim, aesthetical design is optimised for LED characteristics.

BEKA Schréder locally develops and manufactures LED lighting products, designed and suitable for local conditions. We are very proud to be associated with RHDHV and Brightside Electrical in providing a successful lighting solution for this project.

Please follow the links to view the LEDlume-midi and BEKA SOLAR brochures.

For further enquiries, contact Johan van Deventer at 011 238 0056 or