In line with our 100-year purpose to preserve and protect large areas of African wilderness for future generations, our long-term commitment to drastically reduce the environmental impact in all our operations is unwavering and the recently reopened Faru Faru Lodge in Singita Grumeti highlights the continuous efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. The lodge’s brand-new solar PV plant replaces existing diesel generator systems, and its leading-edge sustainable redesign extended to the sustainability of its supply chain.
Following on the groundbreaking solar technology introduced at Singita Kruger National Park in 2017, the new solar PV plant at Faru Faru Lodge is managed by energy service providers GridX and SolarAfrica as part of a holistic operations and maintenance programme.
In step with the One Planet Living framework and our quest to ultimately become a carbon-neutral operation, this solar installation will result in a saving of 110,000 litres of diesel per year, reducing annual diesel power generation costs by more than USD150,000 through decreased fuel consumption, logistics and generator maintenance costs.
Other notable benefits include 90% of energy at the lodge is now sourced from renewables and that Faru Faru downscaled from 5 generators to just 1. This generator is also now only used for 2 hours per day. Apart from ensuring less generator noise pollution, it’s also contributing to a significant reduction in the environmental impact of transporting diesel to the lodge.
The state-of-the-art solar-battery system is the first of its kind in Tanzania, and the first Tesla battery commissioned in the country. This project confirms our belief that it is vitally important to align conservation, tourism and renewable energy solutions.
In step with the One Planet Living principles, Singita Faru Faru Lodge’s redesign efforts emphasised the sustainability of its supply chain, in particular furniture, fittings and equipment (FF&E). FF&E are significant components in any redesign project and Singita’s interior designers, Cécile & Boyd, worked with their suppliers to educate and gather information on the sustainability features of procured items.
Various sustainability features were addressed and considered, such as where items were sourced, who made them, what materials and treatment processes were used, as well as the longevity of each item.
To further ensure limited waste, many existing items at the lodge were refreshed, repositioned and repurposed, including wooden, leather and metal furniture.
The process of surveying suppliers helped to gather valuable information about the sustainability of our redesign, and also served as an opportunity to educate the market on the importance of offering eco-conscious, sustainable products going forward.
Read more about Singita’s groundbreaking use of solar power technology and discover more about our sustainable journey here.