By: Anna ILLARIONOVA | Sustainability Projects & Practice Sharing at Enel | September 22nd, 2017

In Nojoli, South Africa, Enel is managing a wind power plant with an installed capacity of 88 MW and four photovoltaic power plants of 257 MW. A major part of the clean energy present in the entire country, helping reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, is therefore "made in Enel".

Together with renewable energy technologies, Enel also brought a Creating Shared Value approach in South Africa. In Nojoli, in the eastern province of the Eastern Cape, where the company's first wind farms are located, Enel started developing its projects in collaboration with the local population. Following a series of encounters with the local community, the project identified focused on: digitalization, employment development and access to energy.

With special "IT hubs", residents of Bedford and Cookhouse received access to the world of Internet and could train the youth on new digital technologies and developing their professional skills. A fully autonomous solar power system was built to supply the two prefabricated modules where servers, eight computers and two printers are installed. This service is accessible by all members of the community. In order to empower the local people, Enel decided to leave the management and maintenance of the hubs in their hands by organizing a series of training.

Another project aimed at creating new jobs was launched in collaboration with the international NGO Liter of Light, affecting local communities within a radius of 50 km from the Nojoli facility. The initiative took off with a training workshop of 60 young people from Somerset East, Cookhouse, Adelaide and Bedford villages in the area. The Liter of Light volunteers explained how to assemble, operate and repair a “Solar Bottle”: plastic bottles that have been turned into 55W solar power lamps by using a transparent plastic bottle, water, an electrical circuit made with recycled materials, a LED light, a solar panel and a rechargeable lithium battery. Once the course was completed, 60 young people built 18 Solar Bottles and 25 lanterns and began installing lamps in the villages with the support of our technicians.


Spread knowledge of energy sources and their responsible use, strengthen relations with the institutions and capacity building of local communities, promoting energy awareness, Enel employees working on site will also be able to access the IT hubs.


The benefit for the local community is access to electricity and IT, increase in computer literacy both for job searching and life needs. Increase living standards through a setup of activities and trainings designed for unemployed youth or women as local entrepreneurs.  Developing local infrastructures to allow access to technologies.


Project Cards - Nojoli.pdf