South African property developer, New Age Properties, says it has partnered with Sun Exchange, an online leasing platform, as part of an effort to bring cheap and clean energy to low-income earners.
Bitcoin for Solar Cells
According to the two companiesâ€™ working arrangement, Sun Exchange, which also accepts payment in BTC form, will enable buyers of solar cells to lease electricity to Watergate Estate, one of South Africaâ€™s first low-cost gated community housing project.
Meanwhile, a local news report explains how the consummation of this partnership will represent a key milestone for the South African property developer, Anver Essop. In addition to fulfilling his desire to bring to â€œgreen, safe and cheap homes across South Africaâ€, the arrangement with Sun Exchange also helps Essop realize his objective of bringing the perks or benefits associated with South Africaâ€™s affluent gated communities to low-income earners.
â€œWe thought, why donâ€™t we give people the same product we build in wealthier areas and uplift them to improve their own lives,â€ explained Essop.
According to the report, Sun Exchange cells can be bought with cash or bitcoin for $6 (90 rands) each. The owners can then â€œlease the electricity generated to Watergate at a pre-agreed price, saving them nearly 40% in electricity costs over 20 years.â€ Once that point is reached, the project will be decommissioned or Watergate will have the option to purchase the solar power system outright.
Using Crypto to Offset Carbon Footprint
In the meantime, the report also quotes Sun Exchange founder Abe Cambridge explaining how the online leasing platform is using bitcoin to power clean energy. Cambridge said:
The online marketplace founder also reveals that â€œabout 470 people across the world bought solar cells for Watergate, and of the 39 Sun Exchange projects launched so far, it is the first being used to power affordable housing.â€ While the energy produced by the cells will initially be linked to the national grid, Cambridge said he â€œhopes to add a battery that can store solar power to protect residents from blackouts.â€
Meanwhile, the report states that Sun Exchange has plans to expand into other parts of Southern Africa through â€œa partnership announced last year with one of Zimbabweâ€™s biggest fruit and tobacco producers, Nhimbe Fresh.â€ There are also plans to make the online marketplace a global platform in Latin America and Southeast Asia, where there are similar energy challenges are experienced.
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