Local PSG owned energy solutions provider, Energy Partners, Wednesday night celebrated its official partnership with the Val de Vie estate with an exclusive cocktail event which was highlighted by a polo match as well as an auction for the benefit of the Hope through Action foundation. The locally developed ICON home energy system, which is currently being installed in the new and exclusive The Vines development at Val de Vie was also auctioned at the event. These systems, once installed, will yield in excess of R10 000 per household per year.

Alan Matthews, head of Energy Partners Home Solutions says that this uniquely designed home solution includes a battery and inverter combination, heat pump technology as well as an oversized hot water tank as the primary energy storage medium. “Each solution will provide a 15 to 22% return on investment, depending on the size of the house, usage and sun exposure.”

Matthews continues that the ICON comes standard with a user friendly app, which indicates battery power as well as current and cumulative savings generated. “Great emphasis was placed on developing a user friendly home energy solution that will look good in a home – to aspects that set the ICON apart from many of its competitors.”

Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director for Val de Vie, says that the estate looks forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Energy Partners and added that the organisation is a leader in innovation. “We are planning on installing a total of 120 Icon Home Energy Systems as part of our long term roll-out plan. Sustainability is a core focus for us and we are very excited to minimise our carbon footprint by installing these solutions.”

To conclude the celebration several local wines and brandy from the Vrede & Lust, Rust & Vrede, Val de Vie and Tokara wine estates were auctioned off to raise over R25 000 for Hope through Action. An NGO that brings hope, solutions and support to thousands of people across South Africa concerning the grave misfortune of addiction, destructive behaviour and dual diagnosis. An Icon Home Energy hub was also auctioned for R225 000 in benefit of the charity.