With the constant threat of power outages and load shedding, South Africans are increasingly turning to alternative forms of energy to both ‘power’ and in that, empower themselves, their businesses and households. Whilst to the average citizen, the use of generators might at face value appear viable, further investigation clearly indicates that it is perhaps far from ideal.
“Generators are both noisy and harmful to the environment,” says Ryan Steytler, energy expert and Director, The Sungrid Group (In2Brands). In addition, the cost associated to ensure a power supply adequate for even the most average requirements, places it out of range of the average consumer.”
“It is also not as simple as ‘plug-and-play’,” continues Steytler. When making use of your generator during power outages, in order to ensure no harm occurs when Eskom reconnects the power, one requires what is known as a bypass switch. “This needs to be installed by a qualified electrician, adding yet more costs to the average household.” Alternatively, the household items running off the generator can be ‘islanded’ (disconnected from the mainboard) via an extension cord. Whilst this would negate the need for a qualified electrician, the downside is that only smaller appliances are able to be connected, with no access to power for any heavier requirements.
Portable (solar) power, on the other hand, is already providing thousands of South Africans with a safe, cost-effective, reliable and renewable source of power. A viable, and increasingly preferred, alternative to the use of generators, portable (solar) power is placing ‘power’ back in the hands of the people when it is needed most.
On the back of last year’s ‘Switch to Portable Solar Campaign’, which saw The Sungrid Group focus on providing the country with friendly alternative energy solutions, this year sees the launch of an extended product range. Solsave, a full product suite covering smaller and heavier portable devices, also offers off-grid power solutions. Ranging from 1000 – 3000 Watt, complete with adjustable battery pack, rack and pay-as-you-go monitoring systems, Solsave is fast becoming the ideal energy solution across home, office, outdoor and emergency use.
“We listened to the marketplace and its need for additional portable products catering to both smaller and heavier power requirements, with both on- and off-grid capability,” says Steytler. “We are confident that the new Solsave range, together with our Ecoboxx, WakaWaka and LuminAID product offerings, is more than capable of providing South Africa with reliable, safe, renewable and cost-effective energy solutions across any and all power requirements and preference. Not only with regards to Eskom load shedding, but similarly when it comes to the use of generators as a potential option.”