The Expresso show discusses South Africa’s current energy crisis and the benefits of portable solar power – including the ‘Switch To Solar Power’ campaign in South Africa.
The last few months has seen significant growth in Africa for the locally spearheaded ‘Switch to Portable Solar Power’ campaign. The interest and positive market reaction to both the EcoBoxx and WakaWaka products within South Africa, has enjoyed similar success with partnerships formed in over a dozen African countries to represent both these portable solar power products.
The crippling effects of energy poverty is as dire across the African continent as within South Africa, if not more so. With 580 million people (out of 1 billion) across Africa not connected to any form of electricity, Africa’s 58% off grid comprises the highest off grid percentage in the world. “With sunshine in abundant supply across the entire African continent, the solution is obvious,” says Ryan Steytler, Director Product Innovation, In2Brands. “The use of portable solar power brings with it the mechanism to provide electricity to those without.”
But it is not without its challenges. “The generator industry holds enormous power across Africa,” says Steytler. “Our challenge is not only to educate African countries on the benefits of portable solar power, but simultaneously to encourage them to move away from old forms of energy and replace them with green alternatives.” It is about more than connecting people to power. As important is the provision of safe, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternatives.
Countries across Africa in which ‘Switch to Portable Solar Power’ partnerships have been signed includes the likes of Nigeria, Namibia, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mauritius, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Togo, Ghana, Kenya, the DRC and Tanzania.
ACDC Dynamics was founded in 1984 and is a market leader in the manufacture, import and distribution of quality products in the electrical, lighting, solar power, pumps, alarm,security and surveillance systems and tools industries. Our product ranges include some of the premium international brands in low voltage switchgear, power tools, enclosures, solar and renewable energy offerings and accessories. We offer power factor correction solutions, PV Design and implementation, Energy audits, management reporting, power monitoring and support services.
With a belief in solar power as the natural way forward, and in particular the potential for portable solar power, joining forces with the ‘Switch to Portable Solar Power’ campaign was a natural extension to AC/DC ‘s portfolio of products. Their agreement with ln2Brands makes AC/DC the first South African retailer to market the EcoBoxx product range throughout South Africa.
“The EcoBoxx offers a wide variety of solutions for every requirement and is perfect for both home and small business use,” says, Charles Woods, Managing member, ACDC Green Energy Solutions. And with very positive national sales figures thus far, AC/DC are currently extending their agreement with ln2Brands to include representation for both the WakaWaka Power and WakaW aka Light product ranges as well.
Article by Cape Business News – 1 May 2014
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It’s long and it’s gruelling. The annual Iron Man competition, the ultimate in endurance sports, pushes competitors to their absolute extreme. For Andre Brand, South African Olympic Distance Triathlon runner from 2003 – 2007, participating in this year’s Iron Man was made just that little bit lighter…
Sponsored by In2Brands, Andre took part in this year’s event armed not only with months of training, but in addition carrying a WakaWaka Power. “It was fabulous,” says Andre. “The race both started and ended in the dark and to have access to a reliable LED light source, whilst simultaneously being able to keep my smartphone fully charged throughout, was a huge bonus.”
“I readily recommend this product to all outdoor sportsmen and women,” says Andre. “It’s the perfect solution for staying in contact, thereby eliminating any potential risk and its lightweight pocketsize makes it easy to carry.” All in all, the perfect outdoor sports accessory.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama finds his new WakaWaka “very practical!”
Ecoboxx and Waka Waka are available at Outdoor Warehouse in Tygervalley, Boksburg, Centurion and Stubens Valley.
WakaWaka is happy to have recieved so much public approval and support for our products and mission. Click on the image to enlarge
‘Switch to Portable Solar Power’ aims to eradicate Africa’s pressing energy problems through the provision of cost-effective ‘plug-and-play’ portable solar products capable of addressing any power requirement. Endorsed by local cricket heroes, Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn, ‘Switch to Portable Solar Power’ aims to improve the quality of life for all.
575 million people across Africa, 10 million in South Africa alone, are not connected to any form of electricity. Compounded by Eskom’s recent load shedding which has placed enormous strain on business and communities alike, the need for a safe, sustainable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution to Africa’s pressing energy problem is critical.
“With most areas in South Africa receiving an average of 2,500 hours of sunshine per year, the use of solar power is an obvious answer,” says Ryan Steytler, Co-founder, Co-owner and Director of New Product Development and Innovation at In2Brands. By harnessing the sun’s energy and offering innovative, safe and effective portable power solutions, the very real opportunity exists to bring power to Africa and empower its people.
The current portfolio of portable solar products includes In2Brand’s own locally designed and created “EcoBoxx”, and the Dutch “WakaWaka” for which In2Brands enjoy exclusive sales rights within Africa. Both make use of the very latest in patented solar technology to supply electricity to those in need.
To view the benefits of what these products can do for you, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxrfIk1l9b8LXxoeFw_7pfw
Switch to Portable Solar Power.
A revolutionary solar generator, providing plug-and-play portable power. Powered by unique lead crystal battery technology, EcoBoxx is highly durable with double the lifespan of conventional alternatives. With a range of more than 15 power Qubes (50W – 1500W) and benefits spanning lifestyle, recreational, business and industrial, EcoBoxx is poised to answer Africa’s pressing energy problems and provide much needed social empowerment on the African continent.
Go to the website: www.ecoboxx.co.za
Switch to Portable Solar Power.
WakaWaka (‘Shine Bright’ in Swahili) – the world’s most efficient portable solar powered lamps and (phone) charger. High-tech, low-cost solutions for those without electricity in both the developing world and the West. – WakaWaka Light: A sturdy and highly efficient, sustainable portable solar powered LED lamp. – WakaWaka Power: A super-portable, stylish (smartphone) charger and solar powered LED lamp.
Go to the website: www.waka-waka-africa.com