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Poor solar PV installations can damage ROI, warns industry

28 Jun 2018
This is according to Manie de Waal, CEO of Energy Partners Solar, who warns that although PV systems have become an attractive option for businesses, experienced installation services are critical to maximising the cost efficiency of PV systems.

“In a country like South Africa, installing a PV system is one of the best ways to reduce a company’s energy costs. The international price of PV systems has contracted so much in recent years that the payback period on the average commercial solar installation is currently as short as four to six years.”

He points out however, that both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance during the years that the system is in operation will have a significant impact on how much value a business can extract from solar power generation....
This is according to Manie de Waal, CEO of Energy Partners Solar, who warns that although PV systems have become an attractive option for businesses, experienced installation services are critical to maximising the cost efficiency of PV systems.

“In a country like South Africa, installing a PV system is one of the best ways to reduce a company’s energy costs. The international price of PV systems has contracted so much in recent years that the payback period on the average commercial solar installation is currently as short as four to six years.”

He points out however, that both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance during the years that the system is in operation will have a significant impact on how much value a business can extract from solar power generation.

“Every business has unique requirements, but in general a PV system is expected to reduce an operation’s electricity costs by between 15% and 30%. In order to achieve this, the annual maintenance of the system can only be between 0.9% to 1.5% of its initial capital value. The system’s inverters will also need to be entirely replaced during the 25-year life cycle of the system. However, if this replacement is required before the tenth year of operation, the business may start to incur additional major costs before the planned decommissioning of the PV installation.”

According to De Waal, businesses therefore need to ensure that they make use of experienced service providers during the initial installation. Read more: Is your business ready for solar PV?

“Most of the maintenance problems that affect a PV system start at installation phase. At the most basic level, an inexperienced service provider can damage solar panels or inverters during installation, or cut corners by making use of low quality fasteners and mounting brackets that cannot withstand regular wear and tear, and damage equipment.”

He adds that this is why it is critical to ensure that the service provider installing a PV system has a successful track record with the technology.

“It is important to get a sense of how experienced the company is with commercial PV systems, and specifically with your chosen system. The right service provider will be able to identify the small details that become major issues later. Spacing electrical lines far enough away from areas that generate too much heat, and ensuring that cables are not bent at angles that would cause undue wear on the lines are often overlooked by inexperienced installers,” he says.

“The most experienced service providers also take the challenges of the maintenance crews into account. Making sure that the system is installed in a way that allows easy access to solar panels, ensuring that control boxes are easy to reach and that wiring is uncluttered, all help maintenance teams to operate more efficiently down the line.”


 

Poor solar PV installations can damage ROI, warns industry

28 Jun 2018
Improper installation of commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can drive up maintenance costs in later years and severely diminish any potential cost saving benefits for South African businesses.

This is according to Manie de Waal, CEO of Energy Partners Solar, who warns that although PV systems have become an attractive option for businesses, experienced installation services are critical to maximising the cost efficiency of PV systems.

“In a country like South Africa, installing a PV system is one of the best ways to reduce a company’s energy costs. The international price of PV systems has contracted so much in recent years that the payback period on the average commercial solar installation is currently as short as four to six years.”

He points out h...

Improper installation of commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can drive up maintenance costs in later years and severely diminish any potential cost saving benefits for South African businesses.

This is according to Manie de Waal, CEO of Energy Partners Solar, who warns that although PV systems have become an attractive option for businesses, experienced installation services are critical to maximising the cost efficiency of PV systems.

“In a country like South Africa, installing a PV system is one of the best ways to reduce a company’s energy costs. The international price of PV systems has contracted so much in recent years that the payback period on the average commercial solar installation is currently as short as four to six years.”

He points out however, that both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance during the years that the system is in operation will have a significant impact on how much value a business can extract from solar power generation.

“Every business has unique requirements, but in general a PV system is expected to reduce an operation’s electricity costs by between 15% and 30%. In order to achieve this, the annual maintenance of the system can only be between 0.9% to 1.5% of its initial capital value. The system’s inverters will also need to be entirely replaced during the 25-year life cycle of the system. However, if this replacement is required before the tenth year of operation, the business may start to incur additional major costs before the planned decommissioning of the PV installation.”

According to De Waal, businesses therefore need to ensure that they make use of experienced service providers during the initial installation. Read more: Is your business ready for solar PV?

“Most of the maintenance problems that affect a PV system start at installation phase. At the most basic level, an inexperienced service provider can damage solar panels or inverters during installation, or cut corners by making use of low quality fasteners and mounting brackets that cannot withstand regular wear and tear, and damage equipment.”

He adds that this is why it is critical to ensure that the service provider installing a PV system has a successful track record with the technology.

“It is important to get a sense of how experienced the company is with commercial PV systems, and specifically with your chosen system. The right service provider will be able to identify the small details that become major issues later. Spacing electrical lines far enough away from areas that generate too much heat, and ensuring that cables are not bent at angles that would cause undue wear on the lines are often overlooked by inexperienced installers,” he says.

“The most experienced service providers also take the challenges of the maintenance crews into account. Making sure that the system is installed in a way that allows easy access to solar panels, ensuring that control boxes are easy to reach and that wiring is uncluttered, all help maintenance teams to operate more efficiently down the line.”

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SAIRAC’s free-to-attend seminars a hit!

26 Jun 2018

During the three days of FRIGAIR, a series of free-to-attend seminars were hosted on the exhibition floor of Hall 5, drawing massive crowds for the informative talks by industry experts from around the world. By Ilana Koegelenberg, Ntsako Khosa, and Candace Sofianos King

The South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) decided to reintroduce the conference element of FRIGAIR and successfully hosted a well-attended free-to-attend seminar programme from 6 to 8 June.

The talks went...

During the three days of FRIGAIR, a series of free-to-attend seminars were hosted on the exhibition floor of Hall 5, drawing massive crowds for the informative talks by industry experts from around the world.
By Ilana Koegelenberg, Ntsako Khosa, and Candace Sofianos King

The South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) decided to reintroduce the conference element of FRIGAIR and successfully hosted a well-attended free-to-attend seminar programme from 6 to 8 June.

The talks went so well that when the first speaker (Marius La Grange) began his presentation, extra chairs had to be brought in to accommodate the audience.

Have a look at who took to the podium and what they spoke about.

Presentations available on the SAIRAC website

Wednesday, 6 June
10:00

Presenter: Marius La Grange (Energy Partners)

Topic:  Review of application tools to make accurate line sizing of a refrigeration system

Summary: Manufacturing manager at Energy Partners Refrigeration Solutions, Marius La Grange, provided an insightful technical look at application tools and the importance of accurate line sizing when it comes to a refrigeration system. He highlighted that every line needs to be sized for every condition. “It’s all about basic fluid dynamics,” said La Grange. He added that ambient conditions differ and that we need to design for the worst-case scenario. La Grange looked at various standards and regulations, ending off with a few practical considerations. 

11:00

Presenter: John Ackermann (SARDA)
Topic: The impact of the Montreal Protocol on RAC will last for decades
Summary: Industry veteran John Ackermann, chairman of the South African Refrigerated Distribution Association (SARDA), presented an enthralling history lesson regarding the progress of the important Montreal Protocol, which has had a lasting impact on the overall industry. “It’s the most effective international agreement ever implemented,” said Ackermann. Ackermann addressed the crucial need to reduce harmful gases that have a negative impact on the ozone layer.

12:00


Presenter: Ron Burns (Qfire Dot Engineering)
Topic: Smoke barriers — why they are critical and EN 12101:1
Summary: Ron Burns, owner of Qfire Dot Engineering, highlighted the system benefits achieved through the installation of smoke curtains in shopping malls. He established the principles using warehouse projects as the starting point. Moving on to single-level malls, he highlighted the importance of correct positioning when aligning with building separating elements. “The effect on overall system cost and equipment saving, as well as associated life safety and emergency supply products through the correct application of smoke curtains and smoke channelling screens, brings an overall financial saving to developments, reducing lifetime maintenance costs whilst facilitating emergency exit from buildings.” (For more detail, check out Burns’s recent RACA Journal contributed articles on the topic.)

13:00


Presenter: Erick Melquiond (Eurovent Certita Certification)
Topic: Understanding European certification and labelling for HVAC&R products
Summary: Erick Melquiond, president of Eurovent Certita Certification, presented on understanding European certification and labelling for the HVAC&R products. His presentation focused on breaking preconceptions about the usefulness of certification. “Certification is not marketing, it is a tool to make wise decisions. It is the assurance choosing the most suitable product,” he shared. Attendees learnt about the process to getting a product certified by Eurovent. Melquiond welcomed questions and directed interested parties to their stand for more information.

14:00


Presenter: Barney Richardson (SARACCA)
Topic: Registration of authorised refrigeration gas practitioners
Summary: Barney Richardson, director of SARRACA, went into the history of the organisation and described benefits of registering as an authorised gas practitioner and being an official card holder. Based on profession, cardholders are categorised accordingly. They are split into semi-skilled, skilled, and engineering practitioners. A registered refrigeration gas practitioner has the authority to issue a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) that certifies that the installation is technically correct and safe. He urged everyone to comply with the regulations and be safe. (Read Richardson’s regular RACA Journal contributions for more detail on the topic.)

15:00


Presenter: Allan Cuninghame (Nitro-Gen)
Topic: Nitro-Gen for fire protection of cold and freezer rooms
Summary: Allan Cuninghame from Nitro-Gen Africa started with a short company profile, highlighting how the company provides engineered solutions for fire protection to cold and freezer rooms. He then went into the kinds of projects they have under their belt, from temperature-controlled rooms (such as IT server rooms) to perishable foods bulk storage and distribution rooms. The company installs a fire prevention system from the Netherlands that has over two decades of experience in nitrogen production and 12 years’ experience in fire prevention application.

Thursday, 7 June
10:00


Presenter: Francesco Scuderi (Eurovent Association)
Topic: An insight towards the European regulatory timeframe for HVAC&R products and the work of the Eurovent Association
Summary: Scuderi, deputy secretary general of the Eurovent Association, came all the way from Brussels for his talk, which started off with more information about the association and the types of members they have. He also spoke about the Eurovent product groups and their activities, as well as how the association supports the industry internationally. He then moved on to looking at Eurovent Certification and the Eurovent Market Intelligence reports before moving on to the European regulatory timeframe for HVAC&R products. His talk ended off with a discussion on the European seasonal efficiency approach.

11:00

Presenter: Amir Naqvi (Honeywell)
Topic: Refrigerant alternatives to R22
Summary: Amir Naqvi, strategy and business development manager for EMEA at Honeywell, spoke on all things refrigerants, starting with a brief history lesson before moving on to a look into global trends. His talk also covered an introduction to HFO refrigerants and looking at how various alternative refrigerants weigh up against what we currently use. He looked at the Montreal Protocol and what the Kigali Amendment means for refrigerants, talking about the HFC phase down globally. Naqvi looked at alternatives for R22 specifically, sharing information on the options that Honeywell has available in their Solstice refrigerant range. From commercial refrigeration to industrial, he also shared some case studies on successful retrofit projects.

12:00


Presenter: Carsten Dahlgaard (Danfoss)
Topic: The formula for efficiency in hot gas defrosting within industrial refrigeration; effective and cost-efficient hot gas defrost methods; and future trends in industrial refrigeration
Summary: Dahlgaard, who is the senior director: sales for Danfoss in Europe, Middle East and Africa, was in town from Denmark to deliver his talk. He kicked things off with more information about Danfoss and its international market share, before moving into the specific segment of industrial refrigeration. He looked at innovation highlights from the past 14 years, and discussed opportunities for improved efficiency, particular to industrial refrigeration. He shared a few case studies and looked at how ammonia and CO2 systems compares. He also looked at the challenges we face today in terms of natural refrigerants in industrial refrigeration.

13:00

Presenter: Dawie Kriel
Topic: Refrigeration outsourcing
Summary: Kriel is the head of EP Refrigeration, a division of Energy Partners, and started his talk with a look at what exactly outsourcing is and how it works. He then looked at why outsourcing is a good idea, covering the new service level agreement and life cycle costing in particular. Next he looked at the cooling meter EP has developed and how this works to determine the cost of cooling for clients. Kriel then showed examples of outsourced plants already running in South Africa, sharing examples both from the retail and the industrial sector. He ended off by looking at the benefits of the outsourced cooling model.

14:00


Presenter: Charel Marais
Topic: Ducting installation: good practice and applicable standards
Summary: ACRA trainer, Charel Marais, spoke on a topic he is very knowledgeable about: duct manufacturing and installation. “The purpose of this presentation is to show all how important quality workmanship is, by following various duct standards — local and international standards,” he said. “The goal is to have all consultants, contractors, and manufacturers implement and apply quality standards. Together we can make a difference.” His presentation included a vast number of pictures taken on site, showing the good, the bad, and the ugly. With some practical tips and valuable dos and don’ts, Marais summarised a very extensive topic concisely, urging everyone to take pride in their work and up the quality on site.

Friday, 8 June
10:00


Presenter: Wynand Groenewald (CRS)
Topic: Global trends in CO2 refrigeration systems
Summary: Groenewald is the technical director of Commercial Refrigeration Services (CRS) and spoke on his extensive experience with natural refrigerants, focusing on CO2 in particular. He kicked things off with looking at the global movement towards naturals, touching on global regulations, and the effect these are having on refrigerant prices. He looked at the size of the CO2 market in the world, highlighting the number of systems in various countries (South Africa has 102) and taking a quick trip through the history of this development. Groenewald then spoke about the future of natural refrigerants and the estimated growth potential globally, before moving on to recent CO2 developments, highlighting how the system compares to various synthetic alternatives currently in use.

11:00

Presenter: Grant Laidlaw (SAIRAC)
Topic: New QCTO qualifications for artisans in the HVAC&R sectors
Summary: The session of Grant Laidlaw, president of SAIRAC, was overflowing with attendees. He gave a breakdown of the new Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) qualifications for artisans in the air-conditioning and refrigeration sectors. Laidlaw said that this is a South African first, having an air-conditioning mechanic qualification. Being heavily involved in setting up the new curriculum, he explains that the qualification is three to four years and is on par with international standards. “We worked really hard to ensure this. After going through the course, individuals will qualify as a refrigeration mechanic in ammonia,” he said. He encouraged attendees to speak to the association. “Let’s get the youth educated.” (Read more about this topic in Laidlaw’s recent RACA Journal contributed article on the matter.)

12:00


Presenter: Jaco Botha (Solareff)
Topic: Energy storage – an enabling and disruptive technology that is changing the energy landscape
Summary: Jaco Botha, CEO of Solareff, was the last speaker of the day, discussing energy storage and how it is an enabling and disruptive technology that is changing the energy landscape. He used the Clearwater Mall project as an example. “The system at the mall saw energy demand decrease significantly,” he said. He gave a comparison between nuclear, coal, and solar, citing that solar has more environmental benefits. According to Botha, if solar is installed on roofs in Gauteng and surrounding provinces, these can supply electricity to the world.

Poor solar PV installations can damage ROI, warns industry

26 Jun 2018
Improper installation of commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can drive up maintenance costs in later years and severely diminish any potential cost saving benefits for South African businesses.

This is according to Manie de Waal, CEO of Energy Partners Solar, who warns that although PV systems have become an attractive option for businesses, experienced installation services are critical to maximising the cost efficiency of PV systems.

“In a country like South Africa, installing a PV system is one of the best ways to reduce a company’s energy costs. The international price of PV systems has contracted so much in recent years that the payback period on the average commercial solar installation is currently as short as four to six years.”

He points out h...

Improper installation of commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can drive up maintenance costs in later years and severely diminish any potential cost saving benefits for South African businesses.

This is according to Manie de Waal, CEO of Energy Partners Solar, who warns that although PV systems have become an attractive option for businesses, experienced installation services are critical to maximising the cost efficiency of PV systems.

“In a country like South Africa, installing a PV system is one of the best ways to reduce a company’s energy costs. The international price of PV systems has contracted so much in recent years that the payback period on the average commercial solar installation is currently as short as four to six years.”

He points out however, that both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance during the years that the system is in operation will have a significant impact on how much value a business can extract from solar power generation.

“Every business has unique requirements, but in general a PV system is expected to reduce an operation’s electricity costs by between 15% and 30%. In order to achieve this, the annual maintenance of the system can only be between 0.9% to 1.5% of its initial capital value. The system’s inverters will also need to be entirely replaced during the 25-year life cycle of the system. However, if this replacement is required before the tenth year of operation, the business may start to incur additional major costs before the planned decommissioning of the PV installation.”

According to De Waal, businesses therefore need to ensure that they make use of experienced service providers during the initial installation. Read more: Is your business ready for solar PV?

“Most of the maintenance problems that affect a PV system start at installation phase. At the most basic level, an inexperienced service provider can damage solar panels or inverters during installation, or cut corners by making use of low quality fasteners and mounting brackets that cannot withstand regular wear and tear, and damage equipment.”

He adds that this is why it is critical to ensure that the service provider installing a PV system has a successful track record with the technology.

“It is important to get a sense of how experienced the company is with commercial PV systems, and specifically with your chosen system. The right service provider will be able to identify the small details that become major issues later. Spacing electrical lines far enough away from areas that generate too much heat, and ensuring that cables are not bent at angles that would cause undue wear on the lines are often overlooked by inexperienced installers,” he says.

“The most experienced service providers also take the challenges of the maintenance crews into account. Making sure that the system is installed in a way that allows easy access to solar panels, ensuring that control boxes are easy to reach and that wiring is uncluttered, all help maintenance teams to operate more efficiently down the line.”

With this in mind, De Waal states that companies that invest in solar PV systems should start by finding a company that both supplies and installs the PV system in-house.

“The companies that sell and install PV systems are best positioned to identify future maintenance requirements and to ensure the best possible operation of the systems throughout their entire life cycle.”

As an alternative, De Waal says that Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with solar energy companies have proven to be a much simpler solution for many businesses, and are increasingly gaining traction in South Africa. “This is becoming one of the preferred options for businesses, and the responsibility of overseeing installation, maintenance and daily operation is handed to a service provider that knows how to keep the system cost effective.”

“Solar energy is becoming more advanced and exponentially cheaper every year, and companies are therefore considering their options for deploying renewables. However, when purchasing the technology, and installing the systems, cutting costs and taking short-cuts with poor service providers could cost a company dearly in the long run,” De Waal concludes.

PSG is more than Curro and Capitec

26 Jun 2018
When most investors think of the PSG Group they will think of the company’s massively successful investments in Capitec and Curro. They may also consider the substantial interests it holds in two other listed companies, PSG Konsult and Zeder Investments.

Certainly almost all of the current value in PSG Group is held in these four companies. However, as CEO Piet Mouton reminded attendees at the group’s AGM in Stellenbosch on Friday, PSG is not a typical investment holding company.

“There is a fundamental difference between PSG and most investment companies,” he said. “We have been very good historically at early stage investments. We were there from the beginning with PSG Konsult when there were only five brokers, and with Curro when it only had three ...
When most investors think of the PSG Group they will think of the company’s massively successful investments in Capitec and Curro. They may also consider the substantial interests it holds in two other listed companies, PSG Konsult and Zeder Investments.

Certainly almost all of the current value in PSG Group is held in these four companies. However, as CEO Piet Mouton reminded attendees at the group’s AGM in Stellenbosch on Friday, PSG is not a typical investment holding company.

“There is a fundamental difference between PSG and most investment companies,” he said. “We have been very good historically at early stage investments. We were there from the beginning with PSG Konsult when there were only five brokers, and with Curro when it only had three schools. We use PSG Alpha to find these kinds of investments, and hopefully they can have similar success to the big companies in the group.”

For investors, therefore, the opportunities within the PSG Group should be as much about what is already established in its portfolio as what is coming next.

The criteria

PSG Alpha’s mandate is to identify and invest in companies with “exceptional growth potential that could become significant assets in the broader PSG Group”. As Mouton noted, there are particular things it is looking for.

“We have learnt a lot of lessons throughout the years,” he said. “One thing that’s very important is that it’s as easy or difficult to build a big company as a small company. So if you do get it right, the industry must be big.”

Banking and education are obvious examples. Capitec has nearly 10 million customers, but it is still only the fourth largest bank in the country by market capitalisation. Curro has over 52 000 learners in its schools, but estimates that the potential market of learners who can afford its offerings is three million.

“If we do get it right, then we should be able to reap big benefits,” Mouton said. “The market dynamics must also make it attractive.”

This means either that there should be large, inefficient, incumbents, as was the case when Capitec started 20 years ago, or it should be highly fragmented, as is the case in the financial advice industry where PSG Konsult began.

“You also can’t just do the same as the industry has done,” he continued. “You have to approach it differently, think differently about the same problem, such as bringing a retail thinking to banking.”

The next big thing?

Investors can therefore have justifiably high expectations for three of PSG Group’s more recent investments – Energy Partners, Evergreen and Stadio.

Energy Partners provides cost efficient and sustainable energy solutions through applications such as solar and steam. What makes it different is that its model is primarily to own and manage these assets at clients’ premises and then sell the electricity that is produced.

At its most recent year end, it had R112 million in assets. PSG Group believes this is a tiny fraction of the opportunity.

The company estimates that the entire electricity market in South Africa represents R2 trillion in assets. Just 1% of that would be R20 billion, which illustrates just how much room there is for the company to grow.

Evergreen, on the other hand, operates in a market that is highly fragmented, with largely undesirable offerings. It builds and manages high-end retirement villages.

PSG Group took a 50% interest in Evergreen in April this year, when the company had 501 units. That number has already grown to 547, and it has a target of 1 047 by year end. In just five years, it plans to have built 4 928.

Finally, Stadio was unbundled from Curro late last year. It offers tertiary education through a number of different brands.

The opportunity in this space, said Mouton, is very obvious when you look at enrolment numbers in South African tertiary institutions.

In 2009, 334 718 children passed matric with a university exemption. Only 164 518 could be accommodated. By 2016, the number of exemptions had grown to 442 672, yet the number of admissions was only marginally higher at 171 930.

“There is not a lot of new capacity being created. Stadio already has 13 campuses across South Africa and ambitions to expand the footprint way beyond this.”

When it listed in October, the company had 13 000 students. Its target for the end of the current financial year is 35 000.

The future

What is also telling about these investments is that they are all based in South Africa. PSG’s founder and chairman, Jannie Mouton, has said repeatedly that the group has no interest in looking internationally, because he believes that the best opportunities are in the local market.

“Don’t waste your brain becoming an expert on what’s wrong in South Africa,” he told the AGM. “Rather look at the opportunities. Focus on how you can make a difference, employ people, and make South Africa a better place. That’s what we stand for.”

Apart from the positive sentiment this expresses about the country, it also means that investors don’t need to worry about the company destroying value by making ill-advised offshore acquisitions. This has been an issue for a number of other local firms.

For Jannie Mouton, however, the opportunities for doing business in this country remain positive.

“I have never sold a PSG share, and I recently bought more,” he said. “This should tell you what I think about PSG’s future.”

PSG is more than Curro and Capitec

25 Jun 2018
When most investors think of the PSG Group they will think of the company’s massively successful investments in Capitec and Curro. They may also consider the substantial interests it holds in two other listed companies, PSG Konsult and Zeder Investments.

Certainly almost all of the current value in PSG Group is held in these four companies. However, as CEO Piet Mouton reminded attendees at the group’s AGM in Stellenbosch on Friday, PSG is not a typical investment holding company.

“There is a fundamental difference between PSG and most investment companies,” he said. “We have been very good historically at early stage investments. We were there from the beginning with PSG Konsult when there were only five brokers, and with Curro when it only had three ...
When most investors think of the PSG Group they will think of the company’s massively successful investments in Capitec and Curro. They may also consider the substantial interests it holds in two other listed companies, PSG Konsult and Zeder Investments.

Certainly almost all of the current value in PSG Group is held in these four companies. However, as CEO Piet Mouton reminded attendees at the group’s AGM in Stellenbosch on Friday, PSG is not a typical investment holding company.

“There is a fundamental difference between PSG and most investment companies,” he said. “We have been very good historically at early stage investments. We were there from the beginning with PSG Konsult when there were only five brokers, and with Curro when it only had three schools. We use PSG Alpha to find these kinds of investments, and hopefully they can have similar success to the big companies in the group.”

For investors, therefore, the opportunities within the PSG Group should be as much about what is already established in its portfolio as what is coming next.

The criteria

PSG Alpha’s mandate is to identify and invest in companies with “exceptional growth potential that could become significant assets in the broader PSG Group”. As Mouton noted, there are particular things it is looking for.

“We have learnt a lot of lessons throughout the years,” he said. “One thing that’s very important is that it’s as easy or difficult to build a big company as a small company. So if you do get it right, the industry must be big.”

Banking and education are obvious examples. Capitec has nearly 10 million customers, but it is still only the fourth largest bank in the country by market capitalisation. Curro has over 52 000 learners in its schools, but estimates that the potential market of learners who can afford its offerings is three million.

“If we do get it right, then we should be able to reap big benefits,” Mouton said. “The market dynamics must also make it attractive.”

This means either that there should be large, inefficient, incumbents, as was the case when Capitec started 20 years ago, or it should be highly fragmented, as is the case in the financial advice industry where PSG Konsult began.

“You also can’t just do the same as the industry has done,” he continued. “You have to approach it differently, think differently about the same problem, such as bringing a retail thinking to banking.”

The next big thing?

Investors can therefore have justifiably high expectations for three of PSG Group’s more recent investments – Energy Partners, Evergreen and Stadio.

Energy Partners provides cost efficient and sustainable energy solutions through applications such as solar and steam. What makes it different is that its model is primarily to own and manage these assets at clients’ premises and then sell the electricity that is produced.

At its most recent year end, it had R112 million in assets. PSG Group believes this is a tiny fraction of the opportunity.

The company estimates that the entire electricity market in South Africa represents R2 trillion in assets. Just 1% of that would be R20 billion, which illustrates just how much room there is for the company to grow.

Evergreen, on the other hand, operates in a market that is highly fragmented, with largely undesirable offerings. It builds and manages high-end retirement villages.

PSG Group took a 50% interest in Evergreen in April this year, when the company had 501 units. That number has already grown to 547, and it has a target of 1 047 by year end. In just five years, it plans to have built 4 928.

Finally, Stadio was unbundled from Curro late last year. It offers tertiary education through a number of different brands.

The opportunity in this space, said Mouton, is very obvious when you look at enrolment numbers in South African tertiary institutions.

In 2009, 334 718 children passed matric with a university exemption. Only 164 518 could be accommodated. By 2016, the number of exemptions had grown to 442 672, yet the number of admissions was only marginally higher at 171 930.

“There is not a lot of new capacity being created. Stadio already has 13 campuses across South Africa and ambitions to expand the footprint way beyond this.”

When it listed in October, the company had 13 000 students. Its target for the end of the current financial year is 35 000.

The future

What is also telling about these investments is that they are all based in South Africa. PSG’s founder and chairman, Jannie Mouton, has said repeatedly that the group has no interest in looking internationally, because he believes that the best opportunities are in the local market.

“Don’t waste your brain becoming an expert on what’s wrong in South Africa,” he told the AGM. “Rather look at the opportunities. Focus on how you can make a difference, employ people, and make South Africa a better place. That’s what we stand for.”

Apart from the positive sentiment this expresses about the country, it also means that investors don’t need to worry about the company destroying value by making ill-advised offshore acquisitions. This has been an issue for a number of other local firms.

For Jannie Mouton, however, the opportunities for doing business in this country remain positive.

“I have never sold a PSG share, and I recently bought more,” he said. “This should tell you what I think about PSG’s future.”

Patrick Cairns owns shares in PSG Group.

PSG is more than Curro and Capitec

25 Jun 2018
Investors should want to know what’s coming next. When most investors think of the PSG Group they will think of the company’s massively successful investments in Capitec and Curro. They may also consider the substantial interests it holds in two other listed companies, PSG Konsult and Zeder Investments.

Certainly almost all of the current value in PSG Group is held in these four companies. However, as CEO Piet Mouton reminded attendees at the group’s AGM in Stellenbosch on Friday, PSG is not a typical investment holding company.

“There is a fundamental difference between PSG and most investment companies,” he said. “We have been very good historically at early stage investments. We were there from the beginning with PSG Konsult when there were ...
Investors should want to know what’s coming next.
When most investors think of the PSG Group they will think of the company’s massively successful investments in Capitec and Curro. They may also consider the substantial interests it holds in two other listed companies, PSG Konsult and Zeder Investments.

Certainly almost all of the current value in PSG Group is held in these four companies. However, as CEO Piet Mouton reminded attendees at the group’s AGM in Stellenbosch on Friday, PSG is not a typical investment holding company.

“There is a fundamental difference between PSG and most investment companies,” he said. “We have been very good historically at early stage investments. We were there from the beginning with PSG Konsult when there were only five brokers, and with Curro when it only had three schools. We use PSG Alpha to find these kinds of investments, and hopefully they can have similar success to the big companies in the group.”

For investors, therefore, the opportunities within the PSG Group should be as much about what is already established in its portfolio as what is coming next.

The criteria

PSG Alpha’s mandate is to identify and invest in companies with “exceptional growth potential that could become significant assets in the broader PSG Group”. As Mouton noted, there are particular things it is looking for.

“We have learnt a lot of lessons throughout the years,” he said. “One thing that’s very important is that it’s as easy or difficult to build a big company as a small company. So if you do get it right, the industry must be big.”

Banking and education are obvious examples. Capitec has nearly 10 million customers, but it is still only the fourth largest bank in the country by market capitalisation. Curro has over 52 000 learners in its schools, but estimates that the potential market of learners who can afford its offerings is three million.

“If we do get it right, then we should be able to reap big benefits,” Mouton said. “The market dynamics must also make it attractive.”

This means either that there should be large, inefficient, incumbents, as was the case when Capitec started 20 years ago, or it should be highly fragmented, as is the case in the financial advice industry where PSG Konsult began.

“You also can’t just do the same as the industry has done,” he continued. “You have to approach it differently, think differently about the same problem, such as bringing a retail thinking to banking.”

The next big thing?

Investors can therefore have justifiably high expectations for three of PSG Group’s more recent investments – Energy Partners, Evergreen and Stadio.

Energy Partners provides cost efficient and sustainable energy solutions through applications such as solar and steam. What makes it different is that its model is primarily to own and manage these assets at clients’ premises and then sell the electricity that is produced.

At its most recent year end, it had R112 million in assets. PSG Group believes this is a tiny fraction of the opportunity.

The company estimates that the entire electricity market in South Africa represents R2 trillion in assets. Just 1% of that would be R20 billion, which illustrates just how much room there is for the company to grow.

Evergreen, on the other hand, operates in a market that is highly fragmented, with largely undesirable offerings. It builds and manages high-end retirement villages.

PSG Group took a 50% interest in Evergreen in April this year, when the company had 501 units. That number has already grown to 547, and it has a target of 1 047 by year end. In just five years, it plans to have built 4 928.

Finally, Stadio was unbundled from Curro late last year. It offers tertiary education through a number of different brands.

The opportunity in this space, said Mouton, is very obvious when you look at enrolment numbers in South African tertiary institutions.

In 2009, 334 718 children passed matric with a university exemption. Only 164 518 could be accommodated. By 2016, the number of exemptions had grown to 442 672, yet the number of admissions was only marginally higher at 171 930.

“There is not a lot of new capacity being created. Stadio already has 13 campuses across South Africa and ambitions to expand the footprint way beyond this.”

When it listed in October, the company had 13 000 students. Its target for the end of the current financial year is 35 000.

The future

What is also telling about these investments is that they are all based in South Africa. PSG’s founder and chairman, Jannie Mouton, has said repeatedly that the group has no interest in looking internationally, because he believes that the best opportunities are in the local market.

“Don’t waste your brain becoming an expert on what’s wrong in South Africa,” he told the AGM. “Rather look at the opportunities. Focus on how you can make a difference, employ people, and make South Africa a better place. That’s what we stand for.”

Apart from the positive sentiment this expresses about the country, it also means that investors don’t need to worry about the company destroying value by making ill-advised offshore acquisitions. This has been an issue for a number of other local firms.

For Jannie Mouton, however, the opportunities for doing business in this country remain positive.

“I have never sold a PSG share, and I recently bought more,” he said. “This should tell you what I think about PSG’s future.”

Patrick Cairns owns shares in PSG Group.

Outsourcing Refrigeration Could Improve Your Bottom Line

13 Jun 2018
Refrigeration represents a substantial cost to companies operating in South Africa’s food and beverage industry. Additionally, the operation and maintenance of modern refrigeration systems often diverts precious resources and time away from a company’s core activities. This is according to Dawie Kriel, head of Energy Partners Refrigeration – a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG Group. He adds that businesses are also losing a lot of money through wasted electricity costs by using inefficient refrigeration systems. This is why some of the country’s major industry players have started to consider outsourcing their refrigeration.

‘The simple truth is that many businesses in the food and beverage industry are operating poor performing and expensiv...

Refrigeration represents a substantial cost to companies operating in South Africa’s food and beverage industry. Additionally, the operation and maintenance of modern refrigeration systems often diverts precious resources and time away from a company’s core activities. This is according to Dawie Kriel, head of Energy Partners Refrigeration – a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG Group. He adds that businesses are also losing a lot of money through wasted electricity costs by using inefficient refrigeration systems. This is why some of the country’s major industry players have started to consider outsourcing their refrigeration.

‘The simple truth is that many businesses in the food and beverage industry are operating poor performing and expensive to maintain refrigeration systems. Ideally more efficient and reliable systems should be installed, but the capital outlay required for a state-of-the-art refrigeration system is often high,’ he says.

‘For many companies, sourcing the funds or diverting cash for a new refrigeration system is often a challenge, and businesses that do install their own refrigeration systems tend to keep initial expenditure as low as possible. The problem with this is that the initial cost of a system generally only constitutes a quarter of the system’s entire life cycle cost while the energy cost is likely to be 50-70 per cent of the cost over the life of the plant. Therefore, if you cut costs during the initial installation, operation and maintenance costs are likely to be more expensive later on,’ Kriel notes.

Outsourcing your refrigeration can be a more viable option for companies that want to focus on their core business according to Kriel. ‘Most businesses already rent or outsource a number of their functions, including logistics and equipment. This makes sense since they are paying for the use of those assets, while not having to worry about maintenance. In line with global trends, the same can be done with refrigeration systems, which require the appointment of high level skills to maintain their efficiency.’

Kriel explains that Energy Partners Refrigeration has created a unique business model that allows companies to pay for refrigeration as a utility without owning the system. ‘Basically, we install, manage and own the refrigeration system on site, while the client only pays for the amount of refrigeration that they use, at an agreed-upon Rand-per-kilowatt-hours-refrigeration (R/kWhR) rate. Operation and maintenance are no longer the responsibility of the client, who can then focus on their core business.’

He explains that Energy Partners Refrigeration first had to overcome one significant hurdle before the company could offer refrigeration to clients as a utility: ‘Measuring the refrigeration that a client actually uses is one of the trickier parts of an endeavour such as this. The only existing systems that were accurate enough were too expensive, so we had to first develop an affordable, accurate meter to accompany the systems we install.’

Added to this, Kriel notes that the installed cooling systems are also equipped with access to a web-based dashboard, enabling clients to keep track of performance, key temperatures, billing and the energy consumption of the plant 24/7, while also allowing Energy Partners Refrigeration to remotely monitor and operate the system as required.

‘Clients maintain the right to take over ownership of the plant at any time.’

The company already has a number of these projects under its belt. These include the installation of refrigeration plants for cold storage at a large dairy processor and an abattoir. New energy efficient refrigeration systems have also been installed at four Pick n Pay and Spar supermarkets. In all cases, the systems have already achieved substantial savings for the clients, on top of the added peace of mind that their cooling is in the hands of experts.

Kriel also points out that large corporates are also gradually moving towards this way of thinking. ‘We have found that the large players in this industry still prefer to own the refrigeration systems themselves. Many of them have however begun to see the advantages of outsourcing operation and maintenance, since this saves them both time and money in the long run. GWK’s abattoirs in the Northern Cape are currently being provided with low cost hot water from our high temperature heat pumps on an outsourced basis, and there is a project in the planning phase to outsource their refrigeration as well.’

‘By understanding the fundamental dilemma our customers face in trying to reduce the cost of cooling, we could identify opportunities to reduce technical and financial inefficiencies in the energy industry and invest in these opportunities. We are a company driven by innovation with the ability to work from first principles. Energy Partners offers innovative technical and financial solutions in all the industries we operate in,’ concludes Kriel.

SA’S GREENEST CELEBRATED AT ECO-LOGIC AWARDS

12 Jun 2018
Big names from both the public and private sectors, generously aiming to contribute towards greener outcomes in their spheres of influence, gathered recently to celebrate and support some of South Africa’s brightest ‘green’ innovators.

The 2018 Eco-Logic Awards took place on World Environment Day (05 June) at The Maslow, Times Square in Menlyn, Pretoria.  The award finalists, together with company CEO’s, celebrities and thought-leaders celebrated by stepping out in their most ‘glamourously green’ outfits to observe the good work South Africans are doing to preserve our planet.

Hosted by The Enviropaedia, the Eco-Logic awards recognised those individuals, organisations, products and services that positively contribute towards an environmen...

Big names from both the public and private sectors, generously aiming to contribute towards greener outcomes in their spheres of influence, gathered recently to celebrate and support some of South Africa’s brightest ‘green’ innovators.

The 2018 Eco-Logic Awards took place on World Environment Day (05 June) at The Maslow, Times Square in Menlyn, Pretoria.  The award finalists, together with company CEO’s, celebrities and thought-leaders celebrated by stepping out in their most ‘glamourously green’ outfits to observe the good work South Africans are doing to preserve our planet.

Hosted by The Enviropaedia, the Eco-Logic awards recognised those individuals, organisations, products and services that positively contribute towards an environmentally sustainable world for us to live in.

65 finalists across 13 categories, who were selected by the Eco-Logic judging panel in April this year, competed for the prestigious Eco-Logic award.  Some of the innovative entries included much-needed water saving solutions, the use of upcycled waste for fashion products, solar energy projects and conservation programmes to combat wildlife crime.  Based on a radically new approach to addressing today’s environmental issues, the Eco-Logic Value system identifies the destructive thinking patterns and values that have led to today’s environmental critical conditions and promotes an alternative set of constructive values and thinking patterns (The seven virtues of Eco-Logic).

“The Eco-Logic Awards promotes the best of South Africa’s Eco-Champions, and we salute all entries, even those who were not selected as finalists or winners, because every entry counts in the fight for sustainability. We all have to play our part, big or small, so we can make a difference,” says David Parry-Davies, publisher of Enviropaedia and founder of the awards.

Eco-Community award and venue sponsor, Sun International has been associated with the Eco-Logic Awards since 2017 and believes the partnership aligns well with the Group’s commitment to sustainability. “Sun International has identified water, waste and energy reduction targets for each unit over the next 3-5 years. In line with the theme of world environmental day, “BEAT Plastic Pollution” Sun International is committed to reducing its environmental footprint by ensuring that all units achieve a zero-waste-to-landfill target by end of 2020,” says Jannette Horn, Sun International: Group Sustainability Manager.

Since the Eco-Logic Awards launched in 2011, it has flourished and grown in scale, status and influence to become one of South Africa’s most prestigious environmental calendar events. This year’s awards enjoyed support from influential authorities and thought leaders including Mr Albi Modise from the Department of Environmental Affairs, WESSA and the Endangered Wildlife Fund.

The evening was one of positivity and hope, as Master of Ceremonies and member of the Eco-Logic judging panel, Maurice Carpede, kept guests in good ‘green’ spirits. The night wasn’t complete without honouring the best – dressed ‘glamorously green’ outfits, which included imaginative and creative eco- clothes made from fully recycled waste materials.

In the below video, Anthony Stroebel, Head of Real Estate Services, Pam Golding Properties, congratulates nominees for the Angel Award, proudly sponsored by the Pam Golding Property Group.

 

Proud to be associated with The Enviropaedia and the Eco-Logic Awards, the Pam Golding Property Group believes that by starting within the organisation itself, and slowly extending throughout its sphere of influence, it can make a contribution towards changing behaviours in a way that promotes green outcomes.

If you are searching for a green home, or wish to have yours valued, your Pam Golding Properties area specialist is a good place to start.

The 2018 Eco-Logic Winners:

Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Afrisam)

eThekwini Municipality – Buffelsdraai (Gold)
CTEET – Nature Care Fund (Silver)
LifeScanner Lab-In-Box (Bronze)
Climate Change Award (sponsored by the Department of Environmental Affairs)

ENERGY Systems Joburg (PTY) Ltd (Gold)
Pick n Pay (Silver)
Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (Bronze)
Eco-Innovation Award (sponsored by City of Tshwane)

Reclite SA (Pty) Ltd (Gold)
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (Silver)
Rare Earth Recycling Technologies (Bronze)
Energy Efficiency Award (sponsored by ESKOM)

Elgin fruit Juices Pty Ltd (Gold)
Energy Partners (Silver)
ENERGY Systems Joburg (PTY) Ltd (Bronze)
Recycling and Waste Management Award (sponsored by Mico.co.za)

Wild Coast Sun (Gold)
ZuluGAL Retro (Silver)
RamBrick (Bronze)
Transport Award (in association with Gautrain)

UGOMYWAY (Gold)
Barlow World – Smart Trucks (Silver)
Tiro Sechaba Construction (Pty) Ltd (Bronze)
Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Sodastream)

Liberty – Braamfontein (Gold)
Avis Rental Car (Silver)
Water Rhapsody (Bronze)
Green Economy Award (sponsored by CSIR – National Cleaner Production Centre)

WESSA (Gold)
Growth-point Properties (Silver)
Eco-Brick Exchange (Bronze)
Municipalities Award (sponsored by SANTAM)

City of Tshwane (Gold)
Saldanha Bay (Silver)
City of Cape Town (Bronze)
Eco-Youth Award (sponsored by Pick n Pay)

Hunter Mitchell (Gold)
Sibusiso Mnisi (Silver)
Hanaan and Khaleel Akoojee (Bronze)
Eco-Community Award (sponsored by Sun International)

CTEET – Conservation Leadership Programme (Gold)
Princess Vlei Forum (Silver)
Urban Grown (Bronze)
Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by Pam Golding Properties)

Shannon Hoffman (Gold)
Linda Tucker (Silver)
Ester van der Westhuizen (Bronze)
Eco-Warrior Award (sponsored by R.O.S.E)

Patricia Schroder (Gold)
Chris Whyte (Silver)
Twin Mosai (Bronze)

SA’s Greenest Celebrated at The Eco-Logic Awards

12 Jun 2018
The 2018 Eco-Logic Awards took place on World Environment Day (05 June) at The Maslow, Times Square in Menlyn, Pretoria.  The award finalists, together with company CEO’s, celebrities and thought-leaders celebrated by stepping out in their most ‘glamourously green’ outfits to observe the good work South Africans are doing to preserve our planet.

Hosted by The Enviropaedia, the Eco-Logic awards recognised those individuals, organisations, products and services that positively contribute towards an environmentally sustainable world for us to live in.

65 finalists across 13 categories, who were selected by the Eco-Logic judging panel in April this year, competed for the prestigious Eco-Logic award.  Some of the innovative entries included much-needed water...
The 2018 Eco-Logic Awards took place on World Environment Day (05 June) at The Maslow, Times Square in Menlyn, Pretoria.  The award finalists, together with company CEO’s, celebrities and thought-leaders celebrated by stepping out in their most ‘glamourously green’ outfits to observe the good work South Africans are doing to preserve our planet.

Hosted by The Enviropaedia, the Eco-Logic awards recognised those individuals, organisations, products and services that positively contribute towards an environmentally sustainable world for us to live in.

65 finalists across 13 categories, who were selected by the Eco-Logic judging panel in April this year, competed for the prestigious Eco-Logic award.  Some of the innovative entries included much-needed water saving solutions, the use of upcycled waste for fashion products, solar energy projects and conservation programmes to combat wildlife crime.  Based on a radically new approach to addressing today’s environmental issues, the Eco-Logic Value system identifies the destructive thinking patterns and values that have led to today’s environmental critical conditions and promotes an alternative set of constructive values and thinking patterns (The seven virtues of Eco-Logic).

“The Eco-Logic Awards promotes the best of South Africa’s Eco-Champions, and we salute all entries, even those who were not selected as finalists or winners, because every entry counts in the fight for sustainability. We all have to play our part, big or small, so we can make a difference,” says David Parry-Davies, publisher of Enviropaedia and founder of the awards.

Eco-Community award and venue sponsor, Sun International has been associated with the Eco-Logic Awards since 2017 and believes the partnership aligns well with the Group’s commitment to sustainability. “Sun International has identified water, waste and energy reduction targets for each unit over the next 3-5 years. In line with the theme of world environmental day, “BEAT Plastic Pollution” Sun International is committed to reducing its environmental footprint by ensuring that all units achieve a zero-waste-to-landfill target by end of 2020,” says Jannette Horn, Sun International: Group Sustainability Manager.

Since the Eco-Logic Awards launched in 2011, it has flourished and grown in scale, status and influence to become one of South Africa’s most prestigious environmental calendar events. This year’s awards enjoyed support from influential authorities and thought leaders including Mr Albi Modise from the Department of Environmental Affairs, WESSA and the Endangered Wildlife Fund.

The evening was one of positivity and hope, as Master of Ceremonies and member of the Eco-Logic judging panel, Maurice Carpede, kept guests in good ‘green’ spirits. The night wasn’t complete without honouring the best – dressed ‘glamorously green’ outfits, which included imaginative and creative eco- clothes made from fully recycled waste materials.

The 2018 Eco-Logic Winners:
Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Afrisam)
eThekwini Municipality – Buffelsdraai (Gold)
CTEET – Nature Care Fund (Silver)
LifeScanner Lab-In-Box (Bronze)

Climate Change Award (sponsored by the Department of Environmental Affairs)
ENERGY Systems Joburg (PTY) Ltd (Gold)
Pick n Pay (Silver)
Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (Bronze)

Eco-Innovation Award (sponsored by City of Tshwane)
Reclite SA (Pty) Ltd (Gold)
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (Silver)
Rare Earth Recycling Technologies (Bronze)

Energy Efficiency Award (sponsored by ESKOM)
Elgin fruit Juices Pty Ltd (Gold)
Energy Partners (Silver)
ENERGY Systems Joburg (PTY) Ltd (Bronze)

Recycling and Waste Management Award (sponsored by Mico.co.za)
Wild Coast Sun (Gold)
ZuluGAL Retro (Silver)
RamBrick (Bronze)

Transport Award (in association with Gautrain)
UGOMYWAY (Gold)
Barlow World – Smart Trucks (Silver)
Tiro Sechaba Construction (Pty) Ltd (Bronze)

Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Sodastream)
Liberty – Braamfontein (Gold)
Avis Rental Car (Silver)
Water Rhapsody (Bronze)

Green Economy Award (sponsored by CSIR – National Cleaner Production Centre)
WESSA (Gold)
Growth-point Properties (Silver)
Eco-Brick Exchange (Bronze)

Municipalities Award (sponsored by SANTAM)
City of Tshwane (Gold)
Saldanha Bay (Silver)
City of Cape Town (Bronze)

Eco-Youth Award (sponsored by Pick n Pay)
Hunter Mitchell (Gold)
Sibusiso Mnisi (Silver)
Hanaan and Khaleel Akoojee (Bronze)

Eco-Community Award (sponsored by Sun International)
CTEET – Conservation Leadership Programme (Gold)
Princess Vlei Forum (Silver)
Urban Grown (Bronze)

Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by Pam Golding Properties)
Shannon Hoffman (Gold)
Linda Tucker (Silver)
Ester van der Westhuizen (Bronze)

Eco-Warrior Award (sponsored by R.O.S.E)
Patricia Schroder (Gold)
Chris Whyte (Silver)
Twin Mosai (Bronze)

Bitzer celebrates 25 years in SA

11 Jun 2018
On 6 June 2018, Bitzer South Africa invited customers and international visitors to the Protea Hotel in Midrand to celebrate 25 years of doing business in the country.

The event took place after the closing of the first day of the FRIGAIR exhibition, and most of the guests headed straight to the celebrations from the exhibition showgrounds. Formalities were kept to a minimum so guests could enjoy snacks and drinks with the Bitzer team.

Bitzer South Africa managing director, Bernhard Blaeser, welcomed guests to the event and elaborated on how the company has grown over the years.

“From our humble beginnings 25 years ago, we have enjoyed ever-increasing support from our regional OEMs, agents, contractors and installers across southern Africa; many of them for decades, many...

On 6 June 2018, Bitzer South Africa invited customers and international visitors to the Protea Hotel in Midrand to celebrate 25 years of doing business in the country.

The event took place after the closing of the first day of the FRIGAIR exhibition, and most of the guests headed straight to the celebrations from the exhibition showgrounds. Formalities were kept to a minimum so guests could enjoy snacks and drinks with the Bitzer team.

Bitzer South Africa managing director, Bernhard Blaeser, welcomed guests to the event and elaborated on how the company has grown over the years.

“From our humble beginnings 25 years ago, we have enjoyed ever-increasing support from our regional OEMs, agents, contractors and installers across southern Africa; many of them for decades, many of them here tonight,” said Blaeser.

“As you can see, Bitzer is committed to steadily growing its footprint on the African continent, by placing stock and spares in more locations in Africa than ever before, as well as offering more technical support and repair service centres, from year to year,” said Blaeser. “Our Johannesburg and Cape Town offices continue to offer customer and spares support, as well as training to our OEMs and distributors, as we have done for the past 25 years.”

Blaeser was followed by Erik Bucher, Bitzer director: sales refrigeration, who was in the country to celebrate alongside the local team. He spoke about the relationship with the local subsidiary and the significance of this for the Bitzer brand.

“Our passion is to be a good partner for you, to be present with our local offices in the local market, and to be able to understand and support you,” said Bucher. “We are a global company, but we have a high respect for each single region we do business in, and we want to understand and work together with you, for our mutual benefit, and to improve our quality of life. This is one of the key targets in our corporate company values.”

After the short speeches, the celebrations continued amid the festive decor matched to Bitzer’s well-known green and black colour palette. It wasn’t just the balloons that were green and black – even the cake featured these unusual confectionary colours!

Happy birthday, Bitzer SA!

Outsourcing refrigeration could improve your bottom lin

07 Jun 2018
Refrigeration represents a substantial cost to companies operating in South Africa’s food and beverage industry. Additionally, the operation and maintenance of modern refrigeration systems often diverts precious resources and time away from a company’s core activities. This is according to Dawie Kriel, head of Energy Partners Refrigeration - a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG Group. He adds that businesses are also losing a lot of money through wasted electricity costs by using inefficient refrigeration systems.  This is why some of the country’s major industry players have started to consider outsourcing their refrigeration.

‘The simple truth is that many businesses in the food and beverage industry are operating poor performing and expensiv...

Refrigeration represents a substantial cost to companies operating in South Africa’s food and beverage industry. Additionally, the operation and maintenance of modern refrigeration systems often diverts precious resources and time away from a company’s core activities. This is according to Dawie Kriel, head of Energy Partners Refrigeration - a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG Group. He adds that businesses are also losing a lot of money through wasted electricity costs by using inefficient refrigeration systems.  This is why some of the country’s major industry players have started to consider outsourcing their refrigeration.

‘The simple truth is that many businesses in the food and beverage industry are operating poor performing and expensive to maintain refrigeration systems. Ideally more efficient and reliable systems should be installed, but the capital outlay required for a state-of-the-art refrigeration system is often high,’ he says.

‘For many companies, sourcing the funds or diverting cash for a new refrigeration system is often a challenge, and businesses that do install their own refrigeration systems tend to keep initial expenditure as low as possible. The problem with this is that the initial cost of a system generally only constitutes a quarter of the system’s entire life cycle cost while the energy cost is likely to be 50-70 percent of the cost over the life of the plant. Therefore, if you cut costs during the initial installation, operation and maintenance costs are likely to be more expensive later on,’ Kriel notes.

Outsourcing your refrigeration can be a more viable option for companies that want to focus on their core business according to Kriel. ‘Most businesses already rent or outsource a number of their functions, including logistics and equipment. This makes sense since they are paying for the use of those assets, while not having to worry about maintenance. In line with global trends, the same can be done with refrigeration systems, which require the appointment of high level skills to maintain their efficiency.’

Kriel explains that Energy Partners Refrigeration has created a unique business model that allows companies to pay for refrigeration as a utility without owning the system. ‘Basically, we install, manage and own the refrigeration system on site, while the client only pays for the amount of refrigeration that they use, at an agreed-upon Rand-per-kilowatt-hours-refrigeration (R/kWhR) rate. Operation and maintenance are no longer the responsibility of the client, who can then focus on their core business.’

He explains that Energy Partners Refrigeration first had to overcome one significant hurdle before the company could offer refrigeration to clients as a utility: ‘Measuring the refrigeration that a client actually uses is one of the trickier parts of an endeavor such as this. The only existing systems that were accurate enough were too expensive, so we had to first develop an affordable, accurate meter to accompany the systems we install.’

Added to this, Kriel notes that the installed cooling systems are also equipped with access to a web-based dashboard, enabling clients to keep track of performance, key temperatures, billing and the energy consumption of the plant 24/7, while also allowing Energy Partners Refrigeration to remotely monitor and operate the system as required.

‘Clients maintain the right to take over ownership of the plant at any time.’

The company already has a number of these projects under its belt. These include the installation of refrigeration plants for cold storage at a large dairy processor and an abattoir. New energy efficient refrigeration systems have also been installed at four Pick n Pay and Spar supermarkets. In all cases, the systems have already achieved substantial savings for the clients, on top of the added peace of mind that their cooling is in the hands of experts.

Kriel also points out that large corporates are also gradually moving towards this way of thinking. ‘We have found that the large players in this industry still prefer to own the refrigeration systems themselves. Many of them have however begun to see the advantages of outsourcing operation and maintenance, since this saves them both time and money in the long run. GWK’s abattoirs in the Northern Cape are currently being provided with low cost hot water from our high temperature heat pumps on an outsourced basis, and there is a project in the planning phase to outsource their refrigeration as well.’

‘By understanding the fundamental dilemma our customers face in trying to reduce the cost of cooling, we could identify opportunities to reduce technical and financial inefficiencies in the energy industry and invest in these opportunities. We are a company driven by innovation with the ability to work from first principles. Energy Partners offers innovative technical and financial solutions in all the industries we operate in,’ concludes Kriel.

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SA can ill-afford more delays in renewable projects

07 Jun 2018

The cost of generation has been the central argument against why renewable energy can't be a major contributor to South Africa's power pool for a while now.

Indeed, both wind and solar generation are currently close to matching the cost of coal generation, which continues to provide over 90% of the country’s 47.28GW generation capacity. In a country where consistent above-inflation increases in the electricity tariffs are already putting strain on the population, there are those who feel that the country is not ready to make the leap to renewables just yet. However, the evidence suggests that delaying the wide-scale adoption of renewable generation for much longer could cost South Africa much more in the near future.  

Back on track

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The cost of generation has been the central argument against why renewable energy can't be a major contributor to South Africa's power pool for a while now.

Indeed, both wind and solar generation are currently close to matching the cost of coal generation, which continues to provide over 90% of the country’s 47.28GW generation capacity. In a country where consistent above-inflation increases in the electricity tariffs are already putting strain on the population, there are those who feel that the country is not ready to make the leap to renewables just yet.

However, the evidence suggests that delaying the wide-scale adoption of renewable generation for much longer could cost South Africa much more in the near future.
 

Back on track


In March of this year, Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe finally signed the first of a series renewable energy contracts for 27 projects worth R55.92bn. The majority of these projects had been delayed for close to two years, having cost many of the private sector companies involved in the projects tens of millions of rand in maintenance costs while construction was on hold.

While it can be said that South Africa is definitely taking a step in the right direction, there is still a significant amount of opposition to these changes - most notably by the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa)

The organisation firstly argues that the cost of renewables will drive up electricity tariffs even further. Secondly, Numsa claims that bringing these projects online will create a surplus that will lead to the closure of coal mining operations and power plants. The organisation claims that the result will be the loss of an estimated 30,000 jobs.


In order to tackle these points, it may help to fast-forward to 2020, when the first of the 27 renewable projects is scheduled to be brought online. Firstly, the cost of renewable energy is expected to drop significantly in the next few years. 

 



Proof of this is the latest report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) on the cost of renewable generation, which reveals that the ongoing global investment in solar and on-shore wind generation has exponentially reduced the cost of their construction and maintenance since 2006. What’s more, at the current rate that these costs are dropping, Irena estimates that 2020 will see all the power generation technologies that are now in commercial use will fall within the fossil fuel-fired cost range, with most at the lower end or even undercutting fossil fuels. In short, renewable energy generated through private sector companies will briefly cost the same as coal generation, before completely surpassing it in cost-effectiveness.

Next, the issue of job losses should be addressed. It needs to be said that the combined output of these 27 projects will only be in the region of 2.3GW. Considering that the government set out to add an additional 29GW of power to the national grid between 2011 and 2030, it is safe to say that the country will not be retiring the coal generation plants than are not already obsolete.

The construction and maintenance of the new renewables projects will create an additional 61,000 jobs, according to government. 

Lastly, there is also no truth to the argument that renewable energy cannot provide reliable baseload power as it is increasingly being disproved on large and small scales. For example, the Cook Islands is set to generate 100% of its power through renewables within the next two years, and even China is on schedule to achieving its goal of 30% renewables by 2030.
 

Coal shortages


The consequences of not embracing renewable generation even faster are much direr, however. The cost and challenges involved in obtaining coal, seem to be mounting more rapidly than anyone would seem to expect. Earlier in April, Eskom informed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa)7 that it had coal supply shortages at seven coal-fired power stations, leading to fears of rolling While Eskom’s current challenges in obtaining coal are largely related to problems with the Tegeta-owned mines (and thus political in nature), it is also a fact that shortages may continue for some years, owing to the fact that there is a historic lack in investment in coal-plus mines7.

We believe that South Africa’s private sector is critical in helping to drive renewables forward. With Government’s goal being an additional 20GW of renewable energy added to the energy mix, there is room for companies to tender for more projects in the coming years. As for the opinions against renewable generation, time will resolve this argument sooner rather than later. once again.

 

OPINION: The mounting cost of delaying renewables

07 Jun 2018
Throughout the years, one of the main arguments against the feasibility of renewable energy as a major contributor to South Africa’s power pool has been the cost of generation.

Indeed, both wind and solar generation are currently close to matching the cost of coal generation, which continues to provide over 90% of the country’s 47.28GW5 generation capacity. In a country where consistent above-inflation increases in the electricity tariffs are already putting strain on the population, there are those who feel that the country is not ready to make the leap to renewables just yet.

However, the evidence suggests that delaying the wide-scale adoption of renewable generation for much longer could cost South Africa much more in the near future.

In March of this year Pr...

Throughout the years, one of the main arguments against the feasibility of renewable energy as a major contributor to South Africa’s power pool has been the cost of generation.

Indeed, both wind and solar generation are currently close to matching the cost of coal generation, which continues to provide over 90% of the country’s 47.28GW5 generation capacity. In a country where consistent above-inflation increases in the electricity tariffs are already putting strain on the population, there are those who feel that the country is not ready to make the leap to renewables just yet.

However, the evidence suggests that delaying the wide-scale adoption of renewable generation for much longer could cost South Africa much more in the near future.

In March of this year President Cyril Ramaphosa finally signed the first of a series renewable energy contracts for 27 projects worth R55.92 billion1. The majority of these projects had been delayed for close to two years, having cost many of the private sector companies involved in the projects tens of millions of Rand in maintenance costs while construction was on hold2.

While it can be said that South Africa is definitely taking a step in the right direction, there is still a significant amount of opposition to these changes - most notably by the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa). The organisation firstly argues that the cost of renewables will drive up electricity tariffs even further. Secondly, Numsa claims that bringing these projects online will create a surplus that will lead to the closure of coal mining operations and power plants. The organisation claims that the result will be the loss of an estimated 30 000 jobs4.

In order to tackle these points, it may help to fast-forward to 2020, when the first of the 27 renewable projects is scheduled to be brought online. Firstly, the cost of renewable energy is expected to drop significantly in the next few years.

Proof of this is the latest report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)1 on the cost of renewable generation, which reveals that the ongoing global investment in solar and on-shore wind generation has exponentially reduced the cost of their construction and maintenance since 2006.

What’s more, at the current rate that these costs are dropping, IRENA estimates that 2020 will see all the power generation technologies that are now in commercial use will fall within the fossil fuel-fired cost range, with most at the lower end or even undercutting fossil fuels. In short, renewable energy generated through private sector companies will briefly cost the same as coal generation, before completely surpassing it in cost-effectiveness.

Next, the issue of job losses should be addressed. It needs to be said that the combined output of these 27 projects will only be in the region of 2.3GW. Considering that Government set out to add an additional 29GW6 of power to the national grid between 2011 and 2030, it is safe to say that the country will not be retiring the coal generation plants than are not already obsolete.

The construction and maintenance of the new renewables projects will create an additional 61 000 jobs, according to Government. 

Lastly, there is also no truth to the argument that renewable energy cannot provide reliable baseload power as it is increasingly being disproved on large and small scales. For example, the Cook Islands is set to generate 100% of its power through renewables within the next two years, and even China is on schedule to achieving its goal of 30% renewables by 2030.

The consequences of not embracing renewable generation even faster are much direr, however. The cost and challenges involved in obtaining coal, seem to be mounting more rapidly than anyone would seem to expect. Earlier in April, Eskom informed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa)7that it had coal supply shortages at seven coal-fired power stations, leading to fears of rolling blackouts once again.

While Eskom’s current challenges in obtaining coal are largely related to problems with the Tegeta-owned mines (and thus political in nature), it is also a fact that shortages may continue for some years, owing to the fact that there is a historic lack in investment in coal-plus mines7.

We believe that South Africa’s private sector is critical in helping to drive renewables forward. With Government’s6goal being an additional 20GW of renewable energy added to the energy mix, there is room for companies to tender for more projects in the coming years. As for the opinions against renewable generation, time will resolve this argument sooner rather than later.

 

Wydverspreide aanvaarding van hernieubare energie noodsaaklik vir land se energie-oplossings

07 Jun 2018
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Outsourcing Refrigeration Could Improve Your Bottom Line

06 Jun 2018
Why Sa Companies Are Moving Away From Owning Their Own Cooling Systems   Refrigeration represents a substantial cost to companies operating in South Africa’s food and beverage industry. Additionally, the operation and maintenance of modern refrigeration systems often diverts precious resources and time away from a company’s core activities. This is according to Dawie Kriel, Head of Energy Partners Refrigeration – a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG Group. He adds that businesses are also losing a lot of money through wasted electricity costs by using inefficient refrigeration systems. This is why some of the country’s major industry players have started to consider outsourcing their refrigeration. Advertisement   “The simple truth ...
Why Sa Companies Are Moving Away From Owning Their Own Cooling Systems
 
Refrigeration represents a substantial cost to companies operating in South Africa’s food and beverage industry. Additionally, the operation and maintenance of modern refrigeration systems often diverts precious resources and time away from a company’s core activities. This is according to Dawie Kriel, Head of Energy Partners Refrigeration – a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG Group. He adds that businesses are also losing a lot of money through wasted electricity costs by using inefficient refrigeration systems. This is why some of the country’s major industry players have started to consider outsourcing their refrigeration.
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“The simple truth is that many businesses in the food and beverage industry are operating poor performing and expensive to maintain refrigeration systems. Ideally more efficient and reliable systems should be installed, but the capital outlay required for a state-of-the-art refrigeration system is often high,” he says.
 
“For many companies, sourcing the funds or diverting cash for a new refrigeration system is often a challenge, and businesses that do install their own refrigeration systems tend to keep initial expenditure as low as possible. The problem with this is that the initial cost of a system generally only constitutes a quarter of the system’s entire life cycle cost while the energy cost is likely to be 50-70% of the cost over the life of the plant. Therefore, if you cut costs during the initial installation, operation and maintenance costs are likely to be more expensive later on,” Kriel notes.
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Outsourcing your refrigeration can be a more viable option for companies that want to focus on their core business according to Kriel. “Most businesses already rent or outsource a number of their functions, including logistics and equipment. This makes sense since they are paying for the use of those assets, while not having to worry about maintenance. In line with global trends, the same can be done with refrigeration systems, which require the appointment of high level skills to maintain their efficiency.”
 
Kriel explains that Energy Partners Refrigeration has created a unique business model that allows companies to pay for refrigeration as a utility without owning the system. “Basically, we install, manage and own the refrigeration system on site, while the client only pays for the amount of refrigeration that they use, at an agreed-upon Rand-per-kilowatt-hours-refrigeration (R/kWhR) rate. Operation and maintenance are no longer the responsibility of the client, who can then focus on their core business.”
 
He explains that Energy Partners Refrigeration first had to overcome one significant hurdle before the company could offer refrigeration to clients as a utility: “Measuring the refrigeration that a client actually uses is one of the trickier parts of an endeavor such as this. The only existing systems that were accurate enough were too expensive, so we had to first develop an affordable, accurate meter to accompany the systems we install.”
 
Added to this, Kriel notes that the installed cooling systems are also equipped with access to a web-based dashboard, enabling clients to keep track of performance, key temperatures, billing and the energy consumption of the plant 24/7, while also allowing Energy Partners Refrigeration to remotely monitor and operate the system as required.
 
“Clients maintain the right to take over ownership of the plant at any time.”
 
The company already has a number of these projects under its belt. These include the installation of refrigeration plants for cold storage at a large dairy processor and an abattoir. New energy efficient refrigeration systems have also been installed at four Pick ‘n Pay and Spar supermarkets. In all cases, the systems have already achieved substantial savings for the clients, on top of the added peace of mind that their cooling is in the hands of experts.
 
Kriel also points out that large corporates are also gradually moving towards this way of thinking. “We have found that the large players in this industry still prefer to own the refrigeration systems themselves. Many of them have however begun to see the advantages of outsourcing operation and maintenance, since this saves them both time and money in the long run. GWK’s abattoirs in the Northern Cape are currently being provided with low cost hot water from our high temperature heat pumps on an outsourced basis, and there is a project in the planning phase to outsource their refrigeration as well.”
 
“By understanding the fundamental dilemma our customers face in trying to reduce the cost of cooling, we could identify opportunities to reduce technical and financial inefficiencies in the energy industry and invest in these opportunities. We are a company driven by innovation with the ability to work from first principles. Energy Partners offers innovative technical and financial solutions in all the industries we operate in,” concludes Kriel.
 
For more information visit www.energypartners.co.za or visit Energy Partners Refrigeration’s stand at Frigair from 6 to 8 June 2018 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The Eco-Logic Awards announces SA’s Eco-champion finalists

04 Jun 2018

The 2018 Eco-Logic Awards judging panel recently gathered in Cape Town to select the finalists in each environmental category, to be honoured at this year’s Eco-Logic Awards ceremony.

The 2018 Eco-Logic Awards judging panel recently gathered in Cape Town to select the finalists in each environmental category, to be honoured at this year’s Eco-Logic Awards ceremony.

Hosted by The Enviropaedia, the awards will take place on World Environment Day (05 June) in Tshwane, and celebrates those individuals, organisations products and services  that positively contribute towards an environmentally sustainable world for us to live in.

“The Eco-Logic Awards promotes the best of South Africa’s Eco-Champions. This is becoming more and more relevant for consumers today, particularly when you look at just how much they care about the moral and environmental values and behaviour of the brands they choose to support.,” says David Parry-Davies, publisher of Enviropaedia and founder of the awards.

The judging panel, which consisted of 14 highly experienced and knowledgeable judges from senior positions in the private and public sectors, had a big task on their hands, examining all the high-quality entries. “It was tough deciding on the ultimate winners from all the entries, but I believe each single entry is worthy. Every effort made to save our planet is welcomed, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to some, because as a collective we have so much more power to make a positive difference, “said Smile 90.4FM presenter Maurice Carpede, who was on the judging panel.

Since the competition launched in 2011, the Eco-Logic Awards has flourished and grown in scale, status and influence to become one of South Africa’s most prestigious environmental calendar events, with broad support from South Africa’s environmental authorities and thought leaders. “The Eco-Logic value system is a radically new approach to addressing today’s environmental challenges. It identifies the destructive thinking patterns and values that have led to today’s environmental critical conditions and promotes an alternative set of constructive values and thinking patterns (The seven virtues of Eco-Logic) that support and benefit People, Planet and a Green Economy,’ says Parry-Davies.

The following ‘Virtues of Eco-Logic’ were used to assess each entry:

  • Benefits and regenerates the Earth
  • Reflects long-term, sustainable thinking
  • Embraces a broadly inclusive and systemic thinking
  • Demonstrates an Ubuntu care and consideration for others
  • Is of excellent quality and ethical standard of production
  • Demonstrates innovation and inspiration
  • Reflects ‘Eco-Logical Wisdom’ by being both intellectually and emotionally intelligent

The 2018 Eco-Logic Awards finalists include:

Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Afrisam)

Climate Change Award (sponsored by the Department of Environmental Affairs)

 Eco-Innovation Award (sponsored by City of Tshwane)

Energy Efficiency Award (sponsored by ESKOM)

Recycling and Waste Management Award

 Transport Award

 Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Sodastream)

 Green Economy Award (sponsored by CSIR – National Cleaner Production Centre)

 Municipalities Award (sponsored by SANTAM)

Eco-Youth Award (sponsored by Pick n Pay)

Eco-Community Award (sponsored by Sun International)

Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by Pam Golding Properties)

Eco-Warrior Award

The ‘Glamorously Green’ Eco-Logic Gala Awards will be hosted at the new eco-friendly Sun International Hotel on Times Square’s in Menlyn Maine, Tshwane. Winners will be announced at the event, which will host more than 400 VIP guests, including environmental movers and shakers, thought leaders, celebrities, sponsors and top business executives, government and municipal representatives.The 2018 Eco-Logic Awards judging panel recently gathered in Cape Town to select the finalists in each environmental category, to be honoured at this year’s Eco-Logic Awards ceremony.

Hosted by The Enviropaedia, the awards will take place on World Environment Day (05 June) in Tshwane, and celebrates those individuals, organisations products and services  that positively contribute towards an environmentally sustainable world for us to live in.

“The Eco-Logic Awards promotes the best of South Africa’s Eco-Champions. This is becoming more and more relevant for consumers today, particularly when you look at just how much they care about the moral and environmental values and behaviour of the brands they choose to support.,” says David Parry-Davies, publisher of Enviropaedia and founder of the awards.

The judging panel, which consisted of 14 highly experienced and knowledgeable judges from senior positions in the private and public sectors, had a big task on their hands, examining all the high-quality entries. “It was tough deciding on the ultimate winners from all the entries, but I believe each single entry is worthy. Every effort made to save our planet is welcomed, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to some, because as a collective we have so much more power to make a positive difference, “said Smile 90.4FM presenter Maurice Carpede, who was on the judging panel.

Since the competition launched in 2011, the Eco-Logic Awards has flourished and grown in scale, status and influence to become one of South Africa’s most prestigious environmental calendar events, with broad support from South Africa’s environmental authorities and thought leaders. “The Eco-Logic value system is a radically new approach to addressing today’s environmental challenges. It identifies the destructive thinking patterns and values that have led to today’s environmental critical conditions and promotes an alternative set of constructive values and thinking patterns (The seven virtues of Eco-Logic) that support and benefit People, Planet and a Green Economy,’ says Parry-Davies.

The following ‘Virtues of Eco-Logic’ were used to assess each entry:

Benefits and regenerates the Earth
Reflects long-term, sustainable thinking
Embraces a broadly inclusive and systemic thinking
Demonstrates an Ubuntu care and consideration for others
Is of excellent quality and ethical standard of production
Demonstrates innovation and inspiration
Reflects ‘Eco-Logical Wisdom’ by being both intellectually and emotionally intelligent
The 2018 Eco-Logic Awards finalists include:

Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Afrisam)

Bearded Vulture Breeding Programme
Buffelsdraai Landfill Site Community Reforestation Project
Cape Town Environmental Education Trust – Nature Care Fund
LAB: Wetlands SA Project
LifeScanner Lab-In-A-Box
Climate Change Award (sponsored by the Department of Environmental Affairs)

EcoBrick Exchange
Ecological Regeneration: Vusa Collaborative
ENERGY Systems Joburg Landfill Gas To Electricity Project
Pick n Pay
Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
Eco-Innovation Award (sponsored by City of Tshwane)

CSIR Bioplastic
Rare Earth Recycling Technologies – LPX Luminophorous Powder Processing Plant
Reclite – Electronic and Lighting Waste Transportation
Touch Tap
Zeitz Mocaa Museum
Energy Efficiency Award (sponsored by ESKOM)

Elgin Fruit Juice – Anaerobic Digestion Plant
Energy Partners – Pick ‘n Pay Project
Energy Systems Johannesburg –  Landfill Gas To Electricity Project
Sarebi – The South African Renewable Energy Business Incubator
Robben Island Solar PV Microgrid
Recycling and Waste Management Award

ISUZU – Zero Waste to Landfill
Rambrick
The Supa Mama Entrepreneurial Training Project
Wild Coast Sun – Zero Waste to Landfill
ZuluGal Retro
Transport Award

Smart Trucking – Performance Based Standards
E-lectric bicycle technology
Ford Wildlife Foundation
Mechanical Concrete by Tiro Sechaba Construction
uGoMyWay
Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Sodastream)

Avis Water Conservation
ECOlaTRINE sanitation and waste management solution
Liberty Braamfontein – Water Saving Project
Table Bay Hotel
Water Rhapsody Conservation Systems
Green Economy Award (sponsored by CSIR – National Cleaner Production Centre)

The Greenovate Awards
EcoBrick Exchange
TOMA – NOW – Developing the Biomass Value Chain
Urban Grown South Africa
WESSA EEESAY Project
Municipalities Award (sponsored by SANTAM)

City of Cape Town Green Bond
Ethekwini Black Soldier Fly Technology
Saldanha Bay Municipality Recycling Project
City of Tshwane Green Building Programme
Knysna Municipality Disaster Management
Eco-Youth Award (sponsored by Pick n Pay)

Jukskei River Dirt Catcher – Hannan and Khaleel Akoojee
Raise the Baby Rhino with Hunter Mitchell
Jacobus van der Linden – Steps to Good Hope
Miss Earth South Africa – Eco Bricks
Sibusiso Mnisi – Good Work Foundation
Eco-Community Award (sponsored by Sun International)

Cape Town Environmental Education Trust – Conservation Leadership Programme
Happitecture: Jonathan Edkins
Korsman Conservancy
Princess Vlei Forum
Urban Grown South Africa
Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by Pam Golding Properties)

Anthony Asher-Wood (KZN Valley Dogs)
Esther van der Westhuizen (Butterfly World Zoo)
Linda Tucker (Keeper of the White Lions)
Shannon Hoffman (African Raptor Centre)
Twin Mosia for the Mamafubedu Greening Project (Elandskop Museum)
Eco-Warrior Award

Chris Whyte (Use it Waste)
David Hall – (Volunteer Wildfire Services)
Patricia Schröder (Reclite SA (Pty) Ltd)
Sinegugu Zukulu  (Sustaining the Wild Coast)
Twin Mawela Mosia (The Ingredients Productions and Elandskop Museum)
The ‘Glamorously Green’ Eco-Logic Gala Awards will be hosted at the new eco-friendly Sun International Hotel on Times Square’s in Menlyn Maine, Tshwane. Winners will be announced at the event, which will host more than 400 VIP guests, including environmental movers and shakers, thought leaders, celebrities, sponsors and top business executives, government and municipal representatives.

Why Sa Companies Are Moving Away From Owning Their Own Cooling Systems

04 Jun 2018
 

 

Refrigeration represents a substantial cost to companies operating in South Africa’s food and beverage industry. Additionally, the operation and maintenance of modern refrigeration systems often diverts precious resources and time away from a company’s core activities. This is according to Dawie Kriel, Head of Energy Partners Refrigeration - a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG Group. He adds that businesses are also losing a lot of money through wasted electricity costs by using inefficient refrigeration systems.  This is why some of the country’s major industry players ...

 

 

Refrigeration represents a substantial cost to companies operating in South Africa’s food and beverage industry. Additionally, the operation and maintenance of modern refrigeration systems often diverts precious resources and time away from a company’s core activities. This is according to Dawie Kriel, Head of Energy Partners Refrigeration - a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG Group. He adds that businesses are also losing a lot of money through wasted electricity costs by using inefficient refrigeration systems.  This is why some of the country’s major industry players have started to consider outsourcing their refrigeration.

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“The simple truth is that many businesses in the food and beverage industry are operating poor performing and expensive to maintain refrigeration systems. Ideally more efficient and reliable systems should be installed, but the capital outlay required for a state-of-the-art refrigeration system is often high,” he says.

“For many companies, sourcing the funds or diverting cash for a new refrigeration system is often a challenge, and businesses that do install their own refrigeration systemstend to keep initial expenditure as low as possible. The problem with this is that the initial cost of a system generally only constitutes a quarter of the system’s entire life cycle cost while the energy cost is likely to be 50-70% of the cost over the life of the plant. Therefore, if you cut costs during the initial installation, operation and maintenance costs are likely to be more expensive later on,” Kriel notes.

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Outsourcing your refrigeration can be a more viable option for companies that want to focus on their core businessaccording to Kriel. “Most businesses already rent or outsource a number of their functions, including logistics and equipment. This makes sense since they are paying for the use of those assets, while not having to worry about maintenance. In line with global trends, the same can be done with refrigeration systems, which require the appointment of high level skills to maintain their efficiency.”

Kriel explains that Energy Partners Refrigeration has created a unique business model that allows companies to pay for refrigeration as a utility without owning the system. “Basically, we install, manage and own the refrigeration system on site, while the client only pays for the amount of refrigeration that they use, at an agreed-upon Rand-per-kilowatt-hours-refrigeration (R/kWhR) rate. Operation and maintenance are no longer the responsibility of the client, who can then focus on their core business.”

He explains that Energy Partners Refrigeration first had to overcome one significant hurdle before the company could offer refrigeration to clients as a utility: “Measuring the refrigeration that a client actually uses is one of the trickier parts of an endeavor such as this. The only existing systemsthat were accurate enough were too expensive, so we had to first develop an affordable, accurate meter to accompany the systems we install.”

Added to this, Kriel notes that the installed cooling systemsare also equipped with access to a web-based dashboard, enabling clients to keep track of performance, key temperatures, billing and the energy consumption of the plant 24/7, while also allowing Energy Partners Refrigeration to remotely monitor and operate the system as required.

“Clients maintain the right to take over ownership of the plant at any time.”

The company already has a number of these projects under its belt. These include the installation of refrigeration plants for cold storage at a large dairy processor and an abattoir. New energy efficient refrigeration systems have also been installed at four Pick ‘n Pay and Spar supermarkets. In all cases, the systems have already achieved substantial savings for the clients, on top of the added peace of mind that their cooling is in the hands of experts.

Kriel also points out that large corporates are also gradually moving towards this way of thinking. “We have found that the large players in this industry still prefer to own the refrigeration systems themselves. Many of them have however begun to see the advantages of outsourcing operation and maintenance, since this saves them both time and money in the long run. GWK’s abattoirs in the Northern Cape are currently being provided with low cost hot waterfrom our high temperature heat pumps on an outsourced basis, and there is a project in the planning phase to outsource their refrigeration as well.”

“By understanding the fundamental dilemma our customers face in trying to reduce the cost of cooling, we could identify opportunities to reduce technical and financial inefficiencies in the energy industry and invest in these opportunities. We are a company driven by innovation with the ability to work from first principles. Energy Partners offers innovative technical and financial solutions in all the industries we operate in,” concludes Kriel.

For more information visit www.energypartners.co.za or visit Energy Partners Refrigeration’s stand at Frigair from 6 to 8 June 2018 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Save big with energy efficient solutions

01 Jun 2018

Upgrading your kitchen equipment to be more energy efficient will help in the short term while installing solar panels at your premises can be a long term goal that will yield great return on investment. Alan Matthews, head of residential solar at Energy Partners explains: 'Electricity is the third biggest item on restaurantt owners' cost line after rental and staff. Using energy efficient equipment in your establishment can result in 30 to 60 percent less electricity usage.' Energy Partners started seven years ago when Eskom announced a 25 percent increase in electricity prices over a four-year period. Matthews says the company saw a gap in the market for residences and businesses that would be looking for a way to reduce their energy costs. Today, the company has as many e...

Upgrading your kitchen equipment to be more energy efficient will help in the short term while installing solar panels at your premises can be a long term goal that will yield great return on investment. Alan Matthews, head of residential solar at Energy Partners explains: 'Electricity is the third biggest item on restaurantt owners' cost line after rental and staff. Using energy efficient equipment in your establishment can result in 30 to 60 percent less electricity usage.' Energy Partners started seven years ago when Eskom announced a 25 percent increase in electricity prices over a four-year period. Matthews says the company saw a gap in the market for residences and businesses that would be looking for a way to reduce their energy costs. Today, the company has as many energy efficient solutuions as there are appliances that use electricity. In addition to upgrading a restaurant's facilities, Energy Partners will also track its clients' energy usagevia remote monitoring from its office in Cape Town. The company also offers guarntees on energy efficiency. When it comes to costly lighting in a restaurant, Mattews suggests a smart control system, which is motion and daylight sensing os that lights are only used when needed.

 

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SA WEALTH SERVICES SPARKLE

01 Jun 2018

As the wealthy become increasingly concerned about the creeping erosion of the value of their assets in SA's distressed econmy, the people who manage their wealth are reassuring them, expressing confidence in the country's future. They are also managing expectations after a prolonged period of low investment returns. Their messages to clients is that, while there are real problems, there is also much to be positive about in SA, and their assets are in good hands. Aside from addressing the direct needs and concerns of clients, wealth managers are also preoccupied bt an uncertain regulatory environment with pendin retirement reforms, a regulatory review of the way retail financial services are sold that is still not finalised, as well as the launch of the Financial Sector Conduct ...

As the wealthy become increasingly concerned about the creeping erosion of the value of their assets in SA's distressed econmy, the people who manage their wealth are reassuring them, expressing confidence in the country's future. They are also managing expectations after a prolonged period of low investment returns. Their messages to clients is that, while there are real problems, there is also much to be positive about in SA, and their assets are in good hands. Aside from addressing the direct needs and concerns of clients, wealth managers are also preoccupied bt an uncertain regulatory environment with pendin retirement reforms, a regulatory review of the way retail financial services are sold that is still not finalised, as well as the launch of the Financial Sector Conduct Authority to replace the Financial Services Board. Technological changes also dominate their time. It is in just such difficult times that excellence shines through. The Top Private Banks & Wealth Managers survey puts industry participants through a rigorous assessment process accompanied by a comprehensive interrogation of many of their clients in the People's Choice survey. On both fronts, SA's wealth managers and private banks come out shining.

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How much it costs to move the average home in South Africa onto solar power in 2018

18 May 2018
More South African homeowners are choosing to move to solar panels due to increasing affordability and the wide range of benefits they offer.   However there are also options for homes looking to only partially integrate solar power into their current electricity system, says Craig Hutchison, CEO Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.   “Whether you go completely off-grid or simply supplement your household energy intake with a smaller system it will already be the start to increasing your property value,” Hutchinson said.   “The primary investment of solar power is often enough to scare one off, however the payback period of your investment, and future rewards, make solar power affordable to most homeowners.”   Where to start?  ...
More South African homeowners are choosing to move to solar panels due to increasing affordability and the wide range of benefits they offer.
 
However there are also options for homes looking to only partially integrate solar power into their current electricity system, says Craig Hutchison, CEO Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.
 
“Whether you go completely off-grid or simply supplement your household energy intake with a smaller system it will already be the start to increasing your property value,” Hutchinson said.
 
“The primary investment of solar power is often enough to scare one off, however the payback period of your investment, and future rewards, make solar power affordable to most homeowners.”
 
Where to start?
 
“Installing a solar system is not just a matter of putting up a few panels and adding a few batteries, there is no standard system, each system has to be correctly sized to suit the requirements of each home,” Hutchinson said.
 
“Make sure the company you are dealing with is an established company with a good reputation and can provide the correct advice and service backup.”
 
Hutchinson added that it is important to prioritise, reducing your heaviest loads first, as this will deliver the greatest savings:
 
Start by replacing the home’s light bulbs with energy efficient lighting.
Replace your home’s geyser with a heat pump, or solar geyser. A highly insulated hot water storage system can also cut the homes electricity costs by an estimated 50%.
A solar photovoltaic (PV) system can provide up to 30% of an average home’s energy. It is hugely beneficial in the long-term and must be viewed as an investment. However, before embarking on this, it is important to understand whether the home’s rooftop has been designed to accommodate the optimal number of panels.
Lastly, homeowners can choose a complete integrated system. A hybrid inverter and battery, such as Energy Partners’ own ICON Home Energy Hub, enables property owners to integrate power from their solar PV panels, the national grid and batteries. It also incorporates a mobile app to track energy usage and savings in real time.
Cost involved
 
Despite decreasing in price over the last few years, solar energy systems can still be quite expensive when it comes to installation
 
Notably, the size of your home as well as the amount of work that is involved for installation will determine the cost, Hutchinson said.
 
Citing Cala van der Westhuizen, head of marketing and sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, Hutchinson said that the main pricing categories are as follows:
 
The complete heating solution costs around for the average home – R35,000
The complete Solar photovoltaic (PV) system – R80,000 and upwards
ICON Home Energy Hub – between R100,000 – R180,000
According to MyBroadband, these installations also require additional maintenance – such as ensuring that the panels are clean – and you will likely end up changing the cells (batteries) every 7-10 years which will bring additional costs.
 

Solar Power in your home

16 May 2018

| Article By Chantalle Bell Solar energy has exploded over the last decade with the cost of solar panels decreasing, making solar more affordable than ever.  Many homeowners have already invested in this to make their homes more environmentally friendly and sustainable, but if you are still investigating the options available to you, this article could assist you in taking that final step towards sustainable living. “Whether you go completely off-grid or simply supplement your household energy intake with a smaller system it will already be the start to increasing your property value. The primary investment of solar power is often enough to scare one off, however the payback period of your investment, and  future rewards, make solar power affordable to most hom...

| Article By Chantalle Bell

Solar energy has exploded over the last decade with the cost of solar panels decreasing, making solar more affordable than ever.  Many homeowners have already invested in this to make their homes more environmentally friendly and sustainable, but if you are still investigating the options available to you, this article could assist you in taking that final step towards sustainable living.

“Whether you go completely off-grid or simply supplement your household energy intake with a smaller system it will already be the start to increasing your property value. The primary investment of solar power is often enough to scare one off, however the payback period of your investment, and  future rewards, make solar power affordable to most homeowners” comments Craig Hutchison, CEO Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.

What is solar power?

Solar power is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaic (PV), indirectly using concentrated solar power, or a combination of both. It’s renewable, and can be used in a variety of ways to sustainably fuel homes, producing hot water and electricity.

Why consider solar power?

Solar systems require very little maintenance and you could end up saving up to 60% -80% on your electricity bill, depending on the size of your home and what kind of solar energy system you install. Whether you build a new energy efficient house or upgrade your existing one, solar technology will definitely add to the value of your property.

How solar works?

• Solar panels collect sunlight and channel it to an inverter, where it’s converted to electricity to power your home.
• Photovoltaic (PV) cells convert sunlight to direct current (DC) electricity.
• The electrical panel sends power to your lights and appliances.
• The meter tracks how much electricity is generated and measures the energy you draw and feed back to the grid.

Some solar electric systems will use batteries to store the unused electricity. 

Cost involved?

Solar energy systems can be quite expensive when it comes to installation. The size of your home as well as the amount of work that is involved for installation will determine the cost. The costs are decreasing as new technology is introduced for more efficient solar energy generation.  

Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales, Energy Partners Home Solutions highlights the main pricing categories as follows:

• The complete heating solution costs around R35 000 for the average home.
• The complete Solar photovoltaic (PV) system costs upward of R80 000 and should be viewed as a long term investment solution.
• The cost of the ICON Home Energy Hub ranges between R100 000 - R180 000.

Some suppliers are approved credit providers and offer financing options for homeowners. Energy Partners has also developed a long term lease model, where the client can simply lease the system    instead of having to pay for it upfront.

Where should one start?

Installing a solar system is not just a matter of putting up a few panels and adding a few batteries, there is no standard system, each system has to be correctly sized to suit the requirements of each home. Make sure the company you are dealing with is an established company with a good reputation and can provide the correct advice and service backup.

When investing in solar technology, it is important to prioritise, reducing your heaviest loads first, as this will deliver the greatest savings:

• Start by replacing the home’s light bulbs with energy efficient lighting.
• Replace your home’s geyser with a heat pump, or solar geyser. A highly insulated hot water storage system can also cut the homes electricity costs by an estimated 50%.
• A solar photovoltaic (PV) system can provide up to 30% of an average home’s energy. It is hugely beneficial in the long-term and must be viewed as an investment. However, before embarking on this, it is important to understand whether the home’s rooftop has been designed to accommodate the optimal number of panels.
• Lastly, homeowners can choose a complete integrated system. A hybrid inverter and battery, such as Energy Partners’ own ICON Home Energy Hub, enables property owners to integrate power from their solar PV panels, the national grid and batteries. It also incorporates a mobile app to track energy usage and savings in real time.
 
Latest technology

Until a few years ago solar panels were a scarce sight and largely limited to the roofs of affluent households. This has changed rapidly in the last ten years; the specific development in solar energy has seen the sharp drop in prices and an increase in technological advances in solar technologies and in power storage.  

According to Cala van der Westhuizen from Energy Partners Home Solutions, solar panels are currently at the top of their game. Storage is improving constantly and lithium ion batteries are currently the preferred technology with many other technologies in battery storage being developed. Another exciting product that has been introduced is a DC element and solar PV conversion that can be applied to your current geyser.

As technology improves, the cost of the technology will decrease and investment recovery periods for the solar equipment and devices will become much shorter.

Pros

• Saves money - after the initial setup costs have been taken care of, you will start to benefit from having solar energy by reducing your electricity bills and see it is indeed a return on investment.
• Increase property value - buyers are increasingly interested in eco-friendly homes and the increased efficiency with a pre-installed solar panel system is an added bonus.
• Reduces your carbon footprint - solar power is environmentally friendly and doesn’t produce any carbon emissions, it’s clean and renewable, which allows you to do your bit to alleviate global warming.
• Low maintenance - once you have your solar energy system installed, you don’t need to maintain it, once you’re equipped you’re set to enjoy years of trouble free energy.
• Multi-functional - solar power can be used in many ways namely to generate electricity, charge batteries, power lights and heat water.
 
Cons

• High initial cost - to install solar power in your home will require a substantial initial investment.
• Weather dependent - solar panels need direct sunlight to gather solar energy effectively. A period of cloudy, rainy days can have a noticeable effect on the energy system. Unless you include a system of batteries with enough capacity to store up energy to last your home through the night, as well as days/weeks when it may be raining or overcast.    
• Positioning is important - household and other structures do not always allow for the ideal positioning of solar panels on your property.  If you install them in an area that doesn’t get much sunlight, you will still get some energy but you won’t get the full benefits. 
• Solar energy storage is expensive - solar energy must either be used immediately or stored in deep cycle solar batteries with PV inverters. The batteries can often be large and heavy, taking up space and needing to be replaced from time to time.
Space required - extensive space is needed to house enough solar panels for significant electricity production.

The sun is an unbeatable source of renewable energy, providing us with more energy in a single hour than the world's population uses in one year, if you are looking for ways to boost sustainability in your home, having solar power is key. As electricity prices soar and the cost of solar power installation decline, a renewable energy investment is increasingly looking like a smart choice for all homeowners.

Innovation to Suit Your Pocket

16 May 2018
A fully kitted-out smart and green home may not be within everyone’s reach, but there are simple innovations available at every price point to suit your needs.   The most basic and oftentimes overlooked aspect of home innovation isn’t innovative at all – it has to do with maintenance. Many South African homes were built in a bygone era, when electricity and water were considered to be a non-issue. As a result, many homes are still fitted with water-wasting fittings and electricity-guzzling appliances.   Energy saving light bulbs   By now, most of us are familiar with the marvel that is LED-lighting. Using only 25% of traditional incandescent bulbs’ energy, LED bulbs also last up to 25 times longer. Another option is CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp...
A fully kitted-out smart and green home may not be within everyone’s reach, but there are simple innovations available at every price point to suit your needs.
 
The most basic and oftentimes overlooked aspect of home innovation isn’t innovative at all – it has to do with maintenance. Many South African homes were built in a bygone era, when electricity and water were considered to be a non-issue. As a result, many homes are still fitted with water-wasting fittings and electricity-guzzling appliances.
 

Energy saving light bulbs

 
By now, most of us are familiar with the marvel that is LED-lighting. Using only 25% of traditional incandescent bulbs’ energy, LED bulbs also last up to 25 times longer. Another option is CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps). Basically a curled up version of traditional fluorescent lights, these use about one third of the energy of halogen incandescent lighting.
 

Smart(er) lighting

 
In addition to saving on electricity, today’s consumer also gets to choose between a wide range of smart lighting solutions. From the simple motion-sensing lights popular for outdoor use, to timers that allow you to set when your lights switch off and on. We’re also seeing lights that can be controlled via a mobile app.
 
The biggest name in this market is Philips with the Hue bulb. Available locally from R1 900, the Hue kit includes two smart bulbs and one hub. The bulbs simply screw into your existing light fittings, before being paired to the wifi-enabled hub. Once this is done, you’re able to control your lighting (including brightness and colour) through the smartphone app.
 
If you’re not looking forward to replacing every existing bulb with a Hue alternative, consider something like the WeMo Light Switch. Coming in at approximately R2 000, the wifi enabled switch replaces your existing lightswitch, but works with your current light bulbs. As with the Philips option, it allows you to regulate lighting straight from your phone.
 

Friendly appliances

 
If there’s one thing that’s united Capetonians more than their traffic woes, it’s the amount of water being used by everyday activities like doing the laundry or washing the dishes. Never before has a population paid so much attention to the amount of litres used in a single wash. And the problem isn’t going away anytime soon.
 
While appliances aren’t typically built into South African homes, having energy and water efficient ones can save you a pretty penny (and place you in Mother Nature’s good books.) Appliances sold in South Africa are required to display their energy efficiency. The rating system is broken down into seven tiers, with A+++ being the most efficient, and D the least. Similarly, you’ll be able to spot the water consumption per load on both dishwashers and washing machines.
 

Windows and doors

 
Replacing old windows and doors is a great way to add value to your property. While wooden windows and doors require regular maintenance to avoid rot, alternatives like aluminium are much better suited to the harsh African climate. Taking it one step further would be to add more modern alternatives like stacking doors, instead of the traditional sliding doors. While these are more expensive, when used correctly they allow for an almost seamless transition from indoor to out.
 
Adding glazing to glass can also save you in the long run, with energy costs showing a dramatic decrease during the summer months. Less permanent but just as important are blinds and curtains – or any other covering for windows. Whether you opt for awnings, pergolas, linen curtains, or bamboo blinds, there are countless options out there to naturally regulate a home’s light and temperature.
 

Going off the grid

 
Certainly on the more expensive side of the scale, optimising your property to go off the grid is becoming increasingly popular. From greywater systems to solar power, there are hundreds of local products to choose from.
 
“The increases that South Africans have already seen in the price of electricity over recent years have consistently outpaced the rate of inflation. With an even higher price increase now under discussion, it is becoming vital for homeowners to consider alternative sources of electricity to power their homes. Unlike coal-fired power, alternative energy solutions have become exponentially more affordable and accessible to consumers,” says Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions.
 
In order to correctly implement solar power, you’ll need a few things. First off, solar panels. There are three types of solar panels on the market: Polycrystalline (high performance at a lower price), monocrystalline (highest performance at a higher price) and thin film (least efficient, but less affected by shade and heat.) Panels typically require 7-9m2 per kWp, so how many you need will depend on the extent to which you’d like to generate your own power. Having all that energy won’t help much if you can’t store it, however, so you’ll also need to factor in the cost of a regulator and batteries.
 
When it comes to water, you have several option. Depending on your location, you could opt for a wellpoint, borehole, rainwater harvesting system, or a combination. Prices vary depending on your requirements, but a single 1000l  water tank starts at about R1 800. Factor in the price of a pump, sufficient storage, filters and treatment plants.
 
Combining both electricity and water efficiency is a heat pump. In contrast to a geyser, the heat pump will only heat up the water you’re about to use. Using less energy and water at a time, it’s a worthy option to investigate.
 

Building materials and styles

 
While the average homeowner is unlikely to rebuild their house using more modern and sustainable materials, it’s helpful to keep in mind that there are alternatives to the old brick and cement options. Bamboo, which grows much faster than trees, is a particularly popular choice for flooring. It can also be used for cladding.
 
One of the most important factors to keep in mind when designing a new home, is the aspect. By planning this correctly, you’re ensuring a more sustainable home by reducing the need for heating, cooling, and excessive lighting.
 
By incorporating natural materials like straw or stone, you’ll not only have an eye catching home, but also a more sustainable one. By eliminating the need for produced materials like bricks, you’re already doing your part to make your home smarter for the future.
 

The takeaway

 
With new technological advances coming to light each day, you’ll never be at a loss for ideas to innovate within your budget. The smart home – with its interconnected gadgets and toys – is one part of a truly innovative home. The other, more practical, is having a home that takes care of your needs no matter the external circumstances.
 
 

FRIGAIR free-to-attend seminars confirmed

15 May 2018

SAIRAC will be hosting three days of free-to-attend seminars during FRIGAIR in June, featuring local and international industry experts — so make sure you diarise these important sessions now!

The official programme outline is as follows:

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SAIRAC will be hosting three days of free-to-attend seminars during FRIGAIR in June, featuring local and international industry experts — so make sure you diarise these important sessions now!

The official programme outline is as follows:

To read more, click here, page 31.

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To read more, click here, page 35.

To read more, click here, page 37.

Government leaves gap to fill

10 May 2018

There's plenty of room for business to offer services that were traditionally the preserve of the State. In the 90's an entrepeneurial Durbanville teacher decided to start his own private school, offering classes to 28 pupils.

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There's plenty of room for business to offer services that were traditionally the preserve of the State. In the 90's an entrepeneurial Durbanville teacher decided to start his own private school, offering classes to 28 pupils.

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Charging up

10 May 2018

PGS Alpha, the nursery for promising investments uncovered by PSG Group, appears to be enthusiastically backing the growth prospects of independent power producer Energy Partners (EP).

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PGS Alpha, the nursery for promising investments uncovered by PSG Group, appears to be enthusiastically backing the growth prospects of independent power producer Energy Partners (EP).

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Where governments fail

09 May 2018
In the 1990s an entrepreneurial teacher in Durbanville took a bold decision to start his own school. In the hall of the NG Kerk Bergsig, he offered classes to 28 learners in an environment that would be privately run and managed.   Private schooling wasn’t anything new in South Africa, but affordable private schooling was rare. This was the teacher’s goal – to offer an excellent education at a reasonable price in a growing urban area.   He believed he had spotted a need because the new ANC government’s focus was naturally on schools in townships and rural areas that had been neglected for decades. There was therefore an opportunity to offer schooling to urban families who wanted to ensure their children received a high standard of education.   T...
In the 1990s an entrepreneurial teacher in Durbanville took a bold decision to start his own school. In the hall of the NG Kerk Bergsig, he offered classes to 28 learners in an environment that would be privately run and managed.
 
Private schooling wasn’t anything new in South Africa, but affordable private schooling was rare. This was the teacher’s goal – to offer an excellent education at a reasonable price in a growing urban area.
 
He believed he had spotted a need because the new ANC government’s focus was naturally on schools in townships and rural areas that had been neglected for decades. There was therefore an opportunity to offer schooling to urban families who wanted to ensure their children received a high standard of education.
 
That teacher was Chris van der Merwe, the founder of Curro. His company has become one of South Africa’s greatest success stories of the last two decades. At the end of 2017 the group had 51 campuses, housing 124 schools and accommodating more than 45 000 learners.
 
While it would be inaccurate to say that state education has failed entirely in South Africa, it is clearly a major problem. There are some excellent public schools in different parts of the country, but the government has been unable to correct the decline in many areas and has been unable to provide enough capacity on its own to meet the demand for quality schooling.
 
This has created the opportunity for the private sector to offer a service that was traditionally the preserve of the state. Curro’s remarkable growth is clear evidence that there is plenty of room for these kinds of synergies.
 
Speaking at an event hosted by Investec Asset Management, the group’s CFO, Bernardt van der Linde, argued that it makes sense for the government’s role to be to only provide services where the private sector does not. In terms of education in South Africa, that means in rural areas, where the demand is greatest, but infrastructure is poorest.
 
In urban areas, the need for new schools can be met by companies such as Curro, that are able to provide the service at increasingly affordable rates. Van der Linde said that they are looking at the possibility of opening schools that may set fees as low as R1 000 a month.
 
In a country where service delivery is a constant issue, greater involvement from the private sector simply makes sense. South Africa’s private hospitals are another very obvious example.
 
Government healthcare has been under enormous pressure for a long time, but the country’s private facilities are among the best in the world. For both patients and shareholders, they have been enormously successful.
 
These private services are sometimes criticised as being elitist and inaccessible to the majority of the population, but that ignores the reality that the state has failed to provide the level of schooling or healthcare that a decent chunk of the population wants. If the private sector can do so, this actually supports the government’s objectives to provide universal education and healthcare.
 
There are also other areas where poor delivery by the state has created opportunities for private sector players. Energy Partners, which like Curro has PSG as a major investor, was born out of the load-shedding crisis of the late 2000s. It provides energy solutions to businesses and homes to make them less reliant on Eskom-supplied power.
 
The CEO of the company, Karel Cornelissen, told attendees at the Investec event that he believes this is a trend happening all over the world. The provision of utilities is moving from a centralised model to a decentralised one.
 
As it is becoming increasingly affordable and practical for people to generate their own electricity, more will naturally do so. This makes those who can afford to do so less reliant on the state, but also allows the state to focus more of its resources on providing services to those who really need their support.
 
The Cape Town water crisis has been a microcosm of exactly this. Those who have the resources to do so have sunk boreholes and bought storage tanks. Many people have decreased their use of municipal water to almost zero. The city has however continued to subsidise water to poor households, many of which pay nothing at all.
 
There are many other areas where similar private-sector solutions can be explored. Energy Partners itself is looking at the potential in water, waste-to-energy and electrical storage.
 
The state doesn’t have the capacity to do everything for everyone. Where the private sector can step in is hugely beneficial to the country, as it frees up state resources to be focused where they are most needed.
 
It is a practical and efficient way of wealth distribution. It’s also a great opportunity for entrepreneurs.

Mouton: I have early form of dimentia

03 May 2018

At PSG's annual general meeting in 2017, Mouton indicated that R10 000 invested in PSG in 1995 would be worth more than R500m today if all dividends had been reinvested and the various corporate actions followed.

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At PSG's annual general meeting in 2017, Mouton indicated that R10 000 invested in PSG in 1995 would be worth more than R500m today if all dividends had been reinvested and the various corporate actions followed.

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Mouton: I have early form of dimentia

03 May 2018

Wealth creator, extraordinaire, Jannie Mouton, the founder and chairman of Stellenbosch-based powerhouse PSG Group, shocked the investment community on Wednesday by disclosing he had been diagnosed with an early form of dimentia.

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Wealth creator, extraordinaire, Jannie Mouton, the founder and chairman of Stellenbosch-based powerhouse PSG Group, shocked the investment community on Wednesday by disclosing he had been diagnosed with an early form of dimentia.

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Energy Partners acquires Clint Refrigeration

01 May 2018

Energy Partners Refrigeration has announced its acquisition of KwaZulu-Natal-based Clint Refrigeration, a transaction that will substantially grow its reach in a region for the business.

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Energy Partners Refrigeration has announced its acquisition of KwaZulu-Natal-based Clint Refrigeration, a transaction that will substantially grow its reach in a region for the business.

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PSG charging up on renewable energy

01 May 2018
PSG Alpha, the nursery for promising investments uncovered by PSG Group, appears to be enthusiastically backing the growth prospects of independent power producer Energy Partners (EP).   A recent investment presentation showed PSG Alpha, which holds a 52.5% stake in EP, invested a further R150m in the power company last August.   That means PSG Alpha has invested almost R340m in the company over the past three years — a development that will bolster contentions that EP could be one of PSG’s next big growth legs.   The increased investment coincides with EP showing strong growth in assets under management and in its revenue line.   The presentation showed that EP’s sum of divisional revenue — the value of external projects (with a one-off ...
PSG Alpha, the nursery for promising investments uncovered by PSG Group, appears to be enthusiastically backing the growth prospects of independent power producer Energy Partners (EP).
 
A recent investment presentation showed PSG Alpha, which holds a 52.5% stake in EP, invested a further R150m in the power company last August.
 
That means PSG Alpha has invested almost R340m in the company over the past three years — a development that will bolster contentions that EP could be one of PSG’s next big growth legs.
 
The increased investment coincides with EP showing strong growth in assets under management and in its revenue line.
 
The presentation showed that EP’s sum of divisional revenue — the value of external projects (with a one-off revenue gain) and on-balance-sheet business (with annuity flows) — has grown by a compound annual growth rate of 82% over the past five years.
 
EP finished its 2018 financial year with revenue of R561m, and predicted this would grow to R790m in the 2019 financial year.
 
The presentation outlined some bold long-term ambitions for EP. Based on an implied electricity generation and electricity conversion market of more than R2 trillion, PSG Alpha believes a 1% market share would mean EP holding R20bn in assets.
 
There have been persistent rumours that PSG — which prefers to have its larger investments separately listed — will take EP to the JSE in the next 18 months.
 
However, PSG Alpha CEO Nico de Waal tells the FM that EP is unlikely to seek a listing on the JSE in the short term.
 
He stresses that EP’s on-balance-sheet projects endured periods of delayed profitability before the annuity flows rolled in.
 
"Before we list, we’d like to build a portfolio of assets of between R300m and R500m to have a strong stream of recurring income coming through," De Waal says.

OTTC's artisanal roundtable connects students

01 May 2018

The Open Trade Training Centre (OTTC) in Springs had its second Stammtisch event on 15 May 2018 to celebrate its students and "to get the family back together", as OTTC director Isolde Dobelin puts it. Two of OTTC's Technical Diploma graduates Lionald Wooldridge of Energy Partners. 

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The Open Trade Training Centre (OTTC) in Springs had its second Stammtisch event on 15 May 2018 to celebrate its students and "to get the family back together", as OTTC director Isolde Dobelin puts it. Two of OTTC's Technical Diploma graduates Lionald Wooldridge of Energy Partners. 

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FRIGAIR Expo 2018: exhibitor preview - what to expect

01 May 2018

Energy Partners HVAC & Refrigeration will be exhibiting two aspects of Energy Partners Refrigeration. FRIGAIR Expo 2018, Africa's largest dedicated HEVAC&R trade fair, is taking place from 6 to June at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.

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Energy Partners HVAC & Refrigeration will be exhibiting two aspects of Energy Partners Refrigeration. FRIGAIR Expo 2018, Africa's largest dedicated HEVAC&R trade fair, is taking place from 6 to June at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.

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FRIGAIR free-to-attend seminars confirmed

01 May 2018

SAIRAC will be hosting three days of free-to-attend seminars during FRIGAIR in June, featuring local and international industry experts-so make sure you diarise these important sessions now!

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SAIRAC will be hosting three days of free-to-attend seminars during FRIGAIR in June, featuring local and international industry experts-so make sure you diarise these important sessions now!

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FRIGAIR EXPO 2018: EXHIBITOR PREVIEW WHAT TO EXPECT

01 May 2018

Hisense/ACAV's stand will have products like the Hisense cassette, under-ceiling units, ducted splits, and mid-wall units on display.

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Hisense/ACAV's stand will have products like the Hisense cassette, under-ceiling units, ducted splits, and mid-wall units on display.

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FRIGAIR EXPO 2018: EXHIBITOR PREVIEW WHAT TO EXPECT

01 May 2018

Desiccant rotors international, an ISO-certified company, is a global provider of components, products, and systems for energy recovery, indoor air quality (IAO), fresh air treatments, evaporative cooling, humidification, relative humidity  (RH) control, and geen buildings.

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Desiccant rotors international, an ISO-certified company, is a global provider of components, products, and systems for energy recovery, indoor air quality (IAO), fresh air treatments, evaporative cooling, humidification, relative humidity  (RH) control, and geen buildings.

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FRIGAIR EXPO 2018: EXHIBITOR PREVIEW WHAT TO EXPECT

01 May 2018

ENERGY PARTNERS HVAC & REFRIGERATION will be exhibiting two aspects of Energy Partners Refrigeration.

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ENERGY PARTNERS HVAC & REFRIGERATION will be exhibiting two aspects of Energy Partners Refrigeration.

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OTTC Stammtisch becomes a regular thing

01 May 2018

Students were asked to design a complete single-stage NH3 pump re-circulation plant and were given bonus points for concidering fluctuation volumes in the vessel.

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Students were asked to design a complete single-stage NH3 pump re-circulation plant and were given bonus points for concidering fluctuation volumes in the vessel.

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OTTC Stammtisch becomes a regular thing

01 May 2018

So what exactly is a Stammtisch? a Stammtisch is a German word that refers not to a structured meeting but rather a friendly get-together and meeting of minds.

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So what exactly is a Stammtisch? a Stammtisch is a German word that refers not to a structured meeting but rather a friendly get-together and meeting of minds.

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PSG Group delivers satisfactory results

30 Apr 2018
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PSG Group delivers satisfactory results

26 Apr 2018
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PSG Group delivers satisfactory results

26 Apr 2018

The group has a diverse range of underlying investments in banking, education, financial services and food and related business, as well as early-stage investments in selected growth sectors.

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The group has a diverse range of underlying investments in banking, education, financial services and food and related business, as well as early-stage investments in selected growth sectors.

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Thriving PSG has no plans to chase big new opportunities

25 Apr 2018
Thriving PSG has no plans to chase big new opportunities...
Thriving PSG has no plans to chase big new opportunities

PSG consolidate, focuses on returns

25 Apr 2018

Stellenbosch-based investment group PSG is unlikely to chase sizeable new oppotunities in the short to medium term.

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Stellenbosch-based investment group PSG is unlikely to chase sizeable new oppotunities in the short to medium term.

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PSG consolidates, focuses on returns

25 Apr 2018

PSG consolidates, focuses on returns

Stellenbosch-based investment group PSG is unlikely to chase sizeable new opportunities in the short to medium term.

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PSG consolidates, focuses on returns

Stellenbosch-based investment group PSG is unlikely to chase sizeable new opportunities in the short to medium term.

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PSG GROUP LIMITED - Reviewed Preliminary Consolidated Financial Results For The Year Ended 28 February 2018

24 Apr 2018
PSG PGFP Reviewed Preliminary Consolidated Financial Results For The Year Ended 28 February 2018 PSG Group Limited Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa Registration number: 1970/008484/06 JSE Ltd (?JSE?) share code: PSG ISIN code: ZAE000013017 (?PSG Group? or ?PSG? or ?the company? or ?the group?) PSG Financial Services Limited Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa Registration number: 1919/000478/06 JSE share code: PGFP ISIN code: ZAE000096079 (?PSG Financial Services?) REVIEWED PRELIMINARY CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 28 FEBRUARY 2018 ? Recurring earnings up 7% to R9.94 per share ? Sum-of-the-parts value of R252.81 per share as at 20 April 2018 ? Dividend for the year up 11% to R4.15 per share OVERVIEW PSG is an investment holding company consisting of...
PSG PGFP Reviewed Preliminary Consolidated Financial Results For The Year Ended 28 February 2018 PSG Group Limited Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa Registration number: 1970/008484/06 JSE Ltd (?JSE?) share code: PSG ISIN code: ZAE000013017 (?PSG Group? or ?PSG? or ?the company? or ?the group?) PSG Financial Services Limited Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa Registration number: 1919/000478/06 JSE share code: PGFP ISIN code: ZAE000096079 (?PSG Financial Services?) REVIEWED PRELIMINARY CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 28 FEBRUARY 2018 ? Recurring earnings up 7% to R9.94 per share ? Sum-of-the-parts value of R252.81 per share as at 20 April 2018 ? Dividend for the year up 11% to R4.15 per share OVERVIEW PSG is an investment holding company consisting of underlying investments that operate across a diverse range of industries, which include banking, education, financial services and food and related business, as well as early-stage investments in selected growth sectors. PSG?s market capitalisation (net of treasury shares) is approximately R49bn. PERFORMANCE The two key benchmarks used by PSG to measure performance are sum-of-the-parts (?SOTP?) value and recurring earnings per share, as long-term growth in PSG?s SOTP value and share price should depend on, inter alia, sustained growth in the recurring earnings per share of our underlying investments. SOTP The calculation of PSG?s SOTP value is simple and requires limited subjectivity as more than 90% of the value is calculated using JSE-listed share prices, while other investments are included at market-related valuations. At 28 February 2018, the SOTP value per PSG share was R255.17 (2017: R240.87), representing a 6% increase. At 20 April 2018, it was R252.81 per share. The five-year compound annual growth rate (?CAGR?) of both PSG?s SOTP value and share price was 29% at 28 February 2018. 29 Feb 28 Feb 28 Feb 20 Apr 2016 2017 2018 2018 Share Five-year Asset/(liability) Rm Rm Rm Rm of total CAGR^^ Capitec* 16 820 25 727 29 540 30 670 54% 35% Curro* (including Stadio until unbundling in Oct 2017) 9 773 11 180 7 987 7 079 12% 13% PSG Konsult* 5 441 6 084 7 048 7 363 13% 25% Zeder* 2 815 5 398 4 823 4 464 8% 14% PSG Alpha 1 367 1 909 5 201 4 626 8% 29% Stadio* (since unbundling from Curro in Oct 2017) 2 379 1 727 Other investments+ 1 367 1 909 2 822 2 899 Dipeo+ 557 812 535 378 1% Other assets 5 868 3 586 2 603 2 604 4% Cash^ 2 895 1 513 1 000 962 Pref investments and loans receivable^ 1 335 2 002 1 558 1 597 PSG Corporate++ 1 510 Other^ 128 71 45 45 Total assets 42 641 54 696 57 737 57 184 100% Perpetual pref funding* (1 309) (1 350) (1 278) (1 184) Other debt^ (949) (949) (949) (1 004) Total SOTP value 40 383 52 397 55 510 54 996 Shares in issue (net of treasury shares) (m) 216.3 217.5 217.5 217.5 SOTP value per share (R) 186.67 240.87 255.17 252.81 29% Share price (R) 173.69 251.43 217.50 226.45 29% * Listed on the JSE + SOTP value ++ Valuation ^ Carrying value ^^ Based on share price/SOTP value per share Note: PSG?s live SOTP is available at www.psggroup.co.za Capitec remains PSG?s largest investment comprising 51% of the total SOTP assets as at 28 February 2018 (2017: 47%), and the major contributor to PSG?s recurring earnings. RECURRING EARNINGS During the year under review, PSG changed its recurring headline earnings key benchmark to that of recurring earnings, following the first-time inclusion of PSG Alpha?s investment in Evergreen, a company that owns and operates retirement villages. Evergreen?s financial performance is predominantly measured with reference to the fair value adjustments recognised on its investment property, being excluded from headline earnings in terms of accounting conventions. Being a sizeable investment, it has necessitated PSG to include such fair value adjustments on investment property to provide management with a realistic measure to evaluate the group?s earnings performance. Recurring earnings is therefore simply recurring headline earnings as previously reported, plus the after-tax fair value adjustments recognised on Evergreen?s investment property portfolio in the current financial year. PSG?s recurring earnings per share increased by 7% following resilient performance from the majority of PSG?s core investments during the year under review. This was offset by Zeder?s weaker performance, being largely invested in the food and related sectors that were negatively affected by particularly tough conditions. 29 Feb 28 Feb 28 Feb 2016 2017 Change 2018 Rm Rm % Rm Capitec 989 1 164 1 369 Curro (including Stadio until unbundling in Oct 2017) 58 96 110 PSG Konsult 254 300 348 Zeder 212 275 205 PSG Alpha (including Stadio since unbundling in Oct 2017) 113 133 172 Dipeo (28) (20) (56) PSG Corporate 69 29 (7) Other (mainly pref div income) 101 112 136 Recurring earnings before funding 1 768 2 089 9 2 277 Funding (net of interest income) (148) (104) (135) Recurring earnings 1 620 1 985 8 2 142 Non-recurring items (250) 160 (186) Headline earnings 1 370 2 145 (9) 1 956 Non-headline items 113 17 (42) Attributable earnings 1 483 2 162 (11) 1 914 Non-recurring items comprise: - Unrealised fair value (losses)/gains on Dipeo?s investment portfolio (170) 187 (131) - Other (80) (27) (55) (250) 160 (186) Weighted average number of shares in issue (net of treasury shares) (m) 205.7 214.2 1 215.5 Earnings per share (R) - Recurring 7.88 9.27 7 9.94 - Headline 6.66 10.01 (9) 9.08 - Attributable 7.21 10.09 (12) 8.88 Dividend per share (R) 3.00 3.75 11 4.15 PSG?s headline and attributable earnings per share decreased by 9% and 12%, respectively, mainly as a result of unrealised fair value losses incurred on Dipeo?s investment portfolio, as opposed to unrealised fair value gains achieved in the prior year. SIGNIFICANT TRANSACTIONS DURING THE YEAR PSG Alpha obtained a 50% interest in Evergreen, one of South Africa?s leading providers of retirement living, for a total investment of R675m, of which R400m has been paid. This investment marks a significant new focus area for PSG and one of its biggest initial cash investments to date. Following its listing and unbundling from Curro, Stadio, the private higher education provider, undertook a fully-underwritten rights offer of R640m to fund growth. PSG Alpha followed its rights, investing R328m at R2.50 per share. CAPITEC (30.7%) Capitec is a South African retail bank focused on delivering simplified banking that is both affordable and easy to access through personal service. It reported an 18% increase in headline earnings per share for the year under review. Capitec is listed on the JSE and its comprehensive results are available at www.capitecbank.co.za. PSG KONSULT (61.5%) PSG Konsult is a financial services company, focused on providing wealth management, asset management and insurance solutions to clients. It reported a 16% increase in headline earnings per share for the year under review. PSG Konsult is listed on the JSE and the Namibian Stock Exchange, and its comprehensive results are available at www.psg.co.za. CURRO (55.4%) Curro is the largest provider of private school education in Southern Africa. Curro?s schools-only business (i.e. excluding Stadio?s results prior to its unbundling) reported a 17% increase in headline earnings per share for its financial year ended 31 December 2017. Curro is listed on the JSE and its comprehensive results are available at www.curro.co.za. ZEDER (43.7%) Zeder is an investor in the broad agribusiness industry. Its largest investment is a 27% interest in Pioneer Foods, comprising 53% of Zeder?s total SOTP assets. It reported a 35% decrease in recurring earnings per share for the year under review. Both Zeder and Pioneer Foods are listed on the JSE and their respective comprehensive results are available at www.zeder.co.za and www.pioneerfoods.co.za. PSG ALPHA (98%) PSG Alpha serves as incubator to identify and help build the businesses of tomorrow. Given its nature, this portfolio is likely to yield volatile earnings, while providing optionality. Its major investments include shareholdings in Stadio (45.4%), CA Sales (48.1%), Energy Partners (52.5%) and Evergreen (50%). PSG Alpha reported a 4% increase in recurring earnings per share for the year under review, with most of the investments performing to expectation. DIPEO (49%) Dipeo, a BEE investment holding company, is 51%-owned by the Dipeo BEE Education Trust of which all beneficiaries are black individuals. Dipeo?s most significant investments include shareholdings in Curro (5.2%), Stadio (3.5%), Pioneer Foods (4.3%), Quantum Foods (4.2%), Kaap Agri (20%) and Energy Partners (15.7%) - the latter investment having been acquired for R150m during the year under review. The investments in Pioneer Foods, Quantum Foods and Energy Partners remain subject to BEE lock-in periods. Dipeo?s SOTP value was R1.09bn (2017: R1.66bn) as at 28 February 2018. Its SOTP value was R0.77bn as at 20 April 2018. The Dipeo BEE Education Trust will use its share of the value created in Dipeo to fund black students? education. PROSPECTS Although Zeder, in particular, experienced a challenging year, we believe PSG?s investment portfolio is well positioned to continue yielding above-average returns. DIVIDENDS Ordinary shares PSG?s policy remains to pay up to 100% of available free cash flow as an ordinary dividend, of which approximately one third is payable as an interim and the balance as a final dividend at year-end. The directors have resolved to declare a final gross dividend of 277 cents (2017: 250 cents) per share from income reserves for a total gross dividend of 415 cents (2017: 375 cents) per share in respect of the year ended 28 February 2018. The final dividend amount, net of South African dividends tax of 20%, is 221.6 cents per share for those shareholders that are not exempt from dividends tax. The number of ordinary shares in issue at the declaration date is 231 449 404, and the income tax number of the company is 9950080714. The salient dates for this dividend distribution are: Last day to trade cum dividend Tuesday, 15 May 2018 Trading ex-dividend commences Wednesday, 16 May 2018 Record date Friday, 18 May 2018 Payment date Monday, 21 May 2018 Share certificates may not be dematerialised or rematerialised between Wednesday, 16 May 2018, and Friday, 18 May 2018, both days inclusive. Preference shares The directors of PSG Financial Services declared a gross dividend of 423.56 cents per share in respect of the cumulative, non-redeemable, non-participating preference shares for the six months ended 28 February 2018, which was paid on Monday, 26 March 2018. The detailed announcement in respect hereof was disseminated on the JSE?s Stock Exchange News Service. REVIEWED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 28 FEBRUARY 2018 Reviewed Audited Feb-18 Feb-17 Condensed consolidated income statement Rm Rm Revenue from sale of goods 13 956 14 429 Cost of goods sold (11 934) (12 416) Gross profit from sale of goods 2 022 2 013 Income Changes in fair value of biological assets 195 224 Investment income (note 7)* 2 059 1 851 Fair value gains and losses (note 7) 1 758 1 540 Fair value adjustment to investment contract liabilities (note 7) (1 670) (976) Fair value adjustment to third-party liabilities arising on consolidation of mutual funds (note 7) (1 873) (1 239) Commission, school, net insurance and other fee income* 6 799 5 763 Other operating income 277 158 7 545 7 321 Expenses Insurance claims and loss adjustments, net of recoveries (629) (581) Marketing, administration and other expenses (7 283) (6 224) (7 912) (6 805) Net income from associates and joint ventures Share of profits of associates and joint ventures 1 926 1 827 Loss on impairment of associates (8) (6) Net (loss)/profit on sale/dilution of interest in associates (14) 10 1 904 1 831 Profit before finance costs and taxation 3 559 4 360 Finance costs (516) (474) Profit before taxation 3 043 3 886 Taxation (616) (537) Profit for the year 2 427 3 349 Attributable to: Owners of the parent 1 914 2 162 Non-controlling interests 513 1 187 2 427 3 349 * Reclassified as set out in note 11. Change Reviewed Audited Earnings per share and number of shares in issue % Feb-18 Feb-17 Earnings per share (R) - Recurring 7 9.94 9.27 - Headline (note 4) (9) 9.08 10.01 - Attributable (12) 8.88 10.09 - Diluted headline (9) 8.90 9.79 - Diluted attributable (12) 8.70 9.86 Number of shares (m) - In issue 231.4 231.4 - In issue (net of treasury shares) 215.9 215.4 - Weighted average 215.5 214.2 - Diluted weighted average 217.9 216.7 Reviewed Audited Feb-18 Feb-17 Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income Rm Rm Profit for the year 2 427 3 349 Other comprehensive loss for the year, net of taxation (92) (519) Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss Currency translation adjustments (106) (450) Cash flow hedges (13) (21) Share of other comprehensive income/(losses) and equity movements of associates 7 (44) Items that may not be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss Gains/(losses) from changes in financial and demographic assumptions of post-employment benefit obligations 20 (4) Total comprehensive income for the year 2 335 2 830 Attributable to: Owners of the parent 1 847 1 974 Non-controlling interests 488 856 2 335 2 830 Reviewed Audited Feb-18 Feb-17 Condensed consolidated statement of financial position Rm Rm Assets Property, plant and equipment* 9 310 7 918 Intangible assets* 3 825 3 132 Biological assets 558 486 Investment in ordinary shares of associates and joint ventures 14 318 13 212 Investment in preference shares of/loans granted to associates and joint ventures 149 144 Deferred income tax assets 245 194 Financial assets linked to investment contracts (note 7) 24 279 22 561 Cash and cash equivalents 1 14 Other financial assets 24 278 22 547 Other financial assets (note 7)* 29 147 26 796 Inventory 1 723 1 667 Trade and other receivables (note 8) 4 492 3 838 Current income tax assets 90 64 Cash and cash equivalents 2 278 2 035 Non-current assets held for sale 7 14 Total assets 90 421 82 061 Equity Ordinary shareholders? equity 17 143 15 900 Non-controlling interests 11 729 10 900 Total equity 28 872 26 800 Liabilities Insurance contracts 543 544 Financial liabilities under investment contracts (note 7) 24 279 22 561 Borrowings 7 332 5 411 Other financial liabilities 113 156 Third-party liabilities arising on consolidation of mutual funds (note 7) 23 600 21 394 Deferred income tax liabilities 997 857 Trade and other payables and employee benefit liabilities (note 8) 4 630 4 281 Current income tax liabilities 55 57 Total liabilities 61 549 55 261 Total equity and liabilities 90 421 82 061 Net asset value per share (R) 79.39 73.81 Net tangible asset value per share (R) 61.67 59.27 * Reclassified as set out in note 11. Reviewed Audited Change Feb-18 Feb-17 Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity % Rm Rm Ordinary shareholders? equity at beginning of the year 15 900 13 634 Total comprehensive income 1 847 1 974 Issue of shares 1 75 Share-based payment costs - employees 66 60 Net movement in treasury shares 30 21 Transactions with non-controlling interests 135 832 Dividends paid (836) (696) Ordinary shareholders? equity at end of the year 17 143 15 900 Non-controlling interests at beginning of the year 10 900 10 127 Total comprehensive income 488 856 Issue of shares 1 399 1 415 Share-based payment costs - employees 32 27 Subsidiaries acquired (note 6.1) 47 14 Transactions with non-controlling interests (723) (1 188) Dividends paid (414) (351) Non-controlling interests at end of the year 11 729 10 900 Total equity 28 872 26 800 Dividend per share (R) - Interim 1.38 1.25 - Final 2.77 2.50 11 4.15 3.75 Reviewed Audited Feb-18 Feb-17 Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows Rm Rm Net cash flow from operating activities Cash generated from operations (note 5)*^ 272 302 Interest income*^ 1 615 1 431 Dividend income* 1 202 1 078 Finance costs (463) (433) Taxation paid* (532) (553) Net cash flow from operating activities before cash movement in policyholder funds 2 094 1 825 Cash movement in policyholder funds* (13) (101) Net cash flow from operating activities 2 081 1 724 Net cash flow from investing activities (2 937) (1 674) Cash flow from businesses/subsidiaries acquired (note 6.1) (428) (491) Cash flow from businesses sold (note 6.2) 27 Cash flow from first-time consolidation of mutual funds 32 Acquisition of ordinary shares in associates and joint ventures (598) (147) Proceeds from disposal of ordinary shares in associates 13 Acquisition of property, plant and equipment (1 641) (1 631) Other investing activities (297) 550 Net cash flow from financing activities* 784 76 Dividends paid to group shareholders (836) (696) Dividends paid to non-controlling interests (414) (351) Capital contributions by non-controlling interests 804 1 183 Acquisition from non-controlling interests (429) (202) Borrowings drawn 3 406 495 Borrowings repaid (1 787) (449) Proceeds from delivery of holding company?s treasury shares 39 21 Shares issued 1 75 Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents (72) 126 Exchange gains/(losses) on cash and cash equivalents 9 (71) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year 1 056 1 001 Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year** 993 1 056 Cash and cash equivalents consists of: Cash and cash equivalents per the statement of financial position 2 278 2 035 Cash and cash equivalents attributable to equity holders 1 924 1 946 Other clients? cash and cash equivalents 354 89 Cash and cash equivalents linked to investment contracts 1 14 Bank overdrafts attributable to equity holders (included in borrowings) (1 286) (993) 993 1 056 * These line items are impacted by linked investment contracts, consolidated mutual funds and other client-related balances as detailed in note 7. ** Available cash held at a PSG Group-level is invested in the PSG Money Market Fund. As a result of the group?s consolidation of the PSG Money Market Fund, the cash invested therein is derecognised and all of the fund?s underlying highly liquid debt securities (included in ?other financial assets? in the condensed consolidated statement of financial position) are recognised. Third parties? cash invested in the PSG Money Market Fund are recognised as a payable and included under ?third-party liabilities arising on consolidation of mutual funds?. Available cash held at a PSG Group head office level and invested in the PSG Money Market Fund amounted to R1bn (2017: R1.5bn) at the reporting date. ^ Reclassified as set out in note 11. Notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements 1. Basis of presentation and accounting policies These condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement principles of International Financial Reporting Standards (?IFRS?) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, including IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting; the SAICA Financial Reporting Guides, as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee; the Financial Reporting Pronouncements, as issued by the Financial Reporting Standards Council; the requirements of the South African Companies Act, 71 of 2008, as amended; and the JSE Listings Requirements. The accounting policies applied in the preparation of these condensed consolidated financial statements are in terms of IFRS and consistent in all material respects with those used in the prior year?s consolidated annual financial statements. The group also adopted the various revisions to IFRS which were effective for its financial year ended 28 February 2018. These revisions have not resulted in material changes to the group?s reported results and disclosures in these condensed consolidated financial statements. In preparing these condensed consolidated financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the group?s accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were materially the same as those that applied to the group?s annual financial statements for the year ended 28 February 2017. 2. Preparation These condensed consolidated preliminary financial statements were compiled under the supervision of the group chief financial officer, Mr WL Greeff, CA (SA), and were reviewed by PSG Group?s external auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. A copy of their unmodified review opinion is available from PSG Group?s registered office. Any reference to future financial performance included in this announcement, has not been reviewed or reported on by the company?s auditor. The auditor?s report does not necessarily report on all the information contained in this announcement. Users are therefore advised that in order to get a full understanding of the nature of the auditor?s engagement, they should obtain a copy of the auditor?s report together with the accompanying financial information from the company?s registered office. 3. PSG Financial Services PSG Financial Services is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSG Group, except for the 17 415 770 (2017: 17 415 770) perpetual preference shares which are listed on the JSE. These preference shares are included in non-controlling interests in PSG Group?s condensed consolidated statement of financial position. No separate financial statements are presented in this announcement for PSG Financial Services as it is the only directly held asset of PSG Group. Reviewed Audited Feb-18 Feb-17 Rm Rm 4. Headline earnings Profit for the year attributable to owners of the parent 1 914 2 162 Non-headline items Gross amounts 30 (8) Loss on impairment of associates 8 6 Net loss/(profit) on sale/dilution of interest in associates 14 (10) Profit on sale of businesses (note 6.2) (85) Fair value gain on step-up from associate to subsidiary (11) (39) Net loss on sale/impairment of intangible assets (including goodwill) 153 5 Net loss on sale/impairment of property, plant and equipment 1 11 Non-headline items of associates (31) 18 Bargain purchase gain (18) (15) (Reversal of impairment)/impairment of non-current assets held for sale (1) 16 Non-controlling interests (137) (10) Taxation 149 1 Headline earnings 1 956 2 145 Headline earnings per share (R) 9.08 10.01 5. Cash generated from operations Profit before taxation 3 043 3 886 Share of profits of associates and joint ventures (1 926) (1 827) Depreciation and amortisation 503 433 Investment income* (2 059) (1 851) Finance costs 516 474 Working capital changes and other non-cash items 195 (813) Cash generated from operations* 272 302 * Reclassified as set out in note 11. 6. Businesses/subsidiaries acquired/sold 6.1 Businesses/subsidiaries acquired Businesses/subsidiaries acquired by the group during the year under review included: Expo Africa (Pty) Ltd and related entities (?Expo Africa?) During April 2017, the group, through CA Sales Holdings Ltd (?CA Sales?), being a subsidiary of PSG Alpha Investments (Pty) Ltd (?PSG Alpha?), acquired 90% of the issued share capital of Expo Africa for a cash consideration of R20m and contingent consideration of R4m. Expo Africa is involved in sales and merchandising throughout Southern Africa, being complementary to CA Sales? existing operations. Goodwill of R20m arose in respect of, inter alia, the workforce, expected synergies and the business?s growth potential. Platchro Holdings (Pty) Ltd (?Platchro?) During May 2017, the group, through Provest Group (Pty) Ltd (?Provest?), being a subsidiary of PSG Alpha, acquired 100% of the issued share capital of Platchro for a cash consideration of R125m. Platchro is involved in the mining services industry, offering complementary services to Provest?s existing operations. Goodwill of R74m arose in respect of, inter alia, the workforce, expected synergies, economies of scale and the business?s growth potential. CAMI Education business operations (?CAMI?) During November 2017, the group, through FutureLearn Holdings (Pty) Ltd (?FutureLearn?), being a subsidiary of PSG Alpha, acquired the business operations of CAMI for a cash consideration of R18m. CAMI is involved in the creation and distribution of education software to schools and home learners, offering complementary services to FutureLearn?s existing operations. Goodwill of R14m arose in respect of, inter alia, the workforce, expected synergies, economies of scale and the business?s growth potential. Multistage business operations (?Multistage?) During March 2017, the group, through Energy Partners Holdings (Pty) Ltd (?Energy Partners?), being a subsidiary of PSG Alpha, acquired the business operations of Multistage for a cash consideration of R20m. Multistage is involved in industrial refrigeration, offering complementary services to Energy Partners? existing operations. The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (Pty) Ltd and associated property-owning companies (?AFDA?) During September 2017, the group, through Stadio Holdings Ltd (?Stadio?), being a subsidiary of PSG Alpha, acquired 100% of the issued share capital of AFDA for a cash consideration of R179m, the issue of Stadio shares worth R120m and contingent consideration of R89m. AFDA is involved in the private higher education sector in South Africa, offering complementary services to Stadio?s existing operations. Goodwill of R226m arose in respect of, inter alia, the workforce, expected synergies, economies of scale and the business?s growth potential. Southern Business School (Pty) Ltd (?SBS?) During November 2017, the group, through Stadio, being a subsidiary of PSG Alpha, acquired 74% of the issued share capital of SBS for a cash consideration of R100m and the issue of Stadio shares worth R100m. SBS is involved in the private higher education sector in South Africa and Namibia, offering complementary services to Stadio?s existing operations. Goodwill of R144m arose in respect of, inter alia, the workforce, expected synergies, economies of scale and the business?s growth potential. LISOF (Pty) Ltd and associated property-owning companies (?LISOF?) During January 2018, the group, through Stadio, being a subsidiary of PSG Alpha, acquired the entire issued share capital of LISOF for a cash consideration of R63m, the issue of Stadio shares worth R50m and contingent consideration of R14m. LISOF is involved in the private higher education sector in South Africa, offering complementary services to Stadio?s existing operations. Goodwill of R70m arose in respect of, inter alia, the workforce, expected synergies, economies of scale and the business?s growth potential. The amounts of identifiable net assets of businesses/subsidiaries acquired, as well as goodwill and non-controlling interests recognised from business combinations during the year under review, can be summarised as follows: Expo Africa Platchro CAMI Multistage Sub-total Reviewed Rm Rm Rm Rm Rm Identifiable net assets acquired 4 51 4 24 83 Goodwill recognised 20 74 14 108 Bargain purchase gain (4) (4) Purchase consideration 24 125 18 20 187 Contingent consideration (4) (4) Cash consideration paid 20 125 18 20 183 Cash consideration paid (20) (125) (18) (20) (183) Cash and cash equivalents acquired 27 1 3 31 Cash flow from businesses/subsidiaries acquired (20) (98) (17) (17) (152) Sub-total AFDA SBS LISOF Other Total Reviewed Rm Rm Rm Rm Rm Rm Identifiable net assets acquired 83 162 90 57 60 452 Goodwill recognised 108 226 144 70 54 602 Bargain purchase gain (4) (14) (18) Non-controlling interests recognised (34) (13) (47) Derecognition of investment in associates at fair value (41) (41) Purchase consideration 187 388 200 127 46 948 Equity securities issued (120) (100) (50) (270) Contingent consideration (4) (89) (14) (107) Cash consideration paid 183 179 100 63 46 571 Cash consideration paid (183) (179) (100) (63) (46) (571) Cash and cash equivalents acquired 31 79 41 13 (21) 143 Cash flow from businesses/ subsidiaries acquired (152) (100) (59) (50) (67) (428) Transaction costs relating to the business combinations were immaterial and expensed in the condensed consolidated income statement. The aforementioned business combinations? accounting have been finalised and do not contain any contingent consideration or indemnification asset arrangements, unless otherwise stated. Non-controlling interests were measured with reference to their proportionate share of the identifiable net assets acquired. Had the aforementioned business combinations been accounted for with effect from 1 March 2017 instead of their respective acquisition dates, the condensed consolidated income statement would have reflected additional revenue of R1.2bn and profit for the year of R105m. Receivables of R155m are included in the identifiable net assets acquired, which are all considered to be recoverable. The fair value of these receivables consequently approximates its carrying value. 6.2 Businesses sold During July 2017, the group, through Capespan Group Ltd (?Capespan?), being a subsidiary of Zeder Investments Ltd (?Zeder?), merged the fruit distribution businesses of two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Capespan Japan Ltd (?Capespan Japan?) and Metspan Hong Kong Ltd (?Metspan?), with that of Joy Wing Mau Asia (?JWM Asia?) in exchange for a 30% equity interest in JWM Asia, a loan receivable and cash consideration of R59m. The amounts of identifiable net assets/liabilities of the businesses sold, as well as the remaining interest in associate recognised during the year under review, can be summarised as follows: Capespan Japan Metspan Other Total Reviewed Rm Rm Rm Rm Identifiable net (assets)/liabilities derecognised (76) (51) 5 (122) Recognition of investment in associate 26 26 Recognition of loans granted to associate 73 49 122 Profit on sale of businesses (80) (5) (85) Cash consideration received (3) (56) - (59) Cash consideration received 3 56 59 Cash and cash equivalents derecognised (18) (14) (32) Cash flow from businesses sold (15) 42 - 27 7. Linked investment contracts, consolidated mutual funds and other client-related balances Linked investment contracts are represented by PSG Life Ltd (an existing subsidiary of PSG Konsult) clients? assets held under investment contracts, which are linked to a corresponding liability. Accordingly, the value of policy benefits payable is directly linked to the fair value of the supporting assets and therefore the group is not exposed to the financial risks associated with these assets and liabilities. As a result of the group?s consolidation of mutual funds which it controls in accordance with IFRS 10, the group?s investments in these mutual funds have been derecognised and all the funds? underlying assets have been recognised. Third parties? funds invested in the respective mutual funds are recognised as a payable and included under ?third-party liabilities arising on consolidation of mutual funds?. The condensed consolidated income statement impact recognised from the assets and liabilities pertaining to the linked investment contracts, consolidated mutual funds and other client-related balances are split from the corresponding condensed consolidated income statement line items attributable to the equity holders of the group below: Reviewed Audited Feb-18 Feb-17 Client- Client- related Equity related Equity balances holders Total balances holders Total Rm Rm Rm Rm Rm Rm Investment income* 1 601 458 2 059 1 398 453 1 851 Fair value gains and losses 2 037 (279) 1 758 957 583 1 540 Fair value adjustment to investment contract liabilities (1 670) (1 670) (976) (976) Fair value adjustment to third-party liabilities arising on consolidation of mutual funds (1 873) (1 873) (1 239) (1 239) Various other line items (95) (95) (140) (140) - - * Reclassified as set out in note 11. The condensed consolidated statement of cash flows impact recognised from the assets and liabilities pertaining to the linked investment contracts, consolidated mutual funds and other client-related balances are split from the corresponding condensed consolidated statement of cash flows line items attributable to the equity holders of the group below: Reviewed Audited Feb-18 Feb-17 Client- Client- related Equity related Equity balances holders Total balances holders Total Rm Rm Rm Rm Rm Rm Cash (utilised by)/ generated from operations* (1 240) 1 512 272 (1 236) 1 538 302 Interest income* 1 013 602 1 615 802 629 1 431 Dividend income 421 781 1 202 375 703 1 078 Finance costs (463) (463) (433) (433) Taxation paid (29) (503) (532) (50) (503) (553) Cash movement in policyholder funds (13) (13) (101) (101) Net cash flow from operating activities 152 1 929 2 081 (210) 1 934 1 724 Net cash flow from investing activities (2 937) (2 937) 32 (1 706) (1 674) Net cash flow from financing activities 100 684 784 76 76 Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 252 (324) (72) (178) 304 126 Exchange gains/(losses) on cash and cash equivalents 9 9 (71) (71) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year 103 953 1 056 281 720 1 001 Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year 355 638 993 103 953 1 056 * Reclassified as set out in note 11. 8. Trade and other receivables and payables Included under trade and other receivables are PSG Online broker and clearing accounts of which R1.4bn (2017: R1.2bn) represents amounts owing by the JSE for trades conducted during the last few days before the reporting date. These balances fluctuate on a daily basis depending on the activity in the market. The control account for the settlement of these transactions is included under trade and other payables, with the settlement to clients taking place within three days after the transaction date. All such balances have subsequently been settled accordingly. 9. Corporate actions Apart from the transactions set out in notes 6.1 and 6.2, the group?s most significant corporate actions are detailed in the commentary section of this announcement. 10. Financial instruments 10.1 Financial risk factors The group?s activities expose it to a variety of financial risks: market risk (including currency risk, fair value risk, fair value interest rate risk and price risk), credit risk and liquidity risk. These condensed consolidated financial statements do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures set out in the consolidated annual financial statements, and therefore they should be read in conjunction with the group?s consolidated annual financial statements for the year ended 28 February 2018. Risk management continues to be carried out by each entity within the group under policies approved by the respective boards of directors. 10.2 Fair value estimation The group, through PSG Life Ltd, issues linked investment contracts where the value of the policy benefits (i.e. liability) is directly linked to the fair value of the supporting assets, and as such does not expose the group to the market risk relating to fair value movements in the supporting assets. The information below analysis financial assets and liabilities, which are carried at fair value, by level of hierarchy as required by IFRS 13. The different levels in the hierarchy are defined below: - Level 1: quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. - Level 2: input other than quoted prices included within level 1 that is observable for the asset or liability, either directly (that is, as prices) or indirectly (that is, derived from prices). - Level 3: input for the asset or liability that is not based on observable market data (that is, unobservable input). The carrying value of financial assets and liabilities carried at amortised cost approximates their fair value, while those measured at fair value can be summarised as follows: Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Total 28 February 2018 (reviewed) Rm Rm Rm Rm Assets Derivative financial assets 43 43 Equity securities 2 330 1 312 679 4 321 Debt securities 922 1 501 2 423 Unit-linked investments 41 481 719 42 200 Investment in investment contracts 15 15 Closing balance 3 252 44 352 1 398 49 002 Liabilities Derivative financial liabilities 70 39 109 Investment contracts 23 421 698 24 119 Trade and other payables 45 45 Third-party liabilities arising on consolidation of mutual funds 23 600 23 600 Closing balance - 47 091 782 47 873 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Total 28 February 2017 (audited) Rm Rm Rm Rm Assets Derivative financial assets 64 64 Equity securities 2 257 1 606 50 3 913 Debt securities 1 005 1 686 2 691 Unit-linked investments 36 545 1 111 37 656 Investment in investment contracts 16 16 Closing balance 3 262 39 917 1 161 44 340 Liabilities Derivative financial liabilities 38 114 152 Investment contracts 21 317 1 099 22 416 Trade and other payables 38 38 Third-party liabilities arising on consolidation of mutual funds 21 394 21 394 Closing balance - 42 749 1 251 44 000 The following table presents changes in level 3 financial instruments during the respective years: Reviewed Audited Feb-18 Feb-17 Assets Liabilities Assets Liabilities Rm Rm Rm Rm Opening balance 1 161 1 251 1 403 1 369 Additions 1 188 542 193 295 Disposals (915) (1 029) (454) (449) Fair value adjustments 31 18 19 36 Other movements (67) Closing balance 1 398 782 1 161 1 251 Unit-linked investments represent the largest portion of the level 3 financial assets and relate to units held in hedge funds that are priced monthly. The prices are obtained from the asset managers of the particular hedge funds. These are held to match investment contract liabilities, and as such any change in measurement would result in a similar adjustment to investment contract liabilities, which in turn represent the largest portion of level 3 financial liabilities. Derivative financial assets, equity securities, debt securities, unit-linked investments and investment in investment contracts are all included in ?other financial assets? in the condensed consolidated statement of financial position, while ?other financial liabilities? comprise mainly derivative financial liabilities. There have been no significant transfers between level 1, 2 or 3 during the year under review, nor were there any significant changes to the valuation techniques and inputs used to determine fair values. Valuation techniques and main inputs used to determine fair value for financial instruments classified as level 2 can be summarised as follows: Instrument Valuation technique Main inputs Derivative financial assets Exit price on recognised Not applicable and liabilities over-the-counter platforms Debt securities Valuation model that uses the Bond interest rate curves, market inputs (yield of issuer credit ratings and benchmark bonds) liquidity spreads Unit-linked investments Quoted exit price provided Not applicable - daily by the fund manager prices are publicly available Investment in investment Prices are obtained from the Not applicable - prices contracts insurer of the particular provided by registered investment contract long-term insurers Investment contracts Current unit price of underlying Not applicable unitised financial asset that is linked to the liability, multiplied by the number of units held Third-party liabilities arising on Quoted exit price provided by Not applicable - daily consolidation of mutual funds the fund manager prices are publicly available 11. Reclassification of prior year figures Leasehold improvements made by a subsidiary, Curro Holdings Ltd, have been reclassified from ?other financial assets? to ?property, plant and equipment?, since these leasehold improvements are not recoverable from the landlord. Furthermore, computer software previously incorrectly classified as ?property, plant and equipment? were reclassified to ?intangible assets?. These reclassifications had no impact on previously reported equity, liabilities, profitability or cash flows; however, it had the following impact on the condensed consolidated statement of financial position at 28 February 2017: Previously Now reported reported Change Statement of financial position Rm Rm Rm Property, plant and equipment 7 703 7 918 215 Intangible assets 3 108 3 132 24 Other financial assets 27 035 26 796 (239) - Fees earned by a subsidiary of PSG Konsult Ltd, a subsidiary, have been reclassified from ?investment income? to ?commission, school, net insurance and other fee income?, in order to reflect the nature of the fees earned more accurately. This reclassification had no impact on previously reported assets, equity, liabilities or profitability; however, it had the following impact on the condensed consolidated income statement and condensed consolidated statement of cash flows for the year ended 28 February 2017: Previously Now reported reported Change Income statement Rm Rm Rm Investment income 1 896 1 851 (45) Commission, school, net insurance and other fee income 5 718 5 763 45 - Statement of cash flows Net cash flow from operating activities Cash generated from operations 257 302 45 Interest income 1 476 1 431 (45) - 12. Segment report The group?s classification into seven reportable segments, namely: Capitec, Curro, PSG Konsult, Zeder, PSG Alpha, Dipeo and PSG Corporate, remains unchanged. These segments represent the major investments of the group. The services offered by PSG Konsult consist of financial advice, stock broking, asset management and insurance, while Curro offers private education services. The other segments offer financing, banking, investing and advisory services. All segments operate predominantly in the Republic of South Africa. However, the group has exposure to operations outside the Republic of South Africa through, inter alia, Curro, Zeder?s investments in Capespan, Zaad and Agrivision Africa, and PSG Alpha?s investment in CA Sales and Stadio. Intersegment income represents income derived from other segments within the group which is recorded at the fair value of the consideration received or receivable for services rendered in the ordinary course of the group?s activities. Intersegment income mainly comprises intergroup management fees charged in terms of the respective management agreements, intergroup advisory fees and interest income. Recurring earnings are calculated on a proportional basis, and include the proportional earnings of underlying investments, excluding marked-to-market adjustments and once-off items. The result is that investments in which the group holds less than 20% and which are generally not equity accountable in terms of accounting standards, are equity accounted for the purpose of calculating the consolidated recurring earnings. Non-recurring earnings include once-off gains and losses and marked-to-market fluctuations, as well as the resulting taxation charge on these items. SOTP is a key valuation tool used to measure PSG?s performance. In determining SOTP, listed assets and liabilities are valued using quoted market prices, whereas unlisted assets and liabilities are valued using appropriate valuation methods. These values will not necessarily correspond with the values per the condensed consolidated statement of financial position since the latter are measured using the relevant accounting standards which include historical cost and the equity method of accounting. The chief operating decision-maker (the PSG Group Executive Committee) evaluates the following information to assess the segments? performance: Recurring Inter- earnings Non- segment (segment recurring Headline SOTP Year ended 28 February 2018 Income** income** profit) earnings earnings value^ (reviewed) Rm Rm Rm Rm Rm Rm Capitec* 1 369 1 369 29 540 Curro 2 145 110 (1) 109 7 987 PSG Konsult 4 188 348 348 7 048 Zeder 8 903 205 (21) 184 4 823 PSG Alpha 6 311 172 (22) 150 5 201 Dipeo (304) (56) (131) (187) 535 PSG Corporate 196 (47) (7) (7) Funding 155 (46) (135) (11) (146) (2 227) Other 136 136 2 603 Total 21 594 (93) 2 142 (186) 1 956 55 510 Non-headline items (42) Earnings attributable to non-controlling interests 513 Taxation 616 Profit before taxation 3 043 Recurring Inter- earnings Non- segment (segment recurring Headline SOTP Year ended 28 February 2017 Income** income** profit) earnings earnings value^ (audited) Rm Rm Rm Rm Rm Rm Capitec* 1 164 1 164 25 727 Curro 1 834 96 96 11 180 PSG Konsult 3 799 300 300 6 084 Zeder 10 522 275 (4) 271 5 398 PSG Alpha 4 781 133 3 136 1 909 Dipeo 594 (20) 187 167 812 PSG Corporate 155 (102) 29 (7) 22 Funding 193 (26) (104) (19) (123) (2 299) Other 112 112 3 586 Total 21 878 (128) 1 985 160 2 145 52 397 Non-headline items 17 Earnings attributable to non-controlling interests 1 187 Taxation 537 Profit before taxation 3 886 Reviewed Audited Feb-18 Feb-17 Reconciliation of segment revenue to IFRS revenue: Rm Rm Segment revenue as stated above: Income 21 594 21 878 Intersegment income (93) (128) Less: Changes in fair value of biological assets (195) (224) Fair value gains and losses (1 758) (1 540) Fair value adjustment to investment contract liabilities 1 670 976 Fair value adjustment to third-party liabilities arising on consolidation of mutual funds 1 873 1 239 Other operating income (277) (158) IFRS revenue *** 22 814 22 043 Non-recurring earnings comprised the following: Non-recurring items from investments (175) 186 Other losses (11) (26) (186) 160 * Equity method of accounting applied. ** The total of ?income? and ?intersegment income? comprises the total of ?revenue from sale of goods? and ?income? per the condensed consolidated income statement. *** IFRS revenue comprises ?revenue from sale of goods?, ?investment income? and ?commission, school, net insurance and other fee income? as per the condensed consolidated income statement. ^ SOTP is a key valuation tool used to measure the group?s performance, but does not necessarily correspond to net asset value. 13. Capital commitments, contingencies and suretyships Curro continues with its expansion and development of new campuses. At the reporting date, authorised and contracted capital expenditure amounted to R516m (2017: R128m), while authorised but not yet contracted capital expenditure amounted to R1.8bn (2017: R1.9bn). In addition to the aforementioned and those detailed elsewhere in this announcement, capital commitments, contingencies and suretyships materially similar to those disclosed in the group?s annual financial statements for the year ended 28 February 2017 remained in effect during the year under review. 14. Related-party transactions Related-party transactions similar to those disclosed in the group?s annual financial statements for the year ended 28 February 2017 were entered into during the year under review. 15. Events subsequent to the reporting date During March 2018, the group, through Stadio, being a subsidiary of PSG Alpha, obtained an effective interest of 87.2% in the entities operating Milpark, a registered private higher education institution. Stadio?s purchase consideration amounted to R258m, of which R207m was paid in cash and the remainder settled through the issue of Stadio shares. During March 2018, the group, through CA Sales, being a subsidiary of PSG Alpha, concluded an agreement to acquire warehouse and office properties currently leased by CA Sales in Gaborone and Francistown, being in Botswana. The purchase consideration amounts to approximately P243m (approximately R314m) and will be financed by financial institutions in Botswana and South Africa. During April 2018, the group, through Curro, concluded an agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital in Cooper College (Pty) Ltd and related entities, which operate a private primary school and creche in Gauteng, South Africa. Apart from the aforementioned, no material event has occurred between the reporting date and the date of approval of these condensed consolidated financial statements. On behalf of the board Jannie Mouton Piet Mouton Wynand Greeff Chairman Chief Executive Officer Chief Financial Officer Stellenbosch 24 April 2018 DIRECTORS: JF Mouton (Chairman)+, PE Burton^^, ZL Combi^, FJ Gouws+, WL Greeff (CFO)*, JA Holtzhausen*, B Mathews^, JJ Mouton+, PJ Mouton (CEO)*, CA Otto^ * Executive + Non-executive ^ Independent non-executive ^^ Lead independent director The following changes took effect during the past year: - On 2 October 2017, Mr TLR de Klerk replaced Mr AB la Grange as alternate director to Mr MJ Jooste; - On 6 December 2017, Mr MJ Jooste resigned as director and Mr TLR de Klerk, his alternate, was appointed as director; - On 9 February 2018, Mr TLR de Klerk resigned as director; - On 20 February 2018, Mr ZL Combi was appointed chairman of the PSG Group Remuneration Committee, and the PSG Group Social and Ethics Committee was reconstituted to comprise Messrs ZL Combi, PE Burton and PJ Mouton. COMPANY SECRETARY AND REGISTERED OFFICE: PSG Corporate Services (Pty) Ltd, 1st Floor Ou Kollege, 35 Kerk Street, Stellenbosch, 7600; PO Box 7403, Stellenbosch, 7599 TRANSFER SECRETARY: Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Ltd, Rosebank Towers, 15 Biermann Avenue, Rosebank, 2196; PO Box 61051, Marshalltown, 2107 SPONSOR: PSG Capital AUDITOR: PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc Date: 24/04/2018 01:00:00 Produced by the JSE SENS Department. The SENS service is an information dissemination service administered by the JSE Limited ('JSE'). The JSE does not, whether expressly, tacitly or implicitly, represent, warrant or in any way guarantee the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information published on SENS. The JSE, their officers, employees and agents accept no liability for (or in respect of) any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential loss or damage of any kind or nature, howsoever arising, from the use of SENS or the use of, or reliance on, information disseminated through SENS

PSG to consolidate, focus on returns

24 Apr 2018

Stellenbosch-based investment group PSG is unlikely to chase sizeable new opportunities in the short to medium term.

Speaking after the release of year to end-February results on Tuesday, CEO Piet Mouton said PSG had enough on its plate following the listing of private tertiary education business Stadio Holdings, building up power management venture Energy Partners and the acquisition of a majority stake in retirement village developer Evergreen.

Stellenbosch-based investment group PSG is unlikely to chase sizeable new opportunities in the short to medium term.

Speaking after the release of year to end-February results on Tuesday, CEO Piet Mouton said PSG had enough on its plate following the listing of private tertiary education business Stadio Holdings, building up power management venture Energy Partners and the acquisition of a majority stake in retirement village developer Evergreen.

Mouton said PSG was excited with the progress at Evergreen. "They have already purchased the land that will see the company shift from 540 units to over 5,000 units in the next five years," he said.

While there was no shortage of capital for Evergreen, the business showed that it recycled capital quickly in its projects.

In 2017, investment subsidiary PSG Alpha snagged a 50% interest in Evergreen for R675m, one of the biggest initial cash investments in its 22-year history. PSG’s main investment is Capitec Bank, which accounts for 51% (2017: 47%) of the total sum-of-the-parts valuation.

The group holds major stakes in other JSE-listed counters such as private schools owner Curro, agribusiness investor Zeder and wealth management group PSG Konsult.

"We remain positive about investing in SA and PSG Group’s investment portfolio is well positioned to continue yielding above-average returns," Mouton said.

The group’s investee companies were well capitalised. "This bodes well for future growth, particularly for when there is an uptick in the economy," he said.

The reporting of PSG’s sum-of-the-parts valuation to end of February is superfluous since the bulk of its portfolio is listed. This allows the group to publish a daily sum-of-the-parts valuation, which was pegged at R254.30 per share on Tuesday.

However, there was a confident dividend declaration, with a final dividend of 277c per share (2017: 250c). This brought the total payout to 415c per share, an increase of 11% over 2017’s 375c.

PSG GROUP LIMITED - Reviewed Preliminary Consolidated Financial Results For The Year Ended 28 February 2018

24 Apr 2018
Reviewed Preliminary Consolidated Financial Results For The Year Ended 28 February 2018 PSG Group Limited Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa Registration number: 1970/008484/06 JSE Ltd ("JSE") share code: PSG ISIN code: ZAE000013017 ("PSG Group" or "PSG" or "the company" or "the group") PSG Financial Services Limited Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa Registration number: 1919/000478/06 JSE share code: PGFP ISIN code: ZAE000096079 ("PSG Financial Services") REVIEWED PRELIMINARY CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 28 FEBRUARY 2018 • Recurring earnings up 7% to R9.94 per share • Sum-of-the-parts value of R252.81 per share as at 20 April 2018 • Dividend for the ...
Reviewed Preliminary Consolidated Financial Results For The Year Ended 28 February 2018

PSG Group Limited
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
Registration number: 1970/008484/06
JSE Ltd ("JSE") share code: PSG
ISIN code: ZAE000013017
("PSG Group" or "PSG" or "the company" or "the group")

PSG Financial Services Limited
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
Registration number: 1919/000478/06
JSE share code: PGFP
ISIN code: ZAE000096079
("PSG Financial Services")

REVIEWED PRELIMINARY CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 28 FEBRUARY 2018

• Recurring earnings up 7% to R9.94 per share
• Sum-of-the-parts value of R252.81 per share as at 20 April 2018
• Dividend for the year up 11% to R4.15 per share

OVERVIEW

PSG is an investment holding company consisting of underlying investments that operate across a
diverse range of industries, which include banking, education, financial services and food and
related business, as well as early-stage investments in selected growth sectors. PSG's market
capitalisation (net of treasury shares) is approximately R49bn.

PERFORMANCE

The two key benchmarks used by PSG to measure performance are sum-of-the-parts ("SOTP") value and
recurring earnings per share, as long-term growth in PSG's SOTP value and share price should depend
on, inter alia, sustained growth in the recurring earnings per share of our underlying investments.

SOTP

The calculation of PSG's SOTP value is simple and requires limited subjectivity as more than 90%
of the value is calculated using JSE-listed share prices, while other investments are included at
market-related valuations. At 28 February 2018, the SOTP value per PSG share was R255.17
(2017: R240.87), representing a 6% increase. At 20 April 2018, it was R252.81 per share. The
five-year compound annual growth rate ("CAGR") of both PSG's SOTP value and share price was 29% at
28 February 2018.

                                29 Feb      28 Feb      28 Feb      20 Apr
                                  2016        2017        2018        2018       Share   Five-year
Asset/(liability)                   Rm          Rm          Rm          Rm    of total      CAGR^^

Capitec*                        16 820      25 727      29 540      30 670         54%         35%
Curro* (including Stadio
 until unbundling in Oct 2017)   9 773      11 180       7 987       7 079         12%         13%
PSG Konsult*                     5 441       6 084       7 048       7 363         13%         25%
Zeder*                           2 815       5 398       4 823       4 464          8%         14%
PSG Alpha                        1 367       1 909       5 201       4 626          8%         29%
 Stadio* (since unbundling
  from Curro in Oct 2017)                                2 379       1 727
 Other investments+              1 367       1 909       2 822       2 899
Dipeo+                             557         812         535         378          1%
Other assets                     5 868       3 586       2 603       2 604          4%
 Cash^                           2 895       1 513       1 000         962
 Pref investments and loans
  receivable^                    1 335       2 002       1 558       1 597
 PSG Corporate++                 1 510
 Other^                            128          71          45          45
Total assets                    42 641      54 696      57 737      57 184        100%
Perpetual pref funding*         (1 309)     (1 350)     (1 278)     (1 184)
Other debt^                       (949)       (949)       (949)     (1 004)
Total SOTP value                40 383      52 397      55 510      54 996

Shares in issue (net of
 treasury shares) (m)            216.3       217.5       217.5       217.5

SOTP value per share (R)        186.67      240.87      255.17      252.81                     29%

Share price (R)                 173.69      251.43      217.50      226.45                     29%

* Listed on the JSE   + SOTP value   ++ Valuation   ^ Carrying value

^^ Based on share price/SOTP value per share

Note: PSG's live SOTP is available at www.psggroup.co.za

Capitec remains PSG's largest investment comprising 51% of the total SOTP assets as at
28 February 2018 (2017: 47%), and the major contributor to PSG's recurring earnings.

PSG GROUP LIMITED – Reviewed Preliminary Consolidated Financial Results For The Year Ended 28 February 2018

24 Apr 2018
PSG GROUP LIMITED – Reviewed Preliminary Consolidated Financial Results For The Year Ended 28 February 2018     ...
PSG GROUP LIMITED – Reviewed Preliminary Consolidated Financial Results For The Year Ended 28 February 2018
 
 

Local desal company scoops contract in Saudi Arabia

10 Apr 2018

Grahamtek, a global desalination and water purification company based in Strand near Cape Town, was awarded a major contact to build a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

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Grahamtek, a global desalination and water purification company based in Strand near Cape Town, was awarded a major contact to build a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

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RACA Journal (Refrigeration & Airconditioning Africa)

01 Apr 2018

Energy Partners is the best-in-class sustainable energy company in Africa, delivering simple, innovative, and cot-effective solutions.

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Energy Partners is the best-in-class sustainable energy company in Africa, delivering simple, innovative, and cot-effective solutions.

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RACA Journal (Refrigeration & Airconditioning Africa)

01 Apr 2018

Energy Partners Refrigiration has announced its acquisition of KwaZulu-Natal-based Clint Refrigeration, a transaction that will substantially grow its in this region, which has been identified as a key groeth region for the business.

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Energy Partners Refrigiration has announced its acquisition of KwaZulu-Natal-based Clint Refrigeration, a transaction that will substantially grow its in this region, which has been identified as a key groeth region for the business.

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World News

01 Apr 2018

India's ambitious plan to monetise publicly funded, commercially operational national highway projects, has received a boost.

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India's ambitious plan to monetise publicly funded, commercially operational national highway projects, has received a boost.

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World News

01 Apr 2018

Saudi Arabia has awarded a R5-billion contract to a Cape Town desalination firm.

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Saudi Arabia has awarded a R5-billion contract to a Cape Town desalination firm.

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2018’s latest suggested tariff increase highlights homeowners’ need for alternative energy

25 Mar 2018
  23 March 2018: Eskom has recently submitted a new application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to raise electricity prices by 30%, which may mean that South Africans could see substantial hikes in their monthly electricity costs before the end of 2018. Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, comments that the financial burden on consumers in relation to utility tariffs is becoming unsustainable.   “The increases that South Africans have already seen in the price of electricity over recent years have consistently outpaced the rate of inflation. With an even higher price increase now under discussion, i...
23 March 2018: Eskom has recently submitted a new application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to raise electricity prices by 30%, which may mean that South Africans could see substantial hikes in their monthly electricity costs before the end of 2018.
Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, comments that the financial burden on consumers in relation to utility tariffs is becoming unsustainable.
 
“The increases that South Africans have already seen in the price of electricity over recent years have consistently outpaced the rate of inflation. With an even higher price increase now under discussion, it is becoming vital for homeowners to consider alternative sources of electricity to power their homes. Unlike coal-fired power, alternative energy solutions have become exponentially more affordable and accessible to consumers.”
 
According to van der Westhuizen, the average home’s electricity spend can be reduced considerably through the use of innovative energy efficiency and alternative energy solutions.
 
“Homeowners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save and invest in energy efficiency, but most will find that even small changes could make a noticeable difference. Simple measures like replacing the home’s regular light bulbs with energy efficient LED lighting can already cut the average household’s monthly electricity bill by as much as 30%. More advanced options like replacing the conventional geyser with a heat pump and hot water storage solution can reduce the home’s reliance on the national grid by up to 50%.”
 
Van der Westhuizen says that a larger installation, which includes a solar photovoltaic system, heat pump, energy storage and energy management system can shrink the home’s total monthly energy costs by up to 80%.
 
“Even though renewable energy is becoming more affordable and will result in future savings; initial installation cost is still one of the major challenges for most homeowners. A fully integrated solution will cost anything from R80,000. Luckily, there are various types of financing available which make these solutions accessible to consumers while still achieving significant savings each month.”
 
Van der Westhuizen advises all homeowners to evaluate their home’s energy needs and to find out what renewable energy solutions will work for their home. “An energy solutions service provider can provide an accurate assessment of not only what the home needs, but also which solutions would be the best suited for the home – whether this is a rooftop solar installation, heat pumps or other options.”
 
Energy Partners Home Solutions offers customised solar solutions, as well as various financing options for consumers. “As a registered financial services provider, many of our clients purchase systems that are financed by us and which they can easily pay off over time,” van der Westhuizen concludes.
 
For a no-obligation consultation with one of our expert engineers, contact Energy Partners Home Solutions on 0861 000 606. For more information, visit www.poweryourself.co.za. 
 
About Energy Partners Home Solutions
 
Energy Partners, part of the PSG group of companies, has helped some of South Africa’s most well-known businesses save on their energy costs for over seven years. Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, brings the same award-winning solutions to the residential and SME markets by combining state of the art energy e­fficiency technology, solar PV systems and expertise with Energy Partners Home Solutions’ own advanced products. By partnering with Energy Partners, clients can reduce their monthly electricity bills by up to 70%. For more information visit http://www.poweryourself.co.za/ or contact 0861 000 606. 
 
About Energy Partners
 
Founded in 2008, Energy Partners is a leading energy solutions provider in South Africa that provides clients with innovative solutions (including fully outsourced supply contracts – e.g. steam generation) to suit their needs. Energy Partners has built a high quality team of talented individuals and robust processes which offer end-to-end solutions and integrate the different components of energy optimisation to deliver optimum results – including capital solutions that put clients in a positive cash flow positions from day one. Industries in which Energy Partners specialise include: food retail, retail, healthcare, hospitality, food processing and logistics. For more information visit www.energypartners.co.za
 
About PSG
 
PSG Group is an investment holding company consisting of underlying investments that operate across industries which include financial services, banking, private equity, agriculture and education. PSG Group has a market capitalisation in excess of R40bn, with our largest investment being a 30,7% interest in Capitec.
 
Additional group companies include Energy Partners, Impak, Curro and Capitec.

 

 

2018’s latest suggested tariff increase highlights homeowners’ need for alternative energy

24 Mar 2018
 

 

 Eskom has recently submitted a new application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to raise electricity prices by 30%, which may mean that South Africans could see substantial hikes in their monthly electricity costs before the end of 2018.

  Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, comments that the financial burden on consumers in relation to utility tariffs is becoming unsustainable.   “The increases that South African...
2018’s latest suggested tariff increase highlights homeowners’ need for alternative energy

 

 Eskom has recently submitted a new application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to raise electricity prices by 30%, which may mean that South Africans could see substantial hikes in their monthly electricity costs before the end of 2018.

 
Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, comments that the financial burden on consumers in relation to utility tariffs is becoming unsustainable.
 
“The increases that South Africans have already seen in the price of electricity over recent years have consistently outpaced the rate of inflation. With an even higher price increase now under discussion, it is becoming vital for homeowners to consider alternative sources of electricity to power their homes. Unlike coal-fired power, alternative energy solutions have become exponentially more affordable and accessible to consumers.”
 
According to van der Westhuizen, the average home’s electricity spend can be reduced considerably through the use of innovative energy efficiency and alternative energy solutions.
 
“Homeowners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save and invest in energy efficiency, but most will find that even small changes could make a noticeable difference. Simple measures like replacing the home’s regular light bulbs with energy efficient LED lighting can already cut the average household’s monthly electricity bill by as much as 30%. More advanced options like replacing the conventional geyser with a heat pump and hot water storage solution can reduce the home’s reliance on the national grid by up to 50%.”
 
Van der Westhuizen says that a larger installation, which includes a solar photovoltaic system, heat pump, energy storage and energy management system can shrink the home’s total monthly energy costs by up to 80%.
 
“Even though renewable energy is becoming more affordable and will result in future savings; initial installation cost is still one of the major challenges for most homeowners. A fully integrated solution will cost anything from R80,000. Luckily, there are various types of financing available which make these solutions accessible to consumers while still achieving significant savings each month.”
 
Van der Westhuizen advises all homeowners to evaluate their home’s energy needs and to find out what renewable energy solutions will work for their home. “An energy solutions service provider can provide an accurate assessment of not only what the home needs, but also which solutions would be the best suited for the home – whether this is a rooftop solar installation, heat pumps or other options.”
 
Energy Partners Home Solutions offers customised solar solutions, as well as various financing options for consumers. “As a registered financial services provider, many of our clients purchase systems that are financed by us and which they can easily pay off over time,” van der Westhuizen concludes.
 
For a no-obligation consultation with one of our expert engineers, contact Energy Partners Home Solutions on 0861 000 606. For more information, visit www.poweryourself.co.za.

 

Investing in solar power

19 Mar 2018
The recent strengthening of the Rand against the US dollar and the Euro has reduced the cost of solar installations for businesses substantially, making the business case for solar energy an even more attractive proposition to reduce operational costs. This is according to Manie de Waal, CEO of Energy Partners Solar, who says that as a result, the payback period on the average commercial solar installation is currently as short as four to six year, a significantly shorter time span in comparison to a few year ago.   “Between 65% and 70% of the cost of installing a commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) array is dependent on the exchange rate. Globally, the cost of PV systems has also contracted substantially in recent years, which bodes well for companies in South Africa looking t...
The recent strengthening of the Rand against the US dollar and the Euro has reduced the cost of solar installations for businesses substantially, making the business case for solar energy an even more attractive proposition to reduce operational costs. This is according to Manie de Waal, CEO of Energy Partners Solar, who says that as a result, the payback period on the average commercial solar installation is currently as short as four to six year, a significantly shorter time span in comparison to a few year ago.
 
“Between 65% and 70% of the cost of installing a commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) array is dependent on the exchange rate. Globally, the cost of PV systems has also contracted substantially in recent years, which bodes well for companies in South Africa looking to reduce the amount that they annually spend on electricity for their operations.”
 
With that said, De Waal points out that there are a number of factors that businesses need to take into account when starting to explore PV solutions. “In a country like South Africa, solar power is one of the best ways to reduce a company’s energy costs, and we have seen our clients reduce their consumption considerably. However, every organisation operates in a unique manner, and each has various factors to consider before opting to purchase a renewable system with their own capital. 
 
According to De Waal, location is the first point to consider. “It is important to know how many hours of direct sunlight the property receives per year. If there are plans for a rooftop PV array, one has to also look at the orientation of the building, and how much weight the roof can hold. Alternatively, one can install the system at ground level, if there is space for it. Along with this, it is vital to compare the cost and projected yield of the PV system with the electricity tariffs currently being paid by the business. This should give a clear indication of how much will be saved and the payback period of the system.”
 
He adds that projected maintenance costs are also an important variable to include in one’s calculation. “On average, the annual maintenance of a PV system is between 0.9% to 1.1% of its initial capital value. After year 10, the business should start budgeting for a full replacement of the PV installation’s inverters, since they will need to be changed at least once during the 25-year life cycle of the system.”
 
Further driving down the potential cost of a system is the tax incentives that companies receive. “Section 12B of the Income Tax Act allows business owners to deduct the value of new PV systems as a wear-and-tear expense from their business income in the first year. This 100% accelerated capital allowance applies to commercial PV solutions with a generation capacity of less than one megawatt of power (AC). All of these factors help to calculate an accurate estimate of the system’s payback period,” he says.
 
As an alternative, De Waal says that power purchase agreements (PPA) with solar energy suppliers have proven to be a much simpler solution for many businesses, and are increasingly gaining traction in South Africa.
 
A number of changes to the Energy Regulation Act late last year have made it possible for businesses to enter into pure PPAs with suppliers such as Energy Partners Solar. These agreements essentially guarantee energy cost reductions of between 15% and 30%, while also taking the obligation of maintenance and component replacement away from the business. The client also does not need to have required capital available.
 
“This is becoming one of the preferred options for companies that want to eventually own their renewable energy systems. De Waal cautions that clients should ensure that the PPA on offer includes the option for the client to buy the system from the service provider at any time during the contract.”
 
Lastly, De Waal offers a final caveat to companies exploring renewable solutions. “While the cost of these systems are reducing significantly each year, a business still needs to be sure that it will reap the full benefit of an installed PV system. A condition is that the business uses electricity 7 days a week. A heavily skewed load due to seasonal fluctuations is also not ideal – as this could result in a situation where systems are oversized and effectively produces solar power that is not utilized by the client nor does the client get compensated for such power by the grid utility,” he explains.
 
“Solar energy is becoming more advanced and exponentially cheaper every year, and more companies need to start considering their options for employing renewables as a way to cut down on operational costs,” De Waal concludes.

New tech to mitigate production challenges

16 Mar 2018
With inefficiency and downtime being significant challenges for the food and beverage industry, the largest provider of reconditioned boilers, Dryden Combustion, a division of Energy Partners, is working on new products to optimise field efficiency for clients.   One such product that Dryden has developed is a self-optimising and more operator-friendly control panel – under the umbrella term Optiflame. The plan is to imbed this optimisation in their current control solution and provide it as standard within the next two months.   The new fuel efficient Optiflame control system will help local companies in the food and beverage industry to compete globally.  This technology will be self-regulatory and will not rely as heavily on human management because of its adva...
With inefficiency and downtime being significant challenges for the food and beverage industry, the largest provider of reconditioned boilers, Dryden Combustion, a division of Energy Partners, is working on new products to optimise field efficiency for clients.
 
One such product that Dryden has developed is a self-optimising and more operator-friendly control panel – under the umbrella term Optiflame. The plan is to imbed this optimisation in their current control solution and provide it as standard within the next two months.
 
The new fuel efficient Optiflame control system will help local companies in the food and beverage industry to compete globally. 
This technology will be self-regulatory and will not rely as heavily on human management because of its advanced system, which includes the ability to be modularly activated and deactivated using a password-protected selector button, called auto-tune, on the boiler control display.
 
The new artificial machine system can help to bring down inflation, allowing for potential growth in the food and beverage industry, says Dryden Combustion systemsintegration manager Jaco Liebenberg. 
“Clients will enjoy improved fuel efficiency, which will allow cheaper food production, and these savings can be passed through to the consumers,” he adds.
 
Liebenberg explains that the advanced systems the company provides, save between 8% and 20% fuel – depending on the plant – compared with standard electromechanical systems.
 
Dryden optimisation and control systems enable a stable temperature generated by controlling the pressure. This enables food and beverage companies to have more sanitised cooking pots and bins thereby avoiding any contamination in their products. 
“The optimisation and control systems are locally manufactured and are continuously being improved in their functionality and efficiency,” says Liebenberg.
 
Further, the company is assisting companies, such as large brewery and bottling company South African Breweries, foodand beverages group Clover and local producer and distributor of branded food and beverage products Pioneer Foods, in achieving better efficiency and less downtime by supplying them with reconditioned boilers with the latest optimisation and control systems.
 
For multiple sites of Pioneer and other food and beveragesuppliers, the entire steam generation responsibility is outsourced to EP Dryden Combustion, allowing the client to focus on their business with experts ensuring stable and reliable steam supply, including maintenance and operational compliance. 

New tech to mitigate production challenges

16 Mar 2018

With inefficiency and downtime being significant challenges for the food and beverage industry, the largest provider of reconditioned boilers, Dryden Combustion, a division of Energy Partners, is working on new products to optimise field efficiency for clients.

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With inefficiency and downtime being significant challenges for the food and beverage industry, the largest provider of reconditioned boilers, Dryden Combustion, a division of Energy Partners, is working on new products to optimise field efficiency for clients.

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Energy Partners acquires Clint Refrigeration in KZN

07 Mar 2018

KwaZulu-Natal-based Clint Refrigeration has been added to the list of companies acquired by Energy Partners Refrigeration, a transaction that will substantially grow EP’s reach in the region, which has been identified as a key growth region for the business.

Energy Partners Refrigeration CEO, Dawie Kriel, explains that the acquisition of Clint Refrigeration brings together a complimentary set of skills, allowing Energy Partners Refrigeration to further enhance the service levels that the business can offer its clients in the Industrial Refrigeration and commercial industry.

Energy Partners Refrigeration, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, is a leading supplier of high-performing refrigeration technology and services to the commerc...

KwaZulu-Natal-based Clint Refrigeration has been added to the list of companies acquired by Energy Partners Refrigeration, a transaction that will substantially grow EP’s reach in the region, which has been identified as a key growth region for the business.

Head of HVAC Refrigeration Dawie Kriel previewEnergy Partners Refrigeration CEO, Dawie Kriel, explains that the acquisition of Clint Refrigeration brings together a complimentary set of skills, allowing Energy Partners Refrigeration to further enhance the service levels that the business can offer its clients in the Industrial Refrigeration and commercial industry.

Energy Partners Refrigeration, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, is a leading supplier of high-performing refrigeration technology and services to the commercial, industrial and hospitality industries. Energy Partners is the best in class sustainable energy company in Africa, delivering simple, innovate and cost-effective solutions.

Kriel says that the acquisition was finalised and took effect on 1 February 2018. Under the new ownership, Clint Refrigeration will be rebranded as Energy Partners Multistage KZN. “Clint Refrigeration CEO, Clint Saville will remain with the company until the end of 2018, during which time he will ensure the smooth transition to the new management team.”

“We are extremely excited about the new partnership with Energy Partners Refrigeration and look forward to embarking on this new chapter together. The deal allows us to greatly expand our service offering and skills,” comments Saville.

Energy Partners Refrigeration also has offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and operates under the brands of EP Multistage, EP Refsols and EP Fridgetec.

“We foresee that this transaction will facilitate continued strengthening of partnerships with all Clint Refrigeration clients and suppliers by providing the full product range of Energy Partners which includes Outsourced Cooling. Furthermore, we will continue to grow Energy Partners Refrigeration’s footprint in the KwaZulu-Natal region and take full advantage of the new partnership,” Kriel concludes.

 

Energy Partners acquires Clint Refrigeration in KZN

01 Mar 2018

KwaZulu-Natal-based Clint Refrigeration has been added to the list of companies acquired by Energy Partners Refrigeration, a transaction that will substantially grow EP’s reach in the region, which has been identified as a key growth region for the business.

 

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KwaZulu-Natal-based Clint Refrigeration has been added to the list of companies acquired by Energy Partners Refrigeration, a transaction that will substantially grow EP’s reach in the region, which has been identified as a key growth region for the business.

 

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Energy Partners Multistage Cooling

01 Mar 2018

Diversity, technical expertise ans swift response to client for design solutions or to emergencies, supported with an extensive infrastructure are everyday norms when dealing with Multistage Cooling (part of Energy Partners).

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Diversity, technical expertise ans swift response to client for design solutions or to emergencies, supported with an extensive infrastructure are everyday norms when dealing with Multistage Cooling (part of Energy Partners).

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Turning on the profit taps

01 Mar 2018

There may have been initial surprise at Stellenbosch-based investment giant PSG group's decision to back GrahamTrek, small water technology company based in the Strand.

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There may have been initial surprise at Stellenbosch-based investment giant PSG group's decision to back GrahamTrek, small water technology company based in the Strand.

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Testing the waters

15 Feb 2018

Two JSE investment companies - PSG Group and Universal Partners (UP) - look set to cash in on Cape Town's water crisis. Earlier this month GrahamTrek, a desalination and water purification company controlled by PSG's 53% - held subsidiary Energy Partners, announced it had clinched a R5bn contract to build a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia for the Saline Water Conversion Corp.

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Two JSE investment companies - PSG Group and Universal Partners (UP) - look set to cash in on Cape Town's water crisis. Earlier this month GrahamTrek, a desalination and water purification company controlled by PSG's 53% - held subsidiary Energy Partners, announced it had clinched a R5bn contract to build a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia for the Saline Water Conversion Corp.

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Businesses cashing in on Cape Town’s water crisis

15 Feb 2018

Drying times: People queue to collect water from a spring in Cape Town’s Newlands suburb amid mounting fears over the city’s water crisis, while farmers have lost R14bn because of water shortages. Picture: REUTERS

 

Two JSE-listed investment companies — PSG Group and Universal Partners (UP) — look set to cash in on Cape Town’s water crisis.

Earlier this month GrahamTek, a desalination and water purification company controlled by PSG’s 53%-held subsidiary Energy Partners, announced it had clinched a R5bn contract to build a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia for the Saline Water Conversion Corp.

While this development is great news for PSG, it seems Graha...

Drying times: People queue to collect water from a spring in Cape Town’s Newlands suburb amid mounting fears over the city’s water crisis, while farmers have lost R14bn because of water shortages. Picture: REUTERS

Drying times: People queue to collect water from a spring in Cape Town’s Newlands suburb amid mounting fears over the city’s water crisis, while farmers have lost R14bn because of water shortages. Picture: REUTERS

 

Two JSE-listed investment companies — PSG Group and Universal Partners (UP) — look set to cash in on Cape Town’s water crisis.

Earlier this month GrahamTek, a desalination and water purification company controlled by PSG’s 53%-held subsidiary Energy Partners, announced it had clinched a R5bn contract to build a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia for the Saline Water Conversion Corp.

While this development is great news for PSG, it seems GrahamTek could turn on the profit taps in Cape Town too. The company has bid for contracts to supply the city with desalination plants as part of ongoing efforts to secure alternative water sources to ensure taps don’t run dry before the onset of winter rain.

The adjudication process is currently under way.

GrahamTek CEO Julius Steyn believes the company’s desalination technology — which revolves around reverse osmosis — is ideally suited for the SA environment.

GrahamTek already has a plant ready and available for local use, and Steyn says the company is investigating alternatives beyond the public sector.

Given PSG’s knack for backing businesses in niches in which government services are insufficient — for example, low-cost mass banking (Capitec) and private education (Curro and Stadio) — it seems logical that GrahamTek could look to offer customised desalination solutions to Cape Town businesses.

Companies within PSG’s sprawling investment portfolio might be the first to use such services.

In another water-related development, UP — an investment company focusing on UK and European opportunities — is making progress with its investment in Propelair.

 

 

Last July UP, co-investing with Investec Investments UK, pumped £1m into Propelair in exchange for a 13% stake in the water-efficient positive-pressure flushing toilet specialist.

UP says Propelair is likely to require expansion capital, which will provide an opportunity to boost its shareholding to about 25%.

Propelair has already been appointed by Moto group, an operator of service stations in the UK, to install more than 1,000 units. Other customers include McDonald’s, Barclays and Thames Water.

With UP facilitating introductions, Propelair presented its solutions to the largest property owners in Cape Town in November.

UP says a number of water measuring trials have commenced in Cape Town. These will be followed by Propelair trial installations in selected office buildings and shopping centres in the first quarter of this year.

 

EP Dryden Combustion; A leading supplier of Reconditioned Boilers

13 Feb 2018
Purchasing a reconditioned boiler can save up to 40%.  Added to this is a significantly reduced delivery time, typically half that of a new boiler.  All Boilers are overhauled, parts requiring replacement are replaced and finally they are inspected by an Approved Third party accredited company.  No Boiler leaves Dryden Works without being certified.

As part of Energy Partners, EP Dryden Combustion strives for energy efficiency, sustainability and cost saving.  Dryden offers a whole array of products built around savings – money, time and downtime.  With each boiler, new or reconditioned, the added option of an Optiflame High Efficiency Control Panel is highly recommended.

This panel, developed, manufactured and supplied by EP Dryden, utilises VSD&rsq...
Purchasing a reconditioned boiler can save up to 40%.  Added to this is a significantly reduced delivery time, typically half that of a new boiler.  All Boilers are overhauled, parts requiring replacement are replaced and finally they are inspected by an Approved Third party accredited company.  No Boiler leaves Dryden Works without being certified.

As part of Energy Partners, EP Dryden Combustion strives for energy efficiency, sustainability and cost saving.  Dryden offers a whole array of products built around savings – money, time and downtime.  With each boiler, new or reconditioned, the added option of an Optiflame High Efficiency Control Panel is highly recommended.

This panel, developed, manufactured and supplied by EP Dryden, utilises VSD’s and PLC with touch screen panel (HMI) which enables user friendly control of fans and stokers for optimized combustion efficiency. Combustion and steam pressure control parameters are set and adjusted on the HMI.  Jaco Liebenberg, M&C Panel Divisional Manager, states

“Our panels are innovative, responsive and we support our clients reliably. The panel is customizable and modular. The result is better efficiency and lowered operating cost.”

The unit is also available on a rental option. (For more information email jaco@drydencombustion.co.za)

Dryden’s premises house a full Works facility in Alrode.  Where work cannot be completed in the field, there are full facilities for repairs and boiler maintenance. Numerous teams are dedicated to 24/7 availability and cover all aspects of repairs and maintenance, including statutory inspections and coal and ash handling. Dedicated technicians also assemble hot water boilers on site and test before being delivered to clients.

Over and above this, a full store is equipped with a wide range of spares for all makes of boilers. Lead time on orders is greatly reduced.  Excellent service as well as years of experience in the steam industry has led to spares of the highest quality being supplied from Dryden’s spares division.  Included in the Dryden spares offering are spares for burners of all fuel types, backed up by 24/7 support and service.

Completing the product bouquet Dryden offers Steam Outsourcing options for long term steam solutions or Boiler Hire/Rental for shorter time periods.

R5 Miljard

11 Feb 2018

Dit is die waarde van die kontrak vir 'n ontsoutingsaanleg wat die Kaapse onderneming GrahamTek in Saoedi-Arabië gaan bou.

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Dit is die waarde van die kontrak vir 'n ontsoutingsaanleg wat die Kaapse onderneming GrahamTek in Saoedi-Arabië gaan bou.

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FRIGAIR gains support of HVAC&R heavyweights

09 Feb 2018

After the hugely successful FRIGAIR Expo 2015, this year’s upcoming show is getting a lot of attention as it prepares to show off the latest and greatest the HVAC&R suppliers have to offer.

The sold-out 2015 FRIGAIR Expo boasted 140 exhibitors, representing not only the local HVAC&R market, but also major international players. The show was hugely successful, drawing 4 470 visitors over the three show days. From early on in the expo, the stands were a hive of activity as exhibitors drew crowds in with everything from lucky draws to free gifts and coffee. As well as all the supplier events that took place in the evenings. Exhibitors really went the extra mile to reach their customers and the hard work paid off.

Taking place once every three years, this year&...

After the hugely successful FRIGAIR Expo 2015, this year’s upcoming show is getting a lot of attention as it prepares to show off the latest and greatest the HVAC&R suppliers have to offer.

The sold-out 2015 FRIGAIR Expo boasted 140 exhibitors, representing not only the local HVAC&R market, but also major international players. The show was hugely successful, drawing 4 470 visitors over the three show days. From early on in the expo, the stands were a hive of activity as exhibitors drew crowds in with everything from lucky draws to free gifts and coffee. As well as all the supplier events that took place in the evenings. Exhibitors really went the extra mile to reach their customers and the hard work paid off.

Taking place once every three years, this year’s show is selling out fast with about 90% of exhibition floor space already sold. Some of the most recent companies to sign up for FRIGAIR 2018 include Johnson Controls, Seeley International, A-Gag, ebm-papst, Imperial/Clivet, and Energy Partners. Even the local wholesalers like Eurocool, Metraclark and TecsaRecoare on board. You can visit the website at www.frigairexpo.co.za to see a comprehensive list of all the exhibitors that have signed up so far.

Three ASHRAE speakers have also been confirmed for this calendar highlight. The three-hour-long short courses will be taking place at the FRIGAIR exhibition venue on the Wednesday and Thursday of the show. The topics are ‘Designing and Operating High-Performing Healthcare HVAC Systems’, ‘Basics of High-Performance BuildingDesign’, and ‘Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems: Design and Application’. Bookings are essential as space is limited. Costs are (per course): R1 200 (including VAT) for SAIRAC/ASHRAE members and R1 750 (including VAT) for non-members.

FRIGAIR 2018 will take place 6–8 June 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. The Expo will draw industry professionals from all levels, including consulting engineers, contractors, architects, developers, government officials and many more.

Registration for the FRIGAIR exhibition is free for all visitors and if you pre-register online, you stand a chance to win one of two portable air conditioners. The first 500 registered visitors will be entered into the draw. The competition ends 31 March 2018. Ts&Cs apply.

Visit www.frigairexpo.co.za for more information or contact Keraysha Pillay at email kerayshap@specialised.com. 

Desalination company wins major Saudi contract

08 Feb 2018

GrahamTrek, a global desalination and water purification company based in Strand, has been awarded a major contract to build a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. The contract will be worth approximately R% billion on completion.

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GrahamTrek, a global desalination and water purification company based in Strand, has been awarded a major contract to build a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. The contract will be worth approximately R% billion on completion.

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SA group seals R5bn Saudi water deal

08 Feb 2018
SA-based investment company PSG Group has not had to wait long for its investment in GrahamTek, a desalination and water purification company, to start paying off. On Tuesday, 6 February, GrahamTek confirmed it had clinched a R5bn contract to build a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

This is the first major deal to be clinched by GrahamTek since PSG's 53%-held subsidiary Energy Partners acquired a controlling stake in the Strand-based water services specialist for an undisclosed sum in October 2017.

Energy Partners, a sustainable energy solutions specialist, is one of PSG's largest unlisted investments held under its PSG Alpha umbrella. Energy Partners, which has grown rapidly in the past five years, has also been tipped for a JSE listing. The compa...

SA-based investment company PSG Group has not had to wait long for its investment in GrahamTek, a desalination and water purification company, to start paying off. On Tuesday, 6 February, GrahamTek confirmed it had clinched a R5bn contract to build a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.


This is the first major deal to be clinched by GrahamTek since PSG's 53%-held subsidiary Energy Partners acquired a controlling stake in the Strand-based water services specialist for an undisclosed sum in October 2017.


Energy Partners, a sustainable energy solutions specialist, is one of PSG's largest unlisted investments held under its PSG Alpha umbrella. Energy Partners, which has grown rapidly in the past five years, has also been tipped for a JSE listing.

The company said the contract involved designing, building and operating a desalination plant for The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC). SWCC controls about 40% of the world's desalination plants and owns and operates 27 plants in Saudi Arabia. The contract was potentially a global game changer for the company, said GrahamTek CEO Julius Steyn.

"SWCC is a market leader and a trendsetter. If SWCC go for our technology, it will open doors in other markets for us." GrahamTek is already engaged with contracts in India and Ghana. 

The contract consisted of several phases, Steyn said. "We need to achieve every milestone and deliver 100% to the contract requirements. On completion, it will generate in excess of R5bn in foreign revenue for SA."

Work would begin immediately on phase one with a view to complete the contract over the next 18 months.

Prolonged low oil prices forced Saudi Arabia to consider technologies providing desalinated water at the most cost-effective prices, Steyn said.

The company has experience in the region with the new desalination plant being the sixth contract GrahamTek had secured in Saudi Arabia.

As regards winning desalination plant contracts in drought-stricken Cape Town, Steyn said GrahamTek was part of the city's efforts at securing alternative water sources. "The adjudication process is under way " we'll have to see," he said. GrahamTek's technology was ideally suited to the South African environment and was well placed to provide solutions for the Cape Town water crisis, he said.

 

Cape Town desalination firm scores R5bn contract from Saudi Arabia

07 Feb 2018

A Cape Town desalination company has won a R5-billion contract for a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

The contract to design‚ build and operate the plant was awarded to GrahamTek by The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC)‚ which operates several water treatment plants across Saudi Arabia.

“SWCC controls about 40% of the desalination plants in the world and owns and operates 27 such plants in Saudi Arabia‚ producing in excess of 6 billion litres of desalinated water for the country each day‚” said GrahamTek CEO Julius Steyn.

“Saudi Arabia is investing ahead of the future demand caused by population growth‚ replacement of ageing infrastructure as well as an increase in urbanisation. The prolonged l...

A Cape Town desalination company has won a R5-billion contract for a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

The contract to design‚ build and operate the plant was awarded to GrahamTek by The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC)‚ which operates several water treatment plants across Saudi Arabia.

“SWCC controls about 40% of the desalination plants in the world and owns and operates 27 such plants in Saudi Arabia‚ producing in excess of 6 billion litres of desalinated water for the country each day‚” said GrahamTek CEO Julius Steyn.

“Saudi Arabia is investing ahead of the future demand caused by population growth‚ replacement of ageing infrastructure as well as an increase in urbanisation. The prolonged low oil prices compelled Saudi Arabia to consider the latest technologies that would provide desalinated water at the most cost-effective prices.”

Steyn said the contract would take 18 months‚ and would be the sixth plant the company had built in Saudi Arabia.

Through its Energy Partners sustainable energy subsidiary‚ PSG Group acquired a controlling interest in GrahamTek last year. Steyn said the deal coincided with consultation and optimisation work GrahamTek was doing on the world’s four largest desalination plants.

“Based on the successes achieved with this work done‚ SWCC asked GrahamTek to design a modular desalination plant optimised for their local conditions. This resulted in the contract we received today‚” he said.

GrahamTek’s technology was ideally suited for the South African environment‚ said Steyn. “We are a proudly South African company and well positioned to provide solutions for the Cape Town water crisis.”

GrahamTek is also engaged with contracts in India and Ghana.

 

International FMCG Retailer, Retail Management

01 Feb 2018

Three ASHRAE speakers have also been confirmed to this calendar highlight. The three-hour-long short courses will be taking place at the FRIGAIR exhibition venue on the Wednesday and Thursday of the show.

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Three ASHRAE speakers have also been confirmed to this calendar highlight. The three-hour-long short courses will be taking place at the FRIGAIR exhibition venue on the Wednesday and Thursday of the show.

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International Independent Trader, Retail Management

01 Feb 2018

From early on in the expo, the stands were a hive of activity as exhibitors drew crowds in with everything from lucky draws to free gifts and coffee. 

As well as all the supplier events took place in the evenings. Exhibitors really went the extra mile to reach their customers and the hard work paid off.

 

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From early on in the expo, the stands were a hive of activity as exhibitors drew crowds in with everything from lucky draws to free gifts and coffee. 

As well as all the supplier events took place in the evenings. Exhibitors really went the extra mile to reach their customers and the hard work paid off.

 

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International Convenience Store Retailer, Retail Managemen

01 Feb 2018

The sold-out 2015 FRIGAIR Expo boasted 140 exhibitors, representing not only the local HVAC&R market, but also major international players. The show was hugely successful, drawing 4,470 visitors over the three show days.

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The sold-out 2015 FRIGAIR Expo boasted 140 exhibitors, representing not only the local HVAC&R market, but also major international players. The show was hugely successful, drawing 4,470 visitors over the three show days.

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School Installs Solar System at Boarding House

26 Jan 2018

The South African College High School (SACS), in Cape Town, made a commitment to clean energy by installing a solar system at its Rosedale Boarding House.

The solar system was installed in November by Energy Partners Home Solutions, part of the PSG group of companies. SACS deputy headmaster Barry van Selm explains that installing a solar system at the school was an easy choice.

“SACS have become very aware of its carbon footprint, so a renewable-energy option is important to us. In the past five years, we have also seen huge increases in electricity tariffs so we needed to find a sustainable way of bringing those costs down.”

Energy Partners Home Solutions marketing and sales head Cala van der Westhuizen explains that schools like SACS, with boarding ...

The South African College High School (SACS), in Cape Town, made a commitment to clean energy by installing a solar system at its Rosedale Boarding House.

The solar system was installed in November by Energy Partners Home Solutions, part of the PSG group of companies. SACS deputy headmaster Barry van Selm explains that installing a solar system at the school was an easy choice.

“SACS have become very aware of its carbon footprint, so a renewable-energy option is important to us. In the past five years, we have also seen huge increases in electricity tariffs so we needed to find a sustainable way of bringing those costs down.”

Energy Partners Home Solutions marketing and sales head Cala van der Westhuizen explains that schools like SACS, with boarding houses and plenty of activity over weekends and holidays, are the perfect place to install solar systems as these types of properties consume most of their energy during the day peak solar hours.

He explains that the Energy Partners’ team started off with an in-depth analysis into the requirements of the boarding house. This involved taking the generation capacity that regulations would permit the team to install, into consideration.

“According to our findings, we could install a 25 kW inverter at the boarding house, which is the maximum size allowed under standards organisation National Regulations Standard regulations for the specific infrastructure of the site. With the actual solar array, we had a bit more leeway, so we installed 30.88 kWp of multicrystalline solar panels,” he points out.

Van der Westhuizen says this enables the system to produce electricity at the converter’s maximum level for as long as possible during peak hours and also produce excess power that the school will be able to possibly sell back to the City of Cape Town.

Van Selm highlights that, as part of the system, the school received a tracking tool that allows them to monitor the system in real time. Being able to track the system’s energy production is very interesting and allows the school to see the results of using solar energy. The use of electricity from the grid has been cut by about one-third, which amounts to a saving of around R75 000 at the current electricity tariffs.

“We are very excited about the results we have seen so far and looking forward to reducing our carbon footprint and electricity bills even further in the near future,” concludes Van Selm.

Solar Energy Can Reduce Tariff Hike Strain on Consumers

26 Jan 2018

With the ruling of the Constitutional Court having allowed power utility Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to claw back additional tariffs from consumers, solar energy equipment supplier Energy Partners HomeSolutions believes that this could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South Africans.

Energy Partners Home Solutions marketing and sales head Cala van der Westhuizen says solar energy can reduce the impact of future tariff hikes as a solar photovoltaic (PV) system can provide up to 30% of an average home’s energy.

Although this type of system costs upward of R80 000, she notes that it is hugely beneficial in the long-term and must be viewed as an investment.

“Before embarking on this, i...

With the ruling of the Constitutional Court having allowed power utility Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to claw back additional tariffs from consumers, solar energy equipment supplier Energy Partners HomeSolutions believes that this could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South Africans.

Energy Partners Home Solutions marketing and sales head Cala van der Westhuizen says solar energy can reduce the impact of future tariff hikes as a solar photovoltaic (PV) system can provide up to 30% of an average home’s energy.


Although this type of system costs upward of R80 000, she notes that it is hugely beneficial in the long-term and must be viewed as an investment.

“Before embarking on this, it is important to understand whether the home’s rooftop has been designed to accommodate the optimal number of panels.”


He explains that a hybrid inverter and battery, such as EnergyPartners’ ICON Home Energy Hub, enables property owners to integrate power from their solar PV panels, the national grid and batteries. It also incorporates a mobile app to track energy use and savings in real time.


He highlights that property owners can reduce their electricity costs by as much as 80% with the right combination of energy saving technologies. Homeowners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save and invest in energy efficiency, but most will find that even small changes could make a noticeable difference.

“Replacing a home’s light bulbs with energy efficient lightingis the first place to start. After that, replacing your home’s geyser with a heat pump, and a highly insulated hot waterstorage system, cuts the home’s electricity costs by an estimated 50%. The complete heating solution costs around R35 000 for the average home,” he states.

Van der Westhuizen points out that, while the capital required for home generation has decreased substantially in recent years, the upfront cost of a new system can still be prohibitively expensive for many homeowners.
Energy Partners is an approved credit provider under the National Credit Act and offers financing for homeowners. Energy Partners launched its Smart Living Solutionsinitiative in partnership with Nedbank last year. This enables qualifying Nedbank clients to invest in energy-saving products for their homes as part of their existing home loans.

“Our standard terms are prime +2.5%, financed over five years, with a 10% upfront deposit. We have also developed a long-term lease model, where the client can simply lease the system from us instead of having to pay for it upfront,” he states.

He concludes that alternative energy has become a good long-term investment with great financial benefits, and innovative financing options have made this option available to even more homeowners.

Boiler Supplier Secures Largest Order in 30 years

26 Jan 2018

Boiler supplier Dryden Combustion has experienced significant growth since it was acquired by energy solutions provider Energy Partners at the end of 2016, with the successful synergy between the companies enabling Dryden to secure the largest single order in its 30-year history last year.

Dryden will oversee the supply, installation and commissioning of four new 10 t/h coal-fired steam boilers, as well as the training of the boiler operators on behalf of a leading engineering group for a client in the local mining sector. Cold commissioning will take place in August, with hot commissioning following in September and the projecthanded over to the client at the end of October.

These boilers will, moreover, be fitted with ash and coalhandling systems, Dryden’s adv...

Boiler supplier Dryden Combustion has experienced significant growth since it was acquired by energy solutions provider Energy Partners at the end of 2016, with the successful synergy between the companies enabling Dryden to secure the largest single order in its 30-year history last year.

Dryden will oversee the supply, installation and commissioning of four new 10 t/h coal-fired steam boilers, as well as the training of the boiler operators on behalf of a leading engineering group for a client in the local mining sector. Cold commissioning will take place in August, with hot commissioning following in September and the projecthanded over to the client at the end of October.


These boilers will, moreover, be fitted with ash and coalhandling systems, Dryden’s advanced optiflame control panels and a hotwell tank with a stand.

“The relationship between Dryden and Energy Partners was crucial in securing this deal in the midst of stiff competition,” says Dryden CEO Jonathan Probert, with Dryden businessdevelopment manager Bradley Charles adding that being able to show the client a recently completed installation, at another client site, played a key role in reassuring the client of Dryden’s capabilities.


Probert highlights that this deal shows that coal is still a viable source of fuel and a cost-effective solution for steam users. With the vast array of services and options, including boiler monitoring and control optimisation panels, emissions are reduced and pollution effects are minimised.

In January last year, Engineering News reported that Cape Town-based Energy Partners – a member of the listed PSG Group – had acquired 100% ownership of Dryden Combustion. Together, the companies are able to provide the full spectrum of services and equipment required by industrial users of steam in Southern Africa, and internationally, making the combined group a one-stop shop for clients.

Energy Partners is a leading supplier of steam energy, combined with boiler control and optimisation systems, while Dryden Combustion is the largest supplier in Gauteng of refurbished coal-, oil- and gas-fired packaged steam boilers. Dryden also supplies new steam and hot water boilers and offers a comprehensive range of oil and gas burners, combined with service and spares backup for all equipmentsupplied by them.

As well as new boilers in various sizes and configured for various fuel types, Dryden also supplies reconditioned boilers and offers full steam outsourcing, long-term boiler rental and short-term boiler hire, providing clients with an array of options to supply the optimal steam solution.

In order to handle the additional workload stemming from higher volumes of orders, Dryden is also focusing on growing its customer services division. A third field services team was created last year, with another three planned for this year.

“By the end of 2018, Dryden will have a total of six servicesteams, dedicated to giving new and existing customers exceptional service,” concludes Charles.

Pick n Pay Longmeadow benefits from completion of solar PV project

25 Jan 2018

From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report.

The installation of a photovoltaic system for South African retailer Pick n Pay’s Longmeadow distribution centre will be fully operational by the end of the month. The solar PV system, installed by Energy Partners Solar, is believed to be the largest solar PV installation in South Africa. Nadine James has the story.

Nadine James: Energy Partners Solar CEO Manie de Waal explains that the installation was completed by a team of 16 – remarkable given the scale of the project.

Energy Partners Solar CEO Manie de Waal:

Nadine James:

The installation forms part of Pick ‘n Pay’s commitment to reducing its total energy intensity by 2020, as Pick 'n Pay Nation...

From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report.

The installation of a photovoltaic system for South African retailer Pick n Pay’s Longmeadow distribution centre will be fully operational by the end of the month. The solar PV system, installed by Energy Partners Solar, is believed to be the largest solar PV installation in South Africa. Nadine James has the story.

Nadine James:
Energy Partners Solar CEO Manie de Waal explains that the installation was completed by a team of 16 – remarkable given the scale of the project.

Energy Partners Solar CEO Manie de Waal:

Nadine James:

The installation forms part of Pick ‘n Pay’s commitment to reducing its total energy intensity by 2020, as Pick 'n Pay National Utilities Manager Natasha Jansen explains.

Pick 'n Pay National Utilities Manager Natasha Jansen:


Nadine James:
Jansen states that Pick ‘n Pay’s energy strategy has been immensely successful, reducing the retailers overall energy consumption per square meter by one-third to-date. De Waal adds that once all of Pick n Pay’s solar potential is realised, it will lead to a 6% reduction in grid usage for PnP. Jansen states that Pick n Pay’s has worked with Energy Partners Solar since 2010, and that the longstanding relationship is owed to the company’s exceptional offering and service.

Pick 'n Pay National Utilities Manager Natasha Jansen:


Nadine James:
De Waal points out that the Energy Partners Solar model, which has the company providing capital and maintaining the project on behalf of the client, has served it well, over the years.

Energy Partners Solar CEO Manie de Waal:


Sashnee Moodley:
That’s Creamer Media’s Real Economy Report. Join us again next week for more news and insight into South Africa’s real economy.

 

Be Electricity Savvy During The Holidays

21 Dec 2017

CAPE TOWN - Household electricity usage may increase during the festive as most of the family members are at home for the entire day, as people are on holiday. 

A rise in household electricity usage would impact on your budget.

In ensuring that the festive season budget is not overridden by electricity bills, homeowners need to take the responsibility to use alternative technologies to save electricity.

Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, Cala van der Westhuizen, notes that property owners can reduce their electricity costs by as much as 80% with the right combination of energy saving technologies.

Van der Westhuizen maintains that homeowners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save ...

CAPE TOWN - Household electricity usage may increase during the festive as most of the family members are at home for the entire day, as people are on holiday. 

A rise in household electricity usage would impact on your budget.

In ensuring that the festive season budget is not overridden by electricity bills, homeowners need to take the responsibility to use alternative technologies to save electricity.

Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, Cala van der Westhuizen, notes that property owners can reduce their electricity costs by as much as 80% with the right combination of energy saving technologies.

"Replacing light bulbs with energy efficient lighting, and replacing home’s geyser with a heat pump and installing a highly insulated hot water storage system, cuts the home’s electricity costs by an estimated 50%," Van der Westhuizen added.

Installing energy saving technology in your home helps consumers to save energy and their budgets for the long run.

Head of Retail Sales and Special Projects at FNB Housing Finance, Dr. Simphiwe Madikizela says as the cost of electricity continues to increase, many households are looking for efficient means of saving.

"Therefore, energy saving features like a solar geyser are significant for one's home as they give added value when you decide to sell your home," Madikezela added.

South Africans may see a 19.9% jump in electricity tariff prices in 2018.

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Be Electricity Savvy During The Holidays

21 Dec 2017

CAPE TOWN - Household electricity usage may increase during the festive as most of the family members are at home for the entire day, as people are on holiday. 

A rise in household electricity usage would impact on your budget.

In ensuring that the festive season budget is not overridden by electricity bills, homeowners need to take the responsibility to use alternative technologies to save electricity.

Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, Cala van der Westhuizen, notes that property owners can reduce their electricity costs by as much as 80% with the right combination of energy saving technologies.

Van der Westhuizen maintains that homeowners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save ...

CAPE TOWN - Household electricity usage may increase during the festive as most of the family members are at home for the entire day, as people are on holiday. 

A rise in household electricity usage would impact on your budget.

In ensuring that the festive season budget is not overridden by electricity bills, homeowners need to take the responsibility to use alternative technologies to save electricity.

Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, Cala van der Westhuizen, notes that property owners can reduce their electricity costs by as much as 80% with the right combination of energy saving technologies.

Van der Westhuizen maintains that homeowners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save and invest in energy efficiency.

"Replacing light bulbs with energy efficient lighting, and replacing home’s geyser with a heat pump and installing a highly insulated hot water storage system, cuts the home’s electricity costs by an estimated 50%," Van der Westhuizen added.

Installing energy saving technology in your home helps consumers to save energy and their budgets for the long run.

Head of Retail Sales and Special Projects at FNB Housing Finance, Dr. Simphiwe Madikizela says as the cost of electricity continues to increase, many households are looking for efficient means of saving.

"Therefore, energy saving features like a solar geyser are significant for one's home as they give added value when you decide to sell your home," Madikezela added.

South Africans may see a 19.9% jump in electricity tariff prices in 2018.

 
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Eskom Disappointed With Price Increase

18 Dec 2017

Eskom is disappointed with the decision by the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) on Eskom's allowed revenue increase of R190bn for the 2018-19 financial year.

 

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Eskom is disappointed with the decision by the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) on Eskom's allowed revenue increase of R190bn for the 2018-19 financial year.

 

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School Invests in Solar Power

14 Dec 2017

South Africa College High School (SACS) in Cape Town committed to clean energy by installing a solar system at its Rosedale Boarding House. The solar system was installed by Energy Partners Home Solutions, part of the PSG group of companies. SACS has become very aware of its carbon footprint, so a renewable energy option was important to it. In the past five years the school has also seen huge increases in electricity tariffs, so it needed to find a sustainable way of bringing those costs down. Schools like SACS, with boarding houses and plenty of activity over weekends and holidays, are ideal for installing solar systems, as these types of properties consume most of their energy during the day’s peak solar hours, and can therefore maximise the financial benefits of a renewable en...

South Africa College High School (SACS) in Cape Town committed to clean energy by installing a solar system at its Rosedale Boarding House. The solar system was installed by Energy Partners Home Solutions, part of the PSG group of companies. SACS has become very aware of its carbon footprint, so a renewable energy option was important to it. In the past five years the school has also seen huge increases in electricity tariffs, so it needed to find a sustainable way of bringing those costs down. Schools like SACS, with boarding houses and plenty of activity over weekends and holidays, are ideal for installing solar systems, as these types of properties consume most of their energy during the day’s peak solar hours, and can therefore maximise the financial benefits of a renewable energy solution. The school’s electricity bill has been cut by about one third, which amounts to a saving of around R75 000 at the current electricity tariffs.

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School Invests in Solar Power

14 Dec 2017

South Africa College High School (SACS) in Cape Town committed to clean energy by installing a solar system at its Rosedale Boarding House. The solar system was installed by Energy Partners Home Solutions, part of the PSG group of companies. SACS has become very aware of its carbon footprint, so a renewable energy option was important to it. In the past five years the school has also seen huge increases in electricity tariffs, so it needed to find a sustainable way of bringing those costs down. Schools like SACS, with boarding houses and plenty of activity over weekends and holidays, are ideal for installing solar systems, as these types of properties consume most of their energy during the day’s peak solar hours, and can therefore maximise the financial benefits of a renewable en...

South Africa College High School (SACS) in Cape Town committed to clean energy by installing a solar system at its Rosedale Boarding House. The solar system was installed by Energy Partners Home Solutions, part of the PSG group of companies. SACS has become very aware of its carbon footprint, so a renewable energy option was important to it. In the past five years the school has also seen huge increases in electricity tariffs, so it needed to find a sustainable way of bringing those costs down. Schools like SACS, with boarding houses and plenty of activity over weekends and holidays, are ideal for installing solar systems, as these types of properties consume most of their energy during the day’s peak solar hours, and can therefore maximise the financial benefits of a renewable energy solution. The school’s electricity bill has been cut by about one third, which amounts to a saving of around R75 000 at the current electricity tariffs.

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Costs spark solar idea

28 Nov 2017

Sacs has installed 94 solar panels at Rosedale boarding house in New­lands to reduce its energy use.

According to the school’s deputy principal, Barry van Selm, it is an attempt to cut expenses and look after the environment.

 

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Sacs has installed 94 solar panels at Rosedale boarding house in New­lands to reduce its energy use.

According to the school’s deputy principal, Barry van Selm, it is an attempt to cut expenses and look after the environment.

 

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Costs spark solar idea

28 Nov 2017

Sacs has installed 94 solar panels at Rosedale boarding house in New­lands to reduce its energy use.

According to the school’s deputy principal, Barry van Selm, it is an attempt to cut expenses and look after the environment. He says they are aware of their carbon footprint and have paid R470 000 for the ­installation.

He says the idea came after five years of experiencing huge increases in electricity tariffs.

“We needed to find a sustainable way of bringing those costs down through adapting the custom of using sun to heat up and for lighting at the boarding house. South Africa has the best sun in the world which will help us save a lot during the day. Learners appreciated the initiative, especially those doing Geography.”

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Sacs has installed 94 solar panels at Rosedale boarding house in New­lands to reduce its energy use.

According to the school’s deputy principal, Barry van Selm, it is an attempt to cut expenses and look after the environment. He says they are aware of their carbon footprint and have paid R470 000 for the ­installation.

He says the idea came after five years of experiencing huge increases in electricity tariffs.

“We needed to find a sustainable way of bringing those costs down through adapting the custom of using sun to heat up and for lighting at the boarding house. South Africa has the best sun in the world which will help us save a lot during the day. Learners appreciated the initiative, especially those doing Geography.”

 

“Being able to track the system’s energy production is very interesting and allows us to see the results. Our first electrical bill has not arrived yet, but based on what we have seen from the monitoring tool, our use of electricity from the grid has been cut by about one-third, which amounts to a saving of around R75 000 at the current electricity tariffs. We are very excited about the results we have seen so far and look forward to reducing our carbon footprint and electricity bills even further in the near future,” Van Selm says.

About 110 people will use the newly installed solar power. They include learners and staff staying at the boarding house.

Grade 11 learner James Lepan says they were happy to switch to the new energy supply. He says they have not experienced any change and would recommend a solar system to other schools. Lepan says he understands the installation “is expensive at the beginning, but it in the long run you will be saving a lot of money. It is even suitable for disadvantaged schools. “

Cala van der Westhuizen, head of marketing and sales of the solar panel installation company, says schools like Sacs, with boarding houses and plenty of activity over weekends and holidays, are the perfect place to install solar systems as these types of properties consume most of their energy during the day’s peak solar hours, and can therefore maximise the financial benefits of a renewable energy solution.

He explains: “The Energy Partners’ team started off with an in-depth analysis of the needs of the boarding house. This involved taking the generation capacity that regulations would permit the team to install into consideration. This enables the system to produce at the converter’s maximum level for as long as possible during peak hours and also produce excess power that the school will be able to possibly sell back to the City of Cape Town.

Energy Partners take controlling stake in Mr Sola

20 Nov 2017

The PSG Group of companies this week announced that Energy Partners, a, has invested in a controlling stake in Mr Sola. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karel Cornelissen, chief operating officer of Energy Partners. Image credit: Energy Partners

Mr Sola is a solar water heating supplier. According to Karel Cornelissen, chief operating officer of Energy Partners, this forms part of the company’s growth strategy to boost its footprint and servicing capacity.

Arno van Wyk, managing director of Mr Sola, says that the company has grown over th...

The PSG Group of companies this week announced that Energy Partners, a, has invested in a controlling stake in Mr Sola

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Karel Cornelissen, chief operating officer of Energy Partners.
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Mr Sola is a solar water heating supplier. According to Karel Cornelissen, chief operating officer of Energy Partners, this forms part of the company’s growth strategy to boost its footprint and servicing capacity.

Arno van Wyk, managing director of Mr Sola, says that the company has grown over the years to become a significant player in the home solar market, focusing on delivering reliable and energy reducing solutions to households. “We offer a unique solution where clients can install a solar water heater on a rent-to-own basis.  Monthly rental payments should be less than monthly savings and no deposit, maintenance or repair costs are required during the five years of the rental period.” 

He adds that the “green impact” is very important to the company. “Many might not be aware, but a solar water heater reduces the amount of CO2 emissions from a coal power station by 2 to 3 tonnes a year.”

Cornelissen says that Energy Partners was proud to form the agreement with Mr Sola, as sustainable energy solutions became increasingly relevant. “The new partnership will enable Energy Partners to add a solar hot water heating option to the company’s home energy solutions, which currently include a solar inverter and battery combination called the ICON Home Energy Hub, as well as solar PV, batteries, heat pumps and LED lights.

“This association with Energy Partners is a positive endorsement of our business model and we are excited to join the group, taking our business to the next level as we grow,” Van Wyk concludes.

Frigair Gains Support Of HVAC&R Heavyweights

01 Nov 2017

The FRIGAIR Expo 2018 organisers are excited to announce that the show is more than 80% sold out, with many big names (locally and internationally) coming on board to showcase their brands. Whether you want to exhibit or attend, make sure you don’t miss out!

 

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The FRIGAIR Expo 2018 organisers are excited to announce that the show is more than 80% sold out, with many big names (locally and internationally) coming on board to showcase their brands. Whether you want to exhibit or attend, make sure you don’t miss out!

 

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From Cape to Saudi Arabia: PSG’s Epic Bet

01 Nov 2017
Investment in desalination company pays dividends  

Picture: 123RF/ASAFELIASON

Stellenbosch-based investment giant PSG Group has not had to wait long for good news to flow from its newest investment in water desalination company GrahamTek.

On Tuesday GrahamTek reported the final sign-off on a locally designed and assembled set of modular sea-water desalination plants set for deployment in Saudi Arabia.

Only last week PSG confirmed – via subsidiary Energy Partners – an influential investment in GrahamTek for an undisclosed sum. Each of the modular plants can produce 3-million litres of potable water a day. GrahamTek CEO Julius Steyn said representatives from ...

Investment in desalination company pays dividends

 

Picture: 123RF/ASAFELIASON

Picture: 123RF/ASAFELIASON

Stellenbosch-based investment giant PSG Group has not had to wait long for good news to flow from its newest investment in water desalination company GrahamTek.

On Tuesday GrahamTek reported the final sign-off on a locally designed and assembled set of modular sea-water desalination plants set for deployment in Saudi Arabia.

Only last week PSG confirmed – via subsidiary Energy Partners – an influential investment in GrahamTek for an undisclosed sum. Each of the modular plants can produce 3-million litres of potable water a day. GrahamTek CEO Julius Steyn said representatives from Saudi Arabia had been in Cape Town for the past four days for a demonstration of the nonchemical desalination technology — based on the reverse osmosis process — at the company’s plant in the Strand.

It was a big achievement for a local company to apply its technology in the world’s biggest desalination and water treatment hubs, Steyn said.

"We were earlier this year contracted to do consultation and optimisation work on the four largest desalination plants globally. These Saudi Arabian plants produce more than 4-billion litres of water per day."

GrahamTek engineers identified opportunities to reduce the cost of water production by more than 20% and to improve the reliability of the plants in the process, Steyn said.

"Based on the successes achieved, the Saudi Arabian client asked GrahamTek to design a modular desalination plant optimised for their local conditions…."

Steyn said the company was also working on contracts in India and Ghana. Referring to the extended water shortages in Cape Town, Steyn reckoned the experience gained in Saudi Arabia would be very valuable to the rapid deployment that would be required to solve the crisis in a timely manner.

 
 

"Cape Town has the opportunity to not only provide long-term water security for the region, but also to develop a sustainable water economy with global reach."

He stressed that the capital costs of sea-water desalination plants were substantial. "If financed over the useful life of the plant, however, which is typically 20 years, water can be procured by the city at R12 to R18 per kilolitre, which is comparative to  what users pay on average in the city."

PSG CEO Piet Mouton said Energy Partners remained positive about the opportunity to provide support to the City of Cape Town.

Several tenders had been submitted in the recent tender rounds for "water desalination solutions".

In August the City of Cape Town issued its first tender to produce an additional 500-million litres of water from desalination plants.

It is expected that the first sea-water desalination plant would be in operation by the end of March 2018.

 

PSG-backed Cape Company Unveils Water Solution Product

31 Oct 2017

 

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Cape Town - GrahamTek, a global desalination and water purification company based near Cape Town, on Tuesday unveiled a locally designed and assembled modular sea water desalination plant for deployment in Saudi Arabia.

Each of the modular plants has the capacity to produce 3 million litres of potable water from sea water per day and can be upscaled to virtually any size.

The PSG Group put its weight behind GrahamTek by acquiring a controlling interest in the company via Energy Partners, a supplier of sustainable energy solutions in South Africa and Africa and part of the PSG Group.

GrahamTek CEO Julius Steyn said the company contracted to do consultation and optimisation work on the four largest desalinat...


 

(Ian Carbutt)

Cape Town - GrahamTek, a global desalination and water purification company based near Cape Town, on Tuesday unveiled a locally designed and assembled modular sea water desalination plant for deployment in Saudi Arabia.

Each of the modular plants has the capacity to produce 3 million litres of potable water from sea water per day and can be upscaled to virtually any size.

The PSG Group put its weight behind GrahamTek by acquiring a controlling interest in the company via Energy Partners, a supplier of sustainable energy solutions in South Africa and Africa and part of the PSG Group.

GrahamTek CEO Julius Steyn said the company contracted to do consultation and optimisation work on the four largest desalination plants globally earlier this year.

These Saudi Arabian plants produce more than 4 000 million litres of water per day. The GrahamTek engineers identified opportunities to reduce the cost of water production by more than 20% and improve the reliability of the plants in the process.

 

Cape Town water crisis

About the water situation in Cape Town, Steyn said GrahamTek’s technology is ideally suited to the South African environment.

“The experience gained in Saudi Arabia will be very valuable to the rapid deployment that will be required to solve the Cape Town crisis in a timely manner," said Steyn.

“Cape Town has amidst a major water crisis the opportunity to not only provide long-term water security for the region, but also to develop a sustainable water economy with global reach,” he added.

The capital cost of sea water desalination plants is substantial. However, if financed over the useful life of the plant - typically 20 years - water can be procured by the city at R12 to R18 per kilolitre, comparable to what users pay on average in the city, he explained.

“Desalination is a lot more affordable than most people would think. We’ve worked hard to present our desalination technology within the global benchmark for water tariffs. Without this ability GrahamTek would not have received water contracts from Saudi Arabia,” Steyn said.

Energy Partners has submitted several tenders in the City's recent tender rounds.

PSG-backed Cape Company Unveils Water Solution Product

31 Oct 2017

 

Cape Town - GrahamTek, a global desalination and water purification company based near Cape Town, on Tuesday unveiled a locally designed and assembled modular sea water desalination plant for deployment in Saudi Arabia.

Each of the modular plants has the capacity to produce 3 million litres of potable water from sea water per day  and can be upscaled to virtually any size.  

The PSG Group put its weight behind GrahamTek by acquiring a controlling interest in the company via Energy Partners, a supplier of sustainable energy solutions in South Africa and Africa and part of the PSG Group.

GrahamTek CEO Julius Steyn said the company contracted to do consultation and optimisation work on the four largest desalination plants globall...


 

Cape Town - GrahamTek, a global desalination and water purification company based near Cape Town, on Tuesday unveiled a locally designed and assembled modular sea water desalination plant for deployment in Saudi Arabia.

Each of the modular plants has the capacity to produce 3 million litres of potable water from sea water per day  and can be upscaled to virtually any size.  

The PSG Group put its weight behind GrahamTek by acquiring a controlling interest in the company via Energy Partners, a supplier of sustainable energy solutions in South Africa and Africa and part of the PSG Group.

GrahamTek CEO Julius Steyn said the company contracted to do consultation and optimisation work on the four largest desalination plants globally earlier this year.

These Saudi Arabian plants produce more than 4 000 million litres of water per day. The GrahamTek engineers identified opportunities to reduce the cost of water production by more than 20% and improve the reliability of the plants in the process.

 

Cape Town water crisis

About the water situation in Cape Town, Steyn said GrahamTek’s technology is ideally suited to the South African environment.

“The experience gained in Saudi Arabia will be very valuable to the rapid deployment that will be required to solve the Cape Town crisis in a timely manner," said Steyn.

“Cape Town has amidst a major water crisis the opportunity to not only provide long-term water security for the region, but also to develop a sustainable water economy with global reach,” he added.

The capital cost of sea water desalination plants is substantial. However, if financed over the useful life of the plant - typically 20 years - water can be procured by the city at R12 to R18 per kilolitre, comparable to what users pay on average in the city, he explained.  
 
“Desalination is a lot more affordable than most people would think. We’ve worked hard to present our desalination technology within the global benchmark for water tariffs. Without this ability GrahamTek would not have received water contracts from Saudi Arabia,” Steyn said.

Energy Partners has submitted several tenders in the City's recent tender rounds.

Green energy solves Veterinary Clinic’s electricity issues

31 Oct 2017
The Panorama Veterinary Clinic & Specialist Centre has reduced its electricity grid usage by 17% through the use of alternative energy generation recently installed by Energy Partners Home Solutions.

 

Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, explains that the clinic, which offers a 24 hour Emergency Service, had previously been paying at least R20 000 per month in electricity costs.

“In addition, their consumption often exceeded their breaker limit which caused power outages and sporadic tripping of the power supply.”

Panorama Veterinary Clinic & Specialist Centre is currently the only facility to offer specialist surgical servi...

The Panorama Veterinary Clinic & Specialist Centre has reduced its electricity grid usage by 17% through the use of alternative energy generation recently installed by Energy Partners Home Solutions.

 

Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, explains that the clinic, which offers a 24 hour Emergency Service, had previously been paying at least R20 000 per month in electricity costs.

“In addition, their consumption often exceeded their breaker limit which caused power outages and sporadic tripping of the power supply.”

Panorama Veterinary Clinic & Specialist Centre is currently the only facility to offer specialist surgical services in the Western Cape, which is why restoring power reliability and saving on operating costs were imperative, explains van der Westhuizen.

“The clinic made contact with Energy Partners in the beginning of 2017 with the objectives to reduce its electricity bill, lower its impact on the environment, increase supply capacity and to add to the value of the business.”

Van der Westhuizen explains that Energy Partners Home Solutions conducted an in-depth analysis into the specific requirements of the facility and determined that a 25kW 3 phase SMA Inverter and 17.2 kWp polycrystalline solar panels would provide the best results.

“After we installed the new system, the facility’s municipal electricity bill reduced by an average of R3 565 per month and CO2 emissions were cut by about 25 tonnes per year. More importantly, the team was able to increase the electricity supply capacity of the clinic by up to 25% during peak solar production, which means that future power outages due to overloading could be eliminated.”

Van der Westhuizen adds that embarking on a renewable and reliable energy solution was a big challenge for the clinic due to the high cost.

“The total cost of the required system was R306 666, and although this was a good investment, it would have impacted the clinic’s cash flow significantly. Through Energy Partners innovative financing options the clinic is now able to lease the system for the first year and pay it off over several instalments, which meant that they did not require any capital upfront.”

Finally, Van der Westhuizen points out that the system offers one more significant advantage.

“There are also tax incentives for installing renewable energy solutions. Depending on the size of the system, businesses like this one are able to deduct the cost of the technology from their taxes for the first year of its operation.”

Erica Kotze, Practice Manager at Panorama Veterinary Clinic says that going green has been a significantly positive step for the clinic.

“Working with animals, it was very important for us to also look at our own carbon footprint. We wanted to become more self-sufficient and reduce our dependence on the grid. At the same time, we have to have power available 24 hours of the day. The solution that Energy Partners installed for us gave us the best of both options.”

She adds that the team also made the installation and transition process as seamless as possible.

“We have animals undergoing operations, receiving x-rays and in intensive care. We simply could not have any disruptions or afford to have chaos here. The Energy Partners team made sure that the communication was clear and we were well informed throughout the entire process. They were also not intrusive and we hardly knew they were here for the duration of the project. The entire experience has been a positive one for us,” Kotze says.

“Renewable energy has become more reliable and affordable than ever before. Homeowners and small businesses alike are encouraged to research and consider the possibilities of installing alternative generation on their properties to reap the benefits,” Van der Westhuizen concludes.

How to ensure the shortest payback period for commercial solar

31 Oct 2017
While the payback period on commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has decreased substantially to within five years or less, reducing the time depends largely on the property owner.

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This according to Charl du Plessis, head of project development at EP Solar, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that PV installations that have been optimised for their specific application are yielding increasingly shorter payback periods. “In light of electricity ta...

While the payback period on commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has decreased substantially to within five years or less, reducing the time depends largely on the property owner.

How to ensure the shortest payback period for commercial solar

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This according to Charl du Plessis, head of project development at EP Solar, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that PV installations that have been optimised for their specific application are yielding increasingly shorter payback periods.

“In light of electricity tariff increases alone, companies that install new PV systems tend to see better returns on investment year-on-year already. There are also a number of things that a business can do to make sure that they get the best possible payback,” he says.
 

Most important factors


Du Plessis says that the most important factors to take into account regarding the payback period of a newly installed system, are the operation and maintenance costs, the degradation of the panels, electricity tariffs and tax incentives.

“When we calculate a client’s payback period, we usually include a conservative annual electricity tariff increase of around 6%. It is also important to understand that solar panels also lose their efficiency over time. After 20 years, they generally only generate about 80% of their installed capacity. This also forms part of the payback calculation, and it is important to make sure that the system’s efficiency does not fall below that. That is also why it is vital to ensure that the system has a 25 year warranty that stipulates exactly that.”

Du Plessis adds that the cost of electricity for the specific property needs to be factored in. “Companies with a portfolio of properties need to prioritise the sites that cost the most to power. It is also worth noting that the cost of PV systems can be deducted from the company’s tax for the first one to three years after installation, depending on the installed generation capacity.”
 

Operation and maintenance


According to Du Plessis, the operation and maintenance of a system may be one of the most important factors in ensuring a good return on investment. “This starts with the quality of the installation. We always motivate to use our in-house installation services, since it allows us to maintain control of the level of quality. We have also found that installations are more cost-effective when we do them in-house.”

Du Plessis also recommends that clients make use of a monitoring system that provides them with real-time data on the efficiency of the system, as well as identifying issues with the systems so that repairs can be made as early as possible.

“Properly planning the maintenance schedule of a system also helps to get the most out of an installation. Knowing which days and times to shut down sections of a system for maintenance, helps to ensure that the system still takes full advantage of the available sunlight,” he adds.

“The business case for commercial PV systems is already becoming stronger each year. Implementing the right measures will just bring so many more cost benefits to companies,” Du Plessis concludes.

 

Ensuring the shortest possible payback period vital for commercial solar

10 Oct 2017

The payback period on commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has decreased substantially and many companies can now expect solar panel installations to pay for themselves within five years or less. 

 

However, reducing the time it takes for a new system to pay for itself depends largely on the property owner. 

 

This according to Charl du Plessis, Head of Project Development at EP Solar, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that PV installations that have been optimised for their specific application are yielding increasingly shorter payback periods.

“In light of electricity tariff increases alone, companies that install...

The payback period on commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has decreased substantially and many companies can now expect solar panel installations to pay for themselves within five years or less. 

 


However, reducing the time it takes for a new system to pay for itself depends largely on the property owner. 

 

This according to Charl du Plessis, Head of Project Development at EP Solar, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that PV installations that have been optimised for their specific application are yielding increasingly shorter payback periods.

“In light of electricity tariff increases alone, companies that install new PV systems tend to see better returns on investment year-on-year already. There are also a number of things that a business can do to make sure that they get the best possible payback,” he says.

Du Plessis says that the most important factors to take into account regarding the payback period of a newly installed system, are the operation and maintenance costs, the degradation of the panels, electricity tariffs and tax incentives.

“When we calculate a client’s payback period, we usually include a conservative annual electricity tariff increase of around 6%. It is also important to understand that solar panels also lose their efficiency over time. After 20 years, they generally only generate about 80% of their installed capacity. This also forms part of the payback calculation, and it is important to make sure that the system’s efficiency does not fall below that. That is also why it is vital to ensure that the system has a 25 year warranty that stipulates exactly that.”

Du Plessis adds that the cost of electricity for the specific property needs to be factored in. “Companies with a portfolio of properties need to prioritise the sites that cost the most to power. It is also worth noting that the cost of PV systems can be deducted from the company’s tax for the first one to three years after installation, depending on the installed generation capacity.”

According to Du Plessis, the operation and maintenance of a system may be one of the most important factors in ensuring a good return on investment. “This starts with the quality of the installation. We always motivate to use our in-house installation services, since it allows us to maintain control of the level of quality. We have also found that installations are more cost-effective when we do them in-house.”

Du Plessis also recommends that clients make use of a monitoring system that provides them with real-time data on the efficiency of the system, as well as identifying issues with the systems so that repairs can be made as early as possible.

“Properly planning the maintenance schedule of a system also helps to get the most out of an installation. Knowing which days and times to shut down sections of a system for maintenance, helps to ensure that the system still takes full advantage of the available sunlight,” he adds.

“The business case for commercial PV systems is already becoming stronger each year. Implementing the right measures will just bring so many more cost benefits to companies,” Du Plessis concludes. 

SHORTEST POSSIBLE PAYBACK PERIOD VITAL FOR COMMERCIAL SOLAR

10 Oct 2017
The payback period on commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has decreased substantially and many companies can now expect solar panel installations to pay for themselves within five years or less. However, reducing the time it takes for a new system to pay for itself depends largely on the property owner.

This according to Charl du Plessis, Head of Project Development at EP Solar, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that PV installations that have been optimised for their specific application are yielding increasingly shorter payback periods.

“In light of electricity tariff increases alone, companies that install new PV systems tend to see better returns on investment year-on-year already. There are also a number of things that...
The payback period on commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has decreased substantially and many companies can now expect solar panel installations to pay for themselves within five years or less. However, reducing the time it takes for a new system to pay for itself depends largely on the property owner.

This according to Charl du Plessis, Head of Project Development at EP Solar, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that PV installations that have been optimised for their specific application are yielding increasingly shorter payback periods.

“In light of electricity tariff increases alone, companies that install new PV systems tend to see better returns on investment year-on-year already. There are also a number of things that a business can do to make sure that they get the best possible payback,” he says.

Du Plessis says that the most important factors to take into account regarding the payback period of a newly installed system, are the operation and maintenance costs, the degradation of the panels, electricity tariffs and tax incentives.

“When we calculate a client’s payback period, we usually include a conservative annual electricity tariff increase of around 6%. It is also important to understand that solar panels also lose their efficiency over time. After 20 years, they generally only generate about 80% of their installed capacity. This also forms part of the payback calculation, and it is important to make sure that the system’s efficiency does not fall below that. That is also why it is vital to ensure that the system has a 25 year warranty that stipulates exactly that.”

Du Plessis adds that the cost of electricity for the specific property needs to be factored in. “Companies with a portfolio of properties need to prioritise the sites that cost the most to power. It is also worth noting that the cost of PV systems can be deducted from the company’s tax for the first one to three years after installation, depending on the installed generation capacity.”

According to Du Plessis, the operation and maintenance of a system may be one of the most important factors in ensuring a good return on investment. “This starts with the quality of the installation. We always motivate to use our in-house installation services, since it allows us to maintain control of the level of quality. We have also found that installations are more cost-effective when we do them in-house.”

Du Plessis also recommends that clients make use of a monitoring system that provides them with real-time data on the efficiency of the system, as well as identifying issues with the systems so that repairs can be made as early as possible.

“Properly planning the maintenance schedule of a system also helps to get the most out of an installation. Knowing which days and times to shut down sections of a system for maintenance, helps to ensure that the system still takes full advantage of the available sunlight,” he adds.

“The business case for commercial PV systems is already becoming stronger each year. Implementing the right measures will just bring so many more cost benefits to companies,” Du Plessis concludes.

Anticipated tariffs hike makes energy efficiency wise choice

22 Sep 2017

A ruling by the Constitutional Court last month which allows State-owned power utility Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to permit Eskom to claw back additional tariffs from consumers, could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South Africans.

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A ruling by the Constitutional Court last month which allows State-owned power utility Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to permit Eskom to claw back additional tariffs from consumers, could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South Africans.

To read more, click here

 

Anticipated tariffs hike makes energy efficiency wise choice

22 Sep 2017

A ruling by the Constitutional Court last month which allows State-owned power utility Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to permit Eskom to claw back additional tariffs from consumers, could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South Africans. Energy solutions company Energy Partners Home Solutions marketing and sales head Cala van der Westhuizen explains that this latest development is expected to place consumers under more financial pressure but that homeowners can considerably reduce the impact of future increases.

“The good news is that alternative energy generation has never been more affordable and accessible to homeowners. Homeowners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save and invest i...

A ruling by the Constitutional Court last month which allows State-owned power utility Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to permit Eskom to claw back additional tariffs from consumers, could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South Africans.
Energy solutions company Energy Partners Home Solutions marketing and sales head Cala van der Westhuizen explains that this latest development is expected to place consumers under more financial pressure but that homeowners can considerably reduce the impact of future increases.

“The good news is that alternative energy generation has never been more affordable and accessible to homeowners. Homeowners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save and invest in energy efficiency, but most will find that even small changes could make a noticeable difference,” he says.
He points out that property owners can reduce their electricity costs by as much as 80% with the right combination of energy saving technologies. There are available technologies that could offer homeowners big long-term cost savings.

“Replacing a home’s light bulbs with energy efficient lighting is the first place to start. After that, replacing your home’s geyser with a heat pump, and a highly insulated hot water storage system, cuts the home’s electricity costs by an estimated 50%. The complete heating solution costs around R35 000 for the average home,” Van der Westhuizen explains.
Further, he says a solar photovoltaic (PV) system can provide up to 30% of an average home’s energy. A PV system costs upward of R80 000, but it is beneficial in the long term and must be viewed as an investment.
“Before embarking on this, it is important to understand whether a home’s rooftop has been designed to accommodate the optimal number of panels. A hybrid inverter and battery, such as Energy Partners’ ICON Home Energy Hub enables property owners to integrate power from their solar PV panels, the national grid and batteries. It also incorporates a mobile app to track energy usage and savings in real time,” he highlights.
Finding Funding
Van der Westhuizen points out that, while the capital requirement for home generation has decreased substantially in recent years, the upfront cost of a new system can still be prohibitively expensive for many homeowners.

“Energy Partners Home Solutions took this into account when we were looking into the affordability of our ICON Energy Hub, which is an all-in-one solution for storing and using solar energy in the home. As a result, Energy Partners developed its own financing options for the system,” he states.

The company is an approved credit provider under the National Credit Act and offers the financing for homeowners. He explains that the standard terms are prime + 2.5%, financed over five years, with a 10% upfront deposit.
“We have also developed a long-term lease model, where the client can simply lease the system from us instead of having to pay for it upfront,” he explains.

Energy Partners Home Solutions has also launched its Smart Living Solutions initiative in partnership with Nedbank this year. This enables qualifying Nedbank clients to invest in energy saving products for their homes as part of their existing home loans.

“Alternative energy has become a good long-term investment with great financial benefits, and innovative financing options have made this option available to even more homeowners,” concludes Van der Westhuizen. 

Energy efficiency home upgrades to save you money

12 Sep 2017

Energy-efficiency has become a global trend and designers are constantly presenting homeowners with visions of what high-tech, energy-efficient homes should look like.

The good news is that state-of-the-art energy saving solutions are available in South Africa, and in spite of perceptions, creating ultra-modern living spaces is affordable.

Whether designing and building a new house, upgrading a regular home or renovating a ‘fixer upper’, homeowners today have an incredible opportunity to implement great energy saving solutions.

Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, shares tips…

 

New water heating solutions

 

A geyser is responsible for over half of a ...

Energy-efficiency has become a global trend and designers are constantly presenting homeowners with visions of what high-tech, energy-efficient homes should look like.

The good news is that state-of-the-art energy saving solutions are available in South Africa, and in spite of perceptions, creating ultra-modern living spaces is affordable.

Whether designing and building a new house, upgrading a regular home or renovating a ‘fixer upper’, homeowners today have an incredible opportunity to implement great energy saving solutions.

Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, shares tips…

 

New water heating solutions

 

A geyser is responsible for over half of a home’s energy bill and the modern alternative is to install a heat pump, which uses about a third of the total energy.

In conjunction with a highly insulated hot water storage system, this solution cuts the home’s electricity costs by an estimated 50%.

A complete heating solution costs around R35 000 for the average home.

 

Rethinking lighting


Highly efficient LED lighting typically requires a tenth of the energy and has a longer lifespan than regular bulbs.

Constructing a new home or making major renovations is also an opportunity to allow more natural light into the building. 

 

The home’s orientation, larger windows, glass doors and skylights all reduce the need for unnecessarily turning lights on throughout the day.  

 

Insulate everything

 

Insulation is a cost-efficient measure with the biggest impact on reducing energy consumption.

Double-brick walls with insulation in between, and well-insulated ceilings and floors are vital. Double glazing also reduces heat loss through large glass surfaces like windows and sliding doors.  

Door and window frames are often overlooked sources of heat loss, and wooden frames are the most beneficial in terms of reducing heat transfer between the inside and outside of the home.

 

Heating and cooling the home

 

If you’re looking for a cheap way to heat up your living spaces, modern fireplaces are a great option.

Conventional underfloor heating that uses closed circuit water-based systems and heat pumps is also one of the most efficient ways to heat a well-insulated home. 

For cooling, a new inverter air-conditioner never uses more energy than required to maintain the desired temperature. 

 

Home energy models through software

 

Software modelling is commonplace in the commercial sector, and recently it has become more accessible to homeowners. It takes all the energy ins and outs into account, from heat radiating through windows and ceilings to the energy required for air-conditioning and heating water.

One case study in Hermanus saw Greenplan Consultants creating a virtual model of the home incorporating every possible variable, from the benefits of installing louvres, to the amount of heat removed by natural ventilation.

In the end, the consultant was able to increase the cooling efficiency of the home’s natural ventilation by 10%, and reduce the amount of energy needed for heating by a further 10%.

 

Solar panels and architectural considerations

 

A solar photovoltaic (PV) system with a basic grid tied inverter that provides around 30% of an average home’s energy costs upward of R80 000. We often advise architects and developers on the easiest way to ensure that the roof is compliant, even if a system will not be installed from the start. 

 

For a home to be able to accommodate the best possible solar array, the roof should be able to bear an additional load of at least 15kg per square metre.

Choosing the correct service provider is important too. There are many solar companies that do not have the experience, capabilities or intent to deliver a long-term and sustainable partnership to clients.

 

Batteries and home automation

 

Finally, adding a hybrid inverter and battery provides the most energy savings. The inverter enables you to integrate power from the solar PV panels, the grid and batteries. 

 

 

Energy saving tips to beat electricity price hikes in 2018

08 Sep 2017

The latest ruling by the Constitutional Court, allowing Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to claw back additional tariffs from consumers could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South Africans. However, there is hope for homeowners to considerably reduce the impact of future increases. 

This is according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, who says this latest development is expected to place consumers under even more financial pressure. He says the good news is that alternative energy generation has never been more affordable and accessible to homeowners.

Cala says property owners can reduce their electricity costs by as much as 80% with the right combin...

The latest ruling by the Constitutional Court, allowing Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to claw back additional tariffs from consumers could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South Africans. However, there is hope for homeowners to considerably reduce the impact of future increases. 

This is according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, who says this latest development is expected to place consumers under even more financial pressure. He says the good news is that alternative energy generation has never been more affordable and accessible to homeowners.

Cala says property owners can reduce their electricity costs by as much as 80% with the right combination of energy saving technologies. “Homeowners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save and invest in energy efficiency, but most will find that even small changes could make a noticeable difference.”

Cala points to the available technologies that could offer homeowners the biggest long-term cost savings.

 

What homeowners need to install

 

Replacing the home’s light bulbs with energy efficient lighting is the first place to start.

 

After that, replacing your home’s geyser with a heat pump, and a highly insulated hot water storage system, will reduce the home’s electricity costs by an estimated 50%. The complete heating solution costs around R35 000 for the average home.

 

 

Next, a solar photovoltaic (PV) system can provide up to 30% of an average home’s energy. While this type of system costs upward of R80 000, it is hugely beneficial in the long term and must be viewed as an investment. Before embarking on this, it is important to understand whether the home’s rooftop has been designed to accommodate the optimal number of panels.

Lastly, homeowners can choose a completely integrated system.

A hybrid inverter and battery, such as Energy Partners’ own ICON Home Energy Hub, enables property owners to integrate power from their solar PV panels, the national grid and batteries. It also incorporates a mobile app to track energy usage and savings in real time.

 

Funding options for home generation

 

While the capital required for home generation has decreased substantially in recent years, the upfront cost of a new system can still be prohibitively expensive for many homeowners. 

 

 

Energy Partners took this into account when we were looking into the affordability of our ICON Energy Hub, which is an all-in-one solution for storing and using solar energy in the home. As a result, they have developed their own financing options for the system.

Energy Partners is an approved credit provider under the National Credit Act (NCA) and offer the financing for homeowners, their standard terms are prime + 2.5%, financed over five years, with a 10% upfront deposit.

They have also developed a long-term lease model, where the client can simply lease the system from them instead of having to pay for it upfront.

Energy Partners recently launched its Smart Living Solutions initiative in partnership with Nedbank this year. This enables qualifying Nedbank clients to invest in energy saving products for their homes as part of their existing home loans.

Alternative energy has become a good long-term investment with great financial benefits, and innovative financing options have made this option available to even more homeowners.

Energy saving technologies will help consumers prepare for massive electricity hikes in 2018

07 Sep 2017

The latest ruling by the Constitutional Court, allowing Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to claw back additional tariffs from consumers could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South Africans. However there is hope for homeowners to considerably reduce the impact of future increases.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, who says this latest development is expected to place consumers under even more financial pressure. “The good news is that alternative energy ge...

The latest ruling by the Constitutional Court, allowing Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to claw back additional tariffs from consumers could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South Africans. However there is hope for homeowners to considerably reduce the impact of future increases.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, who says this latest development is expected to place consumers under even more financial pressure. “The good news is that alternative energy generation has never been more affordable and accessible to homeowners.”

According to Van der Westhuizen, property owners can reduce their electricity costs by as much as 80% with the right combination of energy saving technologies. “Homeowners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save and invest in energy efficiency, but most will find that even small changes could make a noticeable difference.”

Van der Westhuizen points to the available technologies that could offer homeowners the biggest long term cost savings.

What homeowners need to install

Van der Westhuizen says that replacing the home’s light bulbs with energy efficient lighting is the first place to start. “After that, replacing your home’s geyser with a heat pump, and a highly insulated hot water storage system, cuts the home’s electricity costs by an estimated 50%. The complete heating solution costs around R35, 000 for the average home.”

Next, he says that a solar photovoltaic (PV) system can provide up to 30% of an average home’s energy. “While this type of system costs upward of R80 000, it is hugely beneficial in the long term and must be viewed as an investment. Before embarking on this, it is important to understand whether the home’s rooftop has been designed to accommodate the optimal number of panels.”

Lastly, homeowners can choose a completely integrated system, according to Van der Westhuizen. “A hybrid inverter and battery, such as Energy Partners’ own ICON Home Energy Hub, enables property owners to integrate power from their solar PV panels, the national grid and batteries. It also incorporates a mobile app to track energy usage and savings in real time.”

Funding options for home generation

Van der Westhuizen also points out that while the capital required for home generation has decreased substantially in recent years, the upfront cost of a new system can still be prohibitively expensive for many homeowners.

Energy Partners took this into account when we were looking into the affordability of our ICON Energy Hub, which is an all-in-one solution for storing and using solar energy in the home, he states. “As a result, Energy Partners developed its own financing options for the system.”

Energy Partners is an approved credit provider under the National Credit Act (NCA) and offer the financing for homeowners, he says. “Our standard terms are prime + 2.5%, financed over five years, with a 10% upfront deposit. We have also developed a long term lease model, where the client can simply lease the system from us instead of having to pay for it upfront.”

Energy Partners recently launched its Smart Living Solutions initiative in partnership with Nedbank this year. This enables qualifying Nedbank clients to invest in energy saving products for their homes as part of their existing home loans.

“Alternative energy has become a good long-term investment with great financial benefits, and innovative financing options have made this option available to even more homeowners,” Van der Westhuizen concludes.

PREPARE FOR 2018’S RISING ELECTRICITY PRICES WITH ENERGY-SAVING TECH

06 Sep 2017
The latest ruling by the Constitutional Court, allowing Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to claw back additional tariffs from consumers could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South Africans. However there is hope for home owners to considerably reduce the impact of future increases.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, who says this latest development is expected to place consumers under even more financial pressure.

“The good news is that alternative energy generation has never been more affordable and accessible to home owners.”

According to Van der Westhuizen, prope...

The latest ruling by the Constitutional Court, allowing Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to claw back additional tariffs from consumers could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South Africans. However there is hope for home owners to considerably reduce the impact of future increases.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, who says this latest development is expected to place consumers under even more financial pressure.

“The good news is that alternative energy generation has never been more affordable and accessible to home owners.”

According to Van der Westhuizen, property owners can reduce their electricity costs by as much as 80% with the right combination of energy saving technologies. “Home owners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save and invest in energy efficiency, but most will find that even small changes could make a noticeable difference.”

Van der Westhuizen points to the available technologies that could offer home owners the biggest long term cost savings.

What home owners need to install

Van der Westhuizen says that replacing the home’s light bulbs with energy efficient lighting is the first place to start.

“After that, replacing your home’s geyser with a heat pump, and a highly insulated hot water storage system, cuts the home’s electricity costs by an estimated 50%. The complete heating solution costs around R35, 000 for the average home.”

Next, he says that a solar photovoltaic (PV) system can provide up to 30% of an average home’s energy. “While this type of system costs upward of R80 000, it is hugely beneficial in the long term and must be viewed as an investment. Before embarking on this, it is important to understand whether the home’s rooftop has been designed to accommodate the optimal number of panels.”

Lastly, home owners can choose a completely integrated system, according to Van der Westhuizen. “A hybrid inverter and battery, such as Energy Partners’ own ICON Home Energy Hub, enables property owners to integrate power from their solar PV panels, the national grid and batteries. It also incorporates a mobile app to track energy usage and savings in real time.”

Funding options for home generation

Van der Westhuizen also points out that while the capital required for home generation has decreased substantially in recent years, the upfront cost of a new system can still be prohibitively expensive for many home owners.

“Energy Partners took this into account when we were looking into the affordability of our ICON Energy Hub, which is an all-in-one solution for storing and using solar energy in the home, he states … As a result, Energy Partners developed its own financing options for the system.”

Energy Partners is an approved credit provider under the National Credit Act (NCA) and offer the financing for home owners, he says. “Our standard terms are prime + 2.5%, financed over five years, with a 10% upfront deposit. We have also developed a long term lease model, where the client can simply lease the system from us instead of having to pay for it upfront.”

Energy Partners recently launched its Smart Living Solutions initiative in partnership with Nedbank this year. This enables qualifying Nedbank clients to invest in energy saving products for their homes as part of their existing home loans.

“Alternative energy has become a good long-term investment with great financial benefits, and innovative financing options have made this option available to even more home owners,” Van der Westhuizen concludes.
 

Energy saving technologies will help consumers prepare for massive electricity price hikes in 2018

06 Sep 2017

The latest ruling by the Constitutional Court, allowing Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to claw back additional tariffs from consumers could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South Africans.

 

However there is hope for homeowners to considerably reduce the impact of future increases.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, who says this latest development is expected to place consumers under even more financial pressure. “The good news is that alternative energy generation has never been more affordable and accessible to homeowners.”

According t...

The latest ruling by the Constitutional Court, allowing Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to claw back additional tariffs from consumers could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South Africans.

 

However there is hope for homeowners to considerably reduce the impact of future increases.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, who says this latest development is expected to place consumers under even more financial pressure. “The good news is that alternative energy generation has never been more affordable and accessible to homeowners.”

According to Van der Westhuizen, property owners can reduce their electricity costs by as much as 80% with the right combination of energy saving technologies. “Homeowners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save and invest in energy efficiency, but most will find that even small changes could make a noticeable difference.”

Van der Westhuizen points to the available technologies that could offer homeowners the biggest long term cost savings.

What homeowners need to install

Van der Westhuizen says that replacing the home’s light bulbs with energy efficient lighting is the first place to start. “After that, replacing your home’s geyser with a heat pump, and a highly insulated hot water storage system, cuts the home’s electricity costs by an estimated 50%. The complete heating solution costs around R35, 000 for the average home.”

Next, he says that a solar photovoltaic (PV) system can provide up to 30% of an average home’s energy. “While this type of system costs upward of R80 000, it is hugely beneficial in the long term and must be viewed as an investment. Before embarking on this, it is important to understand whether the home’s rooftop has been designed to accommodate the optimal number of panels.”

Lastly, homeowners can choose a completely integrated system, according to Van der Westhuizen. “A hybrid inverter and battery, such as Energy Partners’ own ICON Home Energy Hub, enables property owners to integrate power from their solar PV panels, the national grid and batteries. It also incorporates a mobile app to track energy usage and savings in real time.”

Funding options for home generation

Van der Westhuizen also points out that while the capital required for home generation has decreased substantially in recent years, the upfront cost of a new system can still be prohibitively expensive for many homeowners.

Energy Partners took this into account when we were looking into the affordability of our ICON Energy Hub, which is an all-in-one solution for storing and using solar energy in the home, he states. “As a result, Energy Partners developed its own financing options for the system.”

Energy Partners is an approved credit provider under the National Credit Act (NCA) and offer the financing for homeowners, he says. “Our standard terms are prime + 2.5%, financed over five years, with a 10% upfront deposit. We have also developed a long term lease model, where the client can simply lease the system from us instead of having to pay for it upfront.”

Energy Partners recently launched its Smart Living Solutions initiative in partnership with Nedbank this year. This enables qualifying Nedbank clients to invest in energy saving products for their homes as part of their existing home loans.

 

“Alternative energy has become a good long-term investment with great financial benefits, and innovative financing options have made this option available to even more homeowners,” Van der Westhuizen concludes.

Seven questions to ask when choosing a solar solutions provider

04 Sep 2017

When it comes to affordable solar solutions providers, homeowners have more options than ever before. However, not all companies have the proper expertise, and while homeowners might be tempted to go for the cheapest option, the wrong choice could result in more problems than solutions.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that as th...

When it comes to affordable solar solutions providers, homeowners have more options than ever before. However, not all companies have the proper expertise, and while homeowners might be tempted to go for the cheapest option, the wrong choice could result in more problems than solutions.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that as the cost of solar panels has become more affordable to property owners, many consumers in South Africa have been able to afford installing photovoltaic (PV) systems in their homes. “This in turn has resulted in an increase in the number of solar solutions providers entering the market.”

 

Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions

He adds that not all suppliers are equal in the quality of service that they provide. “Homeowners have to make sure that they get the best value, best support and best installation available if they choose to install PV systems. All of these factors have a direct impact on the payback period for their systems.”

Van der Westhuizen says that there are seven questions that every homeowner should ask a solar solutions provider before engaging their services.

 

Does the business have a proven track record and a solid reputation?

“First and foremost, homeowners have to choose a company with a proven track record, which shows that their employees have the necessary experience and expertise to install reliable, efficient solar solutions,” Van der Westhuizen says.

“Find a company that has been in business for a number of years and is a stable operation. Remember that the lifespan of an energy system is crucial to its value, and a good system can reasonably be expected to last between 20 and 25 years. You therefore need to be sure that the company will remain in business for the entire period you will be using your system in order to deliver maintenance support,” he adds.

Van der Westhuizen also advises homeowners to get a third-party opinion. “You can do this by looking up the company’s social media pages, online testimonials and reviews on sites like hellopeter.com, or speaking to neighbours or friends who have recently installed home PV systems.”

What is the return on investment?

Van der Westhuizen explains that a good home solar energy system should reduce electricity costs by up to 70%, depending on the amount of roof space that the home has available.

“A proper solar solution should pay for itself in cost savings, and a carefully planned and designed solution could pay for itself within five years. Ask your supplier if they can make this promise,” says Van der Westhuizen.

Are their systems regulation-compliant?

Solar energy systems have to comply with local regulations and most municipalities require that homeowners apply for permission to connect their systems to the grid, says Van der Westhuizen.

“Your solar solutions supplier should advise you on, or even manage, this process on your behalf to help you ensure that your system is compliant. In our experience, we have seen homeowners with existing solutions discover that their original suppliers never registered their systems. This opens property owners up to the risk of steep fines,” he warns.

Is the company using the latest technology?

Solar technology is improving at a rapid pace to keep up with the fast-growing industry.

“It is therefore important that the company is up to date with the latest technology and is able to provide you with the best possible solar solutions on the market,” Van der Westhuizen says.

Is the solution right for you?

According to Van der Westhuizen, a good solar solutions supplier takes the individual needs of their customers into account and offers customised solutions that meet their unique home energy requirements.

“Before installing a solar system, the company should first do a thorough home energy assessment, taking into account factors such as the size of the home, number of family members and the area in which the home is located,” Van der Westhuizen explains.

Does the supplier take a holistic approach?

“As much as 40% of the energy that traditional solar PV systems could generate, often goes unused. A smart system designer will make sure that the maximum amount of energy is produced as a result of smart design, optimised usage and efficient storage,” says Van der Westhuizen.

He adds that a solar solutions provider should be able to see the bigger picture when it comes to helping homeowners save on electricity, and be able to recommend additional energy-efficient solutions as well.

Does the supplier have foresight?

Finally, Van der Westhuizen says that the expertise to help the homeowner plan properly, are vital. When implementing a solar solution into a new home design, it is vital that the supplier is capable of working with an architect and builder to understand the home’s requirements and effectively incorporate the system in the project plan.

The company should have the skills to instruct your builder or electrician on how to install the required wiring as part of your renovation or building project, to avoid extra costs later and to ensure a neat installation, he explains.

“When you compare quotes from different suppliers, do not forget to ask these vital questions. There are a multitude of factors that have to be taken into consideration when finding the right solar solutions provider, by going on initial costs alone homeowners could end up wasting money in the long term,” Van der Westhuizen concludes.

Messages from the industry

01 Sep 2017

John Ackermann and The Cold Link newspaper have played a crucial role in uniting the local industry over the past 30 years. John's name is synonymous with all things refrigeration, and role players of all ages and titles have a great respect for him.

 

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John Ackermann and The Cold Link newspaper have played a crucial role in uniting the local industry over the past 30 years. John's name is synonymous with all things refrigeration, and role players of all ages and titles have a great respect for him.

 

To read more, click here

O Brasil tem as condições ideais para uma revolução energética.

29 Aug 2017

Em maio 2017 Alemanha quebrou um recorde de energia renovável, quando 95% das demandas de energia nacionais foram atendidas por recursos energéticos renováveis ​​e preços de energia foi negativo por algumas horas…

Com cerca de 2 500 horas de sol por ano – entre os mais altos do mundo – o Brasil tem um grande potencial para uma revolução energética própria e uma capacidade semelhante no que diz respeito à geração de energia alternativa.

95% por cento da energia do Brasil ainda vem de um único utilitário, de propriedade estatal

Isso é de acordo com Cala van der Westhuizen , Diretor de Marketing e Vendas para Energy Partners – uma empresa lí...

Em maio 2017 Alemanha quebrou um recorde de energia renovável, quando 95% das demandas de energia nacionais foram atendidas por recursos energéticos renováveis ​​e preços de energia foi negativo por algumas horas…

Com cerca de 2 500 horas de sol por ano – entre os mais altos do mundo – o Brasil tem um grande potencial para uma revolução energética própria e uma capacidade semelhante no que diz respeito à geração de energia alternativa.

95% por cento da energia do Brasil ainda vem de um único utilitário, de propriedade estatal

Isso é de acordo com Cala van der Westhuizen , Diretor de Marketing e Vendas para Energy Partners – uma empresa líder no fornecimento de soluções de energia no país, que diz que cerca de 95% por cento da energia do Brasil ainda vem de um único utilitário, de propriedade estatal, enquanto a transição para fontes de energia renováveis continua a ser lento e em pequena escala.

Van der Westhuizen explica que, enquanto as empresas, muitas vezes, requerem uma abordagem personalizada, a fim de otimizar o uso de energia, uma abordagem simples, de três pinos pode ser implementado em larga escala em domicílios em todo o país.

Com cerca de 2 500 horas de sol por ano – entre os mais altos do mundo – o Brasil tem um grande potencial para uma revolução energética própria e uma capacidade semelhante no que diz respeito à geração de energia alternativa

Uma abordagem simples, de três pinos pode ser implementado em larga escala em domicílios em todo o país

 

1. O primeiro passo é a tecnologia eficiente

Toda a tecnologia ineficiente, como gêiseres velhos e as luzes devem ser substituídos com a mais eficiente tecnologia de aquecimento de água e iluminação.

2. Em segundo lugar, é necessário auto-geração de energia

Instalação de painéis solares foto-voltaica (PV) no telhado da residência permitirá que os proprietários de casa para gerar eletricidade a um custo menor do que o de compra de energia da Eskom.

3. O passo final e mais importante no presente processo é o armazenamento de energia eficaz

Adição de baterias e outros mecanismos de armazenamento, tais como tanques de água de grandes dimensões, garante que a energia gerada não é desperdiçado. Solar gerada energia pode assim ser utilizada durante os picos de vezes, quando o sol não está necessariamente brilhantes, tais como durante a noite entre 17:00 e 20:00.

A implementação destas três etapas pode salvar uma casa entre 50 e 75% de sua conta de energia existente

“É lamentável que um país tão rico em sol e do vento foi olhando para o buraco barril de uma crise de energia por vários anos. Talvez seja tempo para os setores privados e residenciais para tomar o poder em suas próprias mãos e para conduzir a revolução energética do Brasil “, conclui Van der Westhuizen.

SOLAR SOLUTIONS PROVIDERS: THE SEVEN VITAL QUESTIONS TO ASK

24 Aug 2017

When it comes to affordable solar solutions providers, home owners have more options than ever before. However, not all companies have the proper expertise, and while home owners might be tempted to go for the cheapest option, the wrong choice could result in more problems than solutions.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that as the cost of solar panels has become more affordable to property owners, many consumers in South Africa have been able to afford installing photovoltaic (PV) systems in their homes. “This in turn has resulted in an increase in the number of solar solutions providers entering the market.&rd...

When it comes to affordable solar solutions providers, home owners have more options than ever before. However, not all companies have the proper expertise, and while home owners might be tempted to go for the cheapest option, the wrong choice could result in more problems than solutions.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that as the cost of solar panels has become more affordable to property owners, many consumers in South Africa have been able to afford installing photovoltaic (PV) systems in their homes. “This in turn has resulted in an increase in the number of solar solutions providers entering the market.”

He adds that not all suppliers are equal in the quality of service that they provide. “Home owners have to make sure that they get the best value, best support and best installation available if they choose to install PV systems. All of these factors have a direct impact on the payback period for their systems.”

Van der Westhuizen says that there are seven questions that every home owner should ask a solar solutions provider before engaging their services.

  1. Does the business have a proven track record and a solid reputation?

“First and foremost, home owners have to choose a company with a proven track record, which shows that their employees have the necessary experience and expertise to install reliable, efficient solar solutions,” Van der Westhuizen says.

“Find a company that has been in business for a number of years and is a stable operation. Remember that the lifespan of an energy system is crucial to its value, and a good system can reasonably be expected to last between 20 and 25 years. You therefore need to be sure that the company will remain in business for the entire period you will be using your system in order to deliver maintenance support,” he adds.

Van der Westhuizen also advises home owners to get a third-party opinion. “You can do this by looking up the  company’s social media pages, online testimonials and reviews on sites like hellopeter.com, or speaking to neighbours or friends who have recently installed home PV systems.”

  1. What is the return on investment?

Van der Westhuizen explains that a good home solar energy system should reduce electricity costs by up to 70%, depending on the amount of roof space that the home has available.

“A proper solar solution should pay for itself in cost savings, and a carefully planned and designed solution could pay for itself within five years. Ask your supplier if they can make this promise,” says Van der Westhuizen.

  1. Are their systems regulation-compliant? 

Solar energy systems have to comply with local regulations and most municipalities require that home owners apply for permission to connect their systems to the grid, says Van der Westhuizen.

“Your solar solutions supplier should advise you on, or even manage, this process on your behalf to help you ensure that your system is compliant. In our experience, we have seen home owners with existing solutions discover that their original suppliers never registered their systems. This opens property owners up to the risk of steep fines,” he warns.

  1. Is the company using the latest technology?

Solar technology is improving at a rapid pace to keep up with the fast-growing industry. “It is therefore important that the company is up to date with the latest technology and is able to provide you with the best possible solar solutions on the market,” Van der Westhuizen says.

  1. Is the solution right for you?

According to Van der Westhuizen, a good solar solutions supplier takes the individual needs of their customers into account and offers customised solutions that meet their unique home energy requirements.

“Before installing a solar system, the company should first do a thorough home energy assessment, taking into account factors such as the size of the home, number of family members and the area in which the home is located,” Van der Westhuizen explains.

  1. Does the supplier take a holistic approach?

“As much as 40% of the energy that traditional solar PV systems could generate, often goes unused. A smart system designer will make sure that the maximum amount of energy is produced as a result of smart design, optimised usage and efficient storage,” says Van der Westhuizen.

He adds that a solar solutions provider should be able to see the bigger picture when it comes to helping home owners save on electricity, and be able to recommend additional energy-efficient solutions as well.

  1. Does the supplier have foresight?

Finally, Van der Westhuizen says that the expertise to help the homeowner plan properly, are vital. When implementing a solar solution into a new home design, it is vital that the supplier is capable of working with an architect and builder to understand the home’s requirements and effectively incorporate the system in the project plan.

The company should have the skills to instruct your builder or electrician on how to install the required wiring as part of your renovation or building project, to avoid extra costs later and to ensure a neat installation, he explains.

“When you compare quotes from different suppliers, do not forget to ask these vital questions. There are a multitude of factors that have to be taken into consideration when finding the right solar solutions provider, by going on initial costs alone homeowners could end up wasting money in the long term,” van der Westhuizen concludes.

What to consider when choosing an alternative water heating system

23 Aug 2017

With the latest utilities tariff hikes placing more pressure on consumers it is becoming increasingly important to find alternatives for the largest energy consuming appliances in the home, says Cala van der Westhuizen, head of marketing and sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies.

“Water heating accounts for as much as 50% of a household’s electricity use. Replacing a conventional geyser with a renewable energy alternative is one of the first ste...

With the latest utilities tariff hikes placing more pressure on consumers it is becoming increasingly important to find alternatives for the largest energy consuming appliances in the home, says Cala van der Westhuizen, head of marketing and sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies.

“Water heating accounts for as much as 50% of a household’s electricity use. Replacing a conventional geyser with a renewable energy alternative is one of the first steps to drastically reduce an average home’s monthly electricity spend. The current renewable energy powered water heating options available to homeowners are heat pumps and solar water heaters,” says van der Westhuizen.

“A heat pump uses energy from the surrounding air to heat water, whereas a solar water heater relies on the sun for power. Both options are good energy-smart investments, but each has different advantages and disadvantages.”

Van der Westhuizen notes that understanding the major differences between the two systems will help homeowners to choose the system that is right for them.

“A solar water heater is much easier to install than a heat pump, and the total cost of an average 200 litre system is around R26 000. In the short-term, this is cheaper than an average heat pump with a 300 litre efficient tank system, which costs around R35 500,” he says.

Solar water heating systems can also be expected to last for over 10 years, while heat pumps generally need to be replaced after five to 10 years.

Van der Westhuizen says that despite initial upfront costs, heat pump systems have significant advantages over solar heating.

“A solar panel needs to be oriented towards the sun to operate at maximum efficiency, and when there is no direct sunlight on the system, like at night or on an overcast day, the system relies on a regular geyser element. As a result, the efficiency of a solar heating system fluctuates between 45% and 70%. This comes down to an average drop in energy costs by about 54% over the course of one year.”

In contrast, a heat pump system is only slightly affected by variations in temperature, so it runs efficiently at any time of day.

“It requires about one-third of the energy of a conventional geyser to heat the same amount of water, resulting in an average energy saving of up to 70%. This results in a cumulative cost saving of around R62 500 for a standard four member household using an average of 52 litres of warm water a person over a ten year period. By comparison, a solar heating system achieves around R59 500 in savings under the same conditions,” he says.

Van der Westhuizen says that Energy Partners Home Solutions recommends installing heat pumps to most of their clients in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

“It is more efficient than an electric geyser and leads to bigger electricity savings over the long term than a solar water heater. These regions also receive less sunlight during their respective rain seasons, which means that a solar geyser will use a lot more electricity from the national grid,” he says.

“Heat pumps are consistent, rely on air and, can cut the cost of water heating by more than any other system currently on the market,” Van der Westhuizen concludes.

Avoiding the fluctuating price of solar for commercial property

21 Aug 2017

The cost of installing photovoltaic (PV) systems could rise in the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year, according to Charl du Plessis, Head of Project Development at EP Solar, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies.

He says the cost of solar panels will increase by about 7% in Q4 of 2017, as a result of the increase in the demand for PV systems worldwide. “This will effectively increase the cost of constructing a commercial 1MW PV installation in Q4 of this year by around R680 000.”

The price increase is temporary, with costs expected to equalise by the first and second quarters of 2018. “However, it is not realistic for commercial projects to wait for temporary price spikes like this to pass before commissioning a n...

The cost of installing photovoltaic (PV) systems could rise in the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year, according to Charl du Plessis, Head of Project Development at EP Solar, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies.

He says the cost of solar panels will increase by about 7% in Q4 of 2017, as a result of the increase in the demand for PV systems worldwide. “This will effectively increase the cost of constructing a commercial 1MW PV installation in Q4 of this year by around R680 000.”

The price increase is temporary, with costs expected to equalise by the first and second quarters of 2018. “However, it is not realistic for commercial projects to wait for temporary price spikes like this to pass before commissioning a new PV system.”

Installing PV systems are still valuable as the overall trend in the cost of solar has been downward, he says. “Ten years ago the average payback period of a commercial rooftop PV system was around seven years. It is now very common to see payback periods of under five years.”

Du Plessis explains that commercial solar in South Africa has shown an increased interest from the property market, with especially large property groups actively searching for alternative energy solutions. “It is also interesting to see that the knowledge and understanding around solar technology has definitely increased in this market. Many of the clients that approach us for alternative energy solutions have done their homework and know exactly what they are looking for in terms of capacity and performance.”

According to Du Plessis, it is vital for players in the commercial market to have access to the most cost-effective PV solutions when they need them and not have to stall projects because the price is too high. “A 7% price increase, like we are seeing in the cost of solar, absolutely affects the payback period of a system, but one cannot delay an entire construction project by three to six months as a result of it. Partnering with large solar providers that manage their logistics and warehousing in-house, is therefore paramount,” he says.

Du Plessis explains that established solar technology providers and installers are capable of absorbing temporary price hikes more effectively. “A technology provider needs to have enough stock in-house, and optimised procurement procedures such as off-take agreements with preferred suppliers in place, in order to reduce the impact of temporary price spikes.”

EP Solar has not only taken its logistics and warehousing functions in-house for this reason, but the company also manages its own installation, he says.

“It is important to understand that the quality of installation is the one aspect that sets solar providers apart more than any other. Having the highest quality Tier 1 PV systems installed by contractors that do not do the job right diminishes the effectiveness of the entire system. Every part of an installation, from the bend radiuses of power cables, to the planning of maintenance walkways all play a massive part throughout the lifetime of the installed system.” Du Plessis concludes.

Cheaper heating choices

19 Aug 2017

With the latest tariff hikes placing more pressure on consumers, it is becoming increasingly important to find alternatives for the largest energy consuming appliances in the home.

 

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With the latest tariff hikes placing more pressure on consumers, it is becoming increasingly important to find alternatives for the largest energy consuming appliances in the home.

 

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HOW COMMERCIAL PROPERTY CAN AVOID VARYING SOLAR INSTALLATION PRICES

16 Aug 2017

The cost of installing photovoltaic (PV) systems could rise in the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year, according to Charl du Plessis, Head of Project Development at EP Solar, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies.

He says the cost of solar panels will increase by about 7% in Q4 of 2017, as a result of the increase in the demand for PV systems worldwide. “This will effectively increase the cost of constructing a commercial 1MW PV installation in Q4 of this year by around R680 000.”

The price increase is temporary, with costs expected to equalise by the first and second quarters of 2018. “However, it is not realistic for commercial projects to wait for temporary price spikes like this to pass before commiss...

The cost of installing photovoltaic (PV) systems could rise in the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year, according to Charl du Plessis, Head of Project Development at EP Solar, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies.

He says the cost of solar panels will increase by about 7% in Q4 of 2017, as a result of the increase in the demand for PV systems worldwide. “This will effectively increase the cost of constructing a commercial 1MW PV installation in Q4 of this year by around R680 000.”

The price increase is temporary, with costs expected to equalise by the first and second quarters of 2018. “However, it is not realistic for commercial projects to wait for temporary price spikes like this to pass before commissioning a new PV system.”

Installing PV systems are still valuable as the overall trend in the cost of solar has been downward, he says. “Ten years ago the average payback period of a commercial rooftop PV system was around seven years. It is now very common to see payback periods of under five years.”

Du Plessis explains that commercial solar in South Africa has shown an increased interest from the property market, with especially large property groups actively searching for alternative energy solutions. “It is also interesting to see that the knowledge and understanding around solar technology has definitely increased in this market. Many of the clients that approach us for alternative energy solutions have done their homework and know exactly what they are looking for in terms of capacity and performance.” 

According to Du Plessis, it is vital for players in the commercial market to have access to the most cost-effective PV solutions when they need them and not have to stall projects because the price is too high. “A 7% price increase, like we are seeing in the cost of solar, absolutely affects the payback period of a system, but one cannot delay an entire construction project by three to six months as a result of it. Partnering with large solar providers that manage their logistics and warehousing in-house, is therefore paramount,” he says.

Du Plessis explains that established solar technology providers and installers are capable of absorbing temporary price hikes more effectively. “A technology provider needs to have enough stock in-house, and optimised procurement procedures such as off-take agreements with preferred suppliers in place, in order to reduce the impact of temporary price spikes.”

EP Solar has not only taken its logistics and warehousing functions in-house for this reason, but the company also manages its own installation, he says.

“It is important to understand that the quality of installation is the one aspect that sets solar providers apart more than any other. Having the highest quality Tier 1 PV systems installed by contractors that do not do the job right diminishes the effectiveness of the entire system. Every part of an installation, from the bend radiuses of power cables, to the planning of maintenance walkways all play a massive part throughout the lifetime of the installed system.” Du Plessis concludes.

How commercial property projects can avoid fluctuating price of solar installation

16 Aug 2017
The cost of installing photovoltaic (PV) systems could rise in the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year, according to Charl du Plessis, Head of Project Development at EP Solar, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies.

He says the cost of solar panels will increase by about 7% in Q4 of 2017, as a result of the increase in the demand for PV systems worldwide. “This will effectively increase the cost of constructing a commercial 1MW PV installation in Q4 of this year by around R680 000.”

The price increase is temporary, with costs expected to equalise by the first and second quarters of 2018. “However, it is not realistic for commercial projects to wait for temporary price spikes like this to pass before commissioning a new PV s...

The cost of installing photovoltaic (PV) systems could rise in the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year, according to Charl du Plessis, Head of Project Development at EP Solar, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies.

He says the cost of solar panels will increase by about 7% in Q4 of 2017, as a result of the increase in the demand for PV systems worldwide. “This will effectively increase the cost of constructing a commercial 1MW PV installation in Q4 of this year by around R680 000.”

The price increase is temporary, with costs expected to equalise by the first and second quarters of 2018. “However, it is not realistic for commercial projects to wait for temporary price spikes like this to pass before commissioning a new PV system.”

Installing PV systems are still valuable as the overall trend in the cost of solar has been downward, he says. “Ten years ago the average payback period of a commercial rooftop PV system was around seven years. It is now very common to see payback periods of under five years.”

Du Plessis explains that commercial solar in South Africa has shown an increased interest from the property market, with especially large property groups actively searching for alternative energy solutions. “It is also interesting to see that the knowledge and understanding around solar technology has definitely increased in this market. Many of the clients that approach us for alternative energy solutions have done their homework and know exactly what they are looking for in terms of capacity and performance.” 

According to Du Plessis, it is vital for players in the commercial market to have access to the most cost-effective PV solutions when they need them and not have to stall projects because the price is too high. “A 7% price increase, like we are seeing in the cost of solar, absolutely affects the payback period of a system, but one cannot delay an entire construction project by three to six months as a result of it. Partnering with large solar providers that manage their logistics and warehousing in-house, is therefore paramount,” he says.

Du Plessis explains that established solar technology providers and installers are capable of absorbing temporary price hikes more effectively. “A technology provider needs to have enough stock in-house, and optimised procurement procedures such as off-take agreements with preferred suppliers in place, in order to reduce the impact of temporary price spikes.”

EP Solar has not only taken its logistics and warehousing functions in-house for this reason, but the company also manages its own installation, he says.

“It is important to understand that the quality of installation is the one aspect that sets solar providers apart more than any other. Having the highest quality Tier 1 PV systems installed by contractors that do not do the job right diminishes the effectiveness of the entire system. Every part of an installation, from the bend radiuses of power cables, to the planning of maintenance walkways all play a massive part throughout the lifetime of the installed system.” Du Plessis concludes.

About Energy Partners

Founded in 2008, Energy Partners is a leading energy solutions provider in South Africa that provides clients with innovative solutions (including fully outsourced supply contracts – e.g. steam generation) to suit their needs. Energy Partners has built a high quality team of talented individuals and robust processes which offer end-to-end solutions and integrate the different components of energy optimisation to deliver optimum results – including capital solutions that put clients in a positive cash flow positions from day one. Industries in which Energy Partners specialise include: food retail, retail, healthcare, hospitality, food processing and logistics. For more information visit http://www.poweryourself.co.za/.

About PSG

PSG Group is an investment holding company consisting of underlying investments that operate across industries which include financial services, banking, private equity, agriculture and education. PSG Group has a market capitalisation in excess of R40bn, with our largest investment being a 30,7% interest in Capitec.

Additional group companies include Energy Partners, Impak, Curro and Capitec.

How commercial property projects can avoid fluctuating price of solar installation

16 Aug 2017

The cost of installing photovoltaic (PV) systems could rise in the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year, according to Charl du Plessis, Head of Project Development at EP Solar, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies.

He says the cost of solar panels will increase by about 7% in Q4 of 2017, as a result of the increase in the demand for PV systems worldwide. “This will effectively increase the cost of constructing a commercial 1MW PV installation in Q4 of this year by around R680 000.”

The price increase is temporary, with costs expected to equalise by the first and second quarters of 2018. “However, it is not realistic for commercial projects to wait for temporary price spikes like this to pass before commissioning a n...

The cost of installing photovoltaic (PV) systems could rise in the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year, according to Charl du Plessis, Head of Project Development at EP Solar, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies.

He says the cost of solar panels will increase by about 7% in Q4 of 2017, as a result of the increase in the demand for PV systems worldwide. “This will effectively increase the cost of constructing a commercial 1MW PV installation in Q4 of this year by around R680 000.”

The price increase is temporary, with costs expected to equalise by the first and second quarters of 2018. “However, it is not realistic for commercial projects to wait for temporary price spikes like this to pass before commissioning a new PV system.”

Installing PV systems are still valuable as the overall trend in the cost of solar has been downward, he says. “Ten years ago the average payback period of a commercial rooftop PV system was around seven years. It is now very common to see payback periods of under five years.”

Du Plessis explains that commercial solar in South Africa has shown an increased interest from the property market, with especially large property groups actively searching for alternative energy solutions. “It is also interesting to see that the knowledge and understanding around solar technology has definitely increased in this market. Many of the clients that approach us for alternative energy solutions have done their homework and know exactly what they are looking for in terms of capacity and performance.”

According to Du Plessis, it is vital for players in the commercial market to have access to the most cost-effective PV solutions when they need them and not have to stall projects because the price is too high. “A 7% price increase, like we are seeing in the cost of solar, absolutely affects the payback period of a system, but one cannot delay an entire construction project by three to six months as a result of it. Partnering with large solar providers that manage their logistics and warehousing in-house, is therefore paramount,” he says.

Du Plessis explains that established solar technology providers and installers are capable of absorbing temporary price hikes more effectively. “A technology provider needs to have enough stock in-house, and optimised procurement procedures such as off-take agreements with preferred suppliers in place, in order to reduce the impact of temporary price spikes.”

EP Solar has not only taken its logistics and warehousing functions in-house for this reason, but the company also manages its own installation, he says.

“It is important to understand that the quality of installation is the one aspect that sets solar providers apart more than any other. Having the highest quality Tier 1 PV systems installed by contractors that do not do the job right diminishes the effectiveness of the entire system. Every part of an installation, from the bend radiuses of power cables, to the planning of maintenance walkways all play a massive part throughout the lifetime of the installed system.” Du Plessis concludes.

Heat pump vs solar energy – here’s which saves you the most money

14 Aug 2017

In a post load-shedding world, the South African market has settled on heat pumps and solar water heaters to fight increasing electricity tariffs, according to Cala van der Westhuizen, head of marketing at Energy Partners South Africa.

Speaking to Property Wheel, van der Westhuizen noted that water heating accounts for as much as 50% of a household’s electricity use.

“Replacing a home’s conventional geyser with a renewable energy alternative is one of the first steps to drastically reduce an average home’s monthly electricity spend, said van der Westhuizen.

“The current renewable energy powered water heating options available to home owners are heat pumps and solar water heaters.”

In a post load-shedding world, the South African market has settled on heat pumps and solar water heaters to fight increasing electricity tariffs, according to Cala van der Westhuizen, head of marketing at Energy Partners South Africa.

Speaking to Property Wheel, van der Westhuizen noted that water heating accounts for as much as 50% of a household’s electricity use.

“Replacing a home’s conventional geyser with a renewable energy alternative is one of the first steps to drastically reduce an average home’s monthly electricity spend, said van der Westhuizen.

“The current renewable energy powered water heating options available to home owners are heat pumps and solar water heaters.”

While both heaters do fundamentally the same thing, a heat pump uses energy from the surrounding air to heat water, while a solar water heater relies on the sun for power.

Pricing compared

According to van der Westhuizen, a solar heater is traditionally much easier to install than a heat pump, with the the total cost of an average 200 litre system costing around R26,000.

He notes that in the short-term, this is cheaper than an average heat pump with a 300 litre efficient tank system, which costs around R35,500.

They will also typically last for over 10 years, while heat pumps generally need to be replaced after five to ten years, he said.

However, despite initial the steep up front costs, heat pump systems have significant advantages over solar heating, van der Westhuizen said.

“A solar panel needs to be oriented towards the sun to operate at maximum efficiency, and when there is no direct sunlight on the system, like at night or on an overcast day, the system relies on a regular geyser element.”

“As a result, the efficiency of a solar heating system fluctuates between 45% and 70%. This comes down to an average drop in energy costs by approximately 54% over the course of one year.”

In contrast, a heat pump system is only slightly affected by variations in temperature, and therefore it runs efficiently at any time of day, said van der Westhuizen.

“It requires approximately one-third of the energy of a conventional geyser to heat the same amount of water, resulting in an average energy saving of up to 70%.”

“This results in a cumulative cost saving of around R62,500 for a standard four member household using an average of 52 litres of warm water per person over a ten year period.”

“By comparison, a solar heating system achieves around R59,500 in savings under the same conditions,” he said.

WHAT TO KNOW WHEN CHOOSING AN ALTERNATIVE WATER HEATING SYSTEM

07 Aug 2017

With the latest tariff hikes placing more pressure on consumers it is becoming increasingly important to find alternatives for the largest energy consuming appliances in the home. This is according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that water heating accounts for as much as 50% of a household’s electricity use.

“Replacing a home’s conventional geyser with a renewable energy alternative is one of the first steps to drastically reduce an average home’s monthly electricity spend. The current renewable energy powered water heating options available to home owners are heat pumps and solar water heaters.&rdq...

With the latest tariff hikes placing more pressure on consumers it is becoming increasingly important to find alternatives for the largest energy consuming appliances in the home. This is according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that water heating accounts for as much as 50% of a household’s electricity use.

“Replacing a home’s conventional geyser with a renewable energy alternative is one of the first steps to drastically reduce an average home’s monthly electricity spend. The current renewable energy powered water heating options available to home owners are heat pumps and solar water heaters.”

He explains that a heat pump uses energy from the surrounding air to heat water, while a solar water heater relies on the sun for power. “Both of these options are a good energy-smart investment, but each holds different advantages and disadvantages,” he says.

Van der Westhuizen notes that understanding the major differences between the two systems will help home owners to choose the system that is right for them.

“A solar water heater is much easier to install than a heat pump, and the total cost of an average 200ℓ system is around R 26 000. In the short-term, this is cheaper than an average heat pump with a 300ℓ efficient tank system, which costs around R 35 500,” he explains.

Solar water heating systems can also be expected to last for over ten years, while heat pumps generally need to be replaced after five to ten years.

Van der Westhuizen says that despite initial upfront costs, heat pump systems have significant advantages over solar heating. “A solar panel needs to be oriented towards the sun to operate at maximum efficiency, and when there is no direct sunlight on the system, like at night or on an overcast day, the system relies on a regular geyser element. As a result, the efficiency of a solar heating system fluctuates between 45% and 70%. This comes down to an average drop in energy costs by approximately 54% over the course of one year.”

In contrast, a heat pump system is only slightly affected by variations in temperature, and therefore it runs efficiently at any time of day, says Van der Westhuizen. “It requires approximately one-third of the energy of a conventional geyser to heat the same amount of water, resulting in an average energy saving of up to 70%. This results in a cumulative cost saving of around R 62 500 for a standard four member household using an average of 52ℓ of warm water per person over a ten year period. By comparison, a solar heating system achieves around R 59 500 in savings under the same conditions,” he adds.

Van der Westhuizen says that Energy Partners Home Solutions recommends installing heat pumps to the majority of their clients in the Western Cape and Gauteng. “It is more efficient than an electric geyser and leads to bigger electricity savings over the long term than a solar water heater. These regions also receive less sunlight during their respective rain seasons, which means that a solar geyser will use a lot more electricity from the national grid,” he says.

“Heat pumps are consistent, rely on air and, can cut the cost of water heating by more than any other system currently on the market,” Van der Westhuizen concludes.

Your winter savings check list

21 Jul 2017

Winter is a time when you snuggle under thick blankets and perhaps turn down some dinner invitations on the other side of town, particularly when it’s wet and cold outside. While you may reduce the number of times you venture out – preferring instead to cosy up on the couch – what you don’t tend to do is reduce your consumption, both in terms of energy usage to keep the home warm and even when it comes to cooking food.

But even when you are in the middle of the coldest, wettest season, there are ways you can still slash your consumption of resources such electricity, water and food. Reducing the energy and water usage is vital, not only to save on costs but to preserve these resources. Ultimately, the mo...

Winter is a time when you snuggle under thick blankets and perhaps turn down some dinner invitations on the other side of town, particularly when it’s wet and cold outside. While you may reduce the number of times you venture out – preferring instead to cosy up on the couch – what you don’t tend to do is reduce your consumption, both in terms of energy usage to keep the home warm and even when it comes to cooking food.

But even when you are in the middle of the coldest, wettest season, there are ways you can still slash your consumption of resources such electricity, water and food. Reducing the energy and water usage is vital, not only to save on costs but to preserve these resources. Ultimately, the more we consume, the more we pay. Here’s how you can cut the costs:

REDUCE YOUR FOOD BILL

Discovery certified financial adviser Claire van Wyk recommends creating a meal plan and sticking to it. “We eat more in winter and snacking will cost more money if not planned. Cut the empty calorie snacks – they generally cost more and do very little for energy,” she says. She adds that you can cut costs by buying in bulk and cooking in bulk with meals like soup. “Search for seasonal fresh veg, usually roots etc. They are cheaper than out-of-season vegetables.”

LOOK AFTER YOUR HEALTH

Medical costs tend to rise in winter too, as this is the season in which we typically get sick. Van Wyk reminds us to get our flu vaccinations and take extra vitamin C and citrus daily. This can help combat the flu or ensure that we get a less extreme version of this illness – one from which you tend to recover quicker and need less care as a result.

INSULATE YOUR HOME

Approximately 50% to 80% of the home’s warmth escapes through the ceiling. Adrian Goslett, regional director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that homeowners can reduce this to around 3% by installing proper ceiling insulation, which will also mean that far less energy is required to heat the home.

Meanwhile, Derek Wilson, head of online insurance and financial comparison website Hippo.co.za, recommends simpler methods too, such as hanging thick curtains on all the windows and placing carpets on tiled or wooden floors to insulate your home.

REGULATE THE GEYSER

One of the most energy-hungry appliances in the home is the geyser because it accounts for as much as 40% of the electricity bill on a monthly basis. According to Goslett, one solution is to switch off the geyser during the day when no one is home and then turn it on for a set number of hours when it’s needed.

Or you can install a timer. “There are several automation products available to homeowners in this country that allow them to control the geyser’s thermostat remotely. The homeowner has the option of setting the times the geyser will be on and at what temperature – automatically,” says Goslett.

A geyser blanket can also add further insulation, keeping the water inside the geyser hotter for longer. A geyser blanket typically consists of a 50mm layer of glass fibre insulation with reflective foil sheeting on one side. A good geyser blanket will considerably reduce the rate at which the water cools, meaning you will consume less energy getting the geyser to heat the water again.

REDUCE YOUR USE OF OTHER APPLIANCES

Everyday appliances that you use can account for more than half of the wasted energy every month, according to Cala van der Westhuizen, spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions. Besides your geyser, appliances such as your tumble dryer, oven, swimming pool pump, air conditioning and portable heaters can be a huge drain on the grid.

For example, the typical tumble dryer costs about R6 per hour in electricity. “Running a dryer for two hours a day, five days a week adds another R240 to the home’s monthly electricity bill. To save on electricity, it is best to view your tumble dryer as something you should only indulge in on occasion. Only use it when you really have to and turn to the sun to curb its energy appetite,” says Van der Westhuizen.

CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE POWER SOURCES

There is a growing trend of households introducing energy-efficient elements to curb energy usage, thereby reducing the overall cost of running the home. “A study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders revealed that apart from a safe neighbourhood, the factor that influenced home-buying decisions the most was a home’s energy efficiency,” says Goslett.

Installing solar panels is one way to reduce your reliance on electricity and reduce your costs. Installing them is not cheap and experts say it takes about seven years to recoup the money invested in the panels. However, if you intend to stay in the home you currently reside in, doing this will save you money in the long run. “In most cases, solar panel systems save between 50% and 75% of an electricity bill. The money saved can go towards paying the solar panels off or other household expenses,” says Goslett.

Ultimately, by reducing your energy consumption and finding alternative sources of energy you are not only saving costs but helping preserve the environment too.

“The rising cost of electricity and worldwide depletion of resources has made it all the more vital to find ways to curb costs and reduce carbon emissions.

“Choosing energy-efficient options and investments now will have a massive impact on our energy and resource consumption in the future,” says Goslett.

Why SMEs should look at alternative energy solutions

07 Jul 2017

Cape Town - The financial strain on South African businesses is expected to increase exponentially in the foreseeable future as Eskom’s planned 19.9% tariff hike was announced to the public in June, according to Cala van der Westhuizen, head of marketing and sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies.

Van der Westhuizen said South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the coming years.

“In light of Eskom motivating for a near 20% increase to already high electricity prices, it is becoming increasingly important to consider alternative sources of energy,” said Van der Westhuizen.

Van der Westhuizen explains that this continuing trend w...

Cape Town - The financial strain on South African businesses is expected to increase exponentially in the foreseeable future as Eskom’s planned 19.9% tariff hike was announced to the public in June, according to Cala van der Westhuizen, head of marketing and sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies.

Van der Westhuizen said South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the coming years.

“In light of Eskom motivating for a near 20% increase to already high electricity prices, it is becoming increasingly important to consider alternative sources of energy,” said Van der Westhuizen.

Van der Westhuizen explains that this continuing trend will have the largest impact on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

“As we have seen in previous years, energy tariff hikes and other power related issues such as load shedding, had massive impacts on the operating costs and the already low profit margins of SMEs. There are however opportunities for smaller companies to reduce the impact of power costs and supply on their business,” said Van der Westhuizen.

Incentives

Van der Westhuizen says SMEs should take advantage of the incentives provided for the installation of renewable energy solutions.

“SMEs need to keep in mind that they can claim a percentage of the cost of solar and other renewable energy solutions back from SARS. Some banks also offer financing to their business banking clients for renewable energy solutions,” said Van der Westhuizen.

Another alternative for businesses, according to Van der Westhuizen, is to consider applying for financing.

There are many benefits to installing solar energy solutions in small businesses, all of which contribute to reducing operating costs and downtime in the event of power outages, according to Van der Westhuizen.

“A full solar solution can reduce the average SMEs electricity costs by as much as 30%. This figure is of course dependent on the nature of the business. Additionally, with custom heating, cooling and energy efficiency solutions tour clients can achieve a further 30% reduction in their electricity spend,” said Van der Westhuizen.

“Reliability of energy supply is vital for SMEs. Making the correct decisions, implementing the right energy solutions and using the optimal financing vehicle to will significantly reduce an SME’s annual energy costs.”

Five energy saving guidelines for SME’s

01 Jul 2017

Operational costs such as electricity, has a major impact on the profitability and growth of a business. Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, says that this is especially true for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

“Electricity is becoming increasingly expensive, which continues to put a lot of financial strain on small businesses, where minimizing operating costs is vital. Unfortunately, South Africa is likely to experience above-inflation hikes in electricity tariffs over the next eight years, which could have a huge effect on the future of the country’s SMEs. Eskom also re...

Operational costs such as electricity, has a major impact on the profitability and growth of a business. Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, says that this is especially true for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

“Electricity is becoming increasingly expensive, which continues to put a lot of financial strain on small businesses, where minimizing operating costs is vital. Unfortunately, South Africa is likely to experience above-inflation hikes in electricity tariffs over the next eight years, which could have a huge effect on the future of the country’s SMEs. Eskom also recently motivated for a near 20% increase in tariffs next year.”

He adds that the impact of this on SMEs is significant, considering that electricity costs account for between 20% and 40% of a company’s expenses.

Van der Westhuizen says however, that smaller operations have advantages which could benefit them significantly. “It is much easier for a small company to manage electricity consumption. SMEs also have the opportunity to implement energy saving measures from the earliest stages of their business, and continue building onto it as they grow,” he says.

Van der Westhuizen explains five things companies can do to become more energy efficient.

Changing company culture

Changing employees’ energy usage habits can be difficult, but Van der Westhuizen points out that it can also yield the quickest results.

“Business owners need to remind their employees that their contribution to the company’s energy saving policies make a difference. Switching off lights, air conditioners and electrical equipment at the end of the day saves money.”

“Many people also do not realise that electronics still use power even when they are turned off. To name one example, ten computers plugged in overnight will leak around R10’s worth of electricity per week and as much as R50 during weekends. This can add up to about R400 at the end of the month,” he says.

Rethinking lighting

A business that keeps regular office hours operates for at least 40 hours a week. Considering that most offices keep their lights on during that time, Van der Westhuizen says that lighting accounts for most of the electricity used in many businesses.

“One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to minimise your business’ electricity usage, is by replacing regular light bulbs with energy-efficient LED units. They use 90% less electricity than standard light bulbs and because they have a longer lifespan, your business’ lighting will require less frequent maintenance.”

“Using natural light to your advantage is another simple way to save on electricity: open the blinds more often to lighten the workplace, consider installing a skylight or paint the office walls in lighter tones that automatically brighten indoor spaces,” he says.

Working from home

Van der Westhuizen says that introducing work-from-home policies for staff on certain days can give a business an energy break, as well as improve staff morale.

“Incorporating technology such as Skype, email and safe network connections into daily operations can help maintain productivity while also contributing to significant electricity savings in the long run.”

Keeping employees comfortable

A business’ productivity relies on the comfort and happiness of its employees, which is why air conditioners have become a workplace essential in our exceptionally warm summers. “They are very heavy electricity users, which is why it is a good idea to switch on the air conditioner early in the day, on a milder setting that gradually cools down the office as the day gets warmer. This is much more efficient than trying to quickly cool down an area during the hottest time of the day,” Van der Westhuizen says.

“The office kitchen is a great place for saving electricity. Because an SME has fewer staff members, a smaller fridge that uses less electricity might be sufficient, while a hot water urn is a good energy-efficient alternative to a regular kettle. Also, replace the microwave and toaster with newer, more energy-efficient models that might be more expensive to purchase, but will help your business save money on electricity over time.”

Going solar

Utilising the sun’s energy to power your business will help you significantly reduce its monthly electricity bill, according to Van der Westhuizen. “Depending on the nature of the business, solar energy could help cut a SMEs electricity bill by as much as 30%.”

SARS also offers tax concession for businesses that go solar. A business can deduct the full cost of the installation of a solar energy solution from their business income tax in the first year.

Energy Partners Home Solutions offers customised solar solutions, as well as various financing options for SMEs. “As a registered financial services provider, many of our clients purchase a system that is financed by us and which they can easily pay off out of the operational budgets of their businesses. In certain cases, we can even offer a Performance Lease Agreement, which allows for the installation of the system at a fraction of the cost.”

“SMEs may be the hardest hit when it comes to electricity rising costs, but they also have some of the best opportunities to build the leanest and most efficient operations in their markets,” Van der Westhuizen concludes. 

About Energy Partners Home Solutions

Energy Partners Home Solutions (EPHS) offer clients holistic and innovative home energy solution guaranteed to realise significant savings on a household’s energy bills. In 2016, the organisation launched its ground breaking new product, the ICON Home Energy Hub. The first solar inverter and battery combination developed specifically for the South African residential market.

The ICON forms part of a full home energy solution, including Solar PV, Batteries, Heat Pumps and LED lights. By combining these technologies, Energy Partners (EPHS) is able to provide significantly better savings and financial returns than other solutions: a family sized home could save up to 70% of their electricity bill and earn more than 16% return on their investment – twice what a standard PV-only solution would provide. For more information visit: www.poweryourself.co.za 

About Energy Partners

Founded in 2008, Energy Partners is a leading energy solutions provider in South Africa that provides clients with innovative solutions (including fully outsourced supply contracts – e.g. steam generation) to suit their needs. Energy Partners has built a high quality team of talented individuals and robust processes which offer end-to-end solutions and integrate the different components of energy optimisation to deliver optimum results – including capital solutions that put clients in a positive cash flow positions from day one. Industries in which Energy Partners specialise include: food retail, retail, healthcare, hospitality, food processing and logistics. For more information visit www.energypartners.co.za

About PSG

PSG Group is an investment holding company consisting of underlying investments that operate across industries which include financial services, banking, private equity, agriculture and education. PSG Group has a market capitalisation in excess of R40bn, with our largest investment being a 30,7% interest in Capitec.

Additional group companies include Energy Partners, Impak, Curro and Capitec.

The innovations that will make future homes greener

01 Jul 2017

With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to be a major environmental concern, we decided to take a look at some of the most interesting advances in green building which might just change the construction industry for the better.

 

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With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to be a major environmental concern, we decided to take a look at some of the most interesting advances in green building which might just change the construction industry for the better.

 

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Maniere om krag te bespaar

27 Jun 2017

Maniere om krag te bespaar.

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Maniere om krag te bespaar.

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So Kan jy krag spaar in winter

27 Jun 2017

Cala van der Westhuizen van Energy Partners Home Solutions gee wenke om op lang termyn te bespaar.

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Cala van der Westhuizen van Energy Partners Home Solutions gee wenke om op lang termyn te bespaar.

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Bespaar só krag in jou huis dié winter

27 Jun 2017

Selfs in ’n betreklik warm land soos Suid-Afrika skiet die elektrisiteitsverbruik in die winter op – dikwels kort op die hakke van steeds stygende elektrisiteitstariewe.

Die goeie nuus is dat daar ’n klompie vinnige langtermynenergiebesparende wenke is wat huiseienaars kan volg om dié winter onnodige hoë elektrisiteitsuitgawes te voorkom.

Huiseienaars kan self besluit hoeveel hulle wil spaar en hoeveel hulle kan of bereid is om te bestee om te bespaar. Selfs klein veranderings kan reeds ’n noemenswaardige verandering teweegbring.

Cala van der Westhuizen, hoof van bemarking en verkope by Energy Partners Home solutions deel die volgende wenke:

Ligte

Om te leer om beligting beter te bestuur, kan ’n meetbare u...

Selfs in ’n betreklik warm land soos Suid-Afrika skiet die elektrisiteitsverbruik in die winter op – dikwels kort op die hakke van steeds stygende elektrisiteitstariewe.

Die goeie nuus is dat daar ’n klompie vinnige langtermynenergiebesparende wenke is wat huiseienaars kan volg om dié winter onnodige hoë elektrisiteitsuitgawes te voorkom.

Huiseienaars kan self besluit hoeveel hulle wil spaar en hoeveel hulle kan of bereid is om te bestee om te bespaar. Selfs klein veranderings kan reeds ’n noemenswaardige verandering teweegbring.

Cala van der Westhuizen, hoof van bemarking en verkope by Energy Partners Home solutions deel die volgende wenke:

Ligte

Om te leer om beligting beter te bestuur, kan ’n meetbare uitwerking op ’n huishouding se elektrisiteitsbesteding hê. Dit het veral in die winter, wanneer die son later opkom en vroeër ondergaan, ’n wesentlike uitwerking.

  • Vervang heel eerste konvensionele gloeilampe deur hoogs doeltreffende LED-beligting. LED-gloeilampe gebruik slegs sowat ’n tiende van die energie wat konvensionele gloeilampe benodig.
  • Tweedens is dit belangrik om net ligte aan te hou in vertrekke waarin jy of die gesin hulle bevind. Les bes kan doeltreffende beligting selfs verder gevoer word met intelligente stroombane wat ligte in ongebruikte vertrekke outomaties afskakel.

Isolering

Isolering is ’n bekostigbare voorsorgmaatreël met die grootste impak op die verlaging van elektrisiteitsverbruik.

  • Maak seker dat die huis se plafonne behoorlik geïsoleer is.
  • Verseël krake of gapings aan vensterbanke en deurkosyne.
  • Indien jy ’n paar rand het om te bestee, is dubbelglas vir vensters en skuifdeure die volgende stap.

Waterverhitting

Die verhitting van water is verantwoordelik vir meer as die helfte van die gemiddelde huis se elektrisiteitsverbruik.

In die winter styg die hoeveelheid energie wat nodig is om water te verhit omdat gewone geisers nie genoegsaam die verlies aan hitte kan voorkom nie.

  • Isoleer oop warm water pype om hitteverlies te verminder.
  • Stel die geiser se maksimum temperatuur tot 60 °C. Dit verskaf steeds genoeg warm water vir die huis en gebruik minder energie.
  • Jy kan besparing selfs verder voer deur ’n hittepomp en warmwaterbergstelsel te laat installeer. Dié stelsel gebruik sowat ’n derde van die totale energie wat deur ’n gewone geiser gebruik sou word en verloor minder as 3 °C in ’n 24-uur-siklus, selfs al is dit buite. So ’n stelsel kan ’n huishouding se elektrisiteitskoste met sowat 50% sny.

Verhitting van die huis

Verwarmers is verantwoordelik vir ’n aansienlike deel van ’n huishouding se elektrisiteitsverbruik.

  • Die beste advies hiervoor is om alle gewone verwarmers met muurverwarmers te vervang. In ’n behoorlik geïsoleerde huis gebruik muurverwarmers aansienlik minder energie terwyl dit steeds ’n gemaklike temperatuur handhaaf.
  • Om ’n moderne kaggel te laat installeer, is eweneens een van die beste maniere om vinnig en goedkoop ’n huis te verhit.

Gaan voluit

’n Volledig geïntegreerde oplossing met ’n fotovoltaïese stelsel en tuisbattery kan ’n huis se jaarlikse energiekoste met soveel as 80% sny. Terwyl die stelsel rondom R80 000 kos, is daar finansieringsopsies wat dit binne die bereik van kwalifiserende huiseienaars bring.

4 innovations that will make future homes greener

08 Jun 2017

World Environment Day, celebrated on 5 June this year, encourages worldwide awareness for the need to preserve and enhance our environment.

With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to be a major environmental concern, innovators around the world have come up with interesting advances in green building, which might just change the construction industry for the better. 

Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson of Energy Partners Home Solutions, shares some insight… 

 

1. Recycled paper bricks

 

University of Pretoria student, Elijah Djan was only 11 years old when he invented Nubrix, a brick made from waste paper. With only about 5% of South African households recycling their wa...

World Environment Day, celebrated on 5 June this year, encourages worldwide awareness for the need to preserve and enhance our environment.

With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to be a major environmental concern, innovators around the world have come up with interesting advances in green building, which might just change the construction industry for the better. 

Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson of Energy Partners Home Solutions, shares some insight… 

 

1. Recycled paper bricks

 

University of Pretoria student, Elijah Djan was only 11 years old when he invented Nubrix, a brick made from waste paper. With only about 5% of South African households recycling their waste paper, and the other 95% sending theirs to the already overflowing landfills, the environmental benefits of this product are clear. 

 

Djan is now turning Nubrix into a business. While more durability tests need to be done, he has subjected his waste-paper bricks to rain and compression tests, and built a Nubrix wall that’s still standing a year later. 

The hope is that in the near future, there will be a real drive towards sustainable innovation from both government and the building sector. 

 

2. Bird-friendly glass

 

GlasPro UV glass makes man-made structures safer for birds. About two-thirds of South Africa is urbanised, and a wide variety of bird species are attempting to survive in these unnatural and dangerous new habitats. 

Reflective, transparent materials such as windows cause hazardous collisions that kill millions of birds every year. 

 

GlasPro has come up with a simple, yet effective innovation to keep them safe: bird-friendly glass coated with UV liquid that makes it visible to birds. This glass will substantially reduce the number of injured birds in urban areas. 

Human eyes cannot detect the UV coating, so it also does not reduce visibility from our perspective. 

 

3. Buildings made of wood

 

Constructing any conventional home or commercial building requires tons of aluminium, steel, clay bricks and cement. There are many ways to marginally reduce the carbon footprint of these components but their manufacture has always been less than sustainable. 

 

Architects in the United States are now exploring a new kind of structure built entirely from timber. Wood is by no means a new building material, but new innovations have once again made it relevant to modern building. 

 

Researchers are combining new super-strong plywood, with precision digital CNC manufacturing processes to build timber structures that will rival conventional brick-and-mortar buildings very soon. 

While the costs of buildings like this are still high, proof of the concept already exists. An 18-story dormitory in Vancouver called Brock Commons, where construction finished late last year, is the tallest timber structure in the world. 

 

4. Modern twist on old practices

 

Researchers in Sweden have devised a way to adapt the so-called Trombe wall, a solar building design from the 19th century. This new take on an old idea can help to not only passively heat but also cool buildings, without increasing carbon emissions. 

 

A Trombe wall is a passive solar building design that is built on the winter sun side of a building with a glass external layer and a high heat capacity internal layer separated by a layer of air. This serves to heat the entire building in cold months. 

 

The new design, unveiled by researchers earlier this year, uses renewable wind and solar energy to generate both cooling and heating in buildings. The adjustments have also eliminated the original Trombe wall problem with overheating, which in turn has drastically reduced the total energy consumption and carbon emissions. 

 

Constructing these walls is also sustainable, with prototypes already having been built with stone, wood and even wool. Researchers have hailed the new design of Trombe wall as one of the best ways to meet the increasing energy demands of modern homes and commercial buildings without increasing carbon emissions. 

 

Beyond installing state-of-the-art photovoltaic, water heating and lighting solutions, sustainable building practices offer some of the best ways to bring new structures ever closer to being carbon neutral. 

Article courtesy of www.energypartners.co.za.

The innovations that will make future homes greener

05 Jun 2017
By Cala van der Westhuizen Spokesperson for consulting and energy solutions company, Energy Partners Home Solutions.

Today is World Environment Day, which is about encouraging worldwide awareness for the need to preserve and enhance the environment. With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to be a major environmental concern, we decided to take a look at some of the most interesting advances in green building which might just change the construction industry for the better.

Recycled paper bricks

University of Pretoria student, Elijah Djan was only 11 years old when he invented Nubrix, a brick made from waste paper. With only about 5% of South African households recycling their waste paper, and the other 95% sending theirs to the already overflowing landfi...

By Cala van der Westhuizen Spokesperson for consulting and energy solutions company, Energy Partners Home Solutions.

Today is World Environment Day, which is about encouraging worldwide awareness for the need to preserve and enhance the environment. With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to be a major environmental concern, we decided to take a look at some of the most interesting advances in green building which might just change the construction industry for the better.

Recycled paper bricks

University of Pretoria student, Elijah Djan was only 11 years old when he invented Nubrix, a brick made from waste paper. With only about 5% of South African households recycling their waste paper, and the other 95% sending theirs to the already overflowing landfills, the environmental benefits of this product are clear.

Djan is now turning Nubrix into a business. While more durability tests need to be done, he has subjected his waste-paper bricks to rain and compression tests, and built a Nubrix wall that’s still standing a year later. The hope is that in the near future there will be a very real drive towards sustainable innovation from both government and the building sector.

Bird-friendly glass

GlasPro UV glass makes man-made structures safer for birds. About two-thirds of South Africa is urbanised, and a wide variety of bird species are attempting to survive in these unnatural and dangerous new habitats. Reflective, transparent materials such as windows cause hazardous collisions that kill millions of birds every year.

GlasPro has come up with a simple, yet effective innovation to keep them safe: bird-friendly glass coated with UV liquid that makes it visible to birds, which will substantially reduce the number of injured birds in urban areas. Human eyes cannot detect the UV coating, so it also does not reduce visibility from our perspective.

Buildings made of wood

Constructing any conventional home or commercial building requires tons of aluminium, steel, clay bricks and cement. There are many ways to marginally reduce the carbon footprint of these components but their manufacture has always been less than sustainable.

Architects in the United States are now exploring a new kind of structure built entirely from timber. Wood is by no means a new building material, but new innovations have once again made it relevant to modern building.

Researchers are combining new super-strong plywood, with precision digital CNC manufacturing processes to build timber structures that will rival conventional brick-and-mortar buildings very soon. While the costs of buildings like this are still high, proof of the concept already exists. An 18-story dormitory in Vancouver called Brock Commons, which finished construction late in last year, is the tallest timber structure in the world.

Modern twist on old practices

Researchers in Sweden have devised a way to adapt the so-called Trombe wall, a solar building design from the 19th century. This new take on an old idea can help to not only passively heat but also cool buildings, without increasing carbon emissions.

A Trombe wall is a passive solar building design that is built on the winter sun side of a building with a glass external layer and a high heat capacity internal layer separated by a layer of air. This serves to heat the entire building in cold months.

The new design, unveiled by researchers earlier this year, uses renewable wind and solar energy to generate both cooling and heating in buildings. The adjustments have also eliminated the original Trombe wall problem with overheating, which in turn has drastically reduced the total energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Constructing these walls is also sustainable, with prototypes already having been built with stone, wood and even wool. Researchers have hailed the new design of Trombe wall, as one of the best ways to meet the increasing energy demands of modern homes and commercial buildings without increasing carbon emissions.

Beyond installing state-of-the-art photovoltaic, water heating and lighting solutions, sustainable building practices offer some of the best ways to bring new structures ever closer to being carbon neutral. 

About Energy Partners Home Solutions

Energy Partners Home Solutions (EPHS) offer clients holistic and innovative home energy solution guaranteed to realise significant savings on a household’s energy bills. In 2016, the organisation launched its ground breaking new product, the ICON Home Energy Hub. The first solar inverter and battery combination developed specifically for the South African residential market.

 The ICON forms part of a full home energy solution, including Solar PV, Batteries, Heat Pumps and LED lights. By combining these technologies, Energy Partners (EPHS) is able to provide significantly better savings and financial returns than other solutions: a family sized home could save up to 70% of their electricity bill and earn more than 16% return on their investment – twice what a standard PV-only solution would provide. For more information visit: www.poweryourself.co.za

About Energy Partners

Founded in 2008, Energy Partners is a leading energy solutions provider in South Africa that provides clients with innovative solutions (including fully outsourced supply contracts – e.g. steam generation) to suit their needs. Energy Partners has built a high quality team of talented individuals and robust processes which offer end-to-end solutions and integrate the different components of energy optimisation to deliver optimum results – including capital solutions that put clients in a positive cash flow positions from day one. Industries in which Energy Partners specialise include: food retail, retail, healthcare, hospitality, food processing and logistics. For more information visit www.energypartners.co.za

About PSG

PSG Group is an investment holding company consisting of underlying investments that operate across industries which include financial services, banking, private equity, agriculture and education. PSG Group has a market capitalisation in excess of R40bn, with our largest investment being a 30,7% interest in Capitec.

Additional group companies include Energy Partners, Impak, Curro and Capitec.

Innovations for greener homes

05 Jun 2017
by Cala van der Westhuizen, Energy Partners Home Solutions  

Today is World Environment Day, which is about encouraging worldwide awareness for the need to preserve and enhance the environment. With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to be a major environmental concern, we decided to take a look at some of the most interesting advances in green building which might just change the construction industry for the better.

 

Recycled paper bricks

University of Pretoria student, Elijah Djan was only 11 years old when he invented Nubrix, a brick made from waste paper. With only about 5% of South African households recycling their waste paper, and the other 95% sending theirs to the already overflowing landfills, the environmental benefit...

by Cala van der Westhuizen, Energy Partners Home Solutions
 

Today is World Environment Day, which is about encouraging worldwide awareness for the need to preserve and enhance the environment. With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to be a major environmental concern, we decided to take a look at some of the most interesting advances in green building which might just change the construction industry for the better.

 

Recycled paper bricks

University of Pretoria student, Elijah Djan was only 11 years old when he invented Nubrix, a brick made from waste paper. With only about 5% of South African households recycling their waste paper, and the other 95% sending theirs to the already overflowing landfills, the environmental benefits of this product are clear.

Djan is now turning Nubrix into a business. While more durability tests need to be done, he has subjected his waste-paper bricks to rain and compression tests, and built a Nubrix wall that’s still standing a year later. The hope is that in the near future there will be a very real drive towards sustainable innovation from both government and the building sector.

 

Bird-friendly glass

GlasPro UV glass makes man-made structures safer for birds. About two-thirds of South Africa is urbanised, and a wide variety of bird species are attempting to survive in these unnatural and dangerous new habitats. Reflective, transparent materials such as windows cause hazardous collisions that kill millions of birds every year.

GlasPro has come up with a simple, yet effective innovation to keep them safe: bird-friendly glass coated with UV liquid that makes it visible to birds, which will substantially reduce the number of injured birds in urban areas. Human eyes cannot detect the UV coating, so it also does not reduce visibility from our perspective.

Buildings made of wood

Constructing any conventional home or commercial building requires tons of aluminium, steel, clay bricks and cement. There are many ways to marginally reduce the carbon footprint of these components but their manufacture has always been less than sustainable.

Architects in the United States are now exploring a new kind of structure built entirely from timber. Wood is by no means a new building material, but new innovations have once again made it relevant to modern building.

Researchers are combining new super-strong plywood, with precision digital CNC manufacturing processes to build timber structures that will rival conventional brick-and-mortar buildings very soon. While the costs of buildings like this are still high, proof of the concept already exists. An 18-story dormitory in Vancouver called Brock Commons, which finished construction late in last year, is the tallest timber structure in the world.

Modern twist on old practices

Researchers in Sweden have devised a way to adapt the so-called Trombe wall, a solar building design from the 19th century. This new take on an old idea can help to not only passively heat but also cool buildings, without increasing carbon emissions.

A Trombe wall is a passive solar building design that is built on the winter sun side of a building with a glass external layer and a high heat capacity internal layer separated by a layer of air. This serves to heat the entire building in cold months.

The new design, unveiled by researchers earlier this year, uses renewable wind and solar energy to generate both cooling and heating in buildings. The adjustments have also eliminated the original Trombe wall problem with overheating, which in turn has drastically reduced the total energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Constructing these walls is also sustainable, with prototypes already having been built with stone, wood and even wool. Researchers have hailed the new design of Trombe wall, as one of the best ways to meet the increasing energy demands of modern homes and commercial buildings without increasing carbon emissions.

Enquiries: Visit www.poweryourself.co.za

The innovations that will make future homes greener

05 Jun 2017

By Cala van der Westhuizen

Today is World Environment Day, which is about encouraging worldwide awareness for the need to preserve and enhance the environment. With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to be a major environmental concern, we decided to take a look at some of the most interesting advances in green building which might just change the construction industry for the better.

 

Recycled paper bricks

 

University of Pretoria student, Elijah Djan was only 11 years old when he invented Nubrix, a brick made from waste paper. With only about 5% of South African households recycling their waste paper, and the other 95% sending theirs to the already overflowing landfills, the environmental benefits of this product are clear.

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By Cala van der Westhuizen

Today is World Environment Day, which is about encouraging worldwide awareness for the need to preserve and enhance the environment. With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to be a major environmental concern, we decided to take a look at some of the most interesting advances in green building which might just change the construction industry for the better.

 

Recycled paper bricks

 

University of Pretoria student, Elijah Djan was only 11 years old when he invented Nubrix, a brick made from waste paper. With only about 5% of South African households recycling their waste paper, and the other 95% sending theirs to the already overflowing landfills, the environmental benefits of this product are clear.

 

Djan is now turning Nubrix into a business. While more durability tests need to be done, he has subjected his waste-paper bricks to rain and compression tests, and built a Nubrix wall that’s still standing a year later. The hope is that in the near future there will be a very real drive towards sustainable innovation from both government and the building sector.

 

Bird-friendly glass

 

GlasPro UV glass makes man-made structures safer for birds. About two-thirds of South Africa is urbanised, and a wide variety of bird species are attempting to survive in these unnatural and dangerous new habitats. Reflective, transparent materials such as windows cause hazardous collisions that kill millions of birds every year.

 

GlasPro has come up with a simple, yet effective innovation to keep them safe: bird-friendly glass coated with UV liquid that makes it visible to birds, which will substantially reduce the number of injured birds in urban areas. Human eyes cannot detect the UV coating, so it also does not reduce visibility from our perspective.

 

Buildings made of wood

 

Constructing any conventional home or commercial building requires tons of aluminium, steel, clay bricks and cement. There are many ways to marginally reduce the carbon footprint of these components but their manufacture has always been less than sustainable.

 

Architects in the United States are now exploring a new kind of structure built entirely from timber. Wood is by no means a new building material, but new innovations have once again made it relevant to modern building.

 

Researchers are combining new super-strong plywood, with precision digital CNC manufacturing processes to build timber structures that will rival conventional brick-and-mortar buildings very soon. While the costs of buildings like this are still high, proof of the concept already exists. An 18-story dormitory in Vancouver called Brock Commons, which finished construction late in last year, is the tallest timber structure in the world.

 

Modern twist on old practices

 

Researchers in Sweden have devised a way to adapt the so-called Trombe wall, a solar building design from the 19th century. This new take on an old idea can help to not only passively heat but also cool buildings, without increasing carbon emissions.

 

A Trombe wall is a passive solar building design that is built on the winter sun side of a building with a glass external layer and a high heat capacity internal layer separated by a layer of air. This serves to heat the entire building in cold months.

 

The new design, unveiled by researchers earlier this year, uses renewable wind and solar energy to generate both cooling and heating in buildings. The adjustments have also eliminated the original Trombe wall problem with overheating, which in turn has drastically reduced the total energy consumption and carbon emissions.

 

Constructing these walls is also sustainable, with prototypes already having been built with stone, wood and even wool. Researchers have hailed the new design of Trombe wall, as one of the best ways to meet the increasing energy demands of modern homes and commercial buildings without increasing carbon emissions.

 

Beyond installing state-of-the-art photovoltaic, water heating and lighting solutions, sustainable building practices offer some of the best ways to bring new structures ever closer to being carbon neutral.

The innovations that will make future homes greener!

05 Jun 2017

Today is World Environment Day, which is about encouraging worldwide awareness for the need to preserve and enhance the environment. With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to be a major environmental concern, we decided to take a look at some of the most interesting advances in green building which might just change the construction industry for the better.

Recycled paper bricks

University of Pretoria student, Elijah Djan was only 11 years old when he invented Nubrix, a brick made from waste paper. With only about 5% of South African households recycling their waste paper, and the other 95% sending theirs to the already overflowing landfills, the environmental benefits of this product are clear.

Djan is now turning Nubrix into a business. While more durability ...

Today is World Environment Day, which is about encouraging worldwide awareness for the need to preserve and enhance the environment. With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to be a major environmental concern, we decided to take a look at some of the most interesting advances in green building which might just change the construction industry for the better.

Recycled paper bricks

University of Pretoria student, Elijah Djan was only 11 years old when he invented Nubrix, a brick made from waste paper. With only about 5% of South African households recycling their waste paper, and the other 95% sending theirs to the already overflowing landfills, the environmental benefits of this product are clear.

Djan is now turning Nubrix into a business. While more durability tests need to be done, he has subjected his waste-paper bricks to rain and compression tests, and built a Nubrix wall that’s still standing a year later. The hope is that in the near future there will be a very real drive towards sustainable innovation from both government and the building sector.

Bird-friendly glass

GlasPro UV glass makes man-made structures safer for birds. About two-thirds of South Africa is urbanised, and a wide variety of bird species are attempting to survive in these unnatural and dangerous new habitats. Reflective, transparent materials such as windows cause hazardous collisions that kill millions of birds every year.

GlasPro has come up with a simple, yet effective innovation to keep them safe: bird-friendly glass coated with UV liquid that makes it visible to birds, which will substantially reduce the number of injured birds in urban areas. Human eyes cannot detect the UV coating, so it also does not reduce visibility from our perspective.

Buildings made of wood

Constructing any conventional home or commercial building requires tons of aluminium, steel, clay bricks and cement. There are many ways to marginally reduce the carbon footprint of these components but their manufacture has always been less than sustainable.

Architects in the United States are now exploring a new kind of structure built entirely from timber. Wood is by no means a new building material, but new innovations have once again made it relevant to modern building.

Researchers are combining new super-strong plywood, with precision digital CNC manufacturing processes to build timber structures that will rival conventional brick-and-mortar buildings very soon. While the costs of buildings like this are still high, proof of the concept already exists. An 18-story dormitory in Vancouver called Brock Commons, which finished construction late in last year, is the tallest timber structure in the world.


 

Modern twist on old practices

Researchers in Sweden have devised a way to adapt the so-called Trombe wall, a solar building design from the 19th century. This new take on an old idea can help to not only passively heat but also cool buildings, without increasing carbon emissions.

A Trombe wall is a passive solar building design that is built on the winter sun side of a building with a glass external layer and a high heat capacity internal layer separated by a layer of air. This serves to heat the entire building in cold months.

The new design, unveiled by researchers earlier this year, uses renewable wind and solar energy to generate both cooling and heating in buildings. The adjustments have also eliminated the original Trombe wall problem with overheating, which in turn has drastically reduced the total energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Constructing these walls is also sustainable, with prototypes already having been built with stone, wood and even wool. Researchers have hailed the new design of Trombe wall, as one of the best ways to meet the increasing energy demands of modern homes and commercial buildings without increasing carbon emissions.

Beyond installing state-of-the-art photovoltaic, water heating and lighting solutions, sustainable building practices offer some of the best ways to bring new structures ever closer to being carbon neutral.

About Energy Partners Home Solutions

Energy Partners Home Solutions (EPHS) offer clients holistic and innovative home energy solution guaranteed to realise significant savings on a household’s energy bills. In 2016, the organisation launched its ground breaking new product, the ICON Home Energy Hub. The first solar inverter and battery combination developed specifically for the South African residential market.

The ICON forms part of a full home energy solution, including Solar PV, Batteries, Heat Pumps and LED lights. By combining these technologies, Energy Partners (EPHS) is able to provide significantly better savings and financial returns than other solutions: a family sized home could save up to 70% of their electricity bill and earn more than 16% return on their investment – twice what a standard PV-only solution would provide. For more information visit: www.poweryourself.co.za

About Energy Partners

Founded in 2008, Energy Partners is a leading energy solutions provider in South Africa that provides clients with innovative solutions (including fully outsourced supply contracts – e.g. steam generation) to suit their needs. Energy Partners has built a high quality team of talented individuals and robust processes which offer end-to-end solutions and integrate the different components of energy optimisation to deliver optimum results – including capital solutions that put clients in a positive cash flow positions from day one. Industries in which Energy Partners specialise include: food retail, retail, healthcare, hospitality, food processing and logistics. For more information visit www.energypartners.co.za

About PSG

PSG Group is an investment holding company consisting of underlying investments that operate across industries which include financial services, banking, private equity, agriculture and education. PSG Group has a market capitalisation in excess of R40bn, with our largest investment being a 30,7% interest in Capitec.

Additional group companies include Energy Partners, Impak, Curro and Capitec.

6 ways to slash your electricity bill this winter

01 Jun 2017

Even in a relatively warm country like South Africa, electricity usage skyrockets when winter comes around each year. In addition to this, electricity costs are still on the rise.

Luckily, there are quick, long-term energy saving solutions that homeowners can implement as we go into winter.

Homeowners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save and invest in energy efficiency, but most will find that even small changes could make a noticeable difference this season.

Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, shares tips on how homeowners can save electricity this winter. 

 

One of the first things you can do is to replace all your conventional bulbs with ...

Even in a relatively warm country like South Africa, electricity usage skyrockets when winter comes around each year. In addition to this, electricity costs are still on the rise.

Luckily, there are quick, long-term energy saving solutions that homeowners can implement as we go into winter.

Homeowners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save and invest in energy efficiency, but most will find that even small changes could make a noticeable difference this season.

Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, shares tips on how homeowners can save electricity this winter. 

 

One of the first things you can do is to replace all your conventional bulbs with highly efficient LED lighting. These typically require a tenth of the energy needed to power conventional bulbs.
 

1. Mind the lights

Learning to better manage lighting can have a measurable effect on a household’s electricity spend. This is especially evident during winter, when the sun rises later and sets earlier.

One of the first things you can do is to replace all your conventional bulbs with highly efficient LED lighting. These typically require a tenth of the energy needed to power conventional bulbs.

Secondly, it is important to remember to only keep the lights on in the rooms that you use.

For those who are so inclined, take efficient lighting even further with intelligent circuits that automatically switch off lights in unused rooms.

2. Insulation is key

Insulation is a low-cost measure with the biggest impact on reducing energy consumption.

Make sure that the home’s ceilings are properly insulated, and seal cracks or gaps in windowsills and door frames. For the homeowner with money to invest, double glazing for windows and sliding doors is the next step.

For the homeowner with money to invest, double glazing for windows and sliding doors is the next step.

3. Heating water

Water heating accounts for over half of the average home’s electricity spend.

During winter, the amount of energy needed to heat water increases since regular geysers are not efficient at keeping heat from escaping.

Insulate exposed hot water pipes to reduce heat loss and turn down the geyser’s maximum temperature to 60?C (from 50?C in summer). This still provides enough hot water for the home, while using less energy.

You can stretch your savings even further by investing in a heat pump and hot water storage system. The system uses about a third of the total energy that would be used with a conventional geyser, and loses less than 3?C during a 24-hour cycle even if placed outside.

The system can cut the home’s electricity costs by an estimated 50%.

4. Heating the home

Heaters account for a substantial portion of the home’s electricity spend. One of the quickest remedies is to replace all conventional heaters with wall heaters.

In a properly insulated home, these use significantly less energy while maintaining a comfortable temperature.

Installing a modern fireplace is also one of the best ways to quickly and cheaply heat a home.

It is best to view a dryer as something you should only indulge in on occasion. Try to only do laundry on sunny days or lighten the load with an energy efficient dryer.

5. Don’t forget your laundry

 A tumble dryer is often a lifesaver during winter, especially in areas with winter rainfall. However, running a dryer for two hours a day, five days a week adds another R240 to the average Pretoria or Cape Town home’s monthly electricity bill.

It is best to view a dryer as something you should only indulge in on occasion. Try to only do laundry on sunny days or lighten the load with an energy efficient dryer.

6. Go all out

Finally, a homeowner can opt for a complete integrated solution, like Energy Partners Home Solutions’ ICON Home Energy Hub and photovoltaic (PV) system. This can reduce a home’s yearly electricity costs by as much as 80%.

While a complete system could cost upwards of R80 000, there are financing options available to bring these systems within the reach of qualifying homeowners. 

With each passing winter becoming more and more expensive, homeowners need to adopt an energy-saving mindset at every available opportunity.

A homeowner can opt for a complete integrated solution, like Energy Partners Home Solutions’ ICON Home Energy Hub and photovoltaic (PV) system. This can reduce a home’s yearly electricity costs by as much as 80%.

Energy Partners and Nedbank partner to launch smart living solutions initiative

23 May 2017

Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, in collaboration with Nedbank, is offering an exclusive campaign aimed at Nedbank Home Loan clients.

Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, says that the Smart Living Solutions initiative, which officially launched on 15 May, enables qualifying Nedbank clients to invest in energy saving products for their homes. “The cost of the systems are added to clients’ existing home loans. This means homeowners can install renewable and energy saving systems without the need to first raise cash or undergo lengthy credit application procedures. In most cases, the cost saving will be more than the increase in their loan repayments.”

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Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, in collaboration with Nedbank, is offering an exclusive campaign aimed at Nedbank Home Loan clients.

Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, says that the Smart Living Solutions initiative, which officially launched on 15 May, enables qualifying Nedbank clients to invest in energy saving products for their homes. “The cost of the systems are added to clients’ existing home loans. This means homeowners can install renewable and energy saving systems without the need to first raise cash or undergo lengthy credit application procedures. In most cases, the cost saving will be more than the increase in their loan repayments.”

“Nedbank has been the most progressive bank when it comes to clean sustainable energy and we see this as another opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to providing our clients with tangible solutions,” says Tim Akinnusi, Executive Head of Sales & Client management at Home Loans at Nedbank.

Akinnusi says “Nedbank Home Loans has gone beyond the sustainability agenda, to find innovative ways to help our clients save on their electricity bill in the short-term while investing in energy systems for long term value creation in their homes.”

Van der Westhuizen adds that South Africans will likely see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years. “That is why we advocate installing renewable solutions as soon as it is sensible to do so.”

Energy Partners has been one of South Africa’s top energy companies and has served many households with its Home Solutions Icon system. “We are excited about this venture and look forward to bringing state-of-the-art energy saving technology into the homes of the Nedbank Home Loan clients,” van der Westhuizen concludes.

PSG: Building businesses from the bottom up

10 May 2017

An almost exclusively South African company has become a rarity on the JSE following the chase for offshore exposure by local companies and inward listings of foreign companies over the past few years.

But among the star performers of the JSE over those years is the very much local PSG Group, whose contrary performance reflects its contrary strategy.

The investment group’s success has hinged on it finding and exploiting the gaps in the South African economy. It reflects its opportunism particularly in areas like banking, financial services and education, where there is either dominance and complacency, or lack of affordable options or new initiatives; and it has developed fast-growing, disruptive companies in both sectors.

This was again made clear in its r...

An almost exclusively South African company has become a rarity on the JSE following the chase for offshore exposure by local companies and inward listings of foreign companies over the past few years.

But among the star performers of the JSE over those years is the very much local PSG Group, whose contrary performance reflects its contrary strategy.

The investment group’s success has hinged on it finding and exploiting the gaps in the South African economy. It reflects its opportunism particularly in areas like banking, financial services and education, where there is either dominance and complacency, or lack of affordable options or new initiatives; and it has developed fast-growing, disruptive companies in both sectors.

This was again made clear in its results for the year to February, which show that its “sum-of-the-parts” value a share, at R240.87 on 28 February, was 29% higher than end-February 2016, underpinned by the continued strong growth of upstarts Capitec Bank, private education group Curro and PSG Konsult.

The group increased headline earnings by 50% in an environment where there was no economic growth. 

PSG’s exceptional success has been accompanied by an 18% increase in the share price over the past year (and almost 350% over the last five), against the All Share’s pedestrian performance.

Growth strategy

“We like to hold on to great assets and if they are potentially better than competitors, we will hold them forever,” says CEO Piet Mouton. “What differentiates us is that we like building businesses from the early stage. There aren’t really companies that do that and the returns when you do get it right are significantly better than buying into mature businesses.”

Capitec, which increased earnings by 18%, continues to expand and added a record 1.3m new clients in the past financial year to bring its client base to 8.6m, 46% of which bank their salaries at Capitec.

It has recently made its first offshore acquisition – paying R300m for 40% of Cyprus-based Cream Finance, a global online lending group providing loan products to people in Poland, Latvia, Georgia, the Czech Republic, Mexico and Denmark.

This does not reflect a divergence from its locally-focused strategy. “This is a R300m investment – it is just a baby step, which is, in my mind, the right way to approach it. We are bringing capital and know-how to the business and we will watch what happens over time,” Mouton says. He quotes Capitec founder Michiel le Roux, who once said that Capitec “is either going to be a small failure or a big success”.

This, says Mouton, “is our exact approach to new businesses”. 

“It is not big, so we can do this in a sensible, controlled environment trying to build a bigger technological business. In SA we have invested in and gained expertise in our branches and network and online offering. We have a sensible approach to new business and new ideas, and if it does grow and the model proves successful, we can continue to grow it.”

Education

This is exactly what has happened with Curro, which started off in a church in Durbanville, Cape Town in 1998 with 28 children. It now has close to 50 000 learners across 54 campuses.

At its December year-end, Curro’s headline earnings grew 69% and it is “not nearly reaching a growth plateau”, Mouton says. There are about 12m school-going children in SA. Given the price points where Curro is wanting to play, about 2.5m of these should be able to afford to go to Curro schools, he says. “The total private school number is 600 000 learners and we have just 50 000. Even if we double in size to 100 000, we have not even scratched the potential market.”

Curro does have competition – from companies like ADvTECH or Reddam schools – but it would take competitors a fairly big jump to get where Curro is today. “The barriers to entry are important in any business sector, and in schooling it is so much more prevalent – you have to build a school, kids join and the school fills over a 10-year period, so for the first 10 years you make quite big losses.

“If you want to compete with us, your losses will be bigger because we have skills in construction and development, so it is going to take you longer and cost you more. There are also high operational expenses, and a lot of those costs we drag to head office at Curro and spread over our schools. All of these things make it difficult for competitors.”

The growth projection also includes tertiary education, but Mouton says it is “a more complicated space between physical on-site and distance education and incumbents which include state universities, which are quality institutions. At the moment, Curro is mainly involved in teacher training, and its ultimate goal is a private university.”

While investments like Curro and Capitec have flown, the path of others has been slower.

Agribusiness investor Zeder, for example, only marginally increased headline earnings and is at the mercy of economic and weather conditions. The company, whose largest investment is Pioneer Foods, should recover this year with recent rains and a good maize crop.

Top of PSG investors’ minds is whether it is sitting on another gem like Capitec or Curro. These could come in the form of its investments in energy company Energy Partners or FutureLearn, which provides educational products and services to tutors, which Mouton says have growth prospects and the potential for listing. However, it is difficult, at least from an outside perspective, to see them reaching the scale of Capitec or Curro.

Local focus

While it is taking small steps offshore, it will remain largely South African in the near future. “The core skills of the PSG management team are South African-based and we have significant advantages in South Africa – we understand how the market moves, we have good access to banks and other corporates and we know the lay of the land. We can deliver in SA and we continue to give an above-average return – we have a 21-year history of massive JSE outperformance. We believe you shouldn’t diversify out of ignorance. If you do buy a business abroad simply because you want to diversify, you haven’t done anyone any favours, I cannot buy into that philosophy.”

Yet, PSG’s predominant exposure to SA comes with its own risks, especially considering the downgrade of the country and its banks.

“I think everything will be tougher in SA, everything has a ripple effect – debt becomes expensive, the currency goes and there will be uncertainty in the investor community, who will play wait-and-see rather than invest. But there is a flip side to everything, and as the country becomes more uncompetitive, there will be opportunities.”

Mouton is reluctant to speak out, however, saying he is part of the CEO Initiative, which is largely driven by the big companies, and he would back anything positive they would do.

He does say, however, that PSG did not start with the luxury of significant wealth accumulated in the old South Africa. It is well-documented that it was started with a R7m capital base by his father, Jannie Mouton.

It cannot be easy for Mouton to carry on his father’s legacy of street-smart opportunism to exploit opportunities in potentially big business sectors where there is mispricing, deregulation and the potential for disruption.

His father still comes into the office each day and continues to grab headlines. Recently, the older Mouton, dubbed the “Boere Buffett”, entered the elite dollar billionaire club, according to Forbes.

“Jannie still comes into the office every day – he doesn’t have any other hobbies – but he does take life a little easier. He is more involved in the bigger picture,” says Mouton.

There are certainly visible elements of PSG being a family business. Mouton’s brother was part of the asset management business but recently left, while his sister’s husband works for the group and it has invested in the business of his half-sister’s husband. This may or may not sit well with investors.

Another visible challenge is PSG’s slowness to transform, with its predominantly white male board and top management. Mouton agrees and says while there is improvement, “we are not where we should be”, adding that it is a priority on the group’s agenda.

Mouton is aware of his challenges. His overriding challenge is to keep up the growth momentum, given the rapid growth achieved to date and SA’s increasingly poor growth prospects.

“All I can tell you is that I want to continue making PSG into the same successful business as what my father has done. But the company has grown rapidly in the past 21 years – we will be hard-pressed to achieve that level.”

High-tech thinking

08 May 2017
  Recent advances in energy-efficient technologies mean more accessible and cost-effective alternatives for consumers of power.   The world is getting warmer. According to US government scientists, 2016 was the hottest in 137 years – breaking the record set in 2015, which broke the record set in 2014. No wonder then that researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released a report predicting that 700 million new air conditioners would be installed worldwide by 2030, and 1.6 billion by 2050. In terms of electricity use, the report notes, that’s akin to adding several new countries to a world that’s already hot and very heavy on energy usage. It’s too hot, so more people install air conditioners, which use energy and make the world hotter still&...
 
Recent advances in energy-efficient technologies mean more accessible and cost-effective alternatives for consumers of power.
 
The world is getting warmer. According to US government scientists, 2016 was the hottest in 137 years – breaking the record set in 2015, which broke the record set in 2014. No wonder then that researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released a report predicting that 700 million new air conditioners would be installed worldwide by 2030, and 1.6 billion by 2050. In terms of electricity use, the report notes, that’s akin to adding several new countries to a world that’s already hot and very heavy on energy usage. It’s too hot, so more people install air conditioners, which use energy and make the world hotter still… And so the cycle goes.
 
This growing problem made Samsung’s announcement at the 2017 Samsung Africa Forum, held in Cape Town, South Africa in late February, feel like a breath of cool, fresh air. Among the new product range was the Samsung wind-free air conditioner. This piece of home tech – powered by the internet of things and controlled via Samsung’s smart home app – disperses slow-moving cool air through 21 000 micro holes. This creates what the manufacturers refer to as ‘a cooler indoor climate and optimal energy efficiency without the discomfort of direct cold airflow’.
 
 
Better still is the claim that the Samsung air conditioner actively lowers power consumption by up to 72% once the desired room temperature is reached.
 
Energy-efficient technologies such as this are good news for homes and businesses looking to reduce their energy bills. They’re also good news for the countries – many of them African – that already count themselves among the hottest and sunniest on the planet. Here, the solution to the deepening energy crisis may lie in the source of all that heat.
 
Across sub-Saharan Africa, solar energy is becoming an increasing source of investment – and hope. In South Africa, the Western Cape government began the year with an energy efficiency-awareness campaign under the slogan, Solar – the Best Way to Save Under the Sun. The campaign promoted the installation of solar water heaters and photovoltaic (PV) panels, emphasising their cost-effectiveness and environmental benefits. As part of the campaign, MEC of economic opportunities Alan Winde visited the Lansdowne Bottling Company in industrial Philippi, which draws all of its electricity from rooftop solar panels and PV cells. ‘The owner told me that his decision to invest in energy efficient infrastructure is already paying off,’ Winde told reporters.
 
‘While their annual energy bill would have amounted to ZAR2.3 million this year, they are expecting it to come out at ZAR1.7 million due to savings as a result of their PV system. They are able to invest these savings into projects to grow their business. This illustrates the significant benefits for businesses of switching to green forms of energy. I am happy to report that many companies in the province have already heeded the call.’
 
 
The ICON system offers efficient and reliable access to power, as do other forms of smart technology
 
Dirshan Patel, owner of the Lansdowne Bottling Company, said the company has already ‘made some savings, which we will look at reinvesting into our business. But our ultimate goal is to see a long-term saving as well as contributing to our environment in a positive way. Going green has always been in our vision and I’m happy that we’ve completed Phase 1’.
 
The second phase involves feeding excess electricity back into the City of Cape Town’s power grid, in exchange for which the company will receive a feed-in tariff.
 
The Lansdowne Bottling Company is not a big one. A family-run business, it began in Cape Town’s District Six in the 1930s, before moving to larger premises. By embracing solar power to the extent that it has, the company is demonstrating how this type of energy efficiency can be implemented – immediately and effectively – by virtually any business.
 

 
Expect more to follow. Solar energy has now reached a point where – according to a recent report by the WEF – it costs less than fossil fuels when used at scale.
 
‘The unsubsidised, levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) for utility-scale solar photovoltaic, which was highly uncompetitive only five years ago, has declined at a 20% compounded annual rate, making it not only viable but also more attractive than coal in a wide range of countries. By 2020, solar PV is projected to have a lower LCOE than coal or natural gas-fired generation throughout the world,’ the report states.
 
‘Renewable energy has reached a tipping point,’ says Michael Drexler, WEF head of long-term investing, infrastructure and development. ‘It now constitutes the best chance to reverse global warming. Solar and wind have just become very competitive, and costs continue to fall. It is not only a commercially viable option but an outright compelling investment opportunity with long-term, stable, inflation-protected returns.’
 
As Cala van der Westhuizen, head of sales and marketing for Energy Partners Home Solutions, explained at the launch of the company’s Gauteng division at the 2017 Homemakers Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa is ‘one of the countries with the highest potential for solar energy generation in the world, with approximately 2 500 hours of sunshine per year. Yet there is still a relatively small percentage of the country’s residents who are actually taking advantage of this low-cost alternative.’
 
Energy Partners Home Solutions provides a range of solar and energy saving solutions for the consumer market, including its ICON system, which incorporates energy efficiency, renewable generation and backup solutions to reduce a home’s reliance on grid power by more than 50%.
 

 
Various public-private partnerships have been set up to encourage innovative energy solutions
 
‘Our solution enables home owners to take control of their energy by supplying a set of reliable products that form a fully integrated home energy solution that combines lighting, water heating and renewable energy – all effortlessly managed and monitored from a simple app on your smartphone,’ she said.
 
That trifecta – lighting, water heating and energy – remains at the heart of the continent’s energy efficiency puzzle. Yet it’s a puzzle that governments, local innovators and businesses big and small are working hard on solving.
 
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) recently announced a blanket ban on the manufacturing, importation and distribution of what it calls ‘inefficient’ light bulbs – including most incandescent bulbs.
 
While ZERA is hoping to promote the use of energy-saving fluorescent bulbs, market forces are driving the growth of solid-state lighting.
 
According to a recent Markets and Markets report, the solid-state lighting sector was worth US$118.29 billion in 2015, and is expected to reach US$174.45 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 5.38%. These energy-efficient LED lights generate better, cheaper and longer-lasting lighting.
 

 
They are also – according to a new study by the University of Bristol – less attractive to nuisance insects compared to traditional filament lamps. Crucially, they’re also relatively easily available.
 
Water heating has also received an unexpected boost at the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa 2016 awards ceremony, where Amahlathi Eco-Tech was recognised as the most promising youth-led business thanks to an innovative power-saving geyser solution – Hot Spot. A glove-like device is retrofitted over a standard geyser element to push hot water from the bottom to the top via thermosiphon. It provides 50 litres of hot water within half an hour at 50°C for households and small commercial users.
 
‘I was one of those people who used to switch the geyser on and off because I wanted to reduce my electricity bill,’ Hot Spot designer Sandiswa Qayi told the Star. ‘I used to wake up at 4.30 am to switch my geyser on to have hot water at 6.30.’
 
South African platinum group metals producer Impala Platinum is working on another, more capital-intensive alternative, installing an 8 MW fuel cell at its Impala Platinum refinery. Hydrogen fuel cells offer near-zero emissions, reliability, noise reduction, efficiency and flexibility – but the costs are high, and they’re not a viable option for every business. Not yet, at any rate. ‘Fuel cells are at a point solar was about four years ago,’ Implats fuel cell co-ordinator Fahmida Smith told Moneyweb.
 
‘The total cost of ownership based on our requirements and heat integration for the 8 MW does show a decrease in energy cost to us over a 20-year power purchase agreement. With economies of scale, the price of capital will decrease as was the case in solar PV.’
 
For many years, the continent faced the problem of efficient energy not necessarily being cheap or accessible. But as solar power reaches its tipping point, and other efficient energy alternatives follow suit, organisations and communities are seeing the benefits – and possibilities – of doing more with less.
 
By Mark van Dijk
Images: Gallo/Getty Images, Energy Partners Home Solutions

Belasting-bespraringsmaatreels vir KMO-entrepreneurs in die Hernubare Energie-sektor:

04 May 2017

Cala van Westhuizen van Energy Partners Home Solutions wat ‘n onder-afdeling van Energie Partners.

To listen to the full interview, please click here

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Cala van Westhuizen van Energy Partners Home Solutions wat ‘n onder-afdeling van Energie Partners.

To listen to the full interview, please click here

Take advantage of tax incentives

02 May 2017

Businesses that make use of renewable energy solutions are entitled to tax incentives that could substantially drive down their operating costs. All businesses, especially small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), should take advantage of this.

Cala van der Westhuizen, spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions – a division of Energy Partners, says that using solar power as an energy source, could be one of the best decisions that an SME can make. “South Africa receives as many as 2 500 hours of direct sunlight each year. This means that an average photovoltaic (PV) system can significantly cut an SME’s electricity costs.”

VAT-registered businesses that install solar PV systems can already deduct 14% of the total cost of a new system. “...

Businesses that make use of renewable energy solutions are entitled to tax incentives that could substantially drive down their operating costs. All businesses, especially small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), should take advantage of this.

Cala van der Westhuizen, spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions – a division of Energy Partners, says that using solar power as an energy source, could be one of the best decisions that an SME can make. “South Africa receives as many as 2 500 hours of direct sunlight each year. This means that an average photovoltaic (PV) system can significantly cut an SME’s electricity costs.”

VAT-registered businesses that install solar PV systems can already deduct 14% of the total cost of a new system. “Additionally, the Income Tax Act allows business owners to deduct the value of new PV systems as a depreciation expense from their business income tax in the first year. This 100% accelerated capital allowance applies to business solar PV solutions that produce less than 1 megawatt of power,” he explains.

The National Treasury has stated that this allowance is part of its initiative to encourage investment in cleaner energy forms, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to broaden the country’s energy sources.

Tax experts have also warned that South Africans should prepare for a new carbon tax to be imposed in the near future. This will likely see businesses paying substantially more for electricity and fuel. Businesses that already have PV solutions installed by that time, will therefore see an even higher return on investment from their systems.

“Unlike some home or large commercial solar solutions, a solar solution for an SME doesn’t have to be complex or integrated. Most SMEs have no need for a battery system or heat pump, which are costly components. The repayment term of a solar PV system for a commercial installation is close to around four years, depending on certain factors like self-consumption and the tariff structure. With solar panels that have a 25-year production warranty, it is very much like buying 25 years’ prepaid electricity at five years’ cost,” points out Van der Westhuizen.

With the pressure to save costs increasing every day, it makes business sense for SME owners to consider a renewable energy solution.

Energy Partners expands refigeration stronghold

01 May 2017

EP HVAC & Refrigeration, a division of Energy Partners, has announced the conclusion of three new business transactions with the well-known Multistage Cooling, Fridgetec and Refrigeration Services

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EP HVAC & Refrigeration, a division of Energy Partners, has announced the conclusion of three new business transactions with the well-known Multistage Cooling, Fridgetec and Refrigeration Services

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Businesses making use of renewable energy solutions should benefit from tax incentives

28 Apr 2017

Businesses that make use of renewable energy solutions are entitled to tax incentives that could substantially drive down their operating costs. All businesses, especially small to medium enterprises (SMEs), should take advantage of this opportunity

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, a leading supplier of energy solutions in South Africa and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that using solar power as an energy source, could be one of the best decisions that an SME can make. “South Africa receives as much as 2500 hours of direct sunlight each year. This means that an average PV system can significantly cut an SME’s electricity costs.”

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Businesses that make use of renewable energy solutions are entitled to tax incentives that could substantially drive down their operating costs. All businesses, especially small to medium enterprises (SMEs), should take advantage of this opportunity

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, a leading supplier of energy solutions in South Africa and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that using solar power as an energy source, could be one of the best decisions that an SME can make. “South Africa receives as much as 2500 hours of direct sunlight each year. This means that an average PV system can significantly cut an SME’s electricity costs.”

Van der Westhuizen says that VAT registered businesses that install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can already deduct 14% of the total cost of a new system. “Additionally, the Income Tax Act allows business owners to deduct the value of new PV systems as a depreciation expense from their business income tax in the first year. This 100% accelerated capital allowance applies to business solar PV solutions that produce less than 1 megawatt of power,” he says.

South Africa’s National Treasury has stated that this allowance is part of its initiatives to encourage investment in cleaner energy forms, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to broaden the country’s energy sources.

Tax experts have also warned that South Africans should prepare for a new carbon tax to be imposed in the near future. “The tax would likely see businesses paying substantially more for electricity and fuel. Businesses that already have PV solutions installed by that time, will therefore see an even higher return on investment from their systems,” Van der Westhuizen says.

Van der Westhuizen points to an example of one Energy Partners SME client who saved R10 000 on electricity for the month of January 2017, generating 4 400 kWh of solar power with a 22 kWp system.

“Unlike some home or large commercial solar solutions, a solar solution for an SME doesn’t have to be complex or integrated. Most SMEs have no need for a battery system or heat pump, which are costly components. The repayment term of a solar PV system for a commercial installation is close to around 4 years, depending on certain factors like self-consumption and the tariff structure. With solar panels that have a 25-year production warranty, it is very much like buying 25 years’ prepaid electricity at 5 years’ cost,” Van der Westhuizen says.

“Energy Partners also offers financing options for SMEs, as well as a Performance Lease Agreement, which allows for the installation of the system at a fraction of the cost.”

With the pressure to save costs increasing every day, it makes business sense for SME owners to consider a renewable energy solution. If you are interested in benefiting financially from a solar PV solution to work in your business, contact Energy Partners for a free, no-obligation energy assessment. Visit www.poweryourself.co.za or call 0861 000 606.

SMEs should take advantage of the tax incentives for PV systems

28 Apr 2017
2 May 2017: Businesses that make use of renewable energy solutions are entitled to tax incentives that could substantially drive down their operating costs. All businesses, especially small to medium enterprises (SMEs), should take advantage of this opportunity.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, a leading supplier of energy solutions in South Africa and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that using solar power as an energy source, could be one of the best decisions that an SME can make. “South Africa receives as much as 2500 hours of direct sunlight each year. This means that an average PV system can significantly cut an SME’s electricity costs.”

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2 May 2017: Businesses that make use of renewable energy solutions are entitled to tax incentives that could substantially drive down their operating costs. All businesses, especially small to medium enterprises (SMEs), should take advantage of this opportunity.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, a leading supplier of energy solutions in South Africa and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that using solar power as an energy source, could be one of the best decisions that an SME can make. “South Africa receives as much as 2500 hours of direct sunlight each year. This means that an average PV system can significantly cut an SME’s electricity costs.”

Van der Westhuizen says that VAT registered businesses that install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can already deduct 14% of the total cost of a new system. “Additionally, the Income Tax Act allows business owners to deduct the value of new PV systems as a depreciation expense from their business income tax in the first year. This 100% accelerated capital allowance applies to business solar PV solutions that produce less than 1 megawatt of power,” he says.

South Africa’s National Treasury has stated that this allowance is part of its initiatives to encourage investment in cleaner energy forms, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to broaden the country’s energy sources.

Tax experts have also warned that South Africans should prepare for a new carbon tax to be imposed in the near future. “The tax would likely see businesses paying substantially more for electricity and fuel. Businesses that already have PV solutions installed by that time, will therefore see an even higher return on investment from their systems,” Van der Westhuizen says.

Van der Westhuizen points to an example of one Energy Partners SME client who saved R10 000 on electricity for the month of January 2017, generating 4 400 kWh of solar power with a 22 kWp system.

“Unlike some home or large commercial solar solutions, a solar solution for an SME doesn’t have to be complex or integrated. Most SMEs have no need for a battery system or heat pump, which are costly components. The repayment term of a solar PV system for a commercial installation is close to around 4 years, depending on certain factors like self-consumption and the tariff structure. With solar panels that have a 25-year production warranty, it is very much like buying 25 years’ prepaid electricity at 5 years’ cost,” Van der Westhuizen says.

“Energy Partners also offers financing options for SMEs, as well as a Performance Lease Agreement, which allows for the installation of the system at a fraction of the cost.”

With the pressure to save costs increasing every day, it makes business sense for SME owners to consider a renewable energy solution. If you are interested in benefiting financially from a solar PV solution to work in your business, contact Energy Partners for a free, no-obligation energy assessment. Visit www.poweryourself.co.za or call 0861 000 606. 

About Energy Partners Home Solutions

Energy Partners Home Solutions (EPHS) offer clients holistic and innovative home energy solution guaranteed to realise significant savings on a household’s energy bills. In 2016, the organisation launched its ground breaking new product, the ICON Home Energy Hub. The first solar inverter and battery combination developed specifically for the South African residential market.

The ICON forms part of a full home energy solution, including Solar PV, Batteries, Heat Pumps and LED lights. By combining these technologies, Energy Partners (EPHS) is able to provide significantly better savings and financial returns than other solutions: a family sized home could save up to 70% of their electricity bill and earn more than 16% return on their investment – twice what a standard PV-only solution would provide.

For more information visit: www.poweryourself.co.za

About Energy Partners

Founded in 2008, Energy Partners is a leading energy solutions provider in South Africa that provides clients with innovative solutions (including fully outsourced supply contracts – e.g. steam generation) to suit their needs. Energy Partners has built a high quality team of talented individuals and robust processes which offer end-to-end solutions and integrate the different components of energy optimisation to deliver optimum results – including capital solutions that put clients in a positive cash flow positions from day one. Industries in which Energy Partners specialise include: food retail, retail, healthcare, hospitality, food processing and logistics. For more information visit www.energypartners.co.za

About PSG

PSG Group is an investment holding company consisting of underlying investments that operate across industries which include financial services, banking, private equity, agriculture and education. PSG Group has a market capitalisation in excess of R40bn, with our largest investment being a 30,7% interest in Capitec.

Additional group companies include Energy Partners, Impak, Curro and Capitec.

SMEs should take advantage of the tax incentives for PV systems

28 Apr 2017

Businesses that make use of renewable energy solutions are entitled to tax incentives that could substantially drive down their operating costs. All businesses, especially small to medium enterprises (SMEs), should take advantage of this opportunity

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, a leading supplier of energy solutions in South Africa and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that using solar power as an energy source, could be one of the best decisions that an SME can make. “South Africa receives as much as 2500 hours of direct sunlight each year. This means that an average PV system can significantly cut an SME’s electricity costs.”

Van der Westhuizen say...

Businesses that make use of renewable energy solutions are entitled to tax incentives that could substantially drive down their operating costs. All businesses, especially small to medium enterprises (SMEs), should take advantage of this opportunity

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, a leading supplier of energy solutions in South Africa and part of the PSG group of companies, who says that using solar power as an energy source, could be one of the best decisions that an SME can make. “South Africa receives as much as 2500 hours of direct sunlight each year. This means that an average PV system can significantly cut an SME’s electricity costs.”

Van der Westhuizen says that VAT registered businesses that install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can already deduct 14% of the total cost of a new system. “Additionally, the Income Tax Act allows business owners to deduct the value of new PV systems as a depreciation expense from their business income tax in the first year. This 100% accelerated capital allowance applies to business solar PV solutions that produce less than 1 megawatt of power,” he says.

South Africa’s National Treasury has stated that this allowance is part of its initiatives to encourage investment in cleaner energy forms, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to broaden the country’s energy sources.

Tax experts have also warned that South Africans should prepare for a new carbon tax to be imposed in the near future. “The tax would likely see businesses paying substantially more for electricity and fuel. Businesses that already have PV solutions installed by that time, will therefore see an even higher return on investment from their systems,” Van der Westhuizen says.

Van der Westhuizen points to an example of one Energy Partners SME client who saved R10 000 on electricity for the month of January 2017, generating 4 400 kWh of solar power with a 22 kWp system.

“Unlike some home or large commercial solar solutions, a solar solution for an SME doesn’t have to be complex or integrated. Most SMEs have no need for a battery system or heat pump, which are costly components. The repayment term of a solar PV system for a commercial installation is close to around 4 years, depending on certain factors like self-consumption and the tariff structure. With solar panels that have a 25-year production warranty, it is very much like buying 25 years’ prepaid electricity at 5 years’ cost,” Van der Westhuizen says.

“Energy Partners also offers financing options for SMEs, as well as a Performance Lease Agreement, which allows for the installation of the system at a fraction of the cost.”

With the pressure to save costs increasing every day, it makes business sense for SME owners to consider a renewable energy solution. If you are interested in benefiting financially from a solar PV solution to work in your business, contact Energy Partners for a free, no-obligation energy assessment. Visit www.poweryourself.co.za or call 0861 000 606.

Acquisition boosts steam and combustion offering

19 Apr 2017

Energy Partners has announced its acquisition of refurbished coal, oil and gas-fired packaged steam boiler suppliers, Dryden Combustion.

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Energy Partners has announced its acquisition of refurbished coal, oil and gas-fired packaged steam boiler suppliers, Dryden Combustion.

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Company opens regional office

19 Apr 2017

Energy Partners Home Solutions recently introduced its newly established Gauteng Division at the 2017 Homemakers Expo in Johannesburg.

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Energy Partners Home Solutions recently introduced its newly established Gauteng Division at the 2017 Homemakers Expo in Johannesburg.

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The Saints Sportsfest promises an amazing Easter weekend for all

08 Apr 2017

The Saints Festival started in 1984, when it was only a rugby festival. As such, we are proud to be hosting the oldest school-boy rugby festival in the country, and more so now that it has expanded to include hockey, tennis, squash, basketball, cross country and football, as well as girls' hockey, squash, netball, and cross country, says Dave Knowles, head of St Stithians Boy's College.

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The Saints Festival started in 1984, when it was only a rugby festival. As such, we are proud to be hosting the oldest school-boy rugby festival in the country, and more so now that it has expanded to include hockey, tennis, squash, basketball, cross country and football, as well as girls' hockey, squash, netball, and cross country, says Dave Knowles, head of St Stithians Boy's College.

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Prepare for increased electricity tariffs

03 Apr 2017

South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy.

Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years will likely see a year-on-year tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%. In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also waiting to find out if the government will introduce a new carbon tax. If this is the case, tariff increases could be as high as 13%.

As we have seen in previous years, energy tariff hikes and other power related issues such as load shedding, had massive impacts on the operating costs and the already low profit margins of S...

South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy.

Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years will likely see a year-on-year tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%. In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also waiting to find out if the government will introduce a new carbon tax. If this is the case, tariff increases could be as high as 13%.

As we have seen in previous years, energy tariff hikes and other power related issues such as load shedding, had massive impacts on the operating costs and the already low profit margins of SMEs.

There are however opportunities for smaller companies to reduce the impact of power costs and supply on their business. SMEs should take advantage of the incentives provided for the installation of renewable energy solutions.

SMEs need to keep in mind that they can claim a percentage of the cost of solar and other renewable energy solutions back from the South African Revenue Service. Some banks also offer financing to their business banking clients for renewable energy solutions.

Alternatively, businesses can consider financing options from certain service providers. The Home Solutions division at Energy Partners provides various financing options for renewable energy systems to SMEs with energy requirements below 50 kW. Energy Partners’ Solar Commercial division also provides a number of bespoke energy saving solutions for larger companies. Additionally, there are pay-as-you-use and leasing service agreements available for qualifying businesses, eliminating the upfront cost of installing renewable solutions.

There are a number of benefits to installing solar energy solutions in small businesses, all of which contribute to reducing operating costs and downtime in the event of power outages.

A full solar solution can reduce the average SME’s electricity consumption by as much as 30%. This figure is of course dependent on the nature of the business. Additionally, custom heating, cooling and energy efficiency solutions have also resulted up to 30% reductions in electricity use for a number of our clients.

Businesses that achieve notable electricity usage decreases also qualify for tariff reductions from their local municipalities. Negotiating for lower tariffs with one’s municipality can become quite a tedious process, but it is possible and potentially beneficial to the business. Employing a service provider to negotiate on the company’s behalf also simplifies this process considerably.

With this in mind, it is important for business owners to do a proper cost-benefit analysis to ensure that they are making the correct decisions, implementing the right energy solutions and using the optimal financing vehicle to reduce their annual energy spend.

 

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Energy Partners moves to become largest refrigeration solutions provider in South Africa

03 Apr 2017
 

EP HVAC & Refrigeration, a division of Energy Partners, a leading supplier of energy solutions in South Africa and part of the PSG group of companies, this week announced the conclusion of three new business transactions, which form part of the company’s vision to provide customers with the lowest heating and cooling life cycle costs.

Being the leading supplier of outsourced refrigeration solutions, EP HVAC & Refrigeration launched its products for the industrial market in 2015 and followed up with a metered solution for the retail sector in 2016. Since then, new energy efficient refrigeration systems, owned and operated by EP HVAC & Refrigeration, have already been installed at four Pick n Pay and Spar supermarkets as well as several plan...

 

EP HVAC & Refrigeration, a division of Energy Partners, a leading supplier of energy solutions in South Africa and part of the PSG group of companies, this week announced the conclusion of three new business transactions, which form part of the company’s vision to provide customers with the lowest heating and cooling life cycle costs.

Being the leading supplier of outsourced refrigeration solutions, EP HVAC & Refrigeration launched its products for the industrial market in 2015 and followed up with a metered solution for the retail sector in 2016. Since then, new energy efficient refrigeration systems, owned and operated by EP HVAC & Refrigeration, have already been installed at four Pick n Pay and Spar supermarkets as well as several plants in the meat and dairy industrial sector, where the clients only pay a monthly fee linked to their metered refrigeration consumption.  Head of EP HVAC & Refrigeration, Dawie Kriel, stated that providing customers with options such as outsourced refrigeration requires the best installation and maintenance capacity possible.  “To this end, EP HVAC & Refrigeration identified potential partners that also believed in our vision.”

One such company is Johannesburg-based Multistage Cooling, a well-known name in Industrial Refrigeration for the past 20 years, and a company that has quality work at the core of its existence. The two businesses immediately saw the potential of working together and EP HVAC & Refrigeration concluded its acquisition of Multistage Cooling on the 1st of March 2017.

As part of the acquisition agreement with EP HVAC & Refrigeration, Director of Multistage Cooling, Bob Vuletic, will stay on in his current position at the company for the next three years before taking up a more leisurely lifestyle.

Owners Bob and Vanessa Vuletic have been impressed with the qualities Energy Partners bring to Multistage Cooling.  “We believe that this transaction will strengthen the brand and look forward to help EP HVAC & Refrigeration grow Multistage Cooling into a formidable force in the industry.  They have the same dedication to quality through innovation that made Multistage Cooling a leader in the industry,” said Bob Vuletic.

In addition to the Multistage Cooling transaction, Kriel stated that earlier this year, EP HVAC & Refrigeration also acquired a 74% stake in Cape Town based Refrigeration Solutions as well as Fridgetec Services in Gauteng, both service providers in the commercial refrigeration sector. “Energy Partners has worked for the last two years to cement these partnerships, and we are very excited about what we have achieved. This will enable EP HVAC & Refrigeration to offer highly competitive rates for clients and has placed the company in a unique position to offer a full range of services to the commercial and industrial refrigeration market in South Africa”, Kriel said.

The executive management of these three businesses, Bob Vuletic, Toby Campbell and Dawie Kriel, has more than 90 years of experience in the refrigeration industry between them.  Many of the significant firsts in the industry has been the result of the innovative spirit of this group.  “The new partnerships will also allow EP HVAC & Refrigeration to operate more effectively and maintain our assets, making our outsourced refrigeration offering more affordable for a wider range of customers,” Kriel stated.

“We are excited about the new opportunities the Energy Partners metered cooling model and breadth of supply will provide the group’s existing and new clients. We think that there is a niche for this product and service which will be very attractive to many clients and add value to their existing businesses,” Kriel adds.

“Energy Partners is in the long term energy supply market, and we are actively working to grow our market share, as well as the market at large. Through the strategic business transactions that serve to make Energy Partners more competitive, we believe that we are achieving that goal,” Kriel concluded.

 

 

ENERGY PARTNERS EXPAND REFRIGERATION STRONGHOLD

29 Mar 2017

EP HVAC & Refrigeration, a division of Energy Partners, has announced the conclusion of three new business transactions with the well-known Multistage Cooling, Fridgetec and Refrigeration Services.

Energy Partners is a leading supplier of energy solutions in South Africa and form part of the PSG group of companies. These new transactions form part of the company’s vision to provide customers with the lowest heating and cooling life cycle costs.

Being the leading supplier of outsourced refrigeration solutions, EP HVAC & Refrigeration launched its products for the industrial market in 2015 and followed up with a metered solution for the retail sector in 2016. Since then, new energy efficient refrigeration systems, owned and operated by EP HVAC & Refrigera...

EP HVAC & Refrigeration, a division of Energy Partners, has announced the conclusion of three new business transactions with the well-known Multistage Cooling, Fridgetec and Refrigeration Services.

Energy Partners is a leading supplier of energy solutions in South Africa and form part of the PSG group of companies. These new transactions form part of the company’s vision to provide customers with the lowest heating and cooling life cycle costs.

Being the leading supplier of outsourced refrigeration solutions, EP HVAC & Refrigeration launched its products for the industrial market in 2015 and followed up with a metered solution for the retail sector in 2016. Since then, new energy efficient refrigeration systems, owned and operated by EP HVAC & Refrigeration, have already been installed at four Pick ‘n Pay and Spar supermarkets as well as several plants in the meat and dairy industrial sector, where the clients only pay a monthly fee linked to their metered refrigeration consumption.

Head of EP HVAC & Refrigeration, Dawie Kriel, says that providing customers with options such as outsourced refrigeration requires the best installation and maintenance capacity possible. “To this end, EP HVAC & Refrigeration identified potential partners that also believe in our vision.”

One such company is Johannesburg-based Multistage Cooling, a well-known name in Industrial Refrigeration for the past 20 years, and a company that has quality work at the core of its existence. The two businesses immediately saw the potential of working together and EP HVAC & Refrigeration concluded its acquisition of Multistage Cooling on 1 March 2017.

As part of the acquisition agreement with EP HVAC & Refrigeration, Director of Multistage Cooling, Bob Vuletic, will stay on in his current position at the company for the next three years before taking up a more leisurely lifestyle.

Owners Bob and Vanessa Vuletic have been impressed with the qualities Energy Partners bring to Multistage Cooling. “We believe that this transaction will strengthen the brand and look forward to help EP HVAC & Refrigeration grow Multistage Cooling into a formidable force in the industry. They have the same dedication to quality through innovation that made Multistage Cooling a leader in the industry,” says Bob Vuletic.

In addition to the Multistage Cooling transaction, Kriel stated that earlier this year, EP HVAC & Refrigeration also acquired a 74% stake in Cape Town based Refrigeration Solutions as well as Fridgetec Services in Gauteng, both service providers in the commercial refrigeration sector. “Energy Partners has worked for the last two years to cement these partnerships, and we are very excited about what we have achieved. This will enable EP HVAC & Refrigeration to offer highly competitive rates for clients and has placed the company in a unique position to offer a full range of services to the commercial and industrial refrigeration market in South Africa,” Kriel says.

The executive management of these three businesses, Bob Vuletic, Toby Campbell and Dawie Kriel, has more than 90 years of experience in the refrigeration industry between them. Many of the significant firsts in the industry has been the result of the innovative spirit of this group. “The new partnerships will also allow EP HVAC & Refrigeration to operate more effectively and maintain our assets, making our outsourced refrigeration offering more affordable for a wider range of customers,” Kriel states.

“We are excited about the new opportunities the Energy Partners metered cooling model and breadth of supply will provide the group’s existing and new clients. We think that there is a niche for this product and service which will be very attractive to many clients and add value to their existing businesses,” Kriel adds.

“Energy Partners is in the long-term energy supply market, and we are actively working to grow our market share, as well as the market at large. Through the strategic business transactions that serve to make Energy Partners more competitive, we believe that we are achieving that goal,” Kriel concludes.

Who’s doing what in the M&A space?

17 Mar 2017

JSE-listed companies

Indluplace Properties has concluded an agreement to acquire Diluculo Properties from Diluculo Investments for R475 million. Diluculo owns a portfolio of 1 319 residential units with 2 147 sqm of associated retail situated primarily in Gauteng.  M FiTEC International has entered into agreements to acquire 87.01% stake in WIZZIT, a pioneer of cellphone banking for initial purchase consideration of R104.4 million; Magix a company specialising in cyber security for an initial R12.5 million and; Finteq Group, which develops and implements payment solutions for the financial services industry, for an initial purchase consideration of R60 million. M FiTEC will on sell a 30% stake in Finteq to BEE partner Nonuq Empowerment Partn...

JSE-listed companies

  • Indluplace Properties has concluded an agreement to acquire Diluculo Properties from Diluculo Investments for R475 million. Diluculo owns a portfolio of 1 319 residential units with 2 147 sqm of associated retail situated primarily in Gauteng. 
  • M FiTEC International has entered into agreements to acquire 87.01% stake in WIZZIT, a pioneer of cellphone banking for initial purchase consideration of R104.4 million; Magix a company specialising in cyber security for an initial R12.5 million and; Finteq Group, which develops and implements payment solutions for the financial services industry, for an initial purchase consideration of R60 million. M FiTEC will on sell a 30% stake in Finteq to BEE partner Nonuq Empowerment Partners for R7.2 million.
  • ADvTECH has acquired Elkanah House Schools in the Western Cape. The company’s schools division now comprises 90 schools serving some 27 000 pupils. The value of the transaction was undisclosed. 
  • Resilient REIT and Greenbay Properties have acquired Forum Coimbra and Forum Viseu, shopping malls in Portugal, from RPPSE Holdings BV on a 50:50 shareholding basis for a cash consideration €219.25 million (R3 billion). 
  • Niveus Investments, Tsogo Sun and Hosken Consolidated Investments have restructured a deal previously announced in December last year to give Niveus shareholders the opportunity to separately retain, dispose of or increase their interest in the gaming business without affecting their current interest in the other assets held by Niveus. 
  • Sasfin has concluded a binding offer with ABSA Technology Finance Solutions to acquire its entire loan book. In addition to acquiring the loan book, Sasfin will take on ATFS’ staff and acquire ATFS’ information technology systems related to the management of the loan book.
  • Trevali Mining, the Canadian base metals producer, has acquired from Glencore, a portfolio of zinc assets including an 80% interest in the Rosh Pinah mine in Namibia, a 90% interest in the Perkoa mine in Burkina Faso and an effective 39% stake in the Gergarub project in Namibia with an option to acquire a 100% interest in the Heath Steele property in Canada and certain related exploration properties and assets. The aggregate purchase price paid to Glencore is $400 million (R5.2 billion). 
  • PSG subsidiary energy supplier Energy Partners has acquired Dryden combustion for an undisclosed sum. Dryden is a refurbished coal, oil and gas fired packaged steam boiler suppler. 
  • Echo Polska Properties has acquired an effective 70% stake in Galeria Mlociny Shopping Centre via its acquisition of a 70% stake in Rosehill Investments. The deal with Powell Real Estate International, Elsoria Trading, Terbanacle and Terbanacle Investments was valued at €9 million (R126 million). 
  • Labat Africa has announced that its acquisition of a 51% stake in Ormin, reported in January has failed. Information required to complete the due diligence process was not furnished within the required time frame. 
  • Freedom Property Fund has disposed of a property in Gonubie, East London to Struwig Project Managing CC for a total consideration of R13,6 million.

Unlisted companies

  • African Rainbow Capital has entered into a joint venture arrangement with the Buffet KLT Consortium which will focus on empowerment linked property transactions. The joint venture, ARC Real Estate, will provide capital and services to property entrepreneurs and corporates which own real estate. 
  • Consilium Capital Partners, a 100% black-owned company, has announced the acquisition of a 51% shareholding in Consilium Capital SA in a self-funded deal. 
  • Dormakaba South Africa has acquired AWM360 Data Systems, the supplier of Kaba Workforce Management and Access Control Solutions. The value of the transaction was undisclosed. 

… and in Africa

  • ExxonMobil and Eni have signed an agreement by which ExxonMobil will acquire from Eni a 25% indirect interest in the natural gas-rich Area 4 block, offshore Mozambique. Eni currently holds a 50% indirect share in the block through a 71.4% stake in Eni East Africa which owns 70% of the Area 4 concession. The agreed terms include a cash price of $2.8 billion. 
  • Australian uranium developer Bannerman Resources has entered a subscription agreement with Namibian company One Economy Foundation to become a 5% loan-carried shareholder in the Etango Project, a significant driver for positive development in the Namibian economy.  
  • SGG Group, a European leader in investor services, has acquired Cim Global Business, a Mauritius-based provider of corporate, trust and fund administration services with offices also in SA and Singapore. 
  • Africa Finance Corporation, a pan-African multilateral development finance institution and project developer, is to invest $25 million in Egyptian petrochemicals company Carbon Holdings. 
  • Sahel Capital, fund managers for the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria and Cardinal Stone Capital Advisers, a Nigerian Private Equity Fund Manager, have executed an investment in Crest Agro Products, an integrated cassava processor in Nigeria.
  • Godrej Consumer Products, the Indian FMCG firm, is to acquire the remaining 49% stake in African hair and skin care firm Weave Senegal in an all cash deal. Financial details of the transaction were undisclosed. 
  • The Direct Pay Online Group has announced the 100% acquisition of the Botswana and Namibia operations of Virtual Card Services. 
  • CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution and IFC, a member of the World Bank, will invest $35 million in Africa Logistics Properties (ALP), a developer and manager of modern grade-A warehousing. The funds will be used for developments in Nairobi, Kenya.  

 DealMakers is SA’s M&A publication.

Energy Partners acquires Dryden Combustion

13 Mar 2017

Cape Town - Energy supplier Energy Partners has acquired Dryden Combustion for an undisclosed amount.

The company, which is part of the PSG group, announced last week that it had bought refurbished coal, oil and gas fired packaged steam boiler suppliers from Dryden.

The acquisition will see Jonathan Probert, the current national sales manager for steam and combustion at Energy Partners, taking the reins as Dryden chief executive with company Gordon Slater and Sue Kiley remaining with the business until the end of this year.

Probert said both the companies were excited about the prospects for future growth and development the deal brought into play.

“It is a major step forward in terms of the opportunities it opens up to expand the scope of both compani...

Cape Town - Energy supplier Energy Partners has acquired Dryden Combustion for an undisclosed amount.

The company, which is part of the PSG group, announced last week that it had bought refurbished coal, oil and gas fired packaged steam boiler suppliers from Dryden.

The acquisition will see Jonathan Probert, the current national sales manager for steam and combustion at Energy Partners, taking the reins as Dryden chief executive with company Gordon Slater and Sue Kiley remaining with the business until the end of this year.

Probert said both the companies were excited about the prospects for future growth and development the deal brought into play.

“It is a major step forward in terms of the opportunities it opens up to expand the scope of both companies’ operations, including better penetration into their respective markets, improving efficiencies of both outsourced and user-owned boilers and ancillary equipment and achieving meaningful operating cost savings to the benefit of customers,” Probert said.

Energy Partners is subsidiary PSG group - an investment holding company consisting of underlying investment that operate across industries including financial services, banking, private equity, agriculture and education.

Other PSG subsidiaries include Impak, Curro and Capitec.

Probert said the acquisition would fall within Energy Partners steam and combustion division.

The division focuses on the supply of steam energy, boiler control and the optimisation of systems.

He said the sale, which took place in January, would enable Energy Partners, to provide the full spectrum of services and equipment to users of steam in industry in Southern Africa and beyond and facilitate a one-stop-shop experience for customers.

Probert added that the deal would also provide a strong foundation for developing new products and services to better cater to the diverse requirements of the market.

“The acquisition enables Energy Partners to extend its reach, bringing substantial value-added benefits to more customers with world class boiler repair and refurbishment capabilities, as well as an array of high-efficiency steam controls and energy optimisation systems.

“We estimate that less than 10 percent of steam users in our market, encompassing industrial, commercial and service organisations, have adopted outsourcing solutions to date.

“Steam users who convert to outsourcing as provided by Energy Partners stand to gain higher production efficiencies regardless of how sophisticated their existing boiler plant is as operated by them in-house,” Probert said.

Energy Partners acquires Dryden Combustion

13 Mar 2017
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Energy Partners acquires Dryden Combustion

13 Mar 2017

Energy supplier Energy Partners has acquired Dryden Combustion for an undisclosed amount.

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Energy supplier Energy Partners has acquired Dryden Combustion for an undisclosed amount.

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Energy Partners acquires Dryden Combustion

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Company opens regional office

08 Mar 2017

Energy Partners Home Solutions recently introduced its newly established Gauteng Division at the 2017 Homemakers Expo in Johannesburg. The company was launched in Cape Town last year and has a proven record of reducing electricity costs for homeowners. It has fast become one of the leading residential and small commercial energy solutions company in the greater Western Cape, and has already started installation at a few houses in the Gauteng area. The company provides a full range of solar and energy saving solutions for the consumer market, including the Energy Partners Home Solutions ICON system, which incorporates energy efficiency, renewable generation and backup solutions to reduce a home’s reliance on the grid by more than 50% and often UP to 90%. South Africa is o...

Energy Partners Home Solutions recently introduced its newly established Gauteng Division at the 2017 Homemakers Expo in Johannesburg. The company was launched in Cape Town last year and has a proven record of reducing electricity costs for homeowners. It has fast become one of the leading residential and small commercial energy solutions company in the greater Western Cape, and has already started installation at a few houses in the Gauteng area. The company provides a full range of solar and energy saving solutions for the consumer market, including the Energy Partners Home Solutions ICON system, which incorporates energy efficiency, renewable generation and backup solutions to reduce a home’s reliance on the grid by more than 50% and often UP to 90%. South Africa is one of the countries with the highest potential for solar energy generation in the world, with approximately 2500 hours of sunshine per year. Yet there is still a relatively small percentage of the country’s residents who are actually taking advantage of this low-cost alternative. In addition to their range of products and solutions, the company  also offers various funding options for homeowners looking to reduce their energy spend.

Contact  Cala van der Westhuizen, Energy Partners, Tel 021 941-5140, calav@energypartners.co.za

Going 50% off-grid may be the answer

01 Mar 2017

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Energy savings help businesses

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Businesses urged to find alternative energy sources

14 Feb 2017

Current infrastructure investments at Eskom are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future. Alan Matthews, Head of Energy Partners Home Solutions, says business owners will have to find other sources of energies.

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Current infrastructure investments at Eskom are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future. Alan Matthews, Head of Energy Partners Home Solutions, says business owners will have to find other sources of energies.

The cost of electricity to correct the top

14 Feb 2017

KULINDELEKE ukuthi izindleko zikagesi zenyuke kule minyaka emihlanu ezayo, okusho ukuthi osomabhizinisi kufanele bacabange izindlela ezintsha zokonga ugesi ezinkampanini zabo.

Lezi zindaba zivele ocwaningweni lwe-Energy Partners okuyinkampani ebheka izindaba zikagesi eNingizimu Afrika.

UNkk Mila Loubser oyiHead of Engineering Intellingence kwa-Energy Partners uthe njengoba inkampani ephehla ugesi itshale imali eningi ithuthukisa ingqalazinda uzozenyusa izindleko zikagesi.

“Ucwaningo lukhomba ukuthi kusukela ngo-2008 ugesi ubunyuka ngo-300% ikakhulukazi loyo okhokhelwa ngamabhizinisi kwazise njalo ngonyaka * -Eskom ubufuna ukuwunyusa ngo-6% kuya ku-8%. Silindele ukuthi uNgqongqoshe wezeziMali uMnuz Pravin Gordhan anyuse intela yesisi esigcolisa umoya i-carbo...

KULINDELEKE ukuthi izindleko zikagesi zenyuke kule minyaka emihlanu ezayo, okusho ukuthi osomabhizinisi kufanele bacabange izindlela ezintsha zokonga ugesi ezinkampanini zabo.

Lezi zindaba zivele ocwaningweni lwe-Energy Partners okuyinkampani ebheka izindaba zikagesi eNingizimu Afrika.

UNkk Mila Loubser oyiHead of Engineering Intellingence kwa-Energy Partners uthe njengoba inkampani ephehla ugesi itshale imali eningi ithuthukisa ingqalazinda uzozenyusa izindleko zikagesi.

“Ucwaningo lukhomba ukuthi kusukela ngo-2008 ugesi ubunyuka ngo-300% ikakhulukazi loyo okhokhelwa ngamabhizinisi kwazise njalo ngonyaka * -Eskom ubufuna ukuwunyusa ngo-6% kuya ku-8%. Silindele ukuthi uNgqongqoshe wezeziMali uMnuz Pravin Gordhan anyuse intela yesisi esigcolisa umoya i-carbon tax ngo-13% okusho ukuthi nabakwa-Eskom bazodlulisela izindleko kosomabhizinisi nabo bonke abasebenzisa ugesi wale nkampani,” kusho uNkk Loubser.

Uthe osomabhizinisi abancane kufanele baqale manje batshale imali kwezinye izinhlobo zamandla abalule kuzo ilanga, amanzi nomoya.

“Osomabhizinisi kufanele basebenzise ugesi ohlanzekile welanga, owomoya nophehlwa emanzini ngoba awunazo izindleko eziphezulu. Lokhu kuzokwenza ukuthi noma i-Eskom enyusa ugesi bangashayeki osomabhizinisi abancane,” kusho uNkk Loubser.

UNksz Cala van der Westhuizen okhulumela i-Energy Partners Home Solutions uthe osomabhizinisi abancane kufanele bakhumbule ukuthi uhulumeni unezinhlelo zokubanika isaphulelo uma besebenzisa ugesi ohlanzekile.

Uveze ukuthi namabhange anoxhaso alukhiphayo olwenzelwe osomabhizinisi abasebenzisa ugesi ohlanzekile.

Uthe ucwaningo lwakwa-Energy Partners olwenziwe emabhizinisi amancane luveza ukuthi ukusebenzisa ugesi welanga kwehlisa izindleko ngo-30% ongasetshenziswa ukwenza ezinye izidingo.

Solar energy generation exceeds expectations in 2016

14 Feb 2017

Western Cape-based consumers and businesses with solar installations have seen a substantial surge in their energy production in the past year, further reducing reliance on the national grid, as well as their energy costs.

According to Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, solar production in the Western Cape exceeded expectations by as much as 10% during December 2016.

"Solar PV systems are typically designed using 20-year averages for irradiation (a measure of sunshine intensity), but individual years can often fluctuate by several percentage points from that average. Solar PV systems produce the most energy on clear, cloudless days and this December had 29 virtually cloud-free days over much of the province," Van der Westh...

Western Cape-based consumers and businesses with solar installations have seen a substantial surge in their energy production in the past year, further reducing reliance on the national grid, as well as their energy costs.

According to Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, solar production in the Western Cape exceeded expectations by as much as 10% during December 2016.

"Solar PV systems are typically designed using 20-year averages for irradiation (a measure of sunshine intensity), but individual years can often fluctuate by several percentage points from that average. Solar PV systems produce the most energy on clear, cloudless days and this December had 29 virtually cloud-free days over much of the province," Van der Westhuizen explains.

According to Van der Westhuizen, Energy Partners Home Solutions has over 40 solar home energy systems installed in and around Cape Town, all of which produced between 7% and 11% more energy than was expected for the month of December.

Taking into account that a well-designed home solar energy solution can cut a household's electricity bill by as much as 70% on average, it is clear that the increase in solar production equated to big savings.

The below graph indicates how much energy the Energy Partners Home Solutions systems were projected to produce on average and by how much they exceeded expectations.

Solar users see surge in their solar production

06 Feb 2017

Western Cape-based consumers and businesses in the Western Cape with solar installations have seen a substantial surge in their energy production in the past year, further reducing reliance on the national grid, as well as their energy costs. 

According to Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, solar production in the Western Cape exceeded expectations by as much as 10% during December 2016.

“Solar PV systems are typically designed using 20-year averages for irradiation (a measure of sunshine intensity), but individual years can often fluctuate by several percentage points from that average. Solar PV systems produce the most energy on clear, cloudless days and this December had 29 virtually cloud-free days over much of the pr...

Western Cape-based consumers and businesses in the Western Cape with solar installations have seen a substantial surge in their energy production in the past year, further reducing reliance on the national grid, as well as their energy costs. 

According to Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, solar production in the Western Cape exceeded expectations by as much as 10% during December 2016.

“Solar PV systems are typically designed using 20-year averages for irradiation (a measure of sunshine intensity), but individual years can often fluctuate by several percentage points from that average. Solar PV systems produce the most energy on clear, cloudless days and this December had 29 virtually cloud-free days over much of the province,” Van der Westhuizen explains.

According to Van der Westhuizen, Energy Partners Home Solutions has over 40 solar home energy systems installed in and around Cape Town, all of which produced between 7% and 11% more energy than was expected for the month of December.

Taking into account that a well-designed home solar energy solution can cut a household’s electricity bill by as much as 70% on average, it is clear that the increase in solar production equated to big savings.

The below graph indicates how much energy the Energy Partners Home Solutions systems were projected to produce on average and by how much they exceeded expectations.

 

SMES TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR INCREASED ELECTRICITY TARIFFS

06 Feb 2017
South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy. The large investments Eskom is currently making in infrastructure are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future.  Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years will likely see a year-on-year tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%. In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also waiting to find out if the government will introduce a new carbon tax. If this is the case, tariff increases could be as high as 13%.  This trend will have the largest impact on small and ...
South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy.
The large investments Eskom is currently making in infrastructure are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future. 

Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years will likely see a year-on-year tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%. In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also waiting to find out if the government will introduce a new carbon tax. If this is the case, tariff increases could be as high as 13%. 

This trend will have the largest impact on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

As we have seen in previous years, energy tariff hikes and other power related issues such as load shedding, had massive impacts on the operating costs and the already low profit margins of SMEs. There are however opportunities for smaller companies to reduce the impact of power costs and supply on their business.

SMEs should take advantage of the incentives provided for the installation of renewable energy solutions. SMEs need to keep in mind that they can claim a percentage of the cost of solar and other renewable energy solutions back from SARS. Some banks also offer financing to their business banking clients for renewable energy solutions.

There are a number of benefits to installing solar energy solutions in small businesses, all of which contribute to reducing operating costs and downtime in the event of power outages. 

A full solar solution can reduce the average SME’s electricity consumption by as much as 30%. This figure is of course dependent on the nature of the business. Additionally, custom heating, cooling and energy efficiency solutions have also resulted up to 30% reductions in electricity use for a number of our clients.

Consequently, businesses that achieve notable electricity usage decreases also qualify for tariff reductions from their local municipalities. Negotiating for lower tariffs with one’s municipality can become quite a tedious process, but it is possible and potentially beneficial to the business. Employing a service provider to negotiate on the company’s behalf also simplifies this process considerably. 

Reliability of energy supply is vital for SMEs. With this in mind, it is important for business owners to do a proper cost-benefit analysis to ensure that they are making the correct decisions, implementing the right energy solutions and using the optimal financing vehicle to reduce their annual energy spend. 

Mila Loubser is the Head of Engineering Intelligence and Cala van der Westhuizen is the Spokesperson at Energy Partners.

 

SMEs to prepare for increased electricity tariffs

31 Jan 2017

Reliability of energy supply is vital for SMEs

South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy.

This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Engineering Intelligence a division that does forecasting, modelling and monitoring in the energy sector for Energy Partners. She adds that the large investments Eskom is currently making in infrastructure are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future.

“Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years will likely see a year-on-year tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%...

Reliability of energy supply is vital for SMEs

South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy.

This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Engineering Intelligence a division that does forecasting, modelling and monitoring in the energy sector for Energy Partners. She adds that the large investments Eskom is currently making in infrastructure are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future.

“Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years will likely see a year-on-year tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%. In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also waiting to find out if the government will introduce a new carbon tax. If this is the case, tariff increases could be as high as 13%,” Loubser says.

According to Loubser, this trend will have the largest impact on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Reduce the impact of power costs and supply

“As we have seen in previous years, energy tariff hikes and other power related issues such as load shedding, had massive impacts on the operating costs and the already low profit margins of SMEs. There are however opportunities for smaller companies to reduce the impact of power costs and supply on their business.”

Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, notes that SMEs should take advantage of the incentives provided for the installation of renewable energy solutions. “SMEs need to keep in mind that they can claim a percentage of the cost of solar and other renewable energy solutions back from SARS. Some banks also offer financing to their business banking clients for renewable energy solutions.”

Alternatively, Van der Westhuizen notes that businesses can also consider financing options from certain service providers. "The Home Solutions division at Energy Partners provides various financing options for renewable energy systems to SMEs with energy requirements below 50kW. Energy Partners’ Solar Commercial division also provides a number of bespoke energy saving solutions for larger companies. Additionally, there are pay-as-you-use and leasing service agreements available for qualifying businesses, eliminating the upfront cost of installing renewable solutions,” he adds.

There are a number of benefits to installing solar energy solutions in small businesses, all of which contribute to reducing operating costs and downtime in the event of power outages, according to Van der Westhuizen.

“A full solar solution can reduce the average SME’s electricity consumption by as much as 30%. This figure is of course dependent on the nature of the business. Additionally, custom heating, cooling and energy efficiency solutions have also resulted up to 30% reductions in electricity use for a number of our clients.”

Consequently, Loubser notes that businesses that achieve notable electricity usage decreases also qualify for tariff reductions from their local municipalities. “Negotiating for lower tariffs with one’s municipality can become quite a tedious process, but it is possible and potentially beneficial to the business. Employing a service provider to negotiate on the company’s behalf also simplifies this process considerably,” she adds.

Van der Westhuizen points out that reliability of energy supply is vital for SMEs. “With this in mind, it is important for business owners to do a proper cost-benefit analysis to ensure that they are making the correct decisions, implementing the right energy solutions and using the optimal financing vehicle to reduce their annual energy spend,” Van der Westhuizen concludes.

Enquiries: Visit www.energypartners.co.za

Increased electricity tariffs - Smes to prepare themselves for increased electricity tariffs

30 Jan 2017

South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy.

This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Engineering Intelligence a division that does forecasting, modelling and monitoring in the energy sector for Energy Partners. She adds that the large investments Eskom is currently making in infrastructure are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future.

"Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years will likely see a year-on-year tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%. In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also wa...

South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy.

This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Engineering Intelligence a division that does forecasting, modelling and monitoring in the energy sector for Energy Partners. She adds that the large investments Eskom is currently making in infrastructure are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future.

"Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years will likely see a year-on-year tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%. In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also waiting to find out if the government will introduce a new carbon tax. If this is the case, tariff increases could be as high as 13%," Loubser says.

According to Loubser, this trend will have the largest impact on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

"As we have seen in previous years, energy tariff hikes and other power related issues such as load shedding, had massive impacts on the operating costs and the already low profit margins of SMEs. There are however opportunities for smaller companies to reduce the impact of power costs and supply on their business."

Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, notes that SMEs should take advantage of the incentives provided for the installation of renewable energy solutions. "SMEs need to keep in mind that they can claim a percentage of the cost of solar and other renewable energy solutions back from SARS. Some banks also offer financing to their business banking clients for renewable energy solutions."

Alternatively, Van der Westhuizen notes that businesses can also consider financing options from certain service providers. "The Home Solutions division at Energy Partners provides various financing options for renewable energy systems to SMEs with energy requirements below 50kW. Energy Partners' Solar Commercial division also provides a number of bespoke energy saving solutions for larger companies. Additionally, there are pay-as-you-use and leasing service agreements available for qualifying businesses, eliminating the upfront cost of installing renewable solutions," he adds.

There are a number of benefits to installing solar energy solutions in small businesses, all of which contribute to reducing operating costs and downtime in the event of power outages, according to Van der Westhuizen.

"A full solar solution can reduce the average SME's electricity consumption by as much as 30%. This figure is of course dependent on the nature of the business. Additionally, custom heating, cooling and energy efficiency solutions have also resulted up to 30% reductions in electricity use for a number of our clients."

Consequently, Loubser notes that businesses that achieve notable electricity usage decreases also qualify for tariff reductions from their local municipalities. "Negotiating for lower tariffs with one's municipality can become quite a tedious process, but it is possible and potentially beneficial to the business. Employing a service provider to negotiate on the company's behalf also simplifies this process considerably," she adds.

Van der Westhuizen points out that reliability of energy supply is vital for SMEs. "With this in mind, it is important for business owners to do a proper cost-benefit analysis to ensure that they are making the correct decisions, implementing the right energy solutions and using the optimal financing vehicle to reduce their annual energy spend," Van der Westhuizen concludes.

SMEs must prepare for increased electricity tariffs - expert

30 Jan 2017

Cape Town - The next eight years will likely see an above-inflation year-on-year electricity tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%, according to Mila Loubser, head of Engineering Intelligence, a division that does forecasting, modelling and monitoring in the energy sector for Energy Partners.   The large investments Eskom is currently making in infrastructure are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future. This will make it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy, in her view.   Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%, her research shows.

"In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also waiting to find out if the government will introduce a new carbon tax. If t...

Cape Town - The next eight years will likely see an above-inflation year-on-year electricity tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%, according to Mila Loubser, head of Engineering Intelligence, a division that does forecasting, modelling and monitoring in the energy sector for Energy Partners.
 
The large investments Eskom is currently making in infrastructure are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future. This will make it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy, in her view.
 
Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%, her research shows.

"In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also waiting to find out if the government will introduce a new carbon tax. If this is the case, tariff increases could be as high as 13%,” says Loubser.

This trend will have the largest impact on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

“As we have seen in previous years, energy tariff hikes and other power related issues such as load shedding, had massive impacts on the operating costs and the already low profit margins of SMEs. There are, however, opportunities for smaller companies to reduce the impact of power costs and supply on their business,” she adds.

Cala van der Westhuizen, spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, notes that SMEs should take advantage of the incentives provided for the installation of renewable energy solutions.

“SMEs need to keep in mind that they can claim a percentage of the cost of solar and other renewable energy solutions back from SARS. Some banks also offer financing to their business banking clients for renewable energy solutions,” she says.

Alternatively, Van der Westhuizen notes that businesses can also consider financing options from certain service providers. There are a number of benefits to installing solar energy solutions in small businesses, all of which contribute to reducing operating costs and downtime in the event of power outages, according to Van der Westhuizen.

“A full solar solution can reduce the average SME’s electricity consumption by as much as 30%. This figure is of course dependent on the nature of the business. Additionally, custom heating, cooling and energy efficiency solutions have also resulted up to 30% reductions in electricity use for a number of our clients,” she says.

“With this in mind, it is important for business owners to do a proper cost-benefit analysis to ensure that they are making the correct decisions, implementing the right energy solutions and using the optimal financing vehicle to reduce their annual energy spend.”

SMEs to prepare themselves for increased electricity tariffs

29 Jan 2017
27 January 2017: South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy.

This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Engineering Intelligence a division that does forecasting, modelling and monitoring in the energy sector for Energy Partners. She adds that the large investments Eskom is currently making in infrastructure are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future.

“Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years will likely see a year-on-year tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%. In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also wa...

27 January 2017: South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy.

This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Engineering Intelligence a division that does forecasting, modelling and monitoring in the energy sector for Energy Partners. She adds that the large investments Eskom is currently making in infrastructure are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future.

“Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years will likely see a year-on-year tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%. In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also waiting to find out if the government will introduce a new carbon tax. If this is the case, tariff increases could be as high as 13%,” Loubser says.

According to Loubser, this trend will have the largest impact on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

“As we have seen in previous years, energy tariff hikes and other power related issues such as load shedding, had massive impacts on the operating costs and the already low profit margins of SMEs. There are however opportunities for smaller companies to reduce the impact of power costs and supply on their business.”

Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, notes that SMEs should take advantage of the incentives provided for the installation of renewable energy solutions. “SMEs need to keep in mind that they can claim a percentage of the cost of solar and other renewable energy solutions back from SARS. Some banks also offer financing to their business banking clients for renewable energy solutions.”

Alternatively, Van der Westhuizen notes that businesses can also consider financing options from certain service providers. “The Home Solutions division at Energy Partners provides various financing options for renewable energy systems to SMEs with energy requirements below 50kW. Energy Partners’ Solar Commercial division also provides a number of bespoke energy saving solutions for larger companies. Additionally, there are pay-as-you-use and leasing service agreements available for qualifying businesses, eliminating the upfront cost of installing renewable solutions,” he adds.

There are a number of benefits to installing solar energy solutions in small businesses, all of which contribute to reducing operating costs and downtime in the event of power outages, according to Van der Westhuizen.

“A full solar solution can reduce the average SME’s electricity consumption by as much as 30%. This figure is of course dependent on the nature of the business. Additionally, custom heating, cooling and energy efficiency solutions have also resulted up to 30% reductions in electricity use for a number of our clients.”

Consequently, Loubser notes that businesses that achieve notable electricity usage decreases also qualify for tariff reductions from their local municipalities. “Negotiating for lower tariffs with one’s municipality can become quite a tedious process, but it is possible and potentially beneficial to the business. Employing a service provider to negotiate on the company’s behalf also simplifies this process considerably,” she adds.

Van der Westhuizen points out that reliability of energy supply is vital for SMEs. “With this in mind, it is important for business owners to do a proper cost-benefit analysis to ensure that they are making the correct decisions, implementing the right energy solutions and using the optimal financing vehicle to reduce their annual energy spend,” Van der Westhuizen concludes.

About Energy Partners Home Solutions

Energy Partners Home Solutions (EPHS) offer clients holistic and innovative home energy solution guaranteed to realise significant savings on a household’s energy bills. In 2016, the organisation launched its ground breaking new product, the ICON Home Energy Hub. The first solar inverter and battery combination developed specifically for the South African residential market.

The ICON forms part of a full home energy solution, including Solar PV, Batteries, Heat Pumps and LED lights. By combining these technologies, Energy Partners (EPHS) is able to provide significantly better savings and financial returns than other solutions: a family sized home could save up to 70% of their electricity bill and earn more than 16% return on their investment – twice what a standard PV-only solution would provide.

For more information visit: www.poweryourself.co.za

About Energy Partners

Founded in 2008, Energy Partners is a leading energy solutions provider in South Africa that provides clients with innovative solutions (including fully outsourced supply contracts – e.g. steam generation) to suit their needs. Energy Partners has built a high quality team of talented individuals and robust processes which offer end-to-end solutions and integrate the different components of energy optimisation to deliver optimum results – including capital solutions that put clients in a positive cash flow positions from day one. Industries in which Energy Partners specialise include: food retail, retail, healthcare, hospitality, food processing and logistics. For more information visit www.energypartners.co.za

 

About PSG

PSG Group is an investment holding company consisting of underlying investments that operate across industries which include financial services, banking, private equity, agriculture and education. PSG Group has a market capitalisation in excess of R40bn, with our largest investment being a 30,7% interest in Capitec.

Additional group companies include Energy Partners, Impak, Curro and Capitec.

 

Acquisition boosts prospects for top steam and boiler suppliers

27 Jan 2017

Two reputable and successful South African companies operating in the local industrialand commercial steam power market have joined forces to work together growing their businesses to better serve the market’s needs.

Cape Town-based Energy Partners – Steam & Combustion, a member of the listed PSG Group, has acquired 100% ownership of Alberton-based Dryden Combustion with effect from January 3, 2017.

The companies will continue to operate separately but aim to take full advantage of the close synergies that exist between them to expand and develop their respective businesses.

Together they provide the full spectrum of services and equipment to users of steam in industry in&n...

Two reputable and successful South African companies operating in the local industrialand commercial steam power market have joined forces to work together growing their businesses to better serve the market’s needs.

Cape Town-based Energy Partners – Steam & Combustion, a member of the listed PSG Group, has acquired 100% ownership of Alberton-based Dryden Combustion with effect from January 3, 2017.

The companies will continue to operate separately but aim to take full advantage of the close synergies that exist between them to expand and develop their respective businesses.

Together they provide the full spectrum of services and equipment to users of steam in industry in Southern Africaand beyond, making the combined group a one-stop-shop for clients. 

Energy Partners is a leading supplier of steam energy, combined with boiler control & optimisation systems, while Dryden Combustion is the largest supplier in the region of refurbished coaloil and gas-fired packaged steam boilers. Dryden also supplies new steam and hot water boilers and offers a comprehensive range of oil and gas burners, combined with service &
spares backup for all equipment supplied by them.

“We are very excited about the prospects for future growth and development that this deal brings into play,” said Jonathan Probert, newly-appointed CEO of DrydenCombustion, formerly National Sales Manager – Steam & Combustion for Energy Partners. 

“It is a major step forward in terms of the opportunities it opens up to expand the scope of both companies’ operations,
including better penetration into their respective markets, improving efficiencies of both outsourced and user-owned
boilers and ancillary equipment and achieving meaningful operating cost savings to the benefit of customers,” he stated. 

“It also provides a strong foundation for developing new products and services to better cater to the diverse requirements of the market.”

Outlining the principal benefits both companies stand to gain by joining forces as a result of the acquisition, Probert said that Dryden Combustion’s extensive presence on the ground and close contact with steam-users it serves throughout the region will greatly assist Energy Partners in enabling it to extend its own customer base.

“Due to Dryden’s ongoing provision of after-sales servicesupport and spares to its numerous customers in many sectors, it keeps constantly in touch with developments as they arise, including plans by customers to expand their steam capacity, what boilers are for sale or due to be replaced, and what businesses wish to have their steam outsourced – the main focus of Energy Partners’ business – or wish to operate their own boilers in-house, which is the market Dryden itself caters to.

“The information that is brought to light through the extensive network of contacts Dryden has built up in this way over many years is an invaluable resource that EnergyPartners is keen to make use of to extent its own customer base in the industry,” Probert explained.

The other major benefit now available to Energy Partners is Dryden’s existing boiler repair and refurbishment capabilities.

Dryden has a well-equipped facility for the repair and refurbishment of the boilers it purchases and re-sells into the market.

“Until now Energy Partners has outsourced this work in respect of the boilers it owns and operates in its steam outsourcing business. By making use of Dryden’s facility for the bulk of the repair, refurbishment and maintenance work required on its boilers, the company stands to achieve substantial cost and time savings to the benefit of its customers,” he commented.

Significant benefits are also in the offing for Dryden as a result of the acquisition, the primary one being the additional financial muscle it gains through becoming part of the listed PSG Group stable.

“This means access to additional capital for expansion of its operations when required, in contrast to its previously relatively limited access to capital as a privately-owned entity.”

Another major benefit to Dryden is Energy Partners’ impressive array of high-efficiency steam controls and energyoptimisation systems. “These represent a vital component in Energy Partners’ steam outsourcing business, being a major factor in its success in this highly competitive field. Now Dryden is in a position to offer the same value-added benefits to its customers,” Probert concluded.

Energy Partners, founded in 2008, is a multi-divisional energy solutions provider in South Africa that provides clients with innovative solutions to suit their needs. EnergyPartners has built a high quality team of talented individuals and robust processes which offer end-to-end solutions and integrate the different components of energy optimisation to deliver optimum results – including capital solutions that put clients in a positive cash flow positions from day one. Industries in which Energy Partners specialise include: foodretailretail, healthcare, hospitality, food processing and logistics.

PSG Group is an investment holding company consisting of underlying investments that operate across industries which include financial services, banking, private equity, agricultureand educationPSG Group has a market capitalisation in excess of R40bn; group companies include Energy Partners, ImpakCurro and Capitec.

Outsourcing offers steam users optimal efficiency
Energy Partners has made good progress to date persuading industrial and other steam users to adopt an outsourced solution in place of the traditional system of in-house managed and operated steam.

“In recent years, Energy Partners has been gathering momentum in its ongoing drive towards changing the traditional pattern of steam production management. We have been helped in this through the accumulation of sites, where we can demonstrate the success of the concept to potential new customers.

“By showing our successes to would-be customers, including allowing them the opportunity to confirm directly with our existing customers that outsourcing is effective and yields significant benefits, we provide them with the motivation they need to make the switch,” he explained.

Assured reliability
“Boiler users are understandably reluctant to hand over such a key production process to a third party. They need to be assured that the entity that takes over this responsibility knows exactly what it’s doing and will
operate it reliably,” he adds.

Currently, the local market for steam outsourcing remains largely untapped. “We estimate that less than 10% of steam users in our market, encompassing industrial, commercial and service organisations, have adopted outsourcing solutions to date,” Probert points out.

In providing outsourcing packages to clients, Energy Partners purchases, supplies and installs the boiler plant – or alternatively purchases and takes over ownership of existing plant – and manages and operates it.

“The rationale behind the concept is, firstly, to free the client company of this responsibility to enable it to focus on its core business, and secondly, to ensure that the boiler plantoperates optimally in all respects – at the highest possible production efficiency and lowest cost,” explains Jean le Roux, former COO of Energy Partners – Steam & Combustion and now COO of Dryden Combustion post the acquisition deal.

“Steam users who convert to outsourcing as provided by Energy Partners stand to gain higher production efficiencies regardless of how sophisticated their existing boiler plant is as operated by them in-house,” he says.

Cost savings
“While cost savings from adopting outsourcing vary considerably depending on the level of efficiency of the production and control equipment already in place, all users may expect to reap cost-saving benefits by outsourcing the operation and maintenance of their boiler plant to EnergyPartners.”

The company deploys a high-quality programmable logic controller (PLC) based digital system to control and monitor all the outsourced steam sites it manages and operates on behalf of its clients. The system incorporates a real time monitoring system to ensure sustained operational efficiencyof the boiler plant at all times.

The monitoring system, developed by Energy Partners’ own team of specialist engineers, is one of the main tools in the company’s technologically advanced digital control armoury that gives it a competitive edge in the steam outsourcing market.

“Our monitoring system is offered as an optional add-on to our production control system, but the majority of our clients
accept it as part of their outsourcing package as they recognise the key role it plays in ensuring continuity of optimal performance and reliability of the plant over time,” Le Roux comments.

Further benefits
Other noteworthy benefits offered to boiler users through outsourcing as provided by Energy Partners include: 

  • The outsourcing contract is a comprehensive deal whereby Energy Partners takes full responsibility for all aspects of management, operation and maintenance of the boiler plant, including fuel procurement, waste removal, water treatment and all the applicable regulatory requirements.
  • The client pays only for steam used on a rands-per-tonne basis, while Energy Partners carries all costs relating to the running and maintenance of the plant at optimal efficiency, including those for technological upgrades required from time to time.
  • As part of each outsourcing contract, Energy Partners is committed to paying penalties in the event of interruption of steam supply (in excess of mutually agreed limits) that result in production losses to the client.

SMEs to prepare themselves for increased electricity tariffs

27 Jan 2017
27 January 2017: South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy.

This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Engineering Intelligence a division that does forecasting, modelling and monitoring in the energy sector for Energy Partners. She adds that the large investments Eskom is currently making in infrastructure are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future.

“Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years will likely see a year-on-year tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%. In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are al...

27 January 2017: South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy.

This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Engineering Intelligence a division that does forecasting, modelling and monitoring in the energy sector for Energy Partners. She adds that the large investments Eskom is currently making in infrastructure are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future.

“Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years will likely see a year-on-year tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%. In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also waiting to find out if the government will introduce a new carbon tax. If this is the case, tariff increases could be as high as 13%,” Loubser says.

According to Loubser, this trend will have the largest impact on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

“As we have seen in previous years, energy tariff hikes and other power related issues such as load shedding, had massive impacts on the operating costs and the already low profit margins of SMEs. There are however opportunities for smaller companies to reduce the impact of power costs and supply on their business.”

Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, notes that SMEs should take advantage of the incentives provided for the installation of renewable energy solutions. “SMEs need to keep in mind that they can claim a percentage of the cost of solar and other renewable energy solutions back from SARS. Some banks also offer financing to their business banking clients for renewable energy solutions.”

Alternatively, Van der Westhuizen notes that businesses can also consider financing options from certain service providers. “The Home Solutions division at Energy Partners provides various financing options for renewable energy systems to SMEs with energy requirements below 50kW. Energy Partners’ Solar Commercial division also provides a number of bespoke energy saving solutions for larger companies. Additionally, there are pay-as-you-use and leasing service agreements available for qualifying businesses, eliminating the upfront cost of installing renewable solutions,” he adds.

There are a number of benefits to installing solar energy solutions in small businesses, all of which contribute to reducing operating costs and downtime in the event of power outages, according to Van der Westhuizen.

“A full solar solution can reduce the average SME’s electricity consumption by as much as 30%. This figure is of course dependent on the nature of the business. Additionally, custom heating, cooling and energy efficiency solutions have also resulted up to 30% reductions in electricity use for a number of our clients.”

Consequently, Loubser notes that businesses that achieve notable electricity usage decreases also qualify for tariff reductions from their local municipalities. “Negotiating for lower tariffs with one’s municipality can become quite a tedious process, but it is possible and potentially beneficial to the business. Employing a service provider to negotiate on the company’s behalf also simplifies this process considerably,” she adds.

Van der Westhuizen points out that reliability of energy supply is vital for SMEs. “With this in mind, it is important for business owners to do a proper cost-benefit analysis to ensure that they are making the correct decisions, implementing the right energy solutions and using the optimal financing vehicle to reduce their annual energy spend,” Van der Westhuizen concludes.

About Energy Partners Home Solutions

Energy Partners Home Solutions (EPHS) offer clients holistic and innovative home energy solution guaranteed to realise significant savings on a household’s energy bills. In 2016, the organisation launched its ground breaking new product, the ICON Home Energy Hub. The first solar inverter and battery combination developed specifically for the South African residential market.

The ICON forms part of a full home energy solution, including Solar PV, Batteries, Heat Pumps and LED lights. By combining these technologies, Energy Partners (EPHS) is able to provide significantly better savings and financial returns than other solutions: a family sized home could save up to 70% of their electricity bill and earn more than 16% return on their investment – twice what a standard PV-only solution would provide.

 

For more information visit: www.poweryourself.co.za

 

Medupi power station ready to go

23 Dec 2016

Dark days for South Africa’s economy are finally over as the second unit (Unit 5) of Eskom’s new power station, Medupi, will be fully operational tomorrow when it generates 796MW into the grid, suggesting that the local economy is more than ready for next year.

The power utility said this week that Medupi is now closer to commercial operation on Saturday and this is a significant achievement since its successful synchronisation in September. This will particularly boost heavy industries and small businesses, which were hit hard by load shedding in the past two years, leading to an economic slowdown. Analysts said this is good news for such a major boost before the start of the new year, and that going forward the country can expect manufacturing and mining output to ...

Dark days for South Africa’s economy are finally over as the second unit (Unit 5) of Eskom’s new power station, Medupi, will be fully operational tomorrow when it generates 796MW into the grid, suggesting that the local economy is more than ready for next year.

The power utility said this week that Medupi is now closer to commercial operation on Saturday and this is a significant achievement since its successful synchronisation in September. This will particularly boost heavy industries and small businesses, which were hit hard by load shedding in the past two years, leading to an economic slowdown. Analysts said this is good news for such a major boost before the start of the new year, and that going forward the country can expect manufacturing and mining output to increase after suffering heavy losses in the last two years.

In August, Eskom marked exactly one year of no load shedding and it said that it was largely due to the rigorous plant maintenance programme executed over the past 12 months. “Full load indicated the plant’s ability to meet design output after commissioning. It is a major milestone in the process of optimisation of the unit en route to commercial operation. “We believe that power from this unit will go a long way in strengthening the power supply to the country,” Matshela Koko, Eskom’s acting CEO said.

Medupi is a greenfield coal-fired dry-cooled base load station comprising six units rated at 4 800MW installed capacity and it will be the fourth-largest coal-fired plant and the largest dry-cooled power station in the world. Some industry analysts said given the latest improved business leading indicator published by the Reserve Bank this week, which showed economic improvement for the next six months, the synchronisation of 796MW into the grid will boost the country’s energy and ignite the economy.

Phanuel Rapule, an independent economist, said it was evident that SA was becoming more energy efficient and there is no doubt that the local economic growth will somehow improve and consumer confidence will be restored. “Power is the key economic driver anywhere in the world. That means the dark days are over, our local energy problems are vastly disappearing and this could be the start of good things to come,” he said. The South African Chamber of Business (Sacci) also welcomed the move and that business had been proactive in seeking solutions to the energy crisis.

The chamber said in terms of energy policy, South Africa urgently requires additional electricity providers in order to take pressure off Eskom. Meanwhile, South Africans who are going on holiday this festive season have been urged to switch off their appliances so they don’t accumulate unnecessary costs on their monthly electricity bill as a result of lights and appliances that continue to draw power, even while the home is unoccupied.

Alan Matthews, spokesperson for Energy Partners, said electricity costs are still on the rise and Energy Partners’ research said there will be above inflation increases in tariffs for at least the next three years. “Consumers must make sure they switch off their appliances while they are away.

Keep in mind that a traditional geyser is responsible for up to 50% of the home’s monthly electricity consumption. “Even when there is no one at home to use hot water, the geyser uses a considerable amount of energy to maintain the water temperature,” he said.

-Thelma Ngoma|thelman@thenewage.co.za 

SA can save on electricity bill by switching off electrical appliances

22 Dec 2016

According to Energy Partners and energy solutions providing South Africa. Holiday markers can save money on electricity bills by switching all electrical appliances when leaving the house. Consumers must not change their mindset only for the festive season but also for the future as South Africans should brace themselves for a possible inflation increase in electricity tariffs in the next three years. Int: Spokesperson : Energy Partners : Alan Matthews

 

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According to Energy Partners and energy solutions providing South Africa. Holiday markers can save money on electricity bills by switching all electrical appliances when leaving the house. Consumers must not change their mindset only for the festive season but also for the future as South Africans should brace themselves for a possible inflation increase in electricity tariffs in the next three years. Int: Spokesperson : Energy Partners : Alan Matthews

 

Top tips to avoid unnecessary electricity bills this holiday

21 Dec 2016

Many South Africans going on holiday this festive season will continue to accumulate unnecessary costs on their monthly electricity bill as a result of lights and appliances that continue to draw power, even while the home is unoccupied.

This according to Alan Matthews, Spokesperson for Energy Partners, who states that there are both quick and longer-term energy saving solutions that homeowners need to seriously consider before departing for the holidays. “Electricity costs are still on the rise, and Energy Partners’ research indicates that there will be above inflation increases in tariffs for at least the next three years. With that in mind, homeowners should start to adopt an energy saving mind-set at every available opportunity,” he says.

The f...

Many South Africans going on holiday this festive season will continue to accumulate unnecessary costs on their monthly electricity bill as a result of lights and appliances that continue to draw power, even while the home is unoccupied.

This according to Alan Matthews, Spokesperson for Energy Partners, who states that there are both quick and longer-term energy saving solutions that homeowners need to seriously consider before departing for the holidays. “Electricity costs are still on the rise, and Energy Partners’ research indicates that there will be above inflation increases in tariffs for at least the next three years. With that in mind, homeowners should start to adopt an energy saving mind-set at every available opportunity,” he says.

The first step, according to Matthews, should be to switch off the geyser for the duration of the time spent away from home. “Keep in mind that a traditional geyser is responsible for up to 50% of the home’s monthly electricity consumption. Even when there is no-one at home to use hot water, the geyser uses a considerable amount of energy to maintain the water temperature.

“If it is necessary to keep the geyser on while away, reduce its maximum temperature to 60ᵒC or below. It is also possible to install a timer to manage the geyser’s electricity use, and covering the geyser with insulation to reduce heat loss is a good idea,” he adds.

Next, Matthews says that homeowners should ensure that all ‘phantom energy users’ are unplugged. “TVs, DVD players, computers, printers, radios and various other electronics use energy even when not turned on. While each item may only draw a very small amount of power, consider how many appliances are plugged in at your home right now. All of the wasted energy adds up,” he says.

According to Matthews, there is also an opportunity to save energy outside the home by setting the pool pump to run for a shorter period each day. “Homeowners can use their own discretion, but most of the time, there is room for improvement in this regard.”

He adds that homeowners should also use this time to consider options that will save energy and reduce electricity costs throughout the year. “If you have not done so already, something to consider for 2017 is the installation of heat pumps. Heat pumps have the potential to provide hot water at the same temperature while utilising up to 70% less electricity than a regular geyser. Used in conjunction with a solar heating solution, this has the potential to drastically reduce total electricity spend.”

According to Matthews, the initial cost of such a system could be justified over time. “Energy Partners Home Solutions’ integrated home energy systems is a full solution, designed to reduce a home’s monthly electricity spend by around 70%. With a carefully planned and designed solution, the cost of the system’s installation could easily be recovered in five years,” he concludes.

About Energy Partners

Founded in 2008, Energy Partners is a leading energy solutions provider in South Africa that provides clients with innovative solutions (including fully outsourced supply contracts – e.g. steam generation) to suit their needs. Energy Partners has built a high quality team of talented individuals and robust processes which offer end-to-end solutions and integrate the different components of energy optimisation to deliver optimum results – including capital solutions that put clients in a positive cash flow positions from day one. Industries in which Energy Partners specialise include: food retail, retail, healthcare, hospitality, food processing and logistics. For more information visit http://www.poweryourself.co.za/.

About PSG

PSG Group is an investment holding company consisting of underlying investments that operate across industries which include financial services, banking, private equity, agriculture and education. PSG Group has a market capitalisation in excess of R40bn, with our largest investment being a 30,7% interest in Capitec.

 

Additional group companies include Energy Partners, Impak, Curro and Capitec.

Going 50% off-grid is better than 100%

13 Dec 2016
South Africa is likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next eight years, with some conservative estimates placing the rise in tariffs at between 6% and 8% year-on-year. This figure could be as high as 13% if carbon taxes are imposed, and even higher should the 300% increase over the past three years be any indication. This news is driving some consumers to seriously consider taking their homes completely off-grid. Alternative energy solutions like home solar are becoming increasingly affordable, but powering a home completely from renewable sources is still prohibitively expensive. To power a home 100% you’ll need a large system to generate and store enough energy, especially during the winter when there is a lot less sunlight. H...
South Africa is likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next eight years, with some conservative estimates placing the rise in tariffs at between 6% and 8% year-on-year.
This figure could be as high as 13% if carbon taxes are imposed, and even higher should the 300% increase over the past three years be any indication. This news is driving some consumers to seriously consider taking their homes completely off-grid.

Alternative energy solutions like home solar are becoming increasingly affordable, but powering a home completely from renewable sources is still prohibitively expensive. To power a home 100% you’ll need a large system to generate and store enough energy, especially during the winter when there is a lot less sunlight.

However, that smaller scale solutions could provide significantly more benefits than a fully off-grid option. 

A relatively small solar energy system is all that’s needed to supply up to 50% of a standard-sized home’s energy. A 3 kWp (kilowatt peak) system may supply 50% of the home’s energy needs. On the other hand, making a home 100% grid-independent requires a system that is four or five times larger with large backup capacities as well. We’ve crunched the numbers here at Energy Partners Home Solutions and have found that costs increase sharply after 70% grid independence.

Achieving the optimal 60% to 70% electricity independence starts with replacing some of the home’s heaviest electricity users with more efficient solutions. 

When it comes to lighting, LEDs are great replacements for traditional downlights, as they save far more electricity in the long run. Geysers account for as much as half of the electricity bill in many households, with large unnecessary energy wastage. This can be mitigated by a highly efficient heat pump or, in certain cases, solar geysers. Even these simple, affordable solutions can make a big difference.

The next step is to install solar PV panels and a battery or inverter system. He notes that these are extremely effective in generating and storing energy. 

However, like all solar power systems, they rely on the sun. When there are long periods of sunshine, they can generate and store enough power to allow you plenty of freedom from the grid. Yet one cannot always rely on the sun doing its bit for your electricity generation. On stormy days or in the winter when we only get about one-third of the sunshine we receive in the summer, it is important to still have a connection to the grid.

Energy Partners Home Solutions’ integrated home energy systems is a full solution, designed to reduce a home’s monthly electricity spend by around 70%. With a carefully planned and designed solution, the cost of the system’s installation could easily be recovered in five years. 

Consumers should consider installing a renewable energy solution as soon as it is sensible to do so. A 60% to 70% reduction in energy consumption is not only the most cost effective option, but also easily achievable. 

Cala van der Westhuizen is the spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions.

 

Design Build Expo enables and promotes

09 Dec 2016

The PIA Design Build Expo and Conference saw a great line-up of speakers, an exhibition of building products, movie screenings and a project expo.

With the vision to create healthy networking opportunities within the local built environment and promote up-to-date technical know-how, the first PIA Design Build Expo and Conference was hosted by the Pretoria Institute for Architects (PIA) in conjunction with the Departments of Architecture at the University of Pretoria and Tshwane University of Technology in October.

Held at Market @ The Sheds at 012 Central in Pretoria, the two-day event saw a range of technical talks and presentations which ran parallel with architectural movie screenings.

Speakers included Brigitte Prior from Promac Paints, who exp...

The PIA Design Build Expo and Conference saw a great line-up of speakers, an exhibition of building products, movie screenings and a project expo.

With the vision to create healthy networking opportunities within the local built environment and promote up-to-date technical know-how, the first PIA Design Build Expo and Conference was hosted by the Pretoria Institute for Architects (PIA) in conjunction with the Departments of Architecture at the University of Pretoria and Tshwane University of Technology in October.

Held at Market @ The Sheds at 012 Central in Pretoria, the two-day event saw a range of technical talks and presentations which ran parallel with architectural movie screenings.

Speakers included Brigitte Prior from Promac Paints, who explained appropriate surface preparation prior to the coating of buildings with a big focus on older buildings that are being revamped. She also discussed reasons for failures.

Dewaal van Heerden from Energy Partners shed some light on the different types and sizes of photovoltaic rooftop installations on commercial buildings, while Alan Matthews gave some tips for architects to advise their clients on.

Inspiring architects with his presentation on contemporary concrete, architect and lecturer Daniel van der Merwe showed exciting, modern building projects and innovative applications of this basic building material.

Braam de Villiers from Earthworld Architects spoke passionately about architecture and manufacturing.

Pretoria Institute for Architecture
Tel: 012 346 1051
Website: www.pia.org.za


Caption: The PPC Cement exhibition stand

Wrong Electricity Tariffs

05 Dec 2016

 

SA businesses could be paying too much due to wrong electricity tariffs

Many South African businesses are paying too much for electricity as a result of incorrect billing. This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Energy Reporting at Energy Partners, who says that businesses that have reduced their electricity consumption, could qualify for substantial tariff reductions with their local municipality.

Loubser comments that businesses should not assume that their tariffs will automatically be lowered once they have reigned in their energy consumption. "Municipalities often do not detect that a business has reduced its energy footprint, either because they are using old equipment such as mechanical meters, or they have a billing platform with little flexibility t...

 

SA businesses could be paying too much due to wrong electricity tariffs

Many South African businesses are paying too much for electricity as a result of incorrect billing. This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Energy Reporting at Energy Partners, who says that businesses that have reduced their electricity consumption, could qualify for substantial tariff reductions with their local municipality.

Loubser comments that businesses should not assume that their tariffs will automatically be lowered once they have reigned in their energy consumption. "Municipalities often do not detect that a business has reduced its energy footprint, either because they are using old equipment such as mechanical meters, or they have a billing platform with little flexibility to accommodate changes in the tariffs," she says.

"There are also many cases where municipalities are adding the load of other users to the electricity bill of the business in question. This often happens to tenants in shopping malls, or areas where there are multiple units and small loads that landlords are allocating to tenants," Loubser continues.

Other cases involve possible clerical errors, says Loubser. "We have one client, for example, who continued being charged winter tariffs throughout the whole summer, which caused massive over-billing."

The biggest problem driving this trend, according to Loubser, is a lack of knowledge and understanding on the part of the electricity consumers. "In our experience, businesses, whether they are large or small, often continue paying for higher rates without examining their bills at the end of every month," she says

Loubser states that businesses need to know how to raise the issue of tariffs with their local municipalities. "The best advice for companies, is to talk to the right people at the municipality, otherwise they will sit in queues for days. It is also vitally important to prepare all possible data in advance (their surveyor general diagram, account info and meter number). Ideally, the business can also include the check meter half hour readings, which is usually the best proof to the municipality that there is merit in their application."

Loubser adds however that this could still be an onerous process for businesses to tackle on their own. "The best course of action is to involve an energy manager to conduct an audit of the company's electricity spend. The consultant can calculate the effective rate, find out whether the business qualifies for tariff reductions, and whether there is room to further reduce energy consumption. Finally, the consultant will help the business owner to negotiate successfully with the municipality. A typical tariff switch project usually takes between one and four months, depending on which municipal jurisdiction the client falls under," says Loubser.

Energy Partners provides billing analysis to its clients, as part of their energy management programmes. "One of our biggest success stories so far, is a bakery in Kwa Zulu Natal that saved R 2.6 million only by changing their tariff. The tariff switch also happened at exactly the right time, because the client was ramping up production and was in a position to benefit the most from optimised electricity costs," Loubser explains.

"Businesses are coming under increased financial pressure from all sides, and being able to reduce one of their biggest expenditures just might make the difference between success and failure," concludes Loubser.

Going 50% off-grid is better than 100%

05 Dec 2016

South Africa is likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next eight years, with some conservative estimates placing the rise in tariffs at between 6% and 8% year-on-year. This figure could be as high as 13% if carbon taxes are imposed, and even higher should the 300% increase over the past three years be any indication. This news is driving some consumers to seriously consider taking their homes completely off-grid.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, who says that alternative energy solutions like home solar are becoming increasingly affordable, but powering a home completely from renewable sources is still prohibitively expensive. "To power a home 100% you'll need a large s...

South Africa is likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next eight years, with some conservative estimates placing the rise in tariffs at between 6% and 8% year-on-year. This figure could be as high as 13% if carbon taxes are imposed, and even higher should the 300% increase over the past three years be any indication. This news is driving some consumers to seriously consider taking their homes completely off-grid.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, who says that alternative energy solutions like home solar are becoming increasingly affordable, but powering a home completely from renewable sources is still prohibitively expensive. "To power a home 100% you'll need a large system to generate and store enough energy, especially during the winter when there is a lot less sunlight."

Van der Westhuizen notes however that smaller scale solutions could provide significantly more benefits than a fully off-grid option.

"A relatively small solar energy system is all that's needed to supply up to 50% of a standard-sized home's energy. A 3 kWp (kilowatt peak) system may supply 50% of the home's energy needs. On the other hand, making a home 100% grid-independent requires a system that is four or five times larger with large backup capacities as well. We've crunched the numbers here at Energy Partners Home Solutions and have found that costs increase sharply after 70% grid independence."

Achieving the optimal 60% to 70% electricity independence, according to Van der Westhuizen, starts with replacing some of the home's heaviest electricity users with more efficient solutions.

"When it comes to lighting, LEDs are great replacements for traditional downlights, as they save far more electricity in the long run. Geysers account for as much as half of the electricity bill in many households, with large unnecessary energy wastage. This can be mitigated by a highly efficient heat pump or, in certain cases, solar geysers. Even these simple, affordable solutions can make a big difference," he says.

Van der Westhuizen states that the next step is to install solar PV panels and a battery or inverter system. He notes that these are extremely effective in generating and storing energy.

"However, like all solar power systems, they rely on the sun. When there are long periods of sunshine, they can generate and store enough power to allow you plenty of freedom from the grid. Yet one cannot always rely on the sun doing its bit for your electricity generation. On stormy days or in the winter when we only get about one-third of the sunshine we receive in the summer, it is important to still have a connection to the grid."

"Energy Partners Home Solutions' integrated home energy systems is a full solution, designed to reduce a home's monthly electricity spend by around 70%. With a carefully planned and designed solution, the cost of the system's installation could easily be recovered in five years," he adds.

"Consumers should consider installing a renewable energy solution as soon as it is sensible to do so. A 60% to 70% reduction in energy consumption is not only the most cost effective option, but also easily achievable," concludes Van der Westhuizen.

‘Speen huis net gedeeltelik van Eskom-krag’

28 Nov 2016

Dis beter en goedkoper om jou huis net gedeeltelik van Eskom-krag te speen as om heeltemal onafhanklik tuis elektrisiteit op te wek, meen die mense van Energy Partners, ’n verskaffer van alternatiewe kragstelsels waarin die beleggingsgroep PSG ’n belang het.

Cala van der Westhuizen, woordvoerder van Energy Partners Home Solutions, sê hoewel alternatiewe kragoplossings ál meer bekostigbaar word, is dit nog te duur om ’n huis heeltemal uit hernubare bronne krag te gee. Dit vereis ’n groot stelsel om krag op te wek en te stoor, veral in die winter wanneer daar heelwat minder sonlig is. ’n Relatief kleiner stelsel van 3 kilowatt kan tot 50% van ’n huis se krag lewer, maar koste styg skerp sodra ’n stelsel beoog word om 70% of me...

Dis beter en goedkoper om jou huis net gedeeltelik van Eskom-krag te speen as om heeltemal onafhanklik tuis elektrisiteit op te wek, meen die mense van Energy Partners, ’n verskaffer van alternatiewe kragstelsels waarin die beleggingsgroep PSG ’n belang het.

Cala van der Westhuizen, woordvoerder van Energy Partners Home Solutions, sê hoewel alternatiewe kragoplossings ál meer bekostigbaar word, is dit nog te duur om ’n huis heeltemal uit hernubare bronne krag te gee. Dit vereis ’n groot stelsel om krag op te wek en te stoor, veral in die winter wanneer daar heelwat minder sonlig is. ’n Relatief kleiner stelsel van 3 kilowatt kan tot 50% van ’n huis se krag lewer, maar koste styg skerp sodra ’n stelsel beoog word om 70% of meer van ’n huis se kragvraag te lewer, sê Van der Westhuizen.

Hy sê hoewel daar tans ’n breë afname in verkope van alternatiewe kragstelsels is weens waarskynlik die finansiële druk waaronder verbruikers verkeer, asook die afwesigheid van beurtkrag, het navrae en verkope van Energy Partners se stelsels in die Wes-Kaap gegroei.

 

Energy Partners verwag tuiskragstelsels sal in die volgende paar jaar meer toeganklik raak vir middelklas- tot laerinkomstegroepe. “Tegnologie en prosesse verbeter toenemend. Namate kragkoste styg, dwing dit mense om slimmer te dink oor hoe hulle maandeliks bestee en probeer hulle uitgawes verminder deur in tuiskragstelsels te belê.”

Elektrisiteitspryse sal oor die volgende agt jaar met meer as inflasie styg, word verwag. Konserwatiewe ramings verwag ’n jaarlikse styging van tussen 6% en 8%, en dit kan tot 13% styg as koolstofbelastings afgedwing word. Dit kan selfs hoër wees as ’n mens die 300%-styging oor die afgelope drie jaar as maatstaf neem.

Van der Westhuizen sê die eerste stap is om die swaarste kraggebruikers in ’n huis met doeltreffender oplossings te vervang. Geisers verbruik in talle huise soveel as die helfte van al die elektrisiteit of meer. Hittepompe en songeisers kan dit verlaag. In die winter of op stormagtige dae kry die tipiese Suid-Afrikaanse huis egter net sowat ’n derde van die sonlig as in die somer, en ’n verbinding aan die kragnetwerk is dus belangrik. Volgens Van der Westhuizen kan hul stelsel ’n kragrekening met tot 70% verlaag en kan die koste van ’n tuiskragstelsel in vyf jaar gedek word.

PSG Private Equity het ’n 57,1%-belang in Energy Partners, wat in 2008 gestig is. Energy Partners het in April sy tuiskragstelsel begin bemark, wat ’n stel sonpanele, ’n battery en omsetter, ’n groot warmwatersilinder en ’n hittepomp insluit.

Wrong electricity tariffs... are you paying too much?

21 Nov 2016

Many South African businesses are paying too much for electricity as a result of incorrect billing. This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Energy Reporting at Energy Partners, who says that businesses that have reduced their electricity consumption, could qualify for substantial tariff reductions with their local municipality.

Loubser comments that businesses should not assume that their tariffs will automatically be lowered once they have reigned in their energy consumption. “Municipalities often do not detect that a business has reduced its energy footprint, either because they are using old equipment such as mechanical meters, or they have a billing platform with little flexibility to accommodate changes in the tariffs,” she says.

“Th...

Many South African businesses are paying too much for electricity as a result of incorrect billing. This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Energy Reporting at Energy Partners, who says that businesses that have reduced their electricity consumption, could qualify for substantial tariff reductions with their local municipality.

Loubser comments that businesses should not assume that their tariffs will automatically be lowered once they have reigned in their energy consumption. “Municipalities often do not detect that a business has reduced its energy footprint, either because they are using old equipment such as mechanical meters, or they have a billing platform with little flexibility to accommodate changes in the tariffs,” she says.

“There are also many cases where municipalities are adding the load of other users to the electricity bill of the business in question. This often happens to tenants in shopping malls, or areas where there are multiple units and small loads that landlords are allocating to tenants,” Loubser continues. Other cases involve possible clerical errors, says Loubser. “We have one client, for example, who continued being charged winter tariffs throughout the whole of summer, which caused massive over-billing.”

“The best advice for companies, is to talk to the right people at the municipality, otherwise they will sit in queues for days. It is also vitally important to prepare all possible data in advance (their surveyor general diagram, account info and meter number). Ideally, the business can also include the check meter half hour readings, which is usually the best proof to the municipality that there is merit in their application.” She adds: “The best course of action is to involve an energy manager to conduct an audit of the company’s electricity spend. The consultant can calculate the effective rate, find out whether the business qualifies for tariff reductions, and whether there is room to further reduce energy consumption. Finally, the consultant will help the business owner to negotiate successfully with the municipality.”

Wrong electricity tariffs could be costing businesses

16 Nov 2016
As a result of incorrect billing, many South African businesses are paying too much for electricity. And given that many are under increased financial pressure from all sides, being able to reduce one of their biggest expenditures just might make the difference between success and failure.

Companies that have reduced their electricity consumption could qualify for substantial tariff reductions with their local municipality, says Mila Loubser, head of energy reporting at Energy Partners.

Don't assume

She comments that businesses should not assume that their tariffs will automatically be lowered once they have reined in their energy consumption. “Municipalities often do not detect that a business has reduced its energy footprint, either because they are using old equ...

As a result of incorrect billing, many South African businesses are paying too much for electricity. And given that many are under increased financial pressure from all sides, being able to reduce one of their biggest expenditures just might make the difference between success and failure.

Companies that have reduced their electricity consumption could qualify for substantial tariff reductions with their local municipality, says Mila Loubser, head of energy reporting at Energy Partners.


Don't assume

She comments that businesses should not assume that their tariffs will automatically be lowered once they have reined in their energy consumption. “Municipalities often do not detect that a business has reduced its energy footprint, either because they are using old equipment such as mechanical meters, or they have a billing platform with little flexibility to accommodate changes in the tariffs.”

“There are also many cases where municipalities are adding the load of other users to the electricity bill of the business in question. This often happens to tenants in shopping malls, or areas where there are multiple units and small loads that landlords are allocating to tenants,” Loubser continues.

Clerical errors

Other cases involve possible clerical errors. “We have one client, for example, who continued being charged winter tariffs throughout the whole summer, which caused massive over-billing.”

The biggest problem driving this trend, according to Loubser, is a lack of knowledge and understanding on the part of the electricity consumers. “In our experience, businesses, whether they are large or small, often continue paying for higher rates without examining their bills at the end of every month.”

Dealing with municipalities

Businesses need to know how to raise the issue of tariffs with their local municipalities. “The best advice for companies, is to talk to the right people at the municipality, otherwise they will sit in queues for days. It is also vitally important to prepare all possible data in advance (their surveyor general diagram, account info and meter number). Ideally, the business can also include the check meter half hour readings, which is usually the best proof to the municipality that there is merit in their application.”

Loubser adds that this could still be an onerous process for businesses to tackle on their own. “The best course of action is to involve an energy manager to conduct an audit of the company’s electricity spend. The consultant can calculate the effective rate, find out whether the business qualifies for tariff reductions, and whether there is room to further reduce energy consumption. Finally, the consultant will help the business owner to negotiate successfully with the municipality. A typical tariff switch project usually takes between one and four months, depending on which municipal jurisdiction the client falls under,” says Loubser.

“One of our biggest success stories so far, is a bakery in KwaZuluNatal that saved R 2,6m only by changing their tariff. The tariff switch also happened at exactly the right time, because the client was ramping up production and was in a position to benefit the most from optimised electricity costs,” Loubser explains.

Wrong electricity tariffs could be costing businesses

15 Nov 2016
As a result of incorrect billing, many South African businesses are paying too much for electricity. And given that many are under increased financial pressure from all sides, being able to reduce one of their biggest expenditures just might make the difference between success and failure.

Companies that have reduced their electricity consumption could qualify for substantial tariff reductions with their local municipality, says Mila Loubser, head of energy reporting at Energy Partners.

Don't assume

She comments that businesses should not assume that their tariffs will automatically be lowered once they have reined in their energy consumption. “Municipalities often do not detect that a business has reduced its energy footprint, either because they are using old equ...

As a result of incorrect billing, many South African businesses are paying too much for electricity. And given that many are under increased financial pressure from all sides, being able to reduce one of their biggest expenditures just might make the difference between success and failure.

Companies that have reduced their electricity consumption could qualify for substantial tariff reductions with their local municipality, says Mila Loubser, head of energy reporting at Energy Partners.


Don't assume

She comments that businesses should not assume that their tariffs will automatically be lowered once they have reined in their energy consumption. “Municipalities often do not detect that a business has reduced its energy footprint, either because they are using old equipment such as mechanical meters, or they have a billing platform with little flexibility to accommodate changes in the tariffs.”

“There are also many cases where municipalities are adding the load of other users to the electricity bill of the business in question. This often happens to tenants in shopping malls, or areas where there are multiple units and small loads that landlords are allocating to tenants,” Loubser continues.

Clerical errors

Other cases involve possible clerical errors. “We have one client, for example, who continued being charged winter tariffs throughout the whole summer, which caused massive over-billing.”

The biggest problem driving this trend, according to Loubser, is a lack of knowledge and understanding on the part of the electricity consumers. “In our experience, businesses, whether they are large or small, often continue paying for higher rates without examining their bills at the end of every month.”

Dealing with municipalities

Businesses need to know how to raise the issue of tariffs with their local municipalities. “The best advice for companies, is to talk to the right people at the municipality, otherwise they will sit in queues for days. It is also vitally important to prepare all possible data in advance (their surveyor general diagram, account info and meter number). Ideally, the business can also include the check meter half hour readings, which is usually the best proof to the municipality that there is merit in their application.”

Loubser adds that this could still be an onerous process for businesses to tackle on their own. “The best course of action is to involve an energy manager to conduct an audit of the company’s electricity spend. The consultant can calculate the effective rate, find out whether the business qualifies for tariff reductions, and whether there is room to further reduce energy consumption. Finally, the consultant will help the business owner to negotiate successfully with the municipality. A typical tariff switch project usually takes between one and four months, depending on which municipal jurisdiction the client falls under,” says Loubser.

“One of our biggest success stories so far, is a bakery in KwaZuluNatal that saved R 2,6m only by changing their tariff. The tariff switch also happened at exactly the right time, because the client was ramping up production and was in a position to benefit the most from optimised electricity costs,” Loubser explains.

SA businesses could be paying too much due to wrong electricity tariffs

15 Nov 2016
Many South African businesses are paying too much for electricity as a result of incorrect billing. This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Energy Reporting at Energy Partners, who says that businesses that have reduced their electricity consumption, could qualify for substantial tariff reductions with their local municipality.

Loubser comments that businesses should not assume that their tariffs will automatically be lowered once they have reigned in their energy consumption. “Municipalities often do not detect that a business has reduced its energy footprint, either because they are using old equipment such as mechanical meters, or they have a billing platform with little flexibility to accommodate changes in the tariffs,” she says.

“There are also many cases w...
Many South African businesses are paying too much for electricity as a result of incorrect billing. This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Energy Reporting at Energy Partners, who says that businesses that have reduced their electricity consumption, could qualify for substantial tariff reductions with their local municipality.

Loubser comments that businesses should not assume that their tariffs will automatically be lowered once they have reigned in their energy consumption. “Municipalities often do not detect that a business has reduced its energy footprint, either because they are using old equipment such as mechanical meters, or they have a billing platform with little flexibility to accommodate changes in the tariffs,” she says.

“There are also many cases where municipalities are adding the load of other users to the electricity bill of the business in question. This often happens to tenants in shopping malls, or areas where there are multiple units and small loads that landlords are allocating to tenants,” Loubser continues.

Other cases involve possible clerical errors, says Loubser. “We have one client, for example, who continued being charged winter tariffs throughout the whole summer, which caused massive over-billing.”

The biggest problem driving this trend, according to Loubser, is a lack of knowledge and understanding on the part of the electricity consumers. “In our experience, businesses, whether they are large or small, often continue paying for higher rates without examining their bills at the end of every month,” she says

Loubser states that businesses need to know how to raise the issue of tariffs with their local municipalities. “The best advice for companies, is to talk to the right people at the municipality, otherwise they will sit in queues for days. It is also vitally important to prepare all possible data in advance (their surveyor general diagram, account info and meter number). Ideally, the business can also include the check meter half hour readings, which is usually the best proof to the municipality that there is merit in their application.”

Loubser adds however that this could still be an onerous process for businesses to tackle on their own. “The best course of action is to involve an energy manager to conduct an audit of the company’s electricity spend. The consultant can calculate the effective rate, find out whether the business qualifies for tariff reductions, and whether there is room to further reduce energy consumption. Finally, the consultant will help the business owner to negotiate successfully with the municipality. A typical tariff switch project usually takes between one and four months, depending on which municipal jurisdiction the client falls under,” says Loubser.Energy Partners provides billing analysis to its clients, as part of their energy management programmes. “One of our biggest success stories so far, is a bakery in Kwa Zulu Natal that saved R 2.6 million only by changing their tariff. The tariff switch also happened at exactly the right time, because the client was ramping up production and was in a position to benefit the most from optimised electricity costs,” Loubser explains.

“Businesses are coming under increased financial pressure from all sides, and being able to reduce one of their biggest expenditures just might make the difference between success and failure,” concludes Loubser.

SA businesses could be paying too much due to wrong electricity tariffs

14 Nov 2016
Many South African businesses are paying too much for electricity as a result of incorrect billing. This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Energy Reporting at Energy Partners, who says that businesses that have reduced their electricity consumption, could qualify for substantial tariff reductions with their local municipality.

Loubser comments that businesses should not assume that their tariffs will automatically be lowered once they have reigned in their energy consumption. “Municipalities often do not detect that a business has reduced its energy footprint, either because they are using old equipment such as mechanical meters, or they have a billing platform with little flexibility to accommodate changes in the tariffs,” she says.

“There are also many cases w...
Many South African businesses are paying too much for electricity as a result of incorrect billing. This according to Mila Loubser, Head of Energy Reporting at Energy Partners, who says that businesses that have reduced their electricity consumption, could qualify for substantial tariff reductions with their local municipality.

Loubser comments that businesses should not assume that their tariffs will automatically be lowered once they have reigned in their energy consumption. “Municipalities often do not detect that a business has reduced its energy footprint, either because they are using old equipment such as mechanical meters, or they have a billing platform with little flexibility to accommodate changes in the tariffs,” she says.

“There are also many cases where municipalities are adding the load of other users to the electricity bill of the business in question. This often happens to tenants in shopping malls, or areas where there are multiple units and small loads that landlords are allocating to tenants,” Loubser continues.

Other cases involve possible clerical errors, says Loubser. “We have one client, for example, who continued being charged winter tariffs throughout the whole summer, which caused massive over-billing.”

The biggest problem driving this trend, according to Loubser, is a lack of knowledge and understanding on the part of the electricity consumers. “In our experience, businesses, whether they are large or small, often continue paying for higher rates without examining their bills at the end of every month,” she says

Loubser states that businesses need to know how to raise the issue of tariffs with their local municipalities. “The best advice for companies, is to talk to the right people at the municipality, otherwise they will sit in queues for days. It is also vitally important to prepare all possible data in advance (their surveyor general diagram, account info and meter number). Ideally, the business can also include the check meter half hour readings, which is usually the best proof to the municipality that there is merit in their application.”

Loubser adds however that this could still be an onerous process for businesses to tackle on their own. “The best course of action is to involve an energy manager to conduct an audit of the company’s electricity spend. The consultant can calculate the effective rate, find out whether the business qualifies for tariff reductions, and whether there is room to further reduce energy consumption. Finally, the consultant will help the business owner to negotiate successfully with the municipality. A typical tariff switch project usually takes between one and four months, depending on which municipal jurisdiction the client falls under,” says Loubser.

Energy Partners provides billing analysis to its clients, as part of their energy management programmes. “One of our biggest success stories so far, is a bakery in Kwa Zulu Natal that saved R 2.6 million only by changing their tariff. The tariff switch also happened at exactly the right time, because the client was ramping up production and was in a position to benefit the most from optimised electricity costs,” Loubser explains.

“Businesses are coming under increased financial pressure from all sides, and being able to reduce one of their biggest expenditures just might make the difference between success and failure,” concludes Loubser.

Consumers should upgrade to home solar sooner rather than later

26 Oct 2016

South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for consumers to consider alternative sources of energy for their homes. 

This is according to Cala van der Westhuizen, spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, who says that even though the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) is currently reviewing the multi-year price determination methodology and working to prevent high increases, the large investments that Eskom is making in infrastructure are likely to significantly affect consumers’ pockets in the near future.

Home solar, affordable option

“The average increase in tariffs in South Africa since 2008 has been around 300%. According...

South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for consumers to consider alternative sources of energy for their homes. 

This is according to Cala van der Westhuizen, spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, who says that even though the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) is currently reviewing the multi-year price determination methodology and working to prevent high increases, the large investments that Eskom is making in infrastructure are likely to significantly affect consumers’ pockets in the near future.

Home solar, affordable option

“The average increase in tariffs in South Africa since 2008 has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years are likely to see between at least 6% and 8% year-on-year increases in tariffs. If a carbon tax is imposed, this figure could be as high as 13%,” van der Westhuizen says.

He says that homeowners need to make a decision whether to upgrade their homes with renewable energy solutions now, if they have not done so yet. “There are affordable systems and other solutions available that enable homes to save large amounts on energy.”

Most sustainable solutions

At the same time, Van der Westhuizen advises that completely off-grid solutions are not economically viable yet. “While it is possible to take one’s home 100% off-grid, our research shows that this would definitely not be an optimal solution in most scenarios.

” Such systems rely on a large investment in batteries in order to cater for the worst case scenario, the few times per year when there may be three or four consecutive days without sufficient sunshine to adequately provide for the homes daily energy requirements, he says.

“If enough batteries are purchased to allow the home to operate off-grid during these periods, they will be severely under utilised the rest of the time.”

He adds that converting at least half of a household’s energy consumption to a renewable solution makes financial sense, since users will then often only have to purchase electricity from their provider at the lower usage tariffs further decreasing their average cost per kilowatt hour.

Van der Westhuizen states that efficient lighting and water heating can cost from as little as R25,000 [$1,800] and can easily save users in excess of 30% on their electricity bill.

“It is difficult to know what is likely to happen in future, which why we advocate installing a renewable solution as soon as it is sensible to do so. Homeowners are going to be losing out on savings if they wait,” concludes Van der Westhuizen.

'Off-grid more viable as Eskom rates set to soar'

06 Oct 2016

Electricity prices could soar higher than the rate of inflation over the next few years, warn alternative energy proponents.

They say that the costs of large infrastructure investments being made by Eskom will soon be passed on to consumers, despite a review of prices by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa).

Cala van der Westhuizen, of Energy Partners Home Solutions, said tariffs had increased by an average of 300percent since 2008. "The next eight years are likely to see between at least 6percent and 8percent year-on-year increases in tariffs," he said.

"If a carbon tax is imposed, this figure could be as high as 13 percent."

He said leaving the grid entirely might become increasingly viable. Using renewable sources f...

Electricity prices could soar higher than the rate of inflation over the next few years, warn alternative energy proponents.

They say that the costs of large infrastructure investments being made by Eskom will soon be passed on to consumers, despite a review of prices by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa).

Cala van der Westhuizen, of Energy Partners Home Solutions, said tariffs had increased by an average of 300percent since 2008. "The next eight years are likely to see between at least 6percent and 8percent year-on-year increases in tariffs," he said.

"If a carbon tax is imposed, this figure could be as high as 13 percent."

He said leaving the grid entirely might become increasingly viable. Using renewable sources for at least half of consumption might already make some financial sense, since users would then be buying their electricity at cheaper lower-usage tariffs.

Van der Westhuizen said efficient lighting and water heating could cost from as little as R25 000 and can easily save users in excess of 30 percent on their electricity bill. Other systems that can save households 70 to 80 percent on their bill can cost between R100 000 and R180 000.

He said the price was affected by factors such as the complexity of the installation, the type of roof the client had, and whether the client wanted a photovoltaic and inverter solution, or a full installation including a battery, water heater and LED (light-emitting diode) lighting.

The initial cost of such a system could be justified over time because the period it took to pay for itself in electricity savings, usually between two and six years, became shorter with every electricity tariff increase.

"It is difficult to know what is likely to happen in future, which is why we advocate installing a renewable solution as soon as it is sensible to do so."

Gregor Kuepper, managing director of Solar-World Africa, said there were many benefits to investing in alternative energy solutions such as solar PV (photovoltaic) for residential consumers, including reducing electricity bills every month.

Kuepper said a photovoltaic system enabled consumers to fix their electricity costs.

"For example, a kWh of solar energy can be as low as R0.80/kWh for the whole lifetime of the solar system, while homeowners pay already substantially more for a kWh from the grid.

"As we have seen in the past five years, these costs have been increasing constantly and will do so in the future.

"When you are a homeowner you are aware that every investment you make in your home will provide a return. This investment will provide energy savings during the whole lifetime of the solar installation, which results in increasing the value of the property."

Kuepper said solar PV could be easily installed in residential homes, but homeowners should bear in mind the quality of the product, the track record of the manufacturers and the warranty offered. A good quality product will produce more than 30 years clean and emission free energy and provide cost savings, he said.

Solar energy was environmentally friendly as it reduced the user's carbon footprint, since there is no smoke, gas or other chemicals that can cause pollution or harm to the environment, he said.

Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayco member for utility services, said rebates were not offered for the installation of solar technology. "We are aware Eskom was running such a scheme, but are not sure whether this is still in place," he said.

In addition, future price increases would be determined by Eskom and the energy regulator Nersa.

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'Off-grid more viable as Eskom rates set to soar'

06 Oct 2016
Cape Town - Electricity prices could soar higher than the rate of inflation over the next few years, warn alternative energy proponents.   They say that the costs of large infrastructure investments being made by Eskom will soon be passed on to consumers despite a review of prices by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa)   Cala van der Westhuizen, of Energy Partners Home Solutions, said tariffs had increased by an average of 300 percent since 2008. “The next eight years are likely to see between at least 6 percent and 8 percent year-on-year increases in tariffs,” he said.   “If a carbon tax is imposed, this figure could be as high as 13 percent.”   He said leaving the grid entirely might become increasingly viable....
Cape Town - Electricity prices could soar higher than the rate of inflation over the next few years, warn alternative energy proponents.
 
They say that the costs of large infrastructure investments being made by Eskom will soon be passed on to consumers despite a review of prices by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa)
 
Cala van der Westhuizen, of Energy Partners Home Solutions, said tariffs had increased by an average of 300 percent since 2008. “The next eight years are likely to see between at least 6 percent and 8 percent year-on-year increases in tariffs,” he said.
 
“If a carbon tax is imposed, this figure could be as high as 13 percent.”
 
He said leaving the grid entirely might become increasingly viable. Using renewable sources for at least half of consumption might already make some financial sense, since users would then be buying their electricity at cheaper lower-usage tariffs.
Van der Westhuizen said efficient lighting and water heating could cost from as little as R25 000 and can easily save users in excess of 30 percent on their electricity bill. Other systems that can save households 70 to 80 percent on their bill can cost between R100 000 and R180 000.

He said the price was affected by factors such as the complexity of the installation, the type of roof the client had, and whether the client wanted a photovoltaic and inverter solution, or a full installation including a battery, water heater and LED (light-emitting diode) lighting.

The initial cost of such a system could be justified over time because the period it took to pay for itself in electricity savings, usually between two and six years, became shorter with every electricity tariff increase.

“It is difficult to know what is likely to happen in future, which is why we advocate installing a renewable solution as soon as it is sensible to do so.”

Gregor Kuepper, managing director of SolarWorld Africa, said there were many benefits to investing in alternative energy solutions such as solar PV (photovoltaic) for residential consumers, including reducing electricity bills every month.

Kuepper said a photovoltaic system enabled consumers to fix their electricity costs.

“For example, a kWh of solar energy can be as low as R0.80/kWh for the whole lifetime of the solar system, while homeowners pay already substantially more for a kWh from the grid.

“As we have seen in the past five years, these costs have been increasing constantly and will do so in the future.

“When you are a homeowner you are aware that every investment you make in your home will provide a return. This investment will provide energy savings during the whole lifetime of the solar installation, which results in increasing the value of the property.”

Kuepper said solar PV could be easily installed in residential homes, but homeowners should bear in mind the quality of the product, the track record of the manufacturers and the warranty offered. A good quality product will produce more than 30 years clean and emission free energy and provide cost savings, he said.

Solar energy was environmentally friendly as it reduced the user’s carbon footprint, since there is no smoke, gas or other chemicals that can cause pollution or harm to the environment, he said.

Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayco member for utility services, said rebates were not offered for the installation of solar technology. “We are aware Eskom was running such a scheme, but are not sure whether this is still in place,” he said.

In addition, future price increases would be determined by Eskom and the energy regulator Nersa.

 

Consumers should upgrade to solar sooner rather than later

04 Oct 2016
 

South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for consumers to consider alternative sources of energy for their homes.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, who says that even though the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) is currently reviewing the multi-year price determination methodology and working to prevent high increases, the large investments that Eskom is making in infrastructure are likely to significantly affect consumers’ pockets in the near future.

“The average increase in tariffs in South Africa since 2008 has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight y...

 

South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for consumers to consider alternative sources of energy for their homes.

This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, who says that even though the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) is currently reviewing the multi-year price determination methodology and working to prevent high increases, the large investments that Eskom is making in infrastructure are likely to significantly affect consumers’ pockets in the near future.

“The average increase in tariffs in South Africa since 2008 has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years are likely to see between at least 6% and 8% year-on-year increases in tariffs. If a carbon tax is imposed, this figure could be as high as 13%,” van der Westhuizen says.

He says that homeowners need to make a decision whether to upgrade their homes with renewable energy solutions now, if they have not done so yet. “There are affordable systems and other solutions available that enable homes to save large amounts on energy.”

At the same time, Van der Westhuizen advises that completely off-grid solutions are not economically viable yet. “While it is possible to take one’s home 100% off-grid, our research shows that this would definitely not be an optimal solution in most scenarios.”

Such systems rely on a large investment in batteries in order to cater for the worst case scenario, the few times per year when there may be three or four consecutive days without sufficient sunshine to adequately provide for the homes daily energy requirements, he says. “If enough batteries are purchased to allow the home to operate off-grid during these periods, they will be severely underutilised the rest of the time.”

He adds that converting at least half of a household’s energy consumption to a renewable solution makes financial sense, since users will then often only have to purchase electricity from their provider at the lower usage tariffs further decreasing their average cost per kilowatt- hour.

Van der Westhuizen states that efficient lighting and water heating can cost from as little as R25,000 and can easily save users in excess of 30% on their electricity bill. The full Energy Partners Home Solutions ICON system (that includes efficiency, renewable generation and backup) that can save households 70 to 80% on their bill ranges between R100,000 and R180,000.

“Of course this price is affected by factors such as the complexity of the installation, the type of roof that the client has, and whether the client just wants a photovoltaic and inverter solution, or a full installation including a battery, water heater and LED lighting.”

According to Van der Westhuizen, the initial cost of such a system could be justified over time, because the period that it takes the system to pay for itself in electricity savings which is usually between two and six years, becomes shorter with every electricity tariff increase.

“With that said, paying that much upfront is still prohibitively expensive for most homeowners. Energy Partners took this into account when we were looking into the affordability of our ICON Energy Hub, which is an all-in-one solution for storing and using solar energy in the home,” he states.

Van der Westhuizen explains that Energy Partners developed its own financing options for the system.“ We are an approved credit provider under the National Credit Act (NCA) and offer the financing ourselves. Our standard terms are prime + 2.5%, financed over five years, with a 10% upfront deposit. We have also developed a long term lease model, where the client can simply lease the system from us instead of having to pay for it upfront,” he explains.

He says that this finance option has increased the sales of the system substantially over recent months. “This proves that many homeowners already see the sense in systems like these. Just over 60 ICON units have been sold, including a large order by Val de Vie Estate in the Western Cape for the next round of development there.”

“It is difficult to know what is likely to happen in future, which why we advocate installing a renewable solution as soon as it is sensible to do so. Homeowners are going to be losing out on savings if they wait,” concludes Van der Westhuizen.

 

Cooling solution to negate need for owning refrigeration plants

16 Sep 2016

Leading energy solutions provider Energy Partners in June launched its new refrigeration solution, which enables clients to buy low-cost cooling without having to buy or maintain a refrigeration plant.

Clients can buy cooling, as they would from a utility, from Energy Partners at an agreed cost for every cooling unit, the number of which is determined by the company’s newly developed refrigeration meter, which has been designed specifically for the new solution.

Energy Partners heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) divisional head Dawie Kriel explains that the input costs of a refrigeration system are electricity, maintenance and finance costs.

He states that the cost of cooling is calculated as a combination of these costs, ...

Leading energy solutions provider Energy Partners in June launched its new refrigeration solution, which enables clients to buy low-cost cooling without having to buy or maintain a refrigeration plant.

Clients can buy cooling, as they would from a utility, from Energy Partners at an agreed cost for every cooling unit, the number of which is determined by the company’s newly developed refrigeration meter, which has been designed specifically for the new solution.

Energy Partners heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) divisional head Dawie Kriel explains that the input costs of a refrigeration system are electricity, maintenance and finance costs.

He states that the cost of cooling is calculated as a combination of these costs, divided by the amount of cooling produced, which results in a kilowatt hour rate for every rand. This rate is payable by the customer while Energy Partners takes full responsibility for all the maintenance needs and costs of the plant.
Kriel says two types of organisation could potentially benefit from this service offering: “ . . . one that currently owns a refrigeration plant, and wants to improve efficiency and reliability without the hassle of operating a plant and . . . an organisation that is planning to have new facilities that require efficient and reliable cooling for its daily operations on a pay-as-you-use basis”.

Currently, the company’s main clients are those in the commercial food retail sector, including new supermarkets and existing stores, where the company actively replaces outdated and inefficient refrigeration plants, he adds. “We also own plants in the dairy industry and logistics arena. The solution is suitable to most facilities that have a refrigeration load for most of the year.”

Commenting on the company’s business model, Kriel states that Energy Partners invests its own capital to improve or replace an existing refrigeration plant and ensure that the operational energy efficiency is optimised. “We then sell ‘cooling’ to the client at an agreed rate for every kilowatt hour while taking full responsibility for all the maintenance needs and costs of the plant,” he highlights.

The rate that Energy Partners has offered to clients will result in efficient, but competitive and cost-effective, cooling. In addition, the company also shares the operational cost savings with existing users in the form of payouts of up to 10% of the refrigeration sold at the end of each contract term, while clients maintain the right to buy the use of the plant back at any time.

Meanwhile, Kriel mentions that a number of enabling technologies have become affordable in recent years, which allow for thermo- dynamic processes to be controlled closer to their theoretically optimum efficiency. This has resulted in significant energy savings and includes new refrigerants, sensors, actuators, controllers and data management systems, he adds.
This has also allowed Energy Partners to offer innovative technical and financial solutions in all the industries in which it operates through significant investment in research and development.

Kriel adds that the cooling solution comes standard with access to a Web- and smartphone-based app that enables clients to keep track of the performance of the refrigeration system, key temperatures, billing and, in the case of existing plant owners, the income they will receive from the plant.
“By understanding the fundamental dilemma our customers face in trying to reduce energy costs, the company has . . . identified opportunities to reduce technical and financial inefficiencies in the energy industry and invest in these opportunities.”

He concludes that the company believes that this cooling solution fills a long-standing gap in the refrigeration industry: “Clients can now focus on their core business and outsource their refrigeration needs, while ensuring optimum efficiency by fixing the cost of cooling.”

Eskom protects its coal

21 Aug 2016

Eskom's reluctance to continue with the Department of Energy's independent power producers (IPP) programme, globally acclaimed as a successful and innovative initiative, has raised questions.

Read more here: Eskom protects its coal

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Eskom's reluctance to continue with the Department of Energy's independent power producers (IPP) programme, globally acclaimed as a successful and innovative initiative, has raised questions.

Read more here: Eskom protects its coal

SA energy solutions provider sheds light on independent power programme

17 Aug 2016
Eskom’s recent reluctance to continue with the Department of Energy’s (DoE) independent power producers programme (IPPP) has raised several questions    Eskom’s recent reluctance to continue with the Department of Energy’s (DoE) independent power producers programme (IPPP), which was globally acclaimed as a successful and innovative initiative, has raised several questions.   The most pressing of which is the potential effect that this will have on South Africa’s energy future.   This is according to Andre Agenbag, Energy Partners Head of Business Development, a leading energy solutions provider in the country, who says that there has been some debate around the possible reasons behind the utility’s decision not to enter into fu...
Eskom’s recent reluctance to continue with the Department of Energy’s (DoE) independent power producers programme (IPPP) has raised several questions 
 
Eskom’s recent reluctance to continue with the Department of Energy’s (DoE) independent power producers programme (IPPP), which was globally acclaimed as a successful and innovative initiative, has raised several questions.
 
The most pressing of which is the potential effect that this will have on South Africa’s energy future.
 
This is according to Andre Agenbag, Energy Partners Head of Business Development, a leading energy solutions provider in the country, who says that there has been some debate around the possible reasons behind the utility’s decision not to enter into further agreements with IPPs.
 
“Detractors often correctly claim that wind and solar power can be inconsistent and unpredictable, but these concerns are manageable as part of a larger energy portfolio.”
 
Agenbag explains that the program is divided into a number of subcategories including renewable energy, coal power, gas power, co-generation and others.
 
“This combined portfolio is not only more environmentally friendly, but will also ensure a consistent power supply and lower costs.”
 
While Eskom is not a decision maker in the IPP program, the company remains a major stakeholder and as such it does have the potential to delay its roll-out, he adds.
 
“Eskom is unable to completely block the programme, but may attempt to stall the process through additional red-tape and costs. This will have an array of negative consequences such as lack of foreign investment, less renewable energy in the grid and, worst case scenario, could lead to another period of load shedding.”
 
Agenbag continues that Eskom may be reluctant to sign contracts with more IPPs due to the company’s recent investment in new coal power stations. “With the country’s economic growth forecast of 0.1% for 2016, the demand for power will follow suit and may lead to a situation where there is a higher supply than demand for electricity. In light of this, it is not farfetched to assume that the utility is protecting its investment by refusing to buy more electricity from independent power producers, but at what cost?”
 
“Aside from the environmental benefits, IPPs could potentially generate far cheaper electricity than Eskom currently offers and can therefore benefit the economy in the long run. So far the IPP programme has led to ZAR195 billion in direct investment and brought 2 145MW into the grid,” he continues.
 
“In light of the apparent environmental and economic benefits of the IPP programme, all indications are that the continuation and growth of the programme will best serve South Africa’s energy needs,” concludes Agenbag.

SA energy solutions provider sheds light on independent power programme

17 Aug 2016
SA Energy solutions provider sheds light on independent power programme   Eskom’s recent reluctance to continue with the Department of Energy’s (DoE) independent power producers programme (IPPP), which was globally acclaimed as a successful and innovative initiative, has raised several questions. The most pressing of which is the potential effect that this will have on South Africa’s energy future.   This is according to Andre Agenbag, Head of Business Development at Energy Partners – a leading energy solutions provider in the country, who says that there has been some debate around the possible reasons behind the utility’s decision not to enter into further agreements with IPPs.  “Detractors often correctly claim that wind and solar p...
SA Energy solutions provider sheds light on independent power programme
 
Eskom’s recent reluctance to continue with the Department of Energy’s (DoE) independent power producers programme (IPPP), which was globally acclaimed as a successful and innovative initiative, has raised several questions. The most pressing of which is the potential effect that this will have on South Africa’s energy future.
 
This is according to Andre Agenbag, Head of Business Development at Energy Partners – a leading energy solutions provider in the country, who says that there has been some debate around the possible reasons behind the utility’s decision not to enter into further agreements with IPPs.  “Detractors often correctly claim that wind and solar power can be inconsistent and unpredictable, but these concerns are manageable as part of a larger energy portfolio.”
 
Agenbag explains that the program is divided into a number of subcategories including renewable energy, coal power, gas power, co-generation and others. “This combined portfolio is not only more environmentally friendly, but will also ensure a consistent power supply and lower costs.”
 
While Eskom is not a decision maker in the IPP program, the company remains a major stakeholder and as such it does have the potential to delay its roll-out, he adds. “Eskom is unable to completely block the programme, but may attempt to stall the process through additional red-tape and costs. This will have an array of negative consequences such as lack of foreign investment, less renewable energy in the grid and, worst case scenario, could lead to another period of load shedding.”
 
Agenbag continues that Eskom may be reluctant to sign contracts with more IPPs due to the company’s recent investment in new coal power stations. “With the country’s economic growth forecast of 0.1% for 2016, the demand for power will follow suit and may lead to a situation where there is a higher supply than demand for electricity. In light of this, it is not farfetched to assume that the utility is protecting its investment by refusing to buy more electricity from independent power producers, but at what cost?”
 
He continues, “Aside from the environmental benefits, IPPs could potentially generate far cheaper electricity than Eskom currently offers and can therefore benefit the economy in the long run. So far the IPP programme has led to R195-billion in direct investment and brought 2,145MW into the grid.”
 
“In light of the apparent environmental and economic benefits of the IPP programme, all indications are that the continuation and growth of the programme will best serve South Africa’s energy needs,” concludes Agenbag.
 

SA energy solutions provider sheds light on independent power programme

17 Aug 2016
Eskom’s recent reluctance to continue with the Department of Energy’s (DoE) independent power producers programme (IPPP), which was globally acclaimed as a successful and innovative initiative, has raised several questions.   The most pressing of which is the potential effect that this will have on South Africa’s energy future.   This is according to Andre Agenbag, Energy Partners Head of Business Development, a leading energy solutions provider in the country, who says that there has been some debate around the possible reasons behind the utility’s decision not to enter into further agreements with IPPs.   “Detractors often correctly claim that wind and solar power can be inconsistent and unpredictable, but these concerns are manageable a...
Eskom’s recent reluctance to continue with the Department of Energy’s (DoE) independent power producers programme (IPPP), which was globally acclaimed as a successful and innovative initiative, has raised several questions.
 
The most pressing of which is the potential effect that this will have on South Africa’s energy future.
 
This is according to Andre Agenbag, Energy Partners Head of Business Development, a leading energy solutions provider in the country, who says that there has been some debate around the possible reasons behind the utility’s decision not to enter into further agreements with IPPs.
 
“Detractors often correctly claim that wind and solar power can be inconsistent and unpredictable, but these concerns are manageable as part of a larger energy portfolio.”
 
Agenbag explains that the program is divided into a number of subcategories including renewable energy, coal power, gas power, co-generation and others.
 
“This combined portfolio is not only more environmentally friendly, but will also ensure a consistent power supply and lower costs.”
 
While Eskom is not a decision maker in the IPP program, the company remains a major stakeholder and as such it does have the potential to delay its roll-out, he adds.
 
“Eskom is unable to completely block the programme, but may attempt to stall the process through additional red-tape and costs. This will have an array of negative consequences such as lack of foreign investment, less renewable energy in the grid and, worst case scenario, could lead to another period of load shedding.”
 
Agenbag continues that Eskom may be reluctant to sign contracts with more IPPs due to the company’s recent investment in new coal power stations. “With the country’s economic growth forecast of 0.1% for 2016, the demand for power will follow suit and may lead to a situation where there is a higher supply than demand for electricity. In light of this, it is not farfetched to assume that the utility is protecting its investment by refusing to buy more electricity from independent power producers, but at what cost?”
 
“Aside from the environmental benefits, IPPs could potentially generate far cheaper electricity than Eskom currently offers and can therefore benefit the economy in the long run. So far the IPP programme has led to ZAR195 billion in direct investment and brought 2 145MW into the grid,” he continues.
 
“In light of the apparent environmental and economic benefits of the IPP programme, all indications are that the continuation and growth of the programme will best serve South Africa’s energy needs,” concludes Agenbag.

IPP programme beneficial for South Africa

17 Aug 2016
Given the environmental and economic benefits of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programme, its continuation and growth will best serve South Africa’s energy needs, says energy solutions provider Energy Partners head of business development Andre Agenbag. Commenting on State-owned utility Eskom’s announcement last month that it will not sign new power purchase agreements with IPPs beyond those selected in the latest bidding round, he notes that while detractors often correctly claim that wind and solar power can be inconsistent and unpredictable, these concerns are manageable as part of a larger energy portfolio.   Agenbag explains that South Africa’s IPP programme is divided into a number of subcategories including renewable energy, coal pow...
Given the environmental and economic benefits of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programme, its continuation and growth will best serve South Africa’s energy needs, says energy solutions provider Energy Partners head of business development Andre Agenbag.
Commenting on State-owned utility Eskom’s announcement last month that it will not sign new power purchase agreements with IPPs beyond those selected in the latest bidding round, he notes that while detractors often correctly claim that wind and solar power can be inconsistent and unpredictable, these concerns are manageable as part of a larger energy portfolio.
 
Agenbag explains that South Africa’s IPP programme is divided into a number of subcategories including renewable energy, coal power, gas power, cogeneration and others, which is more environment friendly and will ensure a consistent power supply and lower costs.
 
He points out that, while Eskom is not a decision-maker in the IPP programme, the company remains a major stakeholder and, as such, it does have the potential to delay the roll-out of further projects under the IPP programme.
“Eskom is unable to completely block the programme, but may attempt to stall the process through additional red tape and costs,” he notes, adding that this will have negative consequences such as lack of foreign investment, less renewable energy in the energy mix and potentially resulting in another period of load-shedding.
 
Agenbag adds that Eskom may be reluctant to sign contracts with more IPPs owing to the company’s recent investment in new coal-fired power stations and the country’s slow economic growth, which may lead to electricity supply being higher than demand.
 
Aside from the environmental benefits, Agenbag says, IPPs could potentially generate cheaper electricity than Eskom currently offers and can, therefore, benefit the economy in the long run.
So far, the IPP programme has led to R195-billion in direct investment and added 2 145 MW to the grid.

Pioneer Foods collaborates with Energy Partners to roll out national solar programme

30 Jun 2016

Pioneer Foods recently joined forces with energy solutions service provider, Energy Partners, to roll out a national solar programme. The programme entails the installation of large commercial solar systems with a combined size of over 2531 kilowatt peak (kWp) at five of Pioneer’s manufacturing facilities, including Wadeville, Clayville, Bloemfontein, Klerksdorp and Worcester. The project is expected to yield a total savings of R116 million over the next 25 years.

Manie de Waal, head of the solar division at Energy Partners...

Pioneer Foods recently joined forces with energy solutions service provider, Energy Partners, to roll out a national solar programme. The programme entails the installation of large commercial solar systems with a combined size of over 2531 kilowatt peak (kWp) at five of Pioneer’s manufacturing facilities, including Wadeville, Clayville, Bloemfontein, Klerksdorp and Worcester. The project is expected to yield a total savings of R116 million over the next 25 years.

Manie de Waal, head of the solar division at Energy Partners says, “The solar programme allows the sites to generate electricity for their own consumption at a cost of up to 18% less than that of an electricity supplier. In addition to its savings potential, the installation of these solar solutions will also decrease the company’s carbon footprint. The total annual effective carbon offset for these solar plants is approximately 3800 tonnes per year.”

Energy Partners Now Selling Cooling As A Utility

30 Jun 2016

Leading energy solutions provider and PSG subsidiary, Energy Partners, recently launched its new refrigeration product, which enables clients to purchase low cost cooling without the hassle of purchasing or maintaining a refrigeration plant. Through this agreement clients can purchase ‘cooling’ from Energy Partners as a utility at an agreed upon cost per cooling unit as measured by their newly developed refrigeration meter.  

This is according to Dawie Kriel, Head of HVAC & Refrigeration at Energy Partners, who explains that the cost of our clients’ refrigeration is calculated by adding the maintenance and energy cost and dividing the total by measured cooling consumption (kWhR).  

He says that there are two different types of organisation...

Leading energy solutions provider and PSG subsidiary, Energy Partners, recently launched its new refrigeration product, which enables clients to purchase low cost cooling without the hassle of purchasing or maintaining a refrigeration plant. Through this agreement clients can purchase ‘cooling’ from Energy Partners as a utility at an agreed upon cost per cooling unit as measured by their newly developed refrigeration meter.  

This is according to Dawie Kriel, Head of HVAC & Refrigeration at Energy Partners, who explains that the cost of our clients’ refrigeration is calculated by adding the maintenance and energy cost and dividing the total by measured cooling consumption (kWhR).  

He says that there are two different types of organisations that could potentially benefit from this service offering. “The first type of organisation is one that currently owns a refrigeration plant and wants to improve efficiency and reliability and not have the hassle of operating a plant. The second type is an organisation that is planning new facilities which will require efficient and reliable cooling for its daily operations on a “pay as you use” basis.”  

Energy Partners will invest its own capital to improve or replace an existing refrigeration plant and to ensure that the operational energy efficiency is optimised, explains Kriel. “We then sell ‘cooling’ to the client at an agreed upon rate per KWhR, while taking full responsibility for all the maintenance needs and costs of the plant.”  

Kriel says that the rate will result in an effective cost of cooling, which will be competitive. “In addition, Energy Partners will also share the operational cost savings with existing users in the form of pay-outs of up to 10% of the refrigeration sold at the end of each contract term, while client maintains the right to purchase the plant back at any time.”  

In the event that client requires refrigeration, but does not own a refrigeration plant, Energy Partners’ solution allows clients to purchase cost effective cooling as a utility at an agreed upon rate per KWhR, he says. “In both cases, no capital investment is required and the risk of managing and maintaining a refrigeration plant is managed by Energy Partners.”

Kriel adds that this solution comes standard with access to a web / smart phone based app that enables clients to keep track of the performance of the refrigeration system, their product temperatures, their billing and – in the case of existing plant owners – the income they will receive from the plant.  

“We believe that this solution fills a long-standing gap in the refrigeration industry. Clients can now focus on their core business and outsource their refrigeration needs while ensuring optimum efficiency by fixing the cost of cooling”, concludes Kriel.

Pioneer Foods, Energy Partners in national solar programme

30 Jun 2016

Food and beverage manufacturer Pioneer Foods, in conjunction with energy solutions provider Energy Partners’ solar division, is rolling out a national solar programme, which is about 60% complete.

The programme entails the installation of large commercial solar systems with a combined size of 2.5 MWp at five of Pioneer’s manufacturing facilities: Ceres Fruit Juices, in Wadeville (780 kW), and Bokomo, in Clayville (440 kW), both in Gauteng; Sasko bakery, in Bloemfontein, Free State (261 kW); Klerksdorp Mill, in the North West (752 kW); and SAD Treefruit, in Worcester, Western Cape (298 kW).

The entire programme will comprise 90 SMA inverters and 7 800 Tier 1 solar modules covering a roof space of 15 600 m2...

Food and beverage manufacturer Pioneer Foods, in conjunction with energy solutions provider Energy Partners’ solar division, is rolling out a national solar programme, which is about 60% complete.

The programme entails the installation of large commercial solar systems with a combined size of 2.5 MWp at five of Pioneer’s manufacturing facilities: Ceres Fruit Juices, in Wadeville (780 kW), and Bokomo, in Clayville (440 kW), both in Gauteng; Sasko bakery, in Bloemfontein, Free State (261 kW); Klerksdorp Mill, in the North West (752 kW); and SAD Treefruit, in Worcester, Western Cape (298 kW).

The entire programme will comprise 90 SMA inverters and 7 800 Tier 1 solar modules covering a roof space of 15 600 m2. ADVERTISEMENT Installation of the solar systems started in January, with work at the Klerksdorp and Clayville sites completed. The programme is expected to be completed by September, Energy Partners solar division head Manie de Waal tells Engineering News.

While saving on electricity expenses these solar solutions will also decrease the company’s carbon footprint, with the total effective carbon offset for these solar plants amounting to about 3 800 t/y.

Energy Partners Solar will further provide full monitoring, maintenance and cleaning programmes for these sites for 25 years to ensure optimal performance, De Waal says, stressing the importance of monitoring the solar systems daily.

He adds that the company has a dedicated maintenance and cleaning division, which it optimises for each site, based on unique site characteristics.

Energy Partners Solar’s other commercial projects include the installation of a 1 MWp solar plant for JSE-listed capital growth property fund Attacq’s Mooi River Mall, in the North West; a 360 kW plant for food supplier Fruit & Veg City’s distribution centre, in Johannesburg; 475 kW solar plants at two of healthcare services provider Netcare’s hospitals; and a 400 kW solar plant for food supplier Quantum Foods, in Gauteng.

“Our combined pipeline for build and sold projects is 6.3 MW, with 3.7 MW built to date,” says De Waal.

Despite relatively low knowledge levels and industry misconceptions about commercial solar systems, for example, grid-tied systems, price comparisons and return-on-investment calculations, market interest in these systems remain high, he notes.

He emphasises the viable investment of commercial solar power plants for business owners, adding that the company has developed alternative models, such as solar leases and co-ownership models.

“It is important for prospective clients to consider the actual track record in alternative solar models of service suppliers when they enter into these agreements. Structured correctly, these models can add immediate cost benefits to an organisation without any investment of capital.

SA has the ideal conditions for an energy revolution

17 Jun 2016

In May 2016 Germany broke a renewable energy record when 95% of the national power demands were met by renewable energy resources and power prices went negative for a few hours. With approximately 2 500 hours of sunshine per year – among the highest in the world – South Africa has great potential for an energy revolution of its own and a similar capacity with regards to alternative energy generation.

This is according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales for Energy Partners – a leading energy solutions provider in the country, who says that approximately 95% percent of South Africa’s energy still comes from a single, state-owned utility, while the transition towards renewable energy resources remains slow and sm...

In May 2016 Germany broke a renewable energy record when 95% of the national power demands were met by renewable energy resources and power prices went negative for a few hours. With approximately 2 500 hours of sunshine per year – among the highest in the world – South Africa has great potential for an energy revolution of its own and a similar capacity with regards to alternative energy generation.

This is according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales for Energy Partners – a leading energy solutions provider in the country, who says that approximately 95% percent of South Africa’s energy still comes from a single, state-owned utility, while the transition towards renewable energy resources remains slow and small-scale. “With the Government leaning towards investing in a nuclear power plant rather than alternative energy solutions, the onus of our energy transition will fall into the spheres of the private and residential sectors.”

Van der Westhuizen explains that while businesses will often require a customised approach in order to optimise energy usage, a simple, three pronged approach can be implemented on a large scale in households across the country.

The first step is efficient technology:
All inefficient technology such as old geysers and lights must be replaced with the most efficient water-heating and lighting technology.

Secondly, self-generation of energy is required:
Installing solar photo-voltaic (PV) panels on the roof of the residence will enable home owners to generate electricity at a lower cost than that of purchasing energy from Eskom.

The final and most important step in this process is effective energy storage:
Adding batteries and other storage mechanisms such as oversized water tanks, ensures that the generated energy is not wasted. Solar generated energy can thus be utilised during peak-times when the sun is not necessarily shining, such as in the evenings between 17:00 and 20:00.

The implementation of these three steps can save a household between 50 and 75% off their existing energy bill, says van der Westhuizen. “A wider roll-out of these holistic systems is also the first step toward an energy revolution and will alleviate the overwhelming pressure that currently rests on the national energy supplier.”

“It is distressing that a country so rich in sunshine and wind has been staring down the barrel hole of an energy crises for several years. Perhaps it is time for the private and residential sectors to take power into their own hands and to drive South Africa’s energy revolution,” concludes van der Westhuizen.

Home energy solution integrated into Western Cape estate

17 Jun 2016

Energy solutions provider Energy Partners, which is 57%-owned by holding company PSG Group, celebrated its partnership with Western Cape-based estate Val de Vie last month. The event was highlighted by a polo match and an auction for the benefit of the Hope through Action foundation.

The locally developed Icon home energy system, currently being installed in the new The Vines development at Val de Vie, was also auctioned at the event. These systems, once installed, have the potential to yield savings of more than R10 000/y per household.

Energy Partners home solutions head Alan Matthews says the Icon system is a home power solution that includes a battery and inverter combination, heat pump technology and an oversized hot-water tank as the primary energy storage medium. ...

Energy solutions provider Energy Partners, which is 57%-owned by holding company PSG Group, celebrated its partnership with Western Cape-based estate Val de Vie last month. The event was highlighted by a polo match and an auction for the benefit of the Hope through Action foundation.

The locally developed Icon home energy system, currently being installed in the new The Vines development at Val de Vie, was also auctioned at the event. These systems, once installed, have the potential to yield savings of more than R10 000/y per household.

Energy Partners home solutions head Alan Matthews says the Icon system is a home power solution that includes a battery and inverter combination, heat pump technology and 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, consumption and sun exposure.”

He adds that the Icon comes standard with a user-friendly application, 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 – two aspects that set the Icon apart from many of its competitors.”

Val de Vie marketing director Ryk Neethling says the estate looks forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Energy Partners and added that the organisation was a leader in innovation. “We plan . . . to install . . . 120 Icon home energy systems as part of our long-term roll-out plan. Sustainability is a core focus for us and we are 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 to raise more than R25 000 for nongovernment organisation Hope through Action. An Icon home energy hub was also auctioned for R225 000 in aid of the charity. 

A panel discussion on preventing load shedding in winter

09 Jun 2016

A panel discusses the fast approaching winter cold and renewable energy, as well as modern consumer energy saving technology could play a role in preventing load shedding. Andries invites the listeners to comment and give their views on the matter. (Int:) Prof Wikus van Niekerk - Director: Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, Stellenbosch University (Int:) Deon Roodt - Director: DFR Engineers (Int:) Karel Cornelissen - CEO: Energy Partners Mention: Eskom

 

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A panel discusses the fast approaching winter cold and renewable energy, as well as modern consumer energy saving technology could play a role in preventing load shedding. Andries invites the listeners to comment and give their views on the matter. (Int:) Prof Wikus van Niekerk - Director: Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, Stellenbosch University (Int:) Deon Roodt - Director: DFR Engineers (Int:) Karel Cornelissen - CEO: Energy Partners Mention: Eskom

 



Pioneer Foods rolls out national solar programme

06 May 2016

Pioneer Foods recently joined forces with reputed energy solutions service provider, Energy Partners, to roll out a national solar programme.

The programme entails the installation of large commercial solar systems with a combined size of over 2 531 kilowatt peak (kWp) at five of Pioneer’s manufacturing facilities, including Wadeville, Clayville, Bloemfontein, Klerksdorp and Worcester. The project is expected to yield a total savings of R116 million over the next 25 years.

Niel Tolken, Project Engineer for Pioneer Foods says, “Sustainability is an integral part of the company’s overall strategy. The installation of alternative energy is a part of the organisation’s journey towards minimising its carbon footprint. We are very satisfied with th...

Pioneer Foods recently joined forces with reputed energy solutions service provider, Energy Partners, to roll out a national solar programme.

The programme entails the installation of large commercial solar systems with a combined size of over 2 531 kilowatt peak (kWp) at five of Pioneer’s manufacturing facilities, including Wadeville, Clayville, Bloemfontein, Klerksdorp and Worcester. The project is expected to yield a total savings of R116 million over the next 25 years.

Niel Tolken, Project Engineer for Pioneer Foods says, “Sustainability is an integral part of the company’s overall strategy. The installation of alternative energy is a part of the organisation’s journey towards minimising its carbon footprint. We are very satisfied with the quality of the installation and we look forward to the anticipated results.”

Manie de Waal, Head of the solar division at Energy Partners adds, “The solar programme allows the sites to generate solar electricity for its own consumption at a cost of up to 18% less than that of an electricity supplier. In addition to its savings potential, the installation of these solar solutions will also decrease the company’s carbon footprint. The total annual effective carbon offset for these solar plants is approximately 3 800 tonnes per year.”

 

SA COMPANY LAUNCHES FIRST LOCALLY DEVELOPED RESIDENTIAL SOLAR BATTERY

06 May 2016

Energy Partners has developed a ground breaking new product, the ICON HOME ENERGY HUBTM, the first solar inverter and battery combination developed specifically for the South African residential market. A product that, they believe, looks and performs better than anything else in the market.

The ICON forms part of a full home energy solution, including Solar PV, Batteries, Heat Pumps and LED lights. By combining these technologies, Energy Partners is able to provide significantly better savings and financial returns than other solutions: a family sized home could save up to 70% of their electricity bill and earn a 16% or better return on their investment - twice what a standard PV-only solution would provide.

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Energy Partners has developed a ground breaking new product, the ICON HOME ENERGY HUBTM, the first solar inverter and battery combination developed specifically for the South African residential market. A product that, they believe, looks and performs better than anything else in the market.

The ICON forms part of a full home energy solution, including Solar PV, Batteries, Heat Pumps and LED lights. By combining these technologies, Energy Partners is able to provide significantly better savings and financial returns than other solutions: a family sized home could save up to 70% of their electricity bill and earn a 16% or better return on their investment - twice what a standard PV-only solution would provide.




We've got the power - S.A tech team takes on Tesla

26 Apr 2016
 

A local tech firm recently introduced an energy solution for South African homes. The Icon Home Energy Hub was designed with the aim of helping consumers better manage and store energy, while saving costs. CNBC Africa's Benedict Pather compiled this report.

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A local tech firm recently introduced an energy solution for South African homes. The Icon Home Energy Hub was designed with the aim of helping consumers better manage and store energy, while saving costs. CNBC Africa's Benedict Pather compiled this report.

SA’s very own take on Tesla’s Powerwall battery

21 Apr 2016

Our very own prospects for a zero-emission South African city of the future are quite a way off, but we have to start somewhere. Right? And that somewhere starts with Energy Partners home solutions. By ‘home solutions’ we’re talking of the electrical kind. Think Tesla and its amazing Powerwall battery. Yes, exactly that.

Pretty much like Tesla’s Powerwall battery and Mercedes-Benz’s residential battery, the Icon Energy Hub concept, from Energy Partners is to save users money in the long run by charging up a battery pack when your home’s off-peak electricity usage is in effect, or rather, when its off-peak and solar charge is at its optimum. The device then allows you to use the battery to power up your home when load shedding hits, or when you...

Our very own prospects for a zero-emission South African city of the future are quite a way off, but we have to start somewhere. Right? And that somewhere starts with Energy Partners home solutions. By ‘home solutions’ we’re talking of the electrical kind. Think Tesla and its amazing Powerwall battery. Yes, exactly that.

Pretty much like Tesla’s Powerwall battery and Mercedes-Benz’s residential battery, the Icon Energy Hub concept, from Energy Partners is to save users money in the long run by charging up a battery pack when your home’s off-peak electricity usage is in effect, or rather, when its off-peak and solar charge is at its optimum. The device then allows you to use the battery to power up your home when load shedding hits, or when you want to completely stay off the grid. If loads exceed solar demand, the device supplements with grid power – the hub also allows users to switch between sources by way of a dedicated smartphone app.

Energy Partners is differentiating itself from competitors by using traditional lead acid batteries in its units, making them as environmentally friendly as possible. The new Icon Energy Hub system will be the company’s first foray into the residential market, which includes a battery and inverter combination, heat pump technology as well as an oversized hot water tank as the primary energy storage medium. Its systems are already evident at the iconic Val de Vie Estate.

There currently aren’t any plans to bring the home battery to the greater parts of South Africa, but if you’re in the Western Cape, the complete unit (holding roughly 6 kWh of electricity) will set you back R170 000 excluding all installation costs.

Musk’s Powerwall has SA competitor

21 Apr 2016

Now there is a homegrown alternative to the Tesla Powerwall, but at a price.

The Tesla Powerwall unveiled in the USA by Elon Musk last year as a solution to home energy storage now has South African competition.

Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of PSG subsidiary Energy Partners, has announced the launch of what it calls South Africa’s “first-of-its-kind residential energy solution” – the Icon Home Energy Hub. The solution allows residential users to improve efficiency in their overall energy usage, generate their own energy and also to store extra solar electricity for everyday use or for backup/electricity security.

However, it comes at a high cost. The full system starts at R167 000, excluding VAT. Systems can also be financed ...

Now there is a homegrown alternative to the Tesla Powerwall, but at a price.

The Tesla Powerwall unveiled in the USA by Elon Musk last year as a solution to home energy storage now has South African competition.

Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of PSG subsidiary Energy Partners, has announced the launch of what it calls South Africa’s “first-of-its-kind residential energy solution” – the Icon Home Energy Hub. The solution allows residential users to improve efficiency in their overall energy usage, generate their own energy and also to store extra solar electricity for everyday use or for backup/electricity security.

However, it comes at a high cost. The full system starts at R167 000, excluding VAT. Systems can also be financed over 5 years. The Tesla Powerwall version with solar panels included starts at R169 000 excluding VAT.

That means it will come down to the exact specifications as well as services available.

According to Alan Matthews, Managing Director of Energy Partners Home Solutions, this product is the country’s first integrated battery and inverter solution specifically for the South African home market and has the potential to minimise the user’s dependence on the national energy grid.

“We believe it is going to revolutionise how South Africans manage and store their energy at home.”

He says that the company embarked on developing the product to assist South African home owners with a solution for controlling their energy spend, especially when subjected to unreliable supply during load shedding by Eskom.

“Like our corporate clients, they too were at the mercy of tariff increases. But, unlike corporate clients, they did not have teams of engineers and strong financial skills to draw on.

“This is why we spent the last 18 months creating this unique solution for homeowners,” he says. “Our solution enables home owners to take control of their energy, by supplying a set of reliable products that form a full home energy solution which combines lighting, water heating and renewable energy.”

The Energy Partner’s solution enables a family sized home to save up to 70% of its electricity bill and earn from a 16% return on their investment.

“That is twice the saving a standard solar solution would provide,” says Matthews.

The Icon Home Energy Hub consists of two components: the Energy Hub Inverter and the Lithium Ion Phosphate Battery.

“The inverter is a critical component in any solar energy solution. Its main function is to take the electricity generated (DC) from the solar panels and convert it into an energy form that can be utilised in the home (AC). The inverter also integrates with the battery to allow all excess generated energy to be stored in the batteries for later usage.”

The full household solution includes: the Icon hybrid inverter; 3.1 kWp poly crystalline panels; Icon 3.6 kWh LiFePO4 battery; 300 litre tank with a total average storage capacity 16 kWh; a 4.7 kW heat pump; mounting structure to mount the panels on the roof and the balance of the system.

The most recognisable global competitor to the Icon is the Tesla Powerwall battery, paired with a Solar edge inverter, he says.

“When this product was launched in South Africa recently it received a lot of attention, but the Tesla solution is focussed around the battery – which is 6.4 kWh. Our solution includes a smaller battery, but also includes a heat pump and an extra-large hot water tank. This means that it delivers almost double the saving and costs less.”

He says that besides the energy bill reduction benefit, the solution also reduces the homeowner’s carbon footprint and environmental impact and makes the user independent of the grid.

“The user can power essential loads for several hours, even if the grid is off, a feature that is simply not possible with grid-tied inverters.”

The solution is extremely flexible; for example, it can be installed without batteries and then 3.6 kWh or 6 kWh of battery capacity can be added as needed. It also includes a remote monitoring platform allowing the user to monitor the status of their system directly on their mobile app.

“The system can be ordered directly from us and we have our own installation capacity. Our consultants are also happy to come and visit those interested at their homes. We are currently only installing in the Western Cape, but plan to launch in Gauteng before the end of 2016. We are currently accepting orders and our first products will ship in June 2016,” says Matthews.

Icon Home Energy Hub, the SA developed energy solution taking on Tesla Powerwall

21 Apr 2016

Move over Tesla and Powerwall, because you’ve got competition in SA. Announced yesterday,Energy Partners unveiled their Icon Home Energy Hub, an all-in-one solution for storing and using solar energy in the home.

This “energy hub” primarily consists of an inverter — designed specifically for the South African market — and a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery, available in 3.6kWh or 6kWh. The battery alone supposedly has a 10-year life cycle, or over 4000 discharge cycles.

While Energy Partners were primarily focussing on these two devices, that isn’t all there is to the solution. It’s also comprised of a heat pump, water tank, and solar panels.

The inverter draws power through the solar panels and manages the loads when...

Move over Tesla and Powerwall, because you’ve got competition in SA. Announced yesterday,Energy Partners unveiled their Icon Home Energy Hub, an all-in-one solution for storing and using solar energy in the home.

This “energy hub” primarily consists of an inverter — designed specifically for the South African market — and a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery, available in 3.6kWh or 6kWh. The battery alone supposedly has a 10-year life cycle, or over 40