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COUNTRY IN THE SPOTLIGHT: KENYA

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Kenyan agent for Sungrid Group excited by potential of superior product range

Part of its vision to “Light up Africa”, has seen Sungrid Group successfully extend its reach into the African marketplace. In line with this, it has recently partnered with Gallant Technologies Limited and Dawn Projects Limited. Serving as the marketing arm, Dawn will be supported by its sister company, Gallant, whose strong engineering capability will provide enormous value as it begins to expand into industrial solar power.

Founded and owned by Mike Koech, who serves as CEO (Gallant) and Operations Director (Dawn), collectively its mandate will be to take Sungrid Group’s extensive range of portable (solar) power and lighting products into the Kenyan market, followed by East Africa.

“We first came across both Sungrid Group and its high quality range of portable (solar) power solutions about three years ago,” says Koech. Living in Cape Town at the time, with plans to relocate to Kenya, Koech was excited at the potential for these products within the Kenyan marketplace.

Serving as the main point of contact and agent with an exclusive distribution agreement within Kenya, with further discussions underfoot to eventually expand into the greater East African market, Koech is passionate about the enormous impact portable solar power is capable of having.

“About 60% of rural Kenya is without access to electricity,” he continues. “Sungrid Group’s product range is the perfect solution across not only underdeveloped areas, but also within disadvantaged urban communities as well.”

In particular, Koech references the Ecoboxx Barber Kit. Complete with clippers, it provides consumers not only with power and light, but most importantly with an income generating opportunity. “Kenya is a very entrepreneurial market and we are confident that this will prove to be an excellent fit.” In addition Koech and his team will also be marketing Sungrid Group’s lower entry products such as the Solsave my-powa, my-lite and my-lamp across Kenya’s lower income groups. “Our people need access to alternative, viable and cost-effective energy solutions,” stresses Koech. “The beauty of Sungrid Group’s extensive range, is that there is a suitable option available for everyone – not only with regards to specific requirements, but as importantly with regards to affordability.”

In addition, the humanitarian market will be another strong focus area, for which Koech believes the Ecoboxx 600 will be of great benefit. “Sungrid Group is already enjoying much success within the NGO and CSI sectors,” continues Koech. “We are proud to be part of this outreach within Kenya and eventually, East Africa.”

Whilst the demand for portable (solar) power and lighting products, within Kenya, can’t be disputed, Koech also references increasing competition. “We are expecting it to be a tough market, filled with cheaper alternatives. However, the superior quality that Sungrid Group offers across their entire product range will be what sets us apart. Whilst price is important, superior quality is non-negotiable.”IMG_2946

Demand for portable solar across building and residential market

“The way power, and portable (solar) power in particular, is consumed has changed,” says Paul Hubers, founder and director, Sungrid Group.

Demand for portable solar across building and residential market

“We are seeing an increase in demand, particularly across the building and residential estate market where the use of diesel generators is either not allowed or simply no longer the preferred option due to environmental concerns.”

Whilst the use of diesel generators as an alternative supply was a common occurrence, this is no longer the case. In fact, many estates and office parks as well as camping and recreational sites no longer allow the use of diesel generators onsite. “Generators are both noisy and harmful to the environment,” says Hubers.

It is also not as simple as ‘plug-and-play’. When making use of your generator during power outages, in order to ensure no harm occurs when Eskom reconnects the power one requires what is known as a bypass switch. “This needs to be installed by a qualified electrician, adding yet more costs to the average household.” Alternatively, the household items running off the generator can be ‘islanded’ (disconnected from the mainboard) via an extension cord. Whilst this would negate the need for a qualified electrician, the downside is that only smaller appliances are able to be connected, with no access to power for any heavier requirements.

Previously, solar power was the domain of costly and cumbersome installations, placing it out of range of many who could benefit. However, with recent and ongoing technical developments, the ability to harness the sun’s energy and make it easily available for all to use, via simple plug-and-play products, is shaping the way in which consumers are approaching the use of solar as an alternative and viable option.

“What’s also interesting to note,” continues Hubers, “is the change in market demand for the type of portable (solar) products. Developers, manufacturers and distributors of portable (solar) products, Sungrid Group has continued to expand its product range based on consumer demand. “Initially we offered products for light to medium power requirements. However, the last few months has seen a considerable expansion of Sungrid Group’s offering to include products capable of meeting both heavier and dual charging power requirements (the ability to charge the product both on- and off-grid.)

The recently launched Ecoboxx 1500 (EcoTank), capable of up to 350 hours of power, is a case in point. “In addition to providing enough power to support a small to medium sized business during times of load shedding or other interrupted power supply, we are seeing increasing demand for the EcoTank from residential and private homes, particularly in housing estates as an alternative to diesel generators,” continues Hubers. “Its many other benefits and uses include outdoor recreational and camping activities requiring heavier power, small guest houses, the local building industry and small business, to name but a few.”

The EcoTank is true ‘plug-and-play’ with no installation required. “Place the unit in the sun, or charge via the more conventional grid method, and your home becomes immune to load-shedding schedules,” continues Hubers. “The market response to this has been very encouraging, with many builders and architects now including items such as these as part of their overall offering to new home owners.”

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HELP US LIGHT UP AFRICA

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Sungrid Group introduces revolutionary new range of solar power and light products for the emerging market

Proudly endorsed by SA and the world’s number one cricket player, Dale Steyn – brand ambassador for Solsave Power For Free

Revolutionary sales boost floor display available (see above)

Response to increasing interest in Africa for a range of top quality, but lower entry, portable (solar) power products has seen Sungrid Group introduce its latest range of power and lighting solutions.
Available to the African consumer at entry level prices – despite the fluctuating rand/ dollar, these revolutionary solar power bulbs and lanterns are set to not only meet growing market demand for more cost effective solutions, but in so doing, help to ‘light up Africa’.

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My-lite
Revolutionary Solar Power Bulb
* R 229.00 (SRP) $15.00
My-lite+
Revolutionary Solar Power Bulb
* R 399.00 (SRP) $25.00
My-lamp
Revolutionary Solar Power Lantern
* R 349.00 (SRP) $22.00
Super bright 90 lumen LED light providing up to 6 hours of light on one single charge. Super bright 200 lumen LED light providing up to 8 hours of light on one single charge. More than 8 hours of continuous light from super bright 120 lumen LED light.
Polycrystalline solar panel for easy harnessing of the sun’s energy. Polycrystalline solar panel (20cm) for easy harnessing of the sun’s energy. Built-in polycrystalline solar panel to generate power from the sun’s energy.
Generous 3m cable to effortlessly position the bulb in the perfect location. Generous 3m cable to effortlessly position the bulb in the perfect location. USB output 2200 mAh for emergency charging of phones and other devices.
Handy hook to hang the bulb anywhere. Handy hook to hang the bulb anywhere. Manual Charging – recharge the batteries in an emergency with the winding handle.
Convenient Switch – perfect home accessory to prevent panic in power failures. Convenient Switch – perfect home accessory to prevent panic in power failures. Hang the lantern anywhere with the handy hook.
USB Output – 4000mAh integrated power bank for charging mobile phones and other devices. Adjustable LED light for battery control and convenient mood setting.
1 Year Guarantee 1 Year Guarantee 1 Year Guarantee

* Rand price inclusive of VAT (14%), US$ price exclusive of local VAT (if applicable)
* SRP – Suggested retail sales price

Further, to assist retailers with roll-out, Sungrid Group has developed a self-explanatory retail box complete with answers to all possible FAQs. Including a celebrity endorsement by renowned South African cricketer, Dale Steyn, these great new displays are able to house the following Solsave stock:

  • x12 my-powa (now inlcuded !best seller in Africa and market leader)
  • x12 my-lamp
  • x10 my-lite
  • x10 my-lite+

For more information, please visit our great new website – www.solsave.com or contact:

Cape Town: Talana Cole – 076 966 6623 or talana@sungridgroup.com

Johannesburg: Paul Lombard – 083 229 2717 or p.lombard@sungridgroup.com

 

World changing portable solar power in a clever backpack with trolley

EB600_NewThe revolutionary Ecoboxx 600 watt for medium to heavy power requirements is now available

Sungrid Group is thrilled to announce the availability of its revolutionary Ecoboxx 600 at leading retail outlets countrywide. Providing up to 160 hours of power, and by far the most affordable portable power solution for medium to heavy power requirements, the Ecoboxx 600 is fast becoming known as the ultimate all-in-one power machine.

“We are seeing great market response and uptake from retailers and consumers alike,” comments Paul Hubers, founder and director, Sungrid Group. This has been further enhanced by the Ecoboxx 600 in-store POS. Supplied by Sungrid Group as part of its retail offering, it is allowing for an easy understanding of the unit’s features and benefits.

With all of its components conveniently housed in a single bag, together with trolley for easy transport, this all-in-one power machine comes complete with:

– Dual Charging via Solar panels and the grid.

– 2 x 600W AC pure sine wave outlet

– 600 watt pure sine wave inverter for smooth power supply.

– 2 x 5V DC USB port

– 2 x 2V DL DC jack output

-2 x 3 watt led lights with independent switches

– Input voltage 16/25V DC

– Input current 8A max

– 4 x 10W solar panels included

– 42 Ah AGM power battery

– LED indicator for battery level

– Travel trolley included

– 1 x AC DC wall charger for grid charging

– 1 Year Warranty

 

Retailing in South Africa at R 11,999.00, Incl. 14% vat /$860 . Easy to operate and with no maintenance required, the Ecoboxx 600 is the ideal portable power solution for camping and outdoor experiences. In fact, it is the ideal portable power solution for any situation (recreational, business or domestic) with medium to heavy power requirements.

Call today to get your own Ecoboxx 600 now, or look www.ecoboxx.co.za where to buy this great power machine.
For our dealers ; a special ‘try out’ trial, consisting of 2-3 units and free product training, provides the opportunity to test and meet growing consumer demand for portable (solar) power and lighting solutions – at no risk to your business.
For more information, please contact:

Cape Town: Talana Cole – 076 966 6623 or talana@sungridgroup.com

Johannesburg: Paul Lombard – 083 229 2717 or p.lombard@sungridgroup.com

Demand for portable solar across building and residential market

“The way power, and portable (solar) power in particular, is consumed has changed,” says Paul Hubers, founder and director, Sungrid Group. “We are seeing an increase in demand, particularly across the building and residential estate market where the use of diesel generators is either not allowed or simply no longer the preferred option due to environmental concerns.”

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SUNGRID GROUP OFFICIAL SUPPLIER TO UNITED NATIONS

Sungrid Group is proud to announce its selection as supplier of portable (solar) power and lighting solutions to the United Nations.

Following the agreement reached earlier this year, the last few months have already seen us co-ordinating worldwide distribution of our products across urgent disaster relief zones including Yemen, Burundi and Nepal.

Not only does this contract reinforce the quality and benefits of our product range, thereby increasing brand credibility but, most importantly, it is allowing us to fulfil one of our key objectives, that of improving the lives of others.

We have enormous respect for the United Nations and the many men and women involved in international disaster relief efforts, and are humbled and proud to play a part during these times of crisis.

INTRODUCING THE NEW AND REVOLUTIONARY ECOBOXX 1500

Newsflash_10_15_BThe ultimate all-in-one professional power machine for the ultimate power need

Known as the EcoTank, and capable of providing up to 350 hours of uninterrupted power, Sungrid Group is proud to bring you the first ever portable power unit offering dual-charging capability (ability to charge via solar as well as on the grid). The ultimate power solution for everyone and anyone needing portable power, it is providing the perfect answer to increasing consumer demand for portable units capable of meeting heavier power requirements.

What makes this the ultimate solution? Complete with trolley and foldable panels, the EcoTank is easily portable. Take it everywhere you need to go and anywhere you may require portable power. In addition, the easily wall mountable inverter makes it perfect for domestic use.

Its many other benefits and uses include outdoor recreational and/ or camping activities requiring heavier power, holiday homes or small guest houses, the local building industry and small business, to name but a few. In addition, during times of load shedding, the EcoTank can be counted on to keep your home ‘fires’ burning and the office environment working.

Retailing at R 22,999.00, the revolutionary EcoTank comes complete with:

– 2 x 65W foldable solar panels with stand and carry bag

– 1 meter cable from the junction box with MC4 connector

– 4 meter solar panel cable for multiple connections

– 5A / 16V DC AC DC wall charger

-1500 Watt pure sine wave inverter

– 3 x 5V DC USB charging ports

– 2 x 5.5mm DC jacks – 12V DC output

– 1 x 12V DC cigarette lighter output

– 2 x 230V AC three point SA plug sockets providing 1500 Watts of continuous power

– Big LCD display to monitor and control the parameters

– EcoTank 100Ah AGM long life built-in power battery (Chainable)

– Ecotank has a strong trolley with wheels

– Dual charging via sun and grid

– 1 Year Warranty

For more information, including upcoming holiday specials, or to secure your ultimate all-in-one power solution today, please contact:

Cape Town: Talana Cole – 076 966 6623 or talana@sungridgroup.com

Johannesburg: Paul Lombard – 083 229 2717 or p.lombard@sungridgroup.com

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PORTABLE SOLAR POWER PRODUCTS EMPOWER CAPE TOWN COMMUNITIES

community Chest entrepenuer kit projectSungrid Group, in partnership with The Community Chest, lighting up lives

 The Sungrid Group, developer, manufacturer and distributor of portable (solar) power and lighting products, has partnered with The Community Chest of the Western Cape to both power and empower Cape Town’s rural and township communities.

“A key part of our company’s focus is to have our products make a difference in the lives of others,” says Hugo Blaisse, Director, Sungrid Group and responsible for all NGO and other CSI related activities. To this end, the last few months has seen Sungrid Group partner with leading humanitarian agencies including the likes of United Nations, in its bid to fulfil on this vision.

Known as the ‘Amandla Project’, the objective behind Sungrid Group’s local initiative with The Community Chest is to address unemployment, whilst combatting the effects that load shedding has on those with limited resources. “We live in a country where, at any given time, up to 10 million people have no access to electricity,” continues Blaisse. “Add to this the catastrophic effects on business and lifestyle as a result of ever-increasing load shedding, and it becomes virtually impossible for many South Africans to improve their quality of life or create financially viable opportunities.”

‘Amanda Project’ aims to change this. Operating under the slogan “Power your home; Empower your life”, it is providing entrepreneurs in townships and rural areas with the opportunity to not only power their homes, but also to use the products as a business tool to generate income.

“The basis for the project lies in the specially designed Ecoboxx Entrepreneur Kits”, says Blaisse. A solar generator providing plug-and-play portable light and power, Ecoboxx has been very well received in the local market since its launch early 2014. Powered by unique lead crystal battery technology, it is highly durable with double the lifespan of conventional alternatives. With a range of more than 10 power Qubes (50W – 1500W), EcoBoxx caters to any and all power needs.

The specially designed Ecoboxx Entrepreneur Kits are easily transportable and effortlessly set up at any locale.  Capable of providing 80 hours of power, it comes complete with two bright LED lights, a USB-driven fan, hair clipper and a multi-device mobile phone charging cable. “Basically, it enables any aspiring entrepreneur to not only power their own home, but similarly to generate an income by opening up a barber shop and selling mobile phone charging time, anywhere there is a need,” continues Blaisse.

The project has already trained 300 graduates, with up to 1000 kits to be distributed over the coming year. “It is our hope, and our goal, that by using our products in this way in townships and rural areas, that it will have a positive impact on the economic development of South Africa and its people,” concludes Blaisse.

 

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