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Brothers, 15-year-old Christopher and 11-year-old Tristan, were inspired by the Consol Solar Jar to start their own small business. They are spreading sunshine across South Africa! Chris emailed us:
 
Dear Suntoy,
 
Three months ago, my dad and I discovered the Consol Solar Jar. My brother, Tristan, and me came up with the idea to start a business selling these solar lights. We bought 24 jars and we sold them to people in our neighborhood of Camps Bay. We realized that this is a unique product that sells well.
 
Over the holidays, we visited Hermanus. We sold 100 solar jars to restaurants. Creation Wine Estate invited me to a night market to sell the solar jars. I sold 50 in three hours!
 We then bought another 100 and sold them to buyers in Cape Town.
 
Tristan and I visited our Grannie in Durban. The Book Boutique bought all our remaining jars. I hope to continue selling more jars in KwaZulu Natal because it is an untapped market.
 We believe in the Consol Solar Jars with great passion and think they have great potential.
 
Thanks for publishing my story.
Regards,
Christopher
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Sindile is a student of Mr Sunshine's solar energy workshops in Alexandria. Her interest in renewable energy began at a young age growing up in rural Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal.

Sindile remembers studying by candle light as there was no electricity in the area. Her dad bought a solar panel and charger to power their TV, lights and mobile phone. They would place the solar panel on their roof during the day and remove it at sunset to prevent it from being stolen. They offered their neighbours a mobile phone charging service for a small fee and so began a lucrative idea for gaining income.

In recent years, the government installed electrical lines and her family sold their solar panel and charger. Along with the excitement of electricity came electrical bills. When Sindile moved to the city and heard of Mr Sunshine's classes, she jumped at the chance to learn how to make the solar charging station herself. Sinhdile hopes to show her family that, although they can use electricity for the majority of their appliances, they can lower their electrical bill with solar energy in their homes.

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Mr Sunshine, aka Harald Schulz, facilitates a series of solar workshops in Alexandria. This Suntoy outreach program introduces young adults to renewable energy.

At the workshops, sponsored by Mama Earth, Harald teaches the basics of Photovoltaic (PV) applications (generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity using semi-conductors). The aim is for each participant to increase skills, pass on their knowledge to their community and start his/her own entrepreneurial small business using solar energy products. Classroom learnings became reality as participants powered a TV, stereo and light from solar energy.

Charles, director of Sakha Isizwe, is a participant, "Harald is understandable and has made me aware of the power of the sun. I now know what to look for in solar products. I'd mark him ten out of ten!"

For further information and to invite Mr Sunshine to facilitate a series of custom designed workshops at your organization, school or company, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Suntoy encourages curiosity-driven play and adventurous learning with solar energy. The Military Museum in Johannesburg was the venue for the ScopeX Telescope and Astronomy Exhibition. An interesting play space for young (and young-at-heart) wannabe scientists and astronomers.

On a sunny Jozi winter's day, learners sat on the grass focused on our bright yellow solar PV panels. Excitement erupted as SunFans spun and SunCars zoomed off. Fun in the African sun!

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