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Inviting curiosity around the topic of renewable energy is the most fun way to learn about solar power. Suntoy is aware that many schools in South Africa have limited educational resources. We therefore offer practical and playful explanations by producing our SunCar and SunFan kits.

Best suited for learners in elementary and high school, any learner can assemble their own solar powered toy by following the basic instructions included in the kit. Learners are motivated to explore, discover and create. Educators have a functional product to assist them in teaching theoretical lessons. These toys are solar tutors that answer, “How does this work?”

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Amanada Calitz, a teacher at Nooitgedacht Primary School near Johannesburg, emailed us: “The sunny people of Suntoy gave us a SunCar and a SunFan to build as a group at our Astronomy Club. We built the solar powered car and fan while speaking about the sun. It took some concentration from the learners but in the end they had a lot of fun. Thank you Suntoy for investing in us. Keep up the good work!”

Suntoy is dedicated to promoting the awareness and education of all green energy sources.

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Spotting solar powered cars travelling our South African roads made us wonder… were they spacecraft, cyborgs, interstellar travellers or UFOs? Could it be a Sci-fi movie set?

These phenomena were mini SunCars at the Sasol Solar Challenge. Assembled from kits designed by Suntoy, SunCars teach how photovoltaic modules are used to power vehicles. Imagine if the sun could power all cars, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel.

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“Sasol placed a huge order for our SunCars. Shoni spent several days cutting the wheels on the laser cutter and packaging the kits,David Way explained.

Congratulations to all the teams that took part!
Thanks to Riaan Venter, the DIY Guru, (@DIYmetRiaan) for the onsite photos.

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Dynamic retail in-store lighting solutions attract customers and showcase merchandise. Choosing the right lighting solution is the perfect way to reflect brand identity especially when choosing a product distributed by the brand itself.

Consol Xprs in Stellenbosch did just that. Eduard Visser, the project co-ordinator, along with his decorating team chose to suspend 24 Consol Solar Jars from wooden roof rafters at one end of the store.

The Consol Solar Jars are an important interior design tool creating a unique in-store ambience from arrival to checkout. They give customers a reason to look up, discover, buy and return to purchase more.

Another innovative way to use the Consol Solar Jar.

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The Young Achievers Empowerment Project, a Namibian youth organisation, has launched a project entitled Promoting Renewable Energy in Informal Settlements which aims to encourage the use of solar lights by youth that live off-grid in Namibia.

With a small commencement grant, they chose the Consol Solar Jar as their preferred choice of solar light. “Many young people do not have electricity at home and it is not safe to use candles at night because of shack fires. We hope to help less privileged children who cannot study at night because of lack of electricity,” said Johannes Mulunga.

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The pilot phase reached approximately 80 school pupils between Grades one and seven from informal settlements in Khomas, Oshana, Oshikoto, Erongo and Kavango. Phase two of the project invites the general public to purchase a Consol Solar Jar for N$160 (Namibian currency), which will be gifted to a school pupil.

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“We call on the public to help those in need to prosper in their schoolwork. Buying this solar light for a child will allow them to be as competitive as a child from an advantaged family,” said Johannes. “Our project is going so well and the response has been overwhelming. An article about our story even appeared in the local Namibian newspaper,” emailed Michael Mulunga.

Interested parties who wish to purchase a Consol Solar Jar for this worthy cause can contact Johannes Mulunga at 081 385 3749 or Israel Ndilipunje at 081 436 0497.

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Khutse Game Reserve adjoins the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in the north of Botswana. With rolling grasslands, riverbeds, dunes and pans where wildlife congregate in abundant sunshine, it is the ideal spot for a solar powered holiday.

David Way visited Khutse accompanied by three Consol Solar Jars. By night, the only light sources were from the solar lights, the campfire and stars. An 85W solar panel kept the portable fridge running, the beer ice cold and the meat frozen. It was an ideal African safari.

“We charged the Consol Solar Jars by day and used them to light the campsite by night. During game drives, we unscrewed the lids and left them on the car dashboard to charge as we drove. The Consol Solar Jars added to the ambience with subtle yet effective lighting making a wonderful experience even more enjoyable.” – David Way

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Posted by on in Theatre in a Jar

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Pretty cool! A big fan of radio 947, Camilla encouraged her hubby, Harald, to spend an eve running around their home collecting Consol Solar Jars scattered in their garden. Intent on showing her love for the new 947 logo, she directed Mr Sunshine to create 947 out of solar lights... and voila! It's amazing what one can do with a little imagination.

We entered the pic in the #ShowUsYour947 competition. Hold thumbs!

 

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The Solar AstroWheel was conceptualised during a convo between a ‘flowery' artist and a ‘functional' engineer. Its story began by envisioning something wow-worthy yet educational. How do we teach about solar energy, the Solar System and the awesomeness of the Sun using the products we manufacture? Our name has the word ‘toy' in it for a reason - we love to play… and play we did.

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Inspired by the concept of a Ferris wheel, sketches evolved into 3D CAD drawings. Designing and building the AstroWheel was no easy task, even for savvy engineers Harald, David and Shoni. Rotating a wheel with 16 Consol Solar Jars attached to the rim in such a way that as the wheel turns, they are kept upright by gravity. With an engine powered solely by solar energy, this AstroWheel was one-of-a-kind. A sculpture in the round: free-standing with no wire cables or electricity points - just a charged solar panel and solar lights.

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Being a theatre-in-a-jar, we inserted aluminium plates with Solar System facts engraved on them. Keeping the Consol Solar Jars balanced and equally weighted was tricky as we carefully poured measured cap-fulls of coloured glass beads into the jars - red for Mars and ice blue for Neptune. High school science students were truly wowed!

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This year, at ScopeX Telescope and Astrology Expo, our dream became reality. The star party commenced with the lighting of red LEDs for optimal telescopic night vision. As the AstroWheel spun, observers were mesmerised.

Sometimes a team of engineers needs a ‘flowery’ artist in their midst to make the recipe work :).

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Congratulations to all the science project winners of ScopeX! Enjoy using your prize Consol Solar Jar!

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Are you a keen Planet Spotter with an eye for stargazing? Join our Suntoy team at the ScopeX Telescope and Astronomy Expo where we will be honouring the star at the centre of the Solar System, the Sun.
 
We are excitedly revealing our new Solar AstroWheel, a revolving sculpture of Consol Solar Jars with red LEDs for optimum telescopic night vision. Each solar light teaches interesting facts about the eight planets. At 18h00 it will light up for the star party. As Carl Sagan said, "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." 
 
We look forward to sharing sunny smiles with you, so come say hello at our Suntoy stand under the aeroplane wing.
Date: Saturday, 13 September 2014
Time: 9h00 - 21h00
Venue: National Museum of Military History (22 Erlswold Way, near the Joburg Zoo)
 
 
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Posted by on in Theatre in a Jar

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Spring has sprung in the Southern hemisphere. Being the sun-worshipers we are, our team at Suntoy is sending you sunny smiles as an iridescent carpet of blooms blossom. Summer is approaching in South Africa and we anticipate tons of solar energy coming our way. 



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Our Theatre-in-a-Jar excels at scouting for interesting places to illuminate with solar light. Dressed with multicoloured feathers, Consol Solar Jars took centre stage in the Intimate Theatre at the SA State Theatre in Pretoria.

Suntoy was proud to collaborate with Moments Entertainment in celebrating twenty years of brave, courageous and valiant South African women in our young democracy. Inspired by the novel, SoPhia, written by Shafinaaz Hassim, the play, entitled SoPhiaTwenty20, was adapted for stage by an all-female cast directed by Firdoze Bulbulia. Setting the scene with a warm solar glow enhanced the atmosphere of the overall production.

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Consol Solar Jar lids, housing the LEDs and solar panels, are handmade and assembled by women. Previously unemployed and unskilled, this team of nimble artisans hails from Alexandria Township. The women learn all there is to know about solar photovoltaic power generation and use soldering irons like pros! The Chief Factory Supervisor rose to the position from the ground up. Cheers to celebrating South African women - those on the theatrical stage and those in the factory that produces the theatre-in-a-jar.

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“SohiaTwenty20 was performed to a packed theatre, teeming with great music, powerful narrative and bread to share. I am grateful to the cluster of creative genius and beauty that I have seen, to the audiences who are so enthusiastically supporting this heartswell endeavor and to good energies that persist. Thank you, team Suntoy for the generous loan of the Consol Solar Jars. People were wowed. They kept asking why we weren’t selling them!”Shafinaaz Hassim

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