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The 2014 Cape Getaway Show took place on the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, Cape Town, during March. The Consol Solar Jar was featured at the expo.

Solar Walking is a fun and educational opportunity for passionate photographers to enjoy an evening taking photographs of objects, architecture and small landscapes in the solar light emitted by the Consol Solar Jar. Professional photographer, Peter Hassall, is present to teach and share tips on low-light image capture. He took these wonderful low light photographs.

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Capetonians showed keen interest in the Consol Solar Jar and there was much enthusiasm. Joburgers also enjoyed Solar Walking during Earth Hour - Drawing with Light.

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Drawing with light during Earth Hour created a photographic artwork solely in the glow of solar light emitted by Consol Solar Jars. The backdrop was beautiful, set at Nizamiya Turkish Masjid (Turkish Mosque) in Midrand, near Johannesburg. Professional photographer, Peter Hassall, magically captured the word, Earth Hour, in solar light.

The word photograph derives from Greek:
phos = light
graphê = draw or write
phos + graphê = drawing with light = photograph 

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Nine people lined up in the camera frame. Each wrote a letter spelling Earth Hour backwards with a Consol Solar Jar in their hand so that it appeared right reading and pointed directly at the camera. The exposure was 15 seconds and they had to move the Consol Solar Jar in as wide an area as possible. If you look behind each letter, you will see the ghosted figure of a person holding their Consol Solar Jar.

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With all the interior lights switched off during Earth Hour, 12 Consol Solar Jars were placed upside down to shine up and light the archways, balancing the interior exposure with the exterior lighting of the clouds and turrets. The contact sheet shows four images:

Top left: all interior lights turned off. 
Top right: six jars turned on to light right-hand side.
Bottom left: additional six jars turned on to light left-hand side. 
Bottom right: final pic.

Suntoy promises to give our planet a brighter future, the eco-friendly way, by making every hour a solar-power-hour.

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This story commences a year ago when two inquisitive German guys, on holiday in Cape Town, spotted the Consol Solar Jar and fell head-over-heals in love with it. Curious about the source of this South African made product, these two intrepid detectives did some investigating, hopped on a flight to Jozi and walked into the Suntoy factory in Selby, Johannesburg. Stefan Neubig, a young start-up entrepreneur and photographer, and Heiner Klaus, a music publisher and editor, glanced around and excitedly stated that they were keen to export the Consol Solar Jar to Germany. And just like that - with passion, trust and wholehearted conviction - Sonnenglas was born.

Introductory chats turned into long-distance meetings as exports increased from pallets to containers. With the consent of Consol, a successful entrepreneurial partnership has been solidified between Suntoy and Sonnenglas. Now, on their second visit to the Suntoy abode, Sonnenglas has been appointed the European distributor of the Consol Solar Jar.

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“For us, it is important to visit and meet the people who are manufacturing the Consol Solar Jar. We discovered that Suntoy is more of a welcoming and collaborative family than a regular factory. In Europe, the aspect of fair trade is very important.” ~ Heiner Klaus, Sonnenglas

“It’s rare to find an object or product which is so beautiful, simple and functional. We’re really proud to be part of the team and will do our best to make this South African success story a global one.” ~ Stefan Neubig, Sonnenglas

How many sunshiners can we fit into a selfie - just like Ellen's famous Oscar self-portrait? Good question! The more the sunnier… and we know how to spread that sunshine!

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Earth Hour reminds us to consciously honour our world. There are so many eco-friendly things to do in the dark. Stock up on Consol Solar Jars and give our planet a brighter future by making every hour, Earth Hour. 
 
1. Gather friends and family for a solar-lit dinner at home. 
2. Go star-gazing with a lantern in-hand on a path lit by solar light.
3. If you're a city dweller, from a building with a view, check out what's switched off and what's left on. 
4. Create fun shadow art illusions on walls in the glow of solar light.
5. Get musical with an unplugged jam session or a djembe circle. 
6. For a quieter eve, be mindful with a solar-lit meditation of gratitude to our planet for the life it offers us.  
7. Sit on a bench and simply appreciate the sounds of nightlife from near and afar. 
8. Read a favorite bedtime story in the coziness of solar light. 
9. Inspire discussion on using alternative energies to lessen the possibility of power cuts and rolling blackouts. 
10. Snap flash-free photographs by solar light and post them to social media using #earthhour.
 
 
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Sodwana Bay is an unspoiled environmental jewel on the east coast of South Africa along the KwaZulu-Natal shoreline. It is the perfect setting to take the Consol Solar Jar for a scuba dive to discover the rich natural bio diversity on the Indian Ocean’s floor.

Stefan Neubig of Sonnenglas went on a mini-vacation to this beautiful spot. He put a 1kg weight inside a Consol Solar Jar (CSJ) so that it would sink easily. He added an absorbent sachet to prevent moisture within the jar because of the temperature difference on land and at sea (32 degrees on land vs. 26 degrees at 20m under the sea). No modifications were made to the Consol Solar Jar at all.

Stefan and his CSJ took a shallow dip in the pool at the diving school and reached a depth of 5m. Then the duo embarked on their deep-sea adventure. They reached a depth of 19.8m and our amazing solar light shone on the ocean bed. After both adventures, the CSJ returned to the surface without a drop of water inside its glass jar, working perfectly on dry land. Its electronics, including all the marine life, were unharmed. Waterproof proven!

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Harald Schulz, Suntoy Technical and Managing Director, explains: “What makes it watertight is that the inside of the Consol Solar Jar is sealed via a rubber ring from the outside. We employ a magnetic switch so there is no pathway for air or water to enter. The jar is thus water and airtight. Stefan’s photographs confirm that very nicely. It is not a technical marvel, as any jar filled with jam will do the same. It is an excellent demonstration of the build quality of the Consol Solar Jar.

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Beautifully captured, Stefan! These images are worthy of a huge wow!

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Dear Eskom,
Sincerest condolences.
Our country is paying the true cost of coal consumption.
Remedy for survival:
Go solar. Shed that load.
Sunny regards,
Team Suntoy

 

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

In love and light,
Team Suntoy

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Yvonne Cossa was one of our first factory employees. She initially joined the Suntoy team as a product assembler. Yvonne had no previous knowledge of solar technology or photovoltaic applications yet she learnt quickly and was promoted to factory supervisor of which there are five.
 
Yvonne's drive, determination and tenacity shone along with her leadership skills. She is now Chief Supervisor in the factory with 43 assemblers. She manages production runs, controls quality and meets orders on time. She is currently studying part-time for a certificate in Operations Management at the University of Witwatersrand.
 
Yvonne is excelling at her 'queen bee' role in her sunny chiefdom!
 
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Transforming an innovative idea into a functional object requires a glow of magic. At Suntoy, magicians come in the form of electronic engineers. 

David Way is a young graduate with a B.Sc. Electrical Engineering from Wits University. He's joined Suntoy to head up our electronic engineering team focusing on new product development. Shoni Muthubi is David's right-hand-man. He is a trainee electronic technician currently studying for a diploma at Central Johannesburg College. 
 
They are assisted by Olga Rathaha. Olga had no knowledge of photovoltaic applications prior to joining Suntoy three years ago as a product assembler. Her determination to improve her skills lead her to study part-time while working. She now has certificates in Computer Hardware (ITA+) and Networking (N+). Suntoy encourages growth through training and education for all their staff.
 
The engineering team implements design ideas, develops embedded electronics, tests prototypes, offers technical support and general factory maintenance. Having now established this 'incubator', Suntoy is ready to make even more magic! Watch this space...
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Steering our planet towards a greener sustainable future lies in the hands of our youth. 
 
Mr Sunshine, also known as Harald Schulz, has created SunFan and SunCar assembly kits as practical learning resources for teaching the concept of renewable energy. In the classroom, these solar powered toys bring to life alternative concepts for electricity. 
 
Parktown Senior School in Johannesburg invited Mr Sunshine to facilitate a workshop. Students in Grade 5 learnt to assemble their own hand-held SunFans. As the plastic blades spun in the sun, they excitedly cooled themselves. That's a fun science lesson!
 
Each SunFan is made with a recycled tin - the type found in a supermarket. So, in addition to solar power, students learn about recycling too.
 
Mr Sunshine has visited approximately 16 schools and enjoys encouraging potential solar enthusiasts. Fun in the sun is what education should be!
 
Want to learn about solar energy? Invite Mr Sunshine to your school! Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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