Green Belts and Pylon Parks

By |2020-03-26T07:54:16+00:00January 14th, 2020|

Green belt promenades bordered with trees and bathed in sunlight are more appealing than any pylon park with steel lattice towers and power lines.

South Africa anticipates an energy crisis as Eskom confirms that the national grid faces strain. Dwindling abilities to cope with electricity demands, coupled with obstacles in the construction of the new Medupi Power Station, threaten load shedding and rolling blackouts.

The publication of the Electricity Governance Initiative – Smart Electricity Planning speaks of the vital need for adopting alternative energy resources, such as solar, if our country is to be resilient in the face of energy depletion. South Africans must collectively commit to harness efficient energy consumption.

Africa is inundated with a radiant, natural and free power resource – sunshine. With clean solar energy, there’s the option of living off the grid. By embracing solar technology, rural communities needn’t live without electricity. City dwellers will reduce their household energy consumption and electricity bills may not soar as high as forecasters predict.

Solar energy inspires innovation, is inexhaustible and achievable. With increased demands for solar products, such as our Consol Solar Jar, costs will lower resulting in an even more affordable retail price. Suntoy reaffirms our commitment to actively participating in the realisation of a ‘smart’ future. We all benefit from a greener grid. Go solar.

Copper Cable Theft

By |2020-03-26T09:24:30+00:00January 13th, 2020|

High above Tolip Street, a City Power employee repairs an overhead power-line cable after the theft of copper cables left Melville in darkness. On closer inspection, we realise that the technician is using a Consol Solar Jar to light up the entangled cable mess left behind by the thieves.

Another photo shows more City Power employees, outside Room With a View Guesthouse, replacing stolen copper cables with new aluminium cables which carry little recycling value and hopefully won’t be stolen.

“This job was made very difficult because they only had one torch amongst a team of six City Power technicians,” says Jacques Wallis, manager of Room With a View. He had been using Consol Solar Jars in his guest rooms, reception areas and on his walkways for over a year and promptly offered the City Power team these solar lights. The neighbourhood was elated to have their power restored at midnight – with thanks to City Power, Jacques and the Consol Solar Jar!

Who would have thought City Power, a close relative of Eskom, would find such an appropriate use for our Consol Solar Jars? Makes one think, doesn’t it?

Singalong with us!

By |2020-03-26T09:39:46+00:00January 13th, 2020|

Lurkers. Those songs that lurk in your mind, furtively awaiting the appropriate moment to bombard you with their lyrics. Over and over again. Even though your head says no, your lips start moving and your voice projects a melody resembling a Simon and Garfunkle composition. There’s no stopping you now. It’s infectious. It’s catchy. So, when you’re left in the dark with the sound of silence, you cannot help but singalong with us. Who needs a karaoke eve when load shedding’s on the playlist?
“Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to visit you again…”
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