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An incredible solar electrification journey

Through our vision of "Lighting up Africa with renewable energy " and with over 20 000 DC microgrids developed and manufactured by a team of passionate individuals at Specialized Solar Systems, we are only now at the beginning stages of an incredible journey – both humbling and exciting – to bring sustainable, renewable, affordable, off-grid solar energy into some of the estimated 600 million non-electrified homes in Africa [source: World Bank]: fast-tracking job creation, infrastructure, communication, water pumping, education, entertainment, possibilities, hope …and a better standard of living for all.

Having designed and manufactured over 20 000 DC microgrids units which have been installed throughout Africa ranging from simple unmanaged solar systems to sophisticated remotely managed and monitored systems, Specialized Solar Systems has proven solar energy product offerings to fulfil almost any individuals or energy service provider’s energy requirements.

Season's Greetings from the team at Specialized Solar Systems

 

We would like to thank all our clients and suppliers for their tremendous support during the year and wish them and

their families a wonderful festive season and a prosperous New Year.

 

Please note that Specialized Solar Systems factory and offices will be closed for the holidays from the 16th December 2017 till the 8th January 2018.

-- Happy Holidays --

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Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) Involvement in The iShack Project - System Management

Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) is primarily involved in supplying of all solar technologies to create a sustainable environment for The iShack Project managed by The Sustainability Institute Innovation , a division of the Sustainability Institute.

An Online Off-grid Energy Utility - SSS-EPOWER - used in the iShack Project and many other off-grid projects by Specialized Solar Systems for remotely management of renewable energy.

From Specialized Solar Systems vision statement 'To light up Africa and Empower Her People with Renewable Energy'  an online micro-grid management utility, SSS-EPOWER was born. The utility is a 'world first' off-grid energy management utility that provides a remotely accessible web-based database with all the necessary tools for sustainable off-grid energy management.

Some of the comprehensive online system features include:

  • Remotely accessible centralized online management.
  • Secure dedicated fast cloud servers.
  • Macro and micro energy management.
  • User defined remote energy system switching.
  • Consumer system management and documenting.
  • Automatic and varied debiting system.
  • Pay as You Go and contract payment packages.
  • P.O.S. remote wallet vendor management.
  • Comprehensive reporting and history.
  • Accurate GPS stock allocation.
  • Multi-level user control.
  • Detailed audit trail logging.

For the iShack Project the solar energy management utility, SSS-EPOWER, is indispensable and used extensively in their daily operations. Using a pay-for-energy-usage business model, the end-users have defined payment packages with periodic billing which takes place with remote system switching (ON;OFF;WARNING) all done automatically after setup.

Payment allocations, detailed system information, stock allocating via accurate GPS map overlay and user data are all stored on secure cloud servers with varied security-level multi-user access control, comprehensive audit trailing and detailed reporting - are some of the features that are available on the SSS-EPOWER solar energy management utility platform.

 

SSS’s Online Management Utility System provides the following functionality: 

1. Remote system control via GSM technologies of DB Boxes that includes switching of systems

  • Warning
  • Off
  • On
  • Automation of these functions

2. Comprehensive record keeping and administration of data

  • Client records
  • System records/accurate stock allocation via GPS
  • Payment/account history
  • Detailed audit trailing
  • Detailed reporting

3. Various debiting methods that include:

  • Definable month based contract payment packages
  • Definable Pay as you Go payment packages.
  • Definable Pay to Own payment packaged.
  • Automation of these functions

4. Tiered, multi-user security and access control.

  • All user system interaction is logged to an audit trail
  • Users can be assigned privileges on all framework functions

5. POS/payment/receipting

  • Logging of payments/cashing up
  • Remote vendor management framework

B.  The SSS Vendor application has the following functions:

  • As an accessible payment point for end-users.
  • Vendors are managed via wallet funding system.
  • POS transactional receipt printing with account history at the location of payment.
  • Detailed record keeping and logging.
  • Updating of client/system records functionality.

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