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 --

 

Please visit our new site www.specializedsolarsystems.com

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SSS-EPOWER - Web-based DC Micro-grid System Management Utility

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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.
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Kheis Project - Managed DC Micro-grids

Kheis - A New Dawn - Video: Energy producing DC micro-grids are making a significant difference in many lives by supplying DC energy at the installed location to efficient DC powered appliances such as lights, television, cell phone charging, radios and more.

Using DC (direct current) technologies, rather than the more traditional AC (alternating current) ones, Specialized Solar Systems has been able to develop off-grid solar systems that are easy to install,  safe to use in shacks (no open flames), made to the highest safety and design specifications and are remotely manageable.

And because they are modular systems, they offer an incredible degree of design flexibility and threshold settings that can be adapted to the needs of any home or dwelling, or even any large-scale project such as the Kheis Project where Specialized Solar Systems is supplying DC micro-grid systems to the Kheis Municipality in the Northern Cape, South Africa.

The project aims to supply managed renewable energy and become a benchmark for the supply of basic human energy requirements that the rest of the world could follow.

The installed solar powered DC micro-grid systems are soft-managed by a web-based management platform, SSS-EPOWER  that was developed by Specialized Solar Systems for large-scale remotely manageable de-centalized solar energy supply.

The SSS20 dc micro-grid off-grid system used in the Kheis Project after a simple upgrade has the ability to further supply needed refrigeration.

The solar technologies supplied by Specialized Solar Systems for the Kheis Project include:

  • Smart solar energy producing DC micro-grids with remote managed hardware - SS20DC75 Managed.
  • Efficient DC appliances powered by the DC micro-grid systems.
  • Online Off-Grid Energy Management Utility with remote switching, payment facilitation, vendor management, solar system and end-user management services - SSS-EPOWER.
  • Product/service support.

'ǃKheis' is an administrative area in the ZF Mgcawu District of Northern Cape in South Africa. ǃKheis is a Khoi name meaning "a place where you live, or a home". The municipality is named in recognition of the Khoi people who were the first permanent dwellers of the area (source: Wikipedia).

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Don't let Eskom load shedding leave you in the dark!

Just arrived: 650W and 850W PSW 12V USP inverters, 1.1kW and 2.2kW 12V PSW inverters and 1.45kW 24V PSW inverters in stock at Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) HQ - George. We also have stock of 102Ah 12V and 225Ah 6V hi-cycle solar batteries to accompany these quality inverters to make durable backup systems that may keep some of your necessities or comforts powered up during load-shedding.

 

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Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to place your order or for further information on how renewable energy can fit into your life.

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About the iShack Project

Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) is primarily involved in the supply of all solar technologies to help facilitate in creating a sustainable renewable energy environment to the The iShack Project managed by The Sustainability Institute Innovation Lab (Pty) Ltd, a division of the Sustainability Institute.

The iShack Project uses off-grid energy produced by DC micro-grid technologies developed by Specialized Solar Systems to supply end-users with DC electricity that is also used by energy efficient DC appliances,  also supplied by Specialized Solar Systems.

This process is sustained through a pay-for-energy-usage business model.

The installed DC micro-grid systems are soft-managed by a web-based management platform, SSS-EPOWER  that was developed by Specialized Solar Systems for large-scale remotely manageable de-centalized solar energy supply.

The solar technologies supplied by Specialized Solar Systems for the iShack Project include:

  • Smart solar energy producing DC micro-grids with remote managed hardware - SS20DC75 Managed
  • Efficient DC appliances powered by the DC micro-grid systems
  • Online Off-Grid Energy Management Utility with remote switching, payment facilitation, vendor management, solar system and end-user management services - SSS-EPOWER
  • Product/service support

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The iShack Project: A Sustainable, Scalable, Solar Electricity Social Enterprise

The Sustainability Institute Innovation Lab (Pty) Ltd, (SIIL), a division of the Sustainability Institute, has developed the iShack Social Enterprise to deliver smart, sustainable and scalable energy utilities to poor, underserviced communities in the global south.

The iShack Project is a large-scale energy utility that provides a pay-for-use solar electricity service to residents of an informal settlement, called Enkanini, in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The off-grid utility uses the technology of SSS to provide household electricity to power lights, television and other small media appliances.
 
Scalability
The iShack roll-out started in October 2013 and by April 2015 the electricity service had been delivered to over 800 households. Over 1500 families will receive the service by the end of the initial roll-out in early 2016.
A key objective of the enterprise is to demonstrate the modular scalability of each household installation so that the electricity supply can grow incrementally as the technology evolves and as costs come down. In this vein, the iShack Project has started to pilot solar fridge upgrades and is developing a financial model to make such upgrades affordable and accessible.

The business model
SIIL received funding for infrastructure and start-up capital from the Green Fund and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. However the business model is designed to ensure that the energy service is financially sustainable without having to draw on ongoing grants and donations.  Thus the long term running costs are paid for largely by the end-users, subsidised by the local municipality (via a Free Basic Electricity subsidy). The project has already proven that end-users will pay for an energy service that they value. The iShack Project is a ‘social’ business and does not extract profits.

Maximising local economic development and capacity building are core components of the business model. Selected residents from the target community are recruited as ‘iShack Agents’ to market, install and maintain the Solar Home Systems. The Agents undergo a comprehensive training program and are supported indefinitely to deliver a consistently high quality service to their clients. Sophisticated quality management systems, adapted to the local context, have been developed, and are continually refined to ensure that the service runs efficiently and that the end-user experience is very satisfactory.

Replication?
SIIL will support the replication of the iShack model elsewhere in the global south by working with funders and local implementing partners (local government, NGOs, or private social-impact companies) to design, plan and implement off-grid utilities on a similar basis to the flagship iShack enterprise.

Follow the progress of the project on: https://www.facebook.com/iShackproject.org'

 

(content source: Facebook- iShack Project).

 

Innovative idea powers South African shanty towns (content source: YouTube)

 

Pop-up houses improve South African slums: Andreas Keller at TEDxWWF. After witnessing the appalling quality of life for people in the slum areas of South Africa, Andreas Keller -- co-creator of iShack- questioned how he could help. His solution involved harnessing solar power to help build a brighter future for those living in energy poverty. Andreas shares his touching story of how his idea is fostering a renewed hope in creating a more sustainable future for slums (content source: YouTube)

(next article:  Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) Involvement in The iShack Project: The Hardware)

 

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