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SegenSolar has big plans for the year ahead. Since our establishment in October 2015, we have grown exponentially, expanding our footprint not only across South Africa but into the SADC markets, too.
They recognise the importance of engaging with and promoting renewable energy in Southern Africa. Our current reliance on polluting fossil fuels — primarily on coal — is contributing to global warming and rendering more corners of the world unhabitable than ever before.
Eskom’s current lack of funding not only means load shedding is continuing to interrupt the lives of everyone in South Africa, but it also means prices are going up once again.
What’s more, Unit 2 of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station in Cape Town was closed on the 17th of January for five months for refuelling and the replacement of its steam generators. Whilst the power station is in desperate need of modernisation, it is likely to put additional strain on the country’s national grid as 920 MW of power generation is taken offline. Unfortunately, this will almost certainly result in added hours of load shedding throughout the refurbishment works.
Growing our reach
Over the past 12 months, they have worked hard to expand our reach across Southern Africa, with the opening of brand-new satellite warehouses: an East Rand site in April, a site in Durban in June and another new site in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) in January 2022.
Their Durban warehouse launch was an immense success and has allowed us to service more areas of South Africa than ever before. This all-new warehouse gives customers quick access to our variety of PV equipment in a convenient, local location that speeds up orders and offers improved stock availability on a dedicated customer portal. By opening this warehouse, we have simplified our customers’ order processing and collections, saving both time and money.
They have also established more concrete footholds in the SADC markets. Their products are available for purchase in Botswana, Eswatini, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and we have a selection of equipment that is perfectly suited to these markets.