‘Power in our hands’

2015-07-02 06:00

Consumers need to secure their own energy future and play a more proactive role in managing power shortage.

That was the word from Nelson Mandela Bay Chamber of Business Renewable Energy Task team member, Gareth Burley at the launch of the Power On Exhibition.

The Power On Expo at the Walmer Park Shopping Centre underground parkade on 8 and 9 August, will expose to the public more than 100 different power solutions and appliances, from a flash light to an off the grid solution.

Burley said that all consumers of electricity had to be part of the solution by implementing energy saving measures, given the rising costs and long term duration of loadshedding in South Africa.

“Why is it that every time the power goes off most consumers express horror? As if we didn’t know loadshedding is a long term reality we face in South Africa.”

“Energy consumers need to start generating their own power,’’ Burley said.

Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber CEO Kevin Hustler said the member companies of the Chamber in the Metro who employ approximately 60 000 people is deeply concerned about the effect the high cost of electricity has on the continued viability of their businesses, and the threat to employment in Nelson Mandela Bay.

“Electricity prices have increased fourfold (quadrupled) in Nelson Mandela Bay since 2008. The effect of such increases on the economy has been devastating in terms of employment and de-industrialisation.

Collectively five companies in the manufacturing sector had already shed 950 jobs between 2010 and 2012 in the city because of the high cost of electricity.

Concerning Power On Hustler said: “While we oppose unreasonable increases it is also clear that energy users must intensify their drive to install energy saving solutions.’

Inkanyezi Event Organisers CEO Andrew Binning said Power On Expo aims to make the purchasing decision simple for users.

“The exhibition will bring together the most innovative and comprehensive range of energy solutions, under one roof, which allows visitors the opportunity to discuss, touch and compare products and their providers at one location within a few hours, Binning said.

One of the major draw cards for visitors is an attendance lucky draw prize of a complete “grid connected solution’’ valued at R100 000 sponsored by Microcare Solar Components, QDM Solar and Rubicon SA which includes photo voltaic panels, batteries and inverter in addition to the installation.

)The show will be open from 09:00 to 17:00. Visitors pay R20 for access. Children under 12 enter free

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