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AFFORDABLE SOLAR ENERGY POWERED THROUGH YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Reduced energy bills made up from clean sustainable energy, created by community investment that produces jobs, and supports the development of skills and education in the local community.

WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER

We strongly believe:

 That decentralised renewable power generation is essential to the development and upliftment of Southern Africa and a must in the race against global warming & that Community Energy is the key to the mass adoption of decentralised renewable power generation in Southern Africa.

Across the planet, new technologies and business models are decentralising power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals. Community Energy by Out Of The Box Energy Solutions offers these business models and technologies for communities to empower themselves.

“It makes no sense, environmentally or financially, not to maximise the sun's potential, when in Southern Africa solar electricity has become cheaper than local grid power.”  Rob Jardine

COMMUNITY ENERGY IS A WIN FOR ALL

“Around the world, the idea that communities install, own, and enjoy some of the benefits of renewable energy is growing fast. In Germany over 50% of renewable energy being installed is in community ownership. In the UK alone, over 5,000 community groups have set up community energy schemes since 2008.

This surge in community energy projects is a powerful story. They offer the potential for greater democratic control, for shared benefits and for greater active participation of the community which can, in turn, lead to infrastructure and cultural change. Decarbonising our energy system requires decentralised renewables, which leads us to far greater opportunities for community investment and involvement. And it brings people together and creates opportunities for conversation, for parties, for relationships. And it’s change people can see happening around them, which means the changes we need to make don’t seem so far off and impossible.” By Rob Hopkins, originally published by Transition Culture December 7, 2016

If we as a community don't step up to help each other, then who will?

Kathy Grimes

HOW IT WORKS

Out of the Box Energy Solutions is bringing Community Energy to Southern Africa, supplying the initial capital needed to develop the solar systems, creating the structure for community investment and designing the systems and processes for communities to access the benefits of aggregated supply and demand as well as centralised energy storage.

 Together with our partners we  supply the technical know-how and experience, to design, construct and operate the solar systems.

  • CONTACT US

    As a leader of your community you contact Out of the Box Energy Solutions

  • WE INVESTIGATE

    We undertake a desktop study of your energy consumption, ability to generate electricity, and the strength of your community and put forward an outline proposal for the development of the solar PV power system.

  • NEXT STEP

    On agreement of the proposal and commitment from the community, property owner and electricity consumer, the solar PV system design and ownership structure is developed.

  • PRESALE

    The investment opportunity is presented to the community and opened for presale.

  • DEVELOPMENT

    The community energy system is developed and funded by Out of the Box Energy Solutions and on commissioning the system is available for sale to the community.

  • ENERGY GENERATION

    The solar PV system starts generating electricity.

  • MAINTENANCE

    Out of the Box Energy Solutions manages and maintains the community solar assets, as well as administers the contracts between the client and the community investors, ensuring the investors are paid every month and the solar energy system operates at its peak performance.

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COMMUNITY ENERGY IS A WIN FOR ALL

Property Owners

Property owners have access to clean renewable energy at a saving against their existing electricity tariffs.

 

Community Investors

Community investors earn a rental income ensuring profits go back into the community.

 

Communities

Communities are able to harness local natural resources to build social capital, create local and regional employment opportunities and address community development needs.

 

CAN WE HELP YOU

We work with our legal and technical partners to create the structures, system engineering, ongoing maintenance and monitoring services so that our clients can access  cheaper clean energy to replace grid or diesel energy. Often at a zero down investment, while creating great investments for communities within their communities.

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

Helen Keller

SCHOOLS,

CHARITIES & CHURCHES

We work with the school and its community of alumni, scholars, parents, teachers and all those that support the school to create an energy solution that:

 

  • Reduces the school's energy bill
  • Provides clean energy to the school
  • Educates the community about energy
  • Offers a great investment for the community, creating a community owned asset
  • Creates local jobs
  • Provides the investment to develop the PV Solar System
  • Sources grant funding when available
  • Upskills the local community

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People coming together as a community can make things happen.

Jocob Rees Mogg

BODY

CORPORATES

We work with the body corporate and its community of property owners, tenants, employees, customers and all those that support the body corporate to create an energy solution that:

 

  • Reduces the body corporates energy bill
  • Provides clean energy to the body corporate
  • Educates the community about energy
  • Offers a great investment for the community, creating a community owned asset
  • Creates local jobs
  • Upskills the local community
  • Designs the mechanism (physical design and contractual structures) for the community to invest and own the PV solar system as well as design the system to interact with individual energy providers from the community allowing for individual ownership of PV systems

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Knowledge is power, community is strength and positive attitude is everything.

LE Armstrong

DEVELOPERS,

ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS

We work with the developer and its community of property owners, future tenants, employees, customers and all those that support the development of an energy solution that:

 

  • Provides the framework and design for a community energy solution allowing for the benefits of aggregated demand and centralised energy storage, combined with structured sub-metering tariff systems that will reduce the demand on the existing grid and therefore the size of the grid connection required
  • Creates a true energy “eco-development”
  • Provides energy security and independence as part of the development design
  • Offers a great investment for the community, creating a community owned asset
  • Designs the mechanism (physical design and contractual structures) for the future community to invest and own the PV solar system as well as design the system to interact with individual energy providers from the community allowing for individual ownership of PV systems

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Our strength will grow through community.

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COMMUNITY INVESTORS

Investing to build a better world

Peer-to-peer investments that help build something good for the environment and society, without compromising your financial return.

Community Investors could be from the local community; the shop owner across the way from the school or the Head Boy from 1985. Or they could be from an international community, an investment banker from London or a Coffee Barista from New York. The common cord between all of our investors is that they are looking for a great financial return on their investment while creating a better world, socially and environmentally for us all to live in .... this is what Community Energy from Out of the Box Energy Solutions offers.

Your investment in a local renewable energy project gives a great financial return and creates a cycle whereby the profits go back into the community. The community benefits from local job creation, improved energy access, greater security of supply, as well as a strengthening sense of community and upskilling / education of its people.

Your panel generates electricity, which saves costs for the landlord, who in turn pays you a rental for the use of your panel. The community property owner saves money; you earn money. Simple.

Out of the Box Energy Solutions creates the structure for you to directly own solar panels and lease them to your community based project owner.

You are the direct owner of the panel and assume all the rewards and risks associated with the asset – just the same as you would with an investment property you rent out through a lettings agency. Out of the Box Energy Solutions act as your 'lettings agency', we; manage and maintain the solar system, ensuring its peak performance for the duration of the rental contract (remember we own some of the panels ourselves); undertake credit checks on the community-based project owners ahead of setting up the contracts; administer the contracts to ensure rental payments are paid; ensure that your panels are insured through a specialist insurance policy; manage and undertake the maintenance and operation of the panel. If you decide that you want to sell your panel we act as your sales agent.

Your panel generates electricity, which saves costs for the landlord, who in turn pays you a rental for the use of your panel. The community property owner saves money; you earn money. Simple.

Each community energy system is different, your rental income is determined by your panels energy output on a monthly basis, which means that you are earning more on a sunny day than on a cloudy one. We use the past 20 years weather patterns in the development of our plan and the estimate of the energy generated by each panel. 

Additionally, the community and client set the rental agreement and escalation clauses at the outset of a project.  These are set to ensure that the project fulfills the requirements of all parties; financially socially, ethically and environmentally. As an example: A school with an active and very supportive community might be able to set their contract so that they access electricity at a substantial discount to existing electrical tariffs. This is possible as the school's community of investors would be willing to trade some of the financial returns for greater social returns by supporting the school.

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WHO WE ARE

Community Energy by Out of the Box Energy Solutions are a team of professionals that passionately believe that decentralised renewable energy is the key to the upliftment of Africa and the fight against global warming. That through our combined expertise and the power of communities we can accelerate the empowerment of Southern Africa communities, using new technologies and business models. 

Out of the Box Energy Solutions was created in 2016 by Robert Jardine on the belief that decentralised renewable power generation is key to the development and upliftment of Africa and a must in the race against global warming. In Robert’s words: “It makes no sense, environmentally or financially, not to maximise the sun's potential, when in Southern Africa solar electricity has become cheaper than local grid power in many instances.”

Robert realised that the lack of the technical know-how and initial capital costs often restrict individuals and business’ accessing the benefits of solar energy, especially in Africa. While in the United Kingdom, Europe and many other regions of the world, communities are coming together to solve these challenges.

Building on the principal that we are stronger together and using the success of Community Energy projects in Europe as the blueprint, Robert returned from the United Kingdom to his homeland of South Africa after 15 years and launched Community Energy by Out of the Box Energy Solutions using his core skills in project management to coordinate his team and solar professional partners to supply the technical know-how and expertise, to design, construct and operate a solar PV system.

Out of the Box Energy Solutions invests the initial capital needed to develop the solar PV systems while creating the structure for community investment and the systems and processes for communities to access the benefits of aggregated supply and demand, as well as centralised energy storage.

FREE GUIDE TO COMMUNITY ENERGY

How can we help you and your community?

If you would like to see how Community Energy can work for you and your community, request our free guide today.

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OUR PARTNERS

TO COMMUNITY ENERGY

We partner with accredited local solar installers, designers and other specialists from all over Southern Africa to accelerate the mass adoption of decentralised solar PV systems.

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CONTACT US

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CALL US

We would love to chat to you about your energy ambitions. 

(+27) (0)32 947 0204/6

EMAIL US

If you would like further information, please email us on:

info@outofthebox.energy