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Overcome load shedding – A Sustainable Solution for the SME

Every South African will be affected in some way by the shortage of electricity in South Africa. Load shedding is here to stay and every businessman and household need to develop a strategy to mitigate load shedding over the short, medium and long term. All indications are that load shedding will be with us for four to five years.


The Problem: Shortage supply of electricity by Eskom.

“We will have to learn to accept load-shedding for the next three years at least. There is no quick fix to this.” Says Chris Yelland, Energy Expert (9 Jan 2015) http://mybroadband.co.za/news/energy/116578-eskom-load-shedding-learn-to-live-with-it.html

“We expect the reserve margin to continue on a downward trend for the next few years until substantial new base-load power plants comes on line”. (Eskom, 2015) http://www.eskom.co.za/documents/LoadSheddingFAQ.pdf

Possible Actions:

  • Do nothing
  • Buy a Generator
  • Invest in a UPS or Storage solution to mitigate periods of Load shedding.


Buying a Generator might be a solution for some small business owners, but many are integrated into a building complex or an environment where the generator option is just not possible. The vulnerability of electrical equipment during the transition time of a generator is well documented. Add regular maintenance cost (service +- every 100 hours) and Diesel or Petrol, then this option is also not without cost, and the more you use it, the more it will cost to operate and maintain.

The attached document highlights the ZettaJoule Storage alternative, not only as a clean and a sustainable long term solution to Load shedding, but also a first step to generate and use your own electricity. LiFePO4 Battery technology is showing to be the most cost effective solution for this purpose and especially during Stage 3 load shedding.

Although the scope of this document is focused on small businesses, with an office power use of three to six kilowatts, it gives a Small business owner several alternatives and cost associated with each alternative.

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