About Us

Across the planet, new technologies and business models are decentralising power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals. Out of the Box Energy Solutions offers these business models and technologies for Southern Africans. In everything we do, we strive to find the Out of the Box Solution, that makes decentralised renewable energy simpler, more reliable and more accessible.

Out of the Box Energy Solutions is the trading name of Energy out of the Box (pty) Ltd. Formed in 2016 to bring together the expertise and experience to create the business models and deliver technologies that make decentralised renewable energy and water simpler, more reliable and more accessible.

Our specialist technology and manufacturing partners enable us to offer clients bespoke solutions that combine the latest technologies in products that change the way solar and hybrid power solutions are deployed as Out of the Box, simple, prefabricated plug and play solutions.
5B Australia – Portable, prefabricated, modular solar arrays, simplifying the complex installation process of traditional ground-mounted solar arrays into a simple Out of the Box deployment. System. 5B’s Maverick is the only re-deployable solar array that is cheaper and faster to deploy than conventional solar.
RESECO Energy Solutions – Traditional thermal generator technology
Panel Technique - Industry leading low voltage electrical assembly manufacturers in Kwa Zulu Natal

Robert Jardine leads Out of the Box Energy Solutions using his core skills in project management to coordinate it’s team and key technical partners to supply the know-how and experience, to design, construct and operate decentralised renewable energy and water systems, as well as develop new business models to fund and develop decentralised energy and water projects.

Our Key Team Members

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Robert Jardine

Robert Jardine joined formed Energy out of the Box (Pty) Ltd in 2016 as the Business Lead.

Robert has a strong background in Project Management having worked the past 16 years in the United Kingdom on internationally recognized projects such as the London Olympics and Crossrail as well as numerous other large projects in project delivery and project management roles.

Robert is passionate about renewable energy and water technologies and the strength of communities to be a catalyst for change.

He believes that decentralised renewable energy development is key in the upliftment of Africa and a must in the race against global warming.

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Bruce Reid

Bruce Reid, Managing Director of Panel Technique (Pty) Ltd since 1991, started RESECO Energy Solutions (Pty) Ltd in 2014, with fellow Panel Technique directors and shareholders.

2014 was at the height of ESCOM’s load shedding implementation and we identified the need, particularly in the residential and small business consumer market, for a technically reliable, safe, user-friendly standby generator with low carbon and noise emissions.

Partnering up with Johannesburg-based company Sub-Sahara Power Distributors (SSPD) with their range of SDMO/Kohler Gas generators, as their KwaZulu-Natal distributors, we were able to achieve this.

Moving into the future, I believe that the power crisis in South Africa has made South Africans very aware as to how vulnerable we are, not only on how reliant we are on electricity but also to the alternatives.

Sun, wind and water motion are naturally occurring elements which can provide energy without destroying the earth and this is where we believe that we can make a difference by replacing standby energy with an environmentally friendly permanent source of energy.


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