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Creating self-funding solutions for communities that offer reduced energy and water tariffs. Optimising the production, storage and use of solar energy and recycled water through the benefits of P2P community ownership, structured sub-metering, aggregated demand and centralised storage and production.

COMMUNITY ENERGY & WATER

We believe that for decentralised renewable power and water generation to work in Southern Africa it must be secure, reliable, simple and cost less than existing power sources.

We believe that for these decentralised systems to work and to achieve the optimal designs that allow them to be financially viable, communities need to come together and harness the benefits of aggregated demand, centralised storage and production, as well as peer to peer community investment.

 

Here is an example of a community solar system for a school:

COMMUNITY ENERGY

Community Energy is based on the belief that we are stronger together. This is especially true when looking at aggregated electrical demand and centralised battery storage.

When coming together as a community behind the municipal meter as a micro grid, we are able to flatten out the individual electrical demand curves through the aggregation of the communities demand curves. This creates a flatter more consistent demand.

The combining of the communities demand allows the design of the battery and inverters to be optimised resulting in smaller more efficient systems especially when compared with individual systems. This can be further developed with the use of a central ripple control system to manage non-essential loads within the community.

Through centralised storage we are able to access the economies of scale and efficiency in the purchasing and selection of the battery and inverter systems.

These small individual efficiencies grow into super efficiencies when combined throughout a community. When combined with our structured sub-metering tariff systems and peer to peer investment business models, we are able to create self-funding business solutions reducing the demand on the existing grid and optimizing the production, storage and use of solar electricity.

COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP

Technology is changing the world. This is particularly true in the case of Community Energy and Water. These new technologies have created new business models that allow the communities to own and profit from their own decentralised water and energy resources. This is possible through the decentralised nature of PV solar and recycled water technologies combined with smart meters and tariff systems.

These combinations create the opportunity for direct investment within your own local community or a community that you wish to support in return for the financial, social, environmental and ethical returns they offer.

Out of the Box Energy Solutions develop and administer the structure that allows the communities to own their own energy and water systems through Peer to Peer investment models.

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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.

BODY CORPORATES & BEHIND THE METER COMMUNITIES

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.

COMMUNITY WATER

As global warming and climate change alter weather patterns in Southern Africa we are due to see longer periods of no rain combined with massive storms when it does rain.

This is already happening and in the news daily. We need to develop and change the way we manage, consume and recycle water.

New developments in technology allow for better management and recycling of our water resources and Out of the Box Energy Solutions optimise the design and application of these new and existing technologies by examining the economies of scale within closed communities, combined with structured sub-metering tariff systems and peer to peer investment models, to create self-funding business solutions that reduce the demand on the existing grid and optimise the production, storage and use of water.

COMMUNITY ENERGY & WATER BENEFITS

Savings

Optimised Design

Aggregated Demand

Centralised Storage & Production

True Eco Estate Credentials

Structured Sub-Metering Tariff Systems

Funding Solutions

Income Generator

Flexibility

Modular Design

Waste Water is Recycled

Contractual Framework

Turnkey Solutions

Direct local Community Investment

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