INTEGRATED OFF-GRID power solutions
SolarWorks offers you a range of quality solar products that will enhance and strengthen your relationship with your clients. Our optional automated data collection facility will help you get to know your customers better so you can offer them what they really need. More efficient business intelligence will shrink your default rate, increase your competitiveness and your profit and improve your credit profile.
MORE POWER FOR LESS MONEY
Because our products are modular, your customers can double the capacity of their PowerBox simply by exchanging the battery and adding a solar panel. As a reseller you can also offer your customers appliances like televisions, tablets, laptops to use with our systems.
SolarWorks! is certified by Lighting Africa – a division of Lighting Global, which promotes improved off-grid access and protects consumers. All SolarWorks! products are designed and developed at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and come standard with a three-year guarantee.
Access to solar energy can change people’s lives. Our vision is to provide affordable products to deliver quality technology that can fulfil this potential in a sustainable way.
NETWORKED FULL-SERVICE MAINTENANCE
Our PowerBoxes collect data on how much power is consumed, by whom and when. The data will benefit you and your end-user; software in our PowerBoxes will make it possible to change settings remotely so it won’t be necessary to send a technician out. You save on maintenance costs and your customers can get the help they need quickly, with minimum fuss.
PAY AS YOU GO (PAYGO)
PAYGO machine-to-machine technology has enabled much faster roll-out of solar power technology to off-grid consumers who could not access it in the past. PAYGO gives resellers and clients more control over their cash flow because transactions are automated using mobile technology.
The SolarWorks! difference
How SolarWorks products work for you
1. AC functionality
SolarWorks is the only solar company to offer AC functionality. Your customers will be able to use the Powerbox 200 AC and Powerbox 400 AC systems with standard AC appliances like televisions and printers.
The modularity of our Powerboxes means you can look forward to lasting relationships with your customers, which in turn will increase your competitivenes, profit and the net value of your business.
3. Smart technology
Our Powerboxes are equipped with smart capabilities that will give you the upper hand when it comes to business intelligence. As a resller of our products you will know more about your customers than ever before.
In 2008 our original company, Flynn Solar, was established after founders Bernard Hulshof and Arnoud de Vroomen had developed a successful first prototype of the Solar Kit during the course of 2007.
In 2009 the Solar Kit was successfully launched in Southern Africa. During that year Lemnis Lighting, a Dutch company and pioneer in LED lighting, approached Flynn Solar with an offer to buy the solar company.
This resulted in access to working capital, a world class supply chain and placing the solar products under the well-known Pharox Solar brand. The next year, two new products were developed and launched (the Theft-proof Rooflight and the Solar Home System).
When in 2012 Lemnis Lighting merged with NTL Electronics (India) the solar business was bought back by the founders.
The result was a new company: SolarWorks!
SolarWorks! continues to market all existing solar products and is developing a whole range of new solar products. The SolarWorks! development center is based at the incubator of the Technical University in Delft, (the Netherlands, see www.yesdelft.nl) and our commercial head office is in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“For us it’s important to deliver quality products and beautiful design. Affordable products do not need to be ugly; it is just a matter of being very creative during the design and development process.”
“After visiting 30 African countries, it was clear that light was an issue. But human beings like to be connected; we wanted to create a beautiful and durable product that could light up a room and charge any type of mobile. It’s not about a quick fix. It’s about respecting our consumers and delivering products that make them proud.”
THE SOLARWORKS! STORY
The SolarWorks! adventure began when industrial designer Bernard Hulshof and econometric Arnoud de Vroomen, pooled their talents and in 2007 came up with a prototype for the Solar Kit, a solar product design to help people in areas that have little or no access to electricity.
They had both travelled widely before they decided to settle down and do something that would make a difference in people’s lives. Arnoud drove an orange Citroen 2CV (fondly known as a Duck) 60,000 miles through Africa to document innovation and entrepreneurship on the continent and Bernard travelled to Madagascar on a fact-finding mission to invent the ultimate solar alternative to paraffin and candles.
The design breakthrough
From their experience with emerging markets in Africa, Bernard and Arnoud had reached similar conclusions about what these communities needed. To have any impact their products had to be well-made, durable and reliable. It was also important that they should be affordable to the average low-income household. Most significant of all perhaps, they wanted to create a product range that was visually appealing; a factor often overlooked when designing products for this market.
More than just a light
Mobile telephony is ubiquitous throughout Africa. In even the most rural areas people use mobile phones to stay in touch with others, access news and information and transfer money. Adding a device-charging function (with a standard usb port) to our products makes them particularly popular in areas where there is no access to electricity.
And there’s more
To make sure that SolarWorks! can be used when there is not enough sun to charge them, our designers added modifications so that they can be hooked up to a car battery or to mains power.
How we work
To deliver on the criteria mentioned above, access to the latest solar cell and battery technologies is fundamental. All SolarWorks! products are designed and developed in the Netherlands at the Technical University of Delft’s incubator. The head office, research and development, and supply-chain intelligence are all based in the Netherlands to ensure that our products are developed using state-of-the-art technology, true to Dutch design standards. Our commercial head office is located in Johannesburg a base from which we can harvest local knowledge and expertise across southern Africa to inform the creative process and deliver products that suit the needs of our consumers. Because we believe in working with local agents – and in so doing create jobs – we are able to ensure effective after sales support on the ground.