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Many South Africans aren’t aware that on 12 November 2013, SA’s first solar farm started aiding the national power grid. The farm was completed 3 months ahead of schedule by the Norwegian-based company Scatec Solarin who worked in collaboration with South African partners. The solar farm is located in the Northern Cape between De Aar and Hopetown and will generate a 155 million kilowatt hours a year which is roughly the same amount consumed by 33 000 households. It is one of many private farms authorized by the government to aid in the fight against global warming and minimizing the countries carbon footprint.

It boasts with 312 solar panels occupying 105 hectares of land owned by a sheep farmer who will continue to farm alongside the solar farm.  The program in which the government buys power from privately owned renewable energy farms has received a massive response from the private sector. At the last round of bids, there were 93 very competitive bids made by privately owned solar and wind farms, but only 17 contracts were awarded. It is clear that a new race has emerged. It is now simply a matter of whether all eyes can be kept on the bigger picture.

References:

http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/first-sa-solar-farm-starts-feeding-grid-1.1606082#.UrMDhfQW0Zl

DEVELOPMENTS IN PROGRESS

Happy New Year

A very Happy New year from the Power Logic team! May 2014 be a blessed and prosperous year for all! We are looking forward to be working with all our valued customers, suppliers and distributors in 2014 and strengthening our relationships even further!

FEATURED PRODUCT

USB3

Power Logic is proud to announce that USB 3.0 will be introduced to our range in the near future. Please note that they are not yet available to order as they are still undergoing modifications and testing. Watch this space for the release date. Based on our testing to date,  preliminary results show that the USB 3.0 can reach these transfer rates:

USB3.0 port–USB3.0 HUB  SanDisk 32GB USB3.0 flash driver  Write  55~59M/s  average 56.2M/s
USB3.0 port–USB3.0 HUB  SanDisk 32GB USB3.0 flash driver  Read   185~210M/s  average 188M/s

This hub can be a stand alone device connected only to the PC in which case there will only be limited charging capability or it can be factory fitted with an internal  2,1A power supply. There are 5 USB ports of which one is a dedicated charging port capable of charging Iphones, Ipads and Android devices at the full rate with the correct drivers. [ only with the internal power supply] The other 4 ports cater for full USB3.0 data transfer and will also allow limited charging. Watch out for the announcement of the release date early in 2014.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT POWER LOGIC WILL CLOSE ON DECEMBER 20th, 2013 AND REOPEN AGAIN ON JANUARY 14th, 2014.