CBI-Electric, Which Is Owned By JSE-Listed Reunert, Invests In Renewable Energy


CBI-Electric today announced it has contracted Terra Firma Solutions to install a state-of-the-art 1.1MW Solar PV (Photovoltaic) system at their head office in Gauteng. Both companies form part of the Reunert, a JSE listed industrial group with international operations across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the USA.

Established in 1949, CBI-Electric: low voltage is a manufacturer and supplier of quality low voltage electrical distribution, protection, and control equipment. Previously known as Circuit Breaker Industries or CBI, the company specialises in the design, development, and manufacturing of circuit breakers, residential current devices, surge protection, wiring accessories, and metering products.

As a brand focused on supporting customers with their electricity infrastructure and committed to responsible energy use, the company wanted to show consumers they are walking the talk.

“We believe everyone needs to become more responsible about their energy choices. We should all work together and take action in order to ease the constraint on the national grid and ensure that electricity, as a scarce resource, can be shared by all.  We’re glad to be able to start our own renewable energy journey with Terra Firma,” says Terry Lawrenson, Managing Director at CBI-Electric: low voltage.

Turnkey energy solution provider Terra Firma’s integrated smart approach focuses on holistic energy usage, management and self-generation making them the perfect partner to aid the business in its goals to harness the power of the sun.

“Sunshine is an abundant resource in Africa, affording the opportunity for supplementary energy supply.  A partnership between our companies meant solar technology was the most effective option to meet our sustainability goals,” says Lawrenson.

The installation was completed in December 2021 and is the first step in the company’s drive for a more responsible energy mix and optimisation.  “Going forward, renewable energy and IoT based dynamic load control will optimise our load profile, reducing costs and flattening our impact on the national grid,” Lawrenson adds.  The array covers 4 000 m2 and offsets more than 2 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide. “


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