SustainSolar

a division of SustainGroup

CURRENT BUSINESS ACTIVITY
Headquartered in South Africa, SustainSolar focuses on business development across the entire African continent with current business activities in numerous Sub-Saharan countries.

About SustainSolar

African emerging economies are facing major challenges in reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals, amongst which Goal 7 "Affordable and Clean Energy" is of very high importance. On the African continent, over 700 million people live without access to reliable and safe electricity. Sustainable Power Generation (Pty) Ltd. was founded in 2016 with the goal to respond to this need with high quality, decentralized and modular sustainable energy solutions using clean gaseous fuels and solar PV technology.

Made of world-class components, our solutions are designed and manufactured in Cape Town, South Africa, a leading logistics hub with major shipping lines connecting us to the world and excellent road network into the Sub-Saharan region.

Acknowledging the different contexts in which our customers operate, we formed two separate divisions: SustainPower our gas-to-power division and SustainSolar, our solar PV solutions division, each focusing on their respective technology and relevant market expertise to provide the best service to our decentralized energy clients across the continent.

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Launched in 2018, SustainSolar strives to respond to the needs of emerging markets with clean, turnkey technology suited for various applications that require a decentralized, clean and dependable power supply.

Our containerised, pre-installed solar systems are equipped with top-quality solar PV modules and electronics including lithium-ion batteries and come in three standardized yet adjustable product configurations from small to large to suit a wide range of energy needs. Our production system and assembly facility are geared for once-off and bespoke projects and large-scale rollouts of mini-grids alike.

With growing activities, a good presence on the African continent, an expanding network of partners and the implementation of new projects, SustainSolar is a preferred equipment supplier for mini-grid, off-grid, hybrid fuel saving as well as mobile and rapid deployment solar applications. 

SustainPower started with the establishment of the company in 2016 with a focus on containerised, high-quality, durable solutions for sustainable power generation using biogas, landfill gas and natural gas, designed and manufactured in South Africa, with world-class components.

Biogas and landfill gas beneficiation are waste-to-energy technologies and therefore contribute to the sustainable use of resources and offer attractive business cases for on-site power generation in many industries such as food processing, agricultural and water treatment.

Decentralized natural gas to power solutions are a cleaner alternative to other fossil fuels for continuous off-grid power and with Combined Heat and Power (CHP) offer extremely high efficiencies. Prime power supply or emergency back-up supply running on gas contribute also to a smaller environmental footprint.

The SustainSolar Team

We are a team of Pan African and international experts striving to make a difference in the way developing economies generate power with the urge to fulfil our responsibility to people and the planet.

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Tobias Hobbach

Managing Director

Tobias accumulated a wealth of experience in Financial Management and Business Strategy during the 10 years he spent working in Japan and Germany for one of the leading German car and truck manufacturers. He came to South Africa in 2012 as the CFO of one of the largest manufacturing companies in the country. His leadership skills and passion for manufacturing led to his role as CEO in a medium-sized, South African, engine building firm, before founding Sustainable Power Generation in 2016.

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Gracia Munganga

Head of SustainSolar

Gracia is a trained chemical engineer with a Masters from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Born in the DRCongo, Gracia has honed her expertise in sustainability across various sectors during the last decade. Her work experience has spanned across renewable energy and waste policy, application engineering, and consulting with focus on energy access, energy efficiency and cleantech innovation. Today, Gracia heads SustainSolar’s operations and ensures projects are designed, built and delivered anywhere on the African continent to specification, at cost and on time.

 

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Winston Latham

Chief Financial Officer

Winston is an experienced Chartered Accountant (CA) with board-level experience in various industries, both in South Africa and internationally. He headed up finance at Richard Branson’s (Virgin Group) largest interest in South Africa, building financial and governance systems into businesses that grew from start-ups to established market leaders. He left Virgin to pursue a career in clean energy, initially in utility-scale renewable energy, then joining the Sustain team in 2020.