How auto shops are transforming to stay in business during load shedding in South Africa
Tiger Wheel and Tire Fourways can now run on solar power.
- Tiger Wheel and Tire comes out of the grid by harnessing the power of the sun.
- Fourways, Johannesburg Outlet is the first to run solely on solar power.
- In the first phase, 16 chain tire stores are transitioning to self-sufficiency.
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Running a business in South Africa can be difficult these days, especially when it comes to load shedding. You never know, until the last minute, if you’re going to be without electricity for two hours or four hours – sometimes even longer. If you run a business that relies on electricity, like a tire and wheel store, you’ll need “power” to stay in business.
Tiger Wheel and Tire (TWT) has just announced that it is disconnecting its stores from the power grid to ensure the viability of its operations in the future as South Africa continues to face an ongoing energy crisis. The company’s store at Fourways in Johannesburg is the first in the Tiger Wheel and Tire chain to complete the switch to solar power.
A first for tire shops in South Africa
It is only the first store to switch to solar power, as Tiger Wheel and Tire continues its mission to prioritize a neutral carbon footprint with all stores running on solar power within the next three years. Company spokespersons say several assembly centers are currently in various stages of transition.
Tiger Wheel and Tire cemented their decision to use renewable energy for several reasons. Chief among these is the brand’s stated responsibility to ensure a healthier future for generations to come.
Other key factors driving this decision include soaring energy prices and the uncertainty of load shedding in South Africa. Alex Taplin, CEO of TiAuto Investments, is passionate about the project: “We must take active steps to use clean and renewable energy sources to reduce our impact on the environment. Cutting-edge technology that embraces sustainability is now readily available. , so it would be very negligent of us not to integrate these technologies and their obvious benefits into our day-to-day operations.”
Massive reductions in carbon dioxide emissions
Taplin adds, “The benefits of solar energy are tangible and measurable. As an example, if we take only the initial pilot project of the Fourways store, we envisage a reduction of more than 28,000 kg of carbon dioxide emissions per year. This is the equivalent of 64 trees saved.”
He explains that once TWT fully transitions the Phase 1 stores of this solar-powered electrification project, 16 outlets, it will reduce the emissions equivalent of more than 560,000 kg of carbon dioxide. carbon and will reduce its oil equivalent by 80,000 liters per year. This is equivalent to saving 1,200 trees per year.
“We call on other businesses to switch to sustainable energy, because we will all benefit in the end,” concludes Taplin.
Tiger Wheel and Tire’s solar solution allows stores to continue operating as normal without reducing service offerings during load shedding. In addition, thanks to increasing self-sufficiency from a power supply perspective, the company’s electrical system is now even more stable and, to a lesser extent, we can help by reducing dependence on an already overloaded Eskom network.
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