Let Alpha Power help you save on electricity costs

If you are looking for optimal energy efficiency for your business, our power factor correction calculator can assist. A quick and easy process to decrease your monthly electricity costs.

The lockdown and COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 caused substantial financial strains for many businesses, 2021 is not looking any better. Now more than ever, companies need to find ways to cut back and save.

How can your business save

News24 reported in January that South Africa’s grid is once again under immense pressure and load shedding continues to be implemented. With this pressure, electricity costs will once again increase. We advise looking at your utility bill to calculate potential savings. Determine the highest costs within your business and then plan how these costs can be reduced.

Investing in PFC equipment

If you are a business within the manufacturing industry such as FMCG, milling, plastics processing or bottling plants, abattoirs or any other industry where many large motors are installed, your power usage would generally be high. Power Factor Correction equipment would assist in managing your power efficiency and therefore reducing your electricity costs.

Power factor correction (PFC) is the process of improving a low power factor present on a power system by means of installing Power Factor Correction (PFC) equipment and in doing so, increase the ratio of active power to apparent power.

The result of installing Power Factor Correction equipment is an increase in the ratio of active power to apparent power. This, therefore, improves efficiency and reduces overall cost, which reflects positively on the bottom line.

We only produce the best

Our capacitors are made out of polypropylene film, on which a thin layer of zinc/aluminium is sprayed, and they are PCB free. Should there be a breakthrough, the polypropylene film is self-healing, resulting in minimal loss of capacitance. Furthermore, we only source the best components for our power factor correction equipment;

  • All our equipment comes from Europe as a finished product. All systems are tested in Belgium before shipping to South Africa.
  • Alpha Power Solutions stock a large quantity of finished and semi-finished modular power factor correction systems and spare components, in South Africa. Any non-standard systems can be brought into the country within 1 to 2 weeks (air freight) or 6 to 8 weeks (sea freight), from receipt of order.

Calculating your power factor requirements

Now that you have understood what power factor correction is and the equipment required, you can now calculate your requirements. Alpha Power has made this an easy task with our power factor calculator.

The power factor correction calculator has been programmed to formulate your estimated savings.

How does it work

Easy to navigate and use, following these steps

  1. Insert the amount spend per month in Rands on electricity (on average)
  2. Insert which municipality bills you monthly
  3. Insert which industry your business is in

Following these three steps, a summary is provided which indicates the following estimates,

  • Required investment in PFC equipment in Rands
  • Monthly savings from PFC intervention in Rands
  • Payback period (months)
  • Net Benefit in Rands over the minimum life expectancy of the equipment, which is 10 years

Try it now and start saving!

Proof in actual savings

A recent case study showed an Abattoir in Gauteng managed to achieve a monthly saving of R110 000 after installing the right power factor correction equipment. The investment of the equipment was R450 000. That is a considerable saving and ensures long term profitability for the company.

Why choose Alpha Power Solutions

As a corporate member of the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency  Confederation  (SAEEC), an associate member of the Electrical Contractors Association of South Africa (ECASA) and with a Tier 1 Energy Services Company (ESCo) recognition level with the South African National Energy Development Institute  (SANEDI), we are in the best position to give you and your business the energy efficiency knowledge and savings you need. Contact us for any other questions you may have and which we haven’t covered here.

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