15 November 2012 – Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has launched the e-learning website, Energy University, to provide the latest information and professional training on energy efficiency concepts and best practice.

In addition to providing course participants with new energy saving ideas, it assists them to become even more valuable employees by empowering them to save on energy and contribute to a healthier bottom line.

Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa) ombudsman, Carel Ballack, says the initiative was to be applauded.“Compared to developed countries in Europe and north America, South Africa’s sustainable and renewable energy sector is underdeveloped. Some 90% of its electricity is from coal fired power stations, ranking it in the top 15 global polluters.

“However, with its high levels of solar radiation – South Africa receives between 4.5 kWh/m2 and 6.5 kWh/m2 while parts of Europe receive only 2.5 kWh/m2 – the country has the potential to become one of the leading users of solar energy.

“A lack of education about energy usage and energy efficiencies is one stumbling block to achieving this. Schneider’s Energy University has the potential to reach many South Africans, assist them appreciate the need to switch to sustainable and efficient energy sources, and educate them on how best to achieve an energy efficient life- and work-style.