The Agri Business constitutes a big segment of our market. There are various categories that would fall under the Agri banner. We started installing our online measuring equipment at the premises of Rainbow Chicken and saw the benefits quite clearly after measuring began. We could calculate the cost per chicken and establish a benchmark of the production facility and surrounding processes, this helped us in determining a plan for the more effective use of energy.
This was mainly done by installing online meters along the processing route, with the data we received back, we could point out choking points in regards to energy usage. By eliminating these, we created a more effective production line by using the same energy input. This was a excellent staging ground for other businesses like Cold Storage (CCS Logistics), Red meat Abattoirs (Excellent Meats), Packaging (Nampak) and many more. By measuring the electricity consumption of the businesses involved with our online meter, we could save a lot on the clients energy bill, due to effective use of energy and by various other services like power factor surveys, to stop energy wastage.
Detailed measurement also allowed engineers to target specific areas for energy interventions and measured the results of any projects implemented.
Several sites have used the data for bill verification exercises with great results. The Bill Verification exercise became even more important in areas with less efficient city councils (such as Johannesburg) where we see many sites using Power-Star data purely for bill verification purposes. It is critical to make sure you are billed correctly, as any efficiency projects will only show expected financial benefits if the billing is correct.