Kathea Energy to bring Tesla Powerwall into South Africa

The world-renowned Tesla Powerwall, a lithium-ion home battery system charged with solar energy that can provide power after sunset, is en route for South Africa.

Commonly referred to as ‘the game changer’ in the renewable energy sector, the Powerwall has the collective expertise of over 10 years of Tesla’s automotive programs supporting the technology.


“We’re really delighted to be bringing the Tesla Powerwall into South Africa and to be working with a company like Tesla Energy going forward,” said Greg Darke, Chairman of Kathea Energy. Kathea was selected by Tesla Energy to bring the Tesla Powerwall into South Africa by demonstrating excellent customer service and technical expertise.


“We’re ahead of schedule,” continued Darke. “The product is expected in the country by the end of February, and Kathea’s installation and product training has already begun.”


The Tesla Powerwall is celebrated as a cost-effective way to supplement renewable energy sources for both industrial as well as home markets, and has a positive impetus for the sometimes-constrained South African energy market. It offers the following relevant functions, amongst others:


Self-consumption of solar energy – To increase the amount of solar energy a home directly consumes.


Backup – To provide backup power to a home or small business.


Load Shifting – to shift local energy consumption from one point in time to another.


The Powerwall system comprises lithium-ion batteries, and while these have a greater initial cost than the regular lead-acid batteries that are being utilized in many domestic South African installations, this needs to be put into a very simple perspective.


In essence, lithium-on batteries have a lifespan of 3-4 times that of lead acid batteries, and this actually results in a lower lifetime cost per kWh stored and discharged.


The Powerwall system comes in at 0.86m wide, 1,3m tall and weighing in at 95kg.


It can be charged by the power grid, and/or paired with solar panels. The Powerwall has continuous and peak power of 3.3kW, with 6.4kWh of energy.

About Kathea


Kathea is a 20-year-old South African award-winning business and a specialist market maker representing renowned brands such as Polycom, Microsoft, Jabra and Extron.




Kathea Energy is one of South Africa’s most established and respected specialist businesses offering value-added distribution. Kathea Energy has partnered with SolarEdge and Tesla Powerwall to bring you innovative alternative energy solutions.





For more info on Kathea Energy contact Sabine Moser on sabine.moser@kathea.co.za

August 2015

Kathea Selected as PV Supplier of Pioneering SolarEdge Products in South Africa

Cape Town, August 25, 2015 – SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (SolarEdge) – a global leader in PV inverters, power optimisers and module-level monitoring services – has selected Kathea, an established business offering value-added distribution, as a supplier of SolarEdge products in South Africa.

“Entering the alternative energy space was an easy step as our unceasing electricity dilemma cannot be ignored. The solar space is a high growth industry and one that we are well catered to serve. The challenge was sourcing a quality product that meets our high standards. To that end I am delighted with our new Solar Edge relationship that ticks all the boxes in product, roadmap and shared business vision.” – Richard Henn, Kathea CEO

SolarEdge provides an intelligent inverter solution that has changed the way power is harvested and managed in photovoltaic systems. The SolarEdge DC optimised inverter system maximises power generation at the individual PV module-level while lowering the cost of energy produced by the PV system. The SolarEdge system consists of power optimisers, inverters and a cloud-based monitoring platform for module-level monitoring, fault detection and remote troubleshooting. The SolarEdge solution addresses a broad range of solar market segments, from residential PV installations to commercial and small utility-scale projects. SolarEdge also offers StorEdge™, a DC coupled storage solution that automatically provides homeowners with backup power in case of grid interruption and allows maximising self-consumption. The StorEdge™ solution is compatible with the Tesla Powerwall and will be available in South Africa in the beginning of 2016.

Although Kathea is a newcomer in the energy space, they are better positioned than the rest of the market, having a long and distinguished history in building channel businesses and new routes to market for global vendors. They are also 100% channel-centric and therefore do not sell direct or compete with their own channel in any way.

Kathea aims to build local markets for SolarEdge, by involving a small number of vendors in high growth industries, where the competition is limited. Furthermore, Kathea plans to be an end-to-end distributor of PV systems and are close to making further exciting announcements with high quality PV and battery vendors to complete their solution set.

“As one of the leading global inverter companies, SolarEdge is pleased that our optimised products are part of the Kathea family product offering,” said Joachim Nell, General Manager of Africa & Emerging Markets at SolarEdge. “By aligning ourselves with a respected organisation with established business channels like Kathea, we plan to bring cost-effective and innovative PV solutions to the South African market. We look forward to working together to elevate the solar experience.”

About Kathea: Kathea is one of South Africa’s most established and respected specialist businesses offering value-added distribution. Their history extends back to 1996, when the first seeds of Information Technology were conceived. Kathea is the master distributor for a number of global IT and Energy vendors in Southern Africa including Polycom, Extron Electronics, Jabra, Asure Software and now Solar Edge. As a leader in innovation, their success is reflected by the calibre of their channel partners who service the majority of SMEs, public sector and more than 90% of South Africa’s Top 40 listed companies.

Richard Henn – CEO
Tel: +27 (0) 11 844 9900
Email: Richard.Henn@kathea.co.za
Johannesburg, South Africa