Rubicon

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The Rubicon Group

Rubicon forms part of Rubicon Group, positioning it perfectly to collaborate on projects and provide expert solutions that meet the needs of every client.

The world is undergoing a fundamental shift towards sustainable energy, resource efficiency and independence, and automation. Rubicon Group drives this transition through advancing the adoption of transformative technologies such as:

• renewable energy generation and storage;
• electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
• factory, warehouse, building and home automation;
• efficient lighting and lighting automation;
• holistic insights, analytics and monitoring
Our partner offering includes a curated basket of technology products, analytical services and online tools, an omni-channel purchasing experience, end-to-end logistics, access to finance, technical support and monitoring.

Rubicon Group’s head office is in Cape Town, South Africa, and the group operates across South Africa and in select African and European markets, employing nearly 500 staff.

Our sister site: www.rubiconlighting.com

Energy

Rubicon Energy is a product and services hub focused on the decentralisation, digitalisation and decarbonisation of energy in emerging markets. Dynamic and passionate, we understand the importance of innovation, cutting-edge technology, customer satisfaction and technical support. We are the preferred local channel partner and brand champion for the world’s leading renewable technologies. We supplement this with an omni-channel purchasing experience, and technical, engineering and logistical support services to our partners.

Rubicon was originally established in 1986 as a distribution company to the South African manufacturing industry. In 1996 Rubicon entered the renewable energy sector and Rubicon Energy was formed. Today we are the largest supplier of solar systems and components to the commercial sector in South Africa. We also provide clean energy storage, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and solar lighting. Rubicon Energy is a convenient products and services marketplace for large and small customers. We strive to deliver sustainable technology to homes, businesses and communities. We have key supply partners across the globe and offices in five major South African cities, as well as Windhoek, Namibia, which serve as training, technical support and services hubs.

As a cleantech product development house and an end-to-endprocurement and logistics partner, we also proudly form the central hub of any energy project for the component manufacturer, developer, EPC, installer, financier and energy-user. Rubicon Energy strives to deliver exceptional service, innovative solutions, up-to-date technology, and high-quality products at competitive prices. Ensuring customer satisfaction is our priority. We are committed to developing our employees to their fullest potential, apply the highest standards of business ethics in line with good corporate governance, and are fully BBBEE compliant.

Rubicon Energy provides energy analysis support
to partners by gathering data on significant
energy users (SEU) at customer sites. Using this
and other behaviour information, we conduct
energy modelling for the site. We benchmark
sites to similar buildings to compare energy
performance and do energy savings simulations
for specific energy interventions to determine if
they are feasible. When determining the feasibility
of a project we take various factors into account,
including return on investment, and the longevity
of the technology. By metering and verifying
energy use before and after energy interventions
are installed we can come up with a customised
energy plan and energy management solution
for each site, thereby helping our partners to
understand their clients energy needs better and
be able to offer a tailored solution.

Our customers rely on us to assist them to design
systems that are energy efficient, sustainable
and incorporate renewable energy. We help our
partners to select equipment and design solutions
using information gathered through energy
modelling, while system specifications are created
based on the client and site requirements. The
solutions we use include solar PV, energy storage,
metering, lighting, HVAC controls, building
management systems, electric vehicle charging
infrastructure, load controls, and more.

Our logistics experts ensure goods are correctly
consolidated, rigged, loaded and transported to
our customers’ regional, national and international
projects. We undertake component consolidation
and kitting for large project roll-outs and facilitate
pre-export verification certification (PVoC) for
export/import compliance.

Rubicon Energy is regarded as a trusted energy
advisor and provides honest feedback on energy
audit findings. We understand that customers
need tangible information to make well-informed
decisions. We formulate information packs for our customers by collating data from the energy
analysis and provide design support so that end users
know which solution to choose from. Our
financial simulations and return on investment
calculations relate energy savings to monetary
savings. We use our deep understanding of energy
efficiency interventions and its benefits to identify
energy savings opportunities and create solutions
through energy interventions.

We provide technical backup and support in various
areas, including equipment selection; system
integration; commissioning; maintenance support
through online energy monitoring; and post installation
equipment support, repairs and warranty
facilitation. Rubicon Energy also offers installation
training, system performance simulations, and
saving verification through metering and verification
processes.

Rubicon Energy offers industry-body accredited
solar PV training courses and customer
accreditation for certain equipment. We also
provide basic and in-depth installation guides.

Rubicon Energy has an extensive network of finance providers able to provide funding solutions to our customers across all segments of the renewables market. This includes: South African commercial banks providing loans to residential and commercial customers; specialised asset financiers; and IPPs providing PPA, lease or rent-to-own solutions. Rubicon Energy’s online tools enables customers to calculate finance options for their projects and access financing in the least time possible, and at competitive rates.

Automation

Rubicon was originally established in 1986 as a distribution company to the South African manufacturing industry. We expanded rapidly and our regional offices in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Johannesburg, East London, and Mpumalanga now serve the whole of southern and South Africa. Today we are one of the largest suppliers of industrial automation technologies in South Africa. Customers can expect short lead times as we maintain a large stock holding and exclusive rights to leading automation technologies. With Rubicon Automation’s support, clients can efficiently and cost-effectively automate factory lines to improve quality and efficiency and to ensure all dangerous equipment is safely automated. Rubicon Automation strives to deliver exceptional service, innovative solutions, up-to-date technology, and high-quality products at competitive prices. Ensuring customer satisfaction is our priority. We are committed to developing our employees to their fullest potential, apply the highest standards of business ethics in line with good corporate governance, and are fully BBBEE compliant.

We train system integrators, OEMs and
end-users on how to install, integrate, use,
maintain and troubleshoot our technologies.

Our in-house engineers are available to
provide on-site technical and application
support for all the products we represent.

Rubicon Automation is a multi-source
vendor providing a one-stop solution for all
industrial automation needs. Manufacturers
can outsource all automation procurement
to Rubicon Automation for reduced costs
and lead times, and minimised admin.

Rubicon Automation has warehousing
and delivery capabilities across southern
Africa. We can store stock and deliver to
site at nearly any location in the region.

Lighting

Rubicon Lighting is the leading supplier of specialised, certified, commercial, industrial, retail and architectural lighting solutions. We offer bespoke, specialised luminaires using a combination of imported and locally procured products, as well as tailormade luminaires manufactured in our production facility.

Rubicon Lighting is a leader in the latest lighting technologies and keeps up to date with global trends by attending international lighting trade fairs including Light & Building, Euroluce, Euroshop and the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair. The country’s top architects, electrical engineers and contractors make use of our expertise and products. Our in-house design team uses the latest design software to provide customers with accurate lighting simulations, layouts, proposals and ROI calculations.

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