Cottrade offered a brokerage service for small scale farmers based in Kadoma, Rashinga, Gokwe and Chegutu.
Due to the locations of the offices they were affected by extended power cuts which made them easy targets for theft. In addition to this daily reporting and office work could not be maintained due to the lack of power.
The primary objective given to Alternative Energy Consultants and Specialised Services was to provide a suitable backup power system to run energy saving lights, two desk top computers with printers, V-sat internet system and an electric fence system to offer security.
Utilizing 2 x 600 Watt inverters, a 210Ah 12 Volt battery bank, a solar array of 128 Watts and supplementary charging from a 20 Amp mains charger this was achieved.