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Versofy SOLAR’s proudly South African entrepreneurial journey

In many a business origin story, there’s the legendary big idea written on a napkin, the perfect elevator pitch heard by the right person at the right time. Less fabled are the great ideas that didn’t quite work as planned, the hours of cold-calling, or the tough but necessary 180-degree…

In many a business origin story, there’s the legendary big idea written on a napkin, the perfect elevator pitch heard by the right person at the right time. Less fabled are the great ideas that didn’t quite work as planned, the hours of cold-calling, or the tough but necessary 180-degree turns a business might make before it finally carves out a place in
the market. Versofy SOLAR’s journey encapsulates the spirit of South African entrepreneurship, highlighting adaptability and perseverance as cornerstones of business success.

A journey of transformation

From its inception in 2014 as a self-storage aggregation website, the business has reinvented itself through various industries. From an expansive marketplace for professional services to focusing on property management solutions, we have consistently refined our vision. This process of constant evolution was catalysed further by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, which despite causing significant disruptions, also presented an opportunity for strategic reflection and redirection. The shift to solar energy was a bold move, driven by South African’s demand for renewable
solutions to power their homes. Bring on the sunshine

Our CEO Ross Mains-Sheard, with a background in civil engineering with a passion for sustainability, alongside co-founder Angus Henderson, identified a significant market gap. They realised that while the demand for renewable energy solutions was high, financial barriers often hindered access. With this in mind, Versofy SOLAR started to
transform from servicing a niche market to reaching broader demographics. Offering flexible payment options and collaborating with top-tier installers, we have proudly led the way in making solar energy accessible to more South African households.

To date we have successfully installed over 50,000 solar panels that power more than 4,000 households. This initiative not only brings light to homes but also contributes to a substantial reduction in carbon footprints, generating over 35,000,000 kWh annually. This effort supports the local economy and provides a buffer against the impacts of load
shedding, enhancing the quality of life for many.

The South African entrepreneurial spirit

We believe that entrepreneurship should be deeply intertwined with a commitment to community and purpose. The challenges within South Africa are obstacles that can be overcome if we see them as opportunities for meaningful innovation and impact. The more avenues there are for entrepreneurs to learn and network, the more South African
entrepreneurial spirit can flourish and reach its full potential.

Embracing technology

Versofy SOLAR has embraced technology not only as a tool for business operations but as an integral component of our service offerings. The latest avenue for creating meaningful value-added services to help Versofy SOLAR customers live lighter is the recent introduction of our proudly local Versofy HOME app as well the upcoming launch of our solar-boosted smart geysers and home water solutions. (If you’re already a Versofy customer – make sure to download the HOME app for Apple or Android devices.)

A vision for tomorrow

We’re about creating a sustainable future, fostering a sense of community, and continuously innovating to meet the needs of the present while anticipating those of the future. The Versofy SOLAR flavour of entrepreneurship is centered on how we can turn great ideas into solutions that make a tangible difference to people, communities, and by
extension, South Africa and the world.

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