Peter Wyk Obituary, Death Cause – It is with heavy hearts that the Rainbow Power family shares the somber news of the passing of our beloved founder, Peter “Pedals” van der Wyk. The world has lost a true pioneer in the Renewable Energy Industry, and we have lost a cherished friend, mentor, and visionary. Pete’s passion for renewable energy was the driving force of his life, and his legacy as an author of the seminal work on homemade energy systems, “Energy From Nature,” will forever illuminate the path for future generations. He dedicated his life to exploring and harnessing the power of nature for the betterment of our world.
Peter’s ingenuity knew no bounds, evident in his pedal-powered juicer, which catapulted him into the spotlight on shows like “That’s Incredible” and “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” in the early 80s. His unwavering commitment to renewable energy gave birth to his “dream child” in the late 80s—Rainbow Power Company. Long before the Clean Energy Council and TAFE-approved Solar courses, Peter’s pioneering spirit led to the creation of the first Off-Grid Solar accreditation. His vision and dedication provided many titans of the industry with their first taste of renewable energy.
Even in retirement, a few years ago, Peter continued to pursue his passion relentlessly. He would visit Rainbow Power Company at least once a week, gathering components for his latest project, never letting his innovative spirit wane. The loss of Peter “Pedals” van der Wyk reverberates through the entire Rainbow Power family. His wisdom, guidance, and unrelenting passion have left an indelible mark on our hearts and our mission. As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate the extraordinary life he lived and the legacy he leaves behind. Peter will be profoundly missed by all of us, but his spirit will forever shine brightly through Rainbow Power Company. Rest in peace, dear Peter, and may your journey into the infinite be as innovative and inspiring as the life you shared with us.