Solar Energy Ready to Go Green?
In order to understand whether a system is grid-tied or off-grid, all PV systems must be registered so that the municipality can confirm if the system is connected to the grid or not and so off-grid systems are not mistaken for unauthorised grid-tied systems.
Green Energy For Your Business
Green Energy For Your Home
Which is better on-grid or off-grid solar systems?
How much solar do I need?
Can 10kw Power a House?
10kW solar systems are among the most popular solar energy system sizes in South Africa, producing enough electricity to power a home with slightly above-average electricity consumption.
The industry standard life span is about 25 to 30 years.
Selling Homes faster with Solar Installed.
According to a recent Zillow report, homes with solar panels sell on average for 4.1% more than comparable homes without solar across the US. A study conducted by Berkeley Lab, also found that homes with solar panels tend to sell faster than those without.
How long do Solar Batteries last?
Home solar battery units last anywhere between 5 and 15 years. If you decide to install a solar battery today, it’s almost certain you’ll need a replacement in the future to match the 20- to 30-year lifespan of your solar power system
How It Works
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5KW Solar System
A 5kW solar kit requires up to 400 square feet of space. 5kW or 5 kilowatts is 5,000 watts of DC direct current power. This could produce an estimated 650 kilowatt hours (kWh) of alternating current (AC) power per month, assuming at least 5 sun hours per day with the solar array facing North.
6KW Solar System
A 6kW Solar Kit requires up to 345 square feet of space. 6kW or 6 kilowatts is 6,000 watts of DC direct current power. This could produce an estimated 400 to 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of alternating current (AC) power per month, assuming at least 5 sun hours per day with the solar array facing North.
10KW Solar System
How much electricity does a 10kW solar system generate? In total, this system generates about 10,000 watts of electricity per hour as defined by laboratory Standard Test Condition (STC) results. This breaks down to an average of between 29 and 46 kWh per day.
What Size Solar System Do You Need?
Clean. Renewable. Efficient.
The challenges of traditional energy sources
- Continual price increases
- Energy uncertainty due to load shedding and infrastructure constraints
- The global need to go be more ‘Green’ and sustainable
Reasons your business should consider solar power
Solar power is good for the environment
Understand the true current economic impact on your business operating models. Adjust your business plans to accommodate for digital transformation of sales, service and people management.
Solar power creates less electricity loss
Solar power transported from your rooftop travels a shorter distance than electricity transported over long distances. This equates to less power losses. Also, the chances of service interruption are minimised.
Solar power improves grid security
One day, all solar installations may feed into the national grid as we can already see in some municipalities such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, and some rural Eskom areas.
Solar power enhances income generating potential
Solar power increases the value and desirability of your property in terms of saleability and letability. A solar power solution can be financed at the same time as the property, thereby improving your cash flow.
Solar power improves business continuity
Power interruptions can have a devastating financial impact on any business. A business without power, being unable to earn revenue, still has to pay all of its overheads. A solar power system might seem like a considerable investment initially but it can provide multiple financial advantages in the long run, especially related to business continuity.
Solar power offers choice
There are three main categories when opting for solar energy:
- A grid-tied solution
This is one of the most cost effective solar power solutions where solar panels and a dedicated grid-tied inverter feed directly into your distribution board and offset your power costs. This can save between 30 to 50% on your electricity bill. However, it does not function in the event of power interruption.
- An off-grid solution
This is system is disconnected from the utility and is dependent on sunny skies for energy. Consequently, it is not commercially viable in all cases.
- A combination of solutions
This hybrid system provides the best of the savings of a grid-tied system, but with back-up power addressing the business continuity component.
Solar power can be personalised
Every business has differing needs and that there is no single solution. One customer may be looking to reduce energy costs; another’s primary concern is energy interruption; and for another it is a very simple journey to energy efficiency using LED globes.
Solar power is advancing
The solar panel and inverter market has evolved in recent years to the extent that the market is now determined mostly by supply and demand. There are still further advancements expected on battery technology and the next game changer is said to be solar panels that include storage capability.