Why should I go solar?

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Frequently asked questions

What are the financial benefits of solar energy?

When you install a solar energy system on your property, you will save money on your electricity bills and protect your hard earned finances against rising electricity rates in the future. How much you can save depends on the utility rates but going solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live.

What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?

Solar power has many environmental and health benefits. Going solar reduces greenhouse gas emissions and which also results in fewer air pollutants like sulphur dioxide and particulate matter, which can cause health problems.

How does solar impact my property values?

Studies have shown that homes and residents with solar energy systems sell for more than without them. However, your property value will only increase if you own, rather than lease, your solar panel system. In most parts of the country, having solar will actually increase your property value more than a kitchen renovation.

Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?

The amount of power your solar energy system can produce and generate is dependent on the amount of sunlight. Your solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and no energy at night. However, because of high electricity costs and financial incentives, solar is a smart decision even if you live in a cloudy town or city

Can I go off grid with solar panels?

When you install solar panels on your property, you will still be connected to the grid. This allows you to draw from the grid when your system is not producing all of the power that you need. It is possible to go off the grid with a solar energy system that includes battery storage, but it will cost significantly more and is unnecessary for the majority of homeowners.

Will I still receive an electric bill if I have solar panels?

Unless your solar energy system includes battery storage and you are fully off the grid, you will still receive a bill from your utility. However, you can dramatically reduce your bill.

How do Solar Panels work?

The silicone cell is responsible for taking sun-rays and storing it in DC energy. From there, it runs through an inverter to establish an AC current that you can use inside your home or business.

How strong are the Panels?

The manner in which solar panels are manufactured with an aluminium frame and tempered glass to protect the interior cells make it possible for solar panels to survive typical South African weather.

How long do they last?

Warranties on solar panels usually range between ten years or less, it does however not mean that panels stop being efficient at this time. The level of efficiency however decreases as time goes by.
In fact, solar panels can still collect sunrays for twenty years or more.

Panel maintenance

It literally comes down to keeping the protective glass clean and to check if there are any obstructions that may block direct sunlight.

How much do they cost?

Solar Panels have never been more affordable or efficient than they are today. This makes it one of the most practical choices for switching to solar energy.

What about installation?

When you work with professionals, the installation should be fairly quick and straightforward, just ask us and we will be happy to give you the right advice when selecting your installer.

Help when choosing the right Solar Panel

Depending on your budget and your energy needs, you can easily balance all four of these elements with the solar panels we have on offer. If you’re not sure which one is right for your Solar Power System just ask us and we can help guide you.


Inverters/Inverter Batteries

What is an inverter?

An inverter takes DC power (from a battery or solar panel, for example) and converts it into alternating current (AC) “household” power for running electronic equipment and appliances.

Why are they called inverters?

Originally converters were large rotating electromechanical devices used to convert AC to DC. It is what you have to do if you don’t have semiconductor or vacuum tube rectifiers. Essentially they combined a synchronous ac motor with a commutator so that the commutator reversed its connections to the ac line exactly twice per cycle. The results is ac-in dc-out (with a lot of switching noise thrown in). If you invert the connections to a converter you put dc in and get ac out. Hence an inverter is an inverted converter

Do lithium batteries need a special inverter?

Inverters. Typically, inverters do not mind running on lithium batteries. As long as they are in the right voltage range (12, 24, or 48 volts), they should work. … Lithium battery manufacturers will provide a recommended low voltage cutout for inverters

These batteries form part of the newest in Solar Battery technology. They have  low toxicity level, well-defined performance and long term stability 

  • kWh – Kilowatt Hour
  • kWh is a measurement of energy.
  • It corresponds to using 1kW of power for an hour.
  • DOD stands for Depth of Discharge.

Typically, the DOD of LiFePO4 solar batteries is between 80% and 100%. Traditional batteries (Lead-Acid) have a DOD of 50%

Therefore, you can use 80% of the battery daily and still manage to prolong the life of the battery.

What is the Life Span?

The lifespan of Lithium-ion Solar Batteries is 5000+ cycles. Compared to Lead-Acid batteries which stand at 300 – 1350 cycles.

You can expect a LiFePO4 battery to last upwards of 10 years!

How Many Lithium-ion Batteries Can I Connect?

Depending on the brand, you can add many batteries together.

The real magic of LiFePO4 solar batteries is that you have the power of choice over the capacity. If you decide to start small, you can always add more batteries as your needs change.

Brand Compatibility

While you can connect two different sized batteries, they will need to be of the same brand.

The LiFePO4 batteries are the safest Lithium batteries available.

Here’s why:

  1. They are thermally and chemically stable.
  2. They stay cool in high temperatures – perfect for South Africa.
  3. They are incombustible, even when mishandled.
  4. The Phosphate cathode  will not burn or explode .
  5. They are disposed of far more easily than other batteries because they are nontoxic

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