Going off the grid is always possible, but not necessarily always feasible. For isolated locations using generators, which are technically already off the grid, a full microgrid system (solar plus battery storage) can be extremely beneficial. If you are currently supplied by Eskom or a municipality, it is financially more attractive to subsidize your utility storage with solar power during solar producing hours. Battery storage is not yet feasible for utility powered locations; however, we see this to a change in the near future.
A Solar Farm is essentially large expanses of land, and are home to large numbers of solar panels or a collection of photovoltaic (PV) panels. There is however no official number of solar panels that are needed to make up a solar farm, or solar park but they are usually an installation of multiple solar panels, generally on small pillars covering an area of ground. Read more
Solar power works by converting light from the sun into electricity. This electricity can then be used in your home or exported to the grid when it’s not needed. This is then fed into a solar inverter which converts the DC electricity from your solar panels into AC (Alternating Current) electricity.
Factors like electricity rates, solar panel system cost, and financing method all play into how worth it solar will be for you
Most property owners can break even on their solar investment in 7 to 8 years. Learn more about our finance solution.
South Africa has some of the world’s best solar resource. Certain parts of the country such as the drier interior experience better solar irradiation than others. However, solar energy can work just about anywhere, and even South Africa’s poorest solar resourced region experiences substantially higher solar irradiation than Germany, which as a country has the world’s most solar installed.
Solar panels don’t damage your roof when installed properly
For most homeowners, installing solar panels will not result in roof damage as long as your solar installer is a licensed, qualified professional and your roof is in good condition.
Solar panels will not compromise the structural integrity of your roof, as roofs are designed and overbuilt to hold much more weight than a relatively light solar panel array. Additionally, since solar panels are installed at an angle, there is little risk of snow building up on the panels.