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RAMAPHOSA URGED SOUTH AFRICANS TO GET ROOFTOP SOLAR

President Cyril Ramaphosa said they intend to enable businesses and households to invest in rooftop solar to generate electricity. The President said South Africa has a great abundance of sun that should be used to generate electricity.

“There is significant potential for households and businesses to install rooftop solar and connect this power to the grid. “To incentivise greater uptake of rooftop solar, Eskom will develop rules and a pricing structure – known as a feed-in tariff – for all commercial and residential installations on its network.” – President Cyril Ramaphosa

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR SOUTH AFRICANS:

This means that those who can and have installed solar panels in their homes or businesses will be able to sell surplus power they don’t need to Eskom.

This comes only days after South Africans were fuming about reports of Eskom’s proposal to hike its fixed connection service fees as high as R938 for some customers. Data provided to MyBroadband by Eskom in July laid out the power utility’s intent to change its tariff structures in such a way that households who use less power pay higher fees.

THIS COMES DAYS AFTER REPORTS OF ESKOM PROPOSAL TO HIKE FIXED CONNECTION SERVICE

Under Eskom’s current fee structure, variable and fixed costs accumulated in producing electricity are paid for through a single electricity tariff — calculated per kWh of consumption.

Eskom reportedly told MyBroadband that tariffs need to be modernised to reflect the changing electricity environment to ensure fair recovery by all of the services to be provided by all grid users and the system.

The report furthermore states that while solar power users are not specifically mentioned or targeted by Eskom in its data, any households that make a concerted effort to lower their dependency on Eskom’s grid and end up using less grid power, as a result, would invariably draw the higher charges laid out in the proposal.

Solar Panel Installation Process

Transitioning to power from solar panels is an exciting step for homeowners. There are several steps in the process which ensure the homeowner gets a safe and reliable installation.

The process outlined below begins from the point of having an installer chosen. We suggest looking around and gathering more than one quote to be sure you are getting a fair offer. Our solar online shop allows you to do this easily by providing you with a system quote complete with installation costs. Once you have chosen your system the excitement really begins!

The Site Evaluation

During the site evaluation the installer comes to your home to verify the planned system design. (For our process, if the scope of work has changed, the initial contract is void and amendments are made). The installer will check the roof and attic, the electrical setup, and battery placement (if applicable).

System Design Approval

At this point, results of the site evaluation have come back and any changes needed are now to be approved. If there were changes from the original design, the homeowner may now review those changes and give feedback, or approve the final design before it’s sent for permit approval. Not only the aesthetics of the design are checked, but also the electrical work and system production

If you are interested in looking at your options for installing solar you can sign up and schedule a solar consultation to begin the design process. Soleil.Africa has plenty of options for you. With the help of a dedicated Energy Advisor, you’ll be given guidance through the process. Call us Now +27(0)60-404-4862

Installation

Installation just takes a few days, usually one to two. You don’t necessarily even need to be home during installation. This is when you let the professionals do their job and you can sit back and relax. Note that your power will likely need to be turned off for a few hours.

Utility Connection

The final step in turning your solar system on  The fee for this inspection and application for some utilities is zero and others can be a couple hundred, this cost is built into the contract price for our turnkey installations. After getting your (COC) Certificate of Compliance, the homeowner may turn on their system and begin producing their own energy!

This several step process has been created to regulate the solar industry and keep individuals as well as utility companies safe. Installing solar is an exciting process that not only improves your own home and provides grid-independence but also contributes to creating a more sustainable environment.

If you are interested in looking at your options for installing solar you can sign up and schedule a solar consultation to begin the design process. With the help of a dedicated Energy Advisor, you’ll be given guidance through the process.

Call us Today +27(0)60-404-4862

Solar For Your Business Will Reduce Your Costs

Solar PV has an important role to play towards the transition to a lower carbon intensive economy. It is likely that the impending direction for Solar PV will move towards more utility scale, off grid and rooftop installations; as well as more municipalities building on their SSEG processes and tariffs.

Those engaged in product manufacture and others in large factories and warehouses are generally using a substantial amount of electricity during daylight hours, which makes them excellent candidates for solar energy. Solar energy officially became the cheapest energy source in the world in 2016, surpassing wind and its fossil fuel counterparts like natural gas; this means solar power will save a manufacturer thousands of Rands over time on electricity costs and provides a hedge against energy price increases, making your company more competitive.

Let’s take a look at why solar is such a good fit for these industries:
• Most concerns operate during sunlight hours, however, with battery technology rapidly decreasing in price, even 24-hour operations can benefit from solar energy created during the day.
• Peak factory / floor energy use and peak power production from the PV solar system will generally coincide or be stored, which means no produced power goes to waste.
• Large-scale commercial solar systems are an even better deal in terms of long-term savings because of the economies of scale inherent in solar power. The cost of energy will decrease the larger the system is.
• If batteries are included in the design, power outages can be seamless and the exorbitant cost of running diesel generators can be obviated.
• Factories are known for having large flat roofs with ample roof space, offering an ideal installation site for solar panels.
• Carbon taxes are definitely a reality in South Africa’s future, thus it would be beneficial to start using renewable energy today.
• The greening of a company is a newsworthy upgrade that sets your business apart from others and offers huge marketing and competitive advantages.
Whether your operation is big or small, solar can reduce your electricity bill.

Solar power will save a manufacturer thousands of Rands over time on electricity costs and provides a hedge against energy price increases, making your company more competitive

Case Study

Commercial Building, Gauteng, 60kWp Grid Tie System
A Grid-Tie PV system was found to be the most ideal solution given the fact that the production profile of the PV system fitted well into the power usage profile of the company. The system generates approximately 90MWh per year and offers a high return on capital while reducing the operational expenditure of the company. This system has saved the client in the region of R750 000 since its installation in 2016. As electricity tariffs increase annually, the gap between the cost of self-generation and Eskom supplied power will increase, thus the sooner you make the move to solar the better.

Sources: www.sinetech.co.za / www.pvgreencard.co.za

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