Our renewable energy solutions for residential customers include:
Photovoltaic (PV) systems – inverters, battery storage, solar panels and UPS configurations
Photovoltaic (PV) systems make use of the sun to generate electricity during daylight hours. If you have a hybrid PV system with batteries connected…
Water heating solutions - solar geysers and heat pumps
The geyser is by far one of the biggest electricity guzzlers and installing a heat pump or solar water geyser can dramatically reduce your energy consumption…
Energy consultancy services and energy auditing
Knowledge is power and knowledge of where your power is going can save you a lot of money. The importance of understanding where your electricity gets used…
Installations and project management
We only supply and install products that have a proven track record and are backed by tier 1 manufacturers with the financial backing and in-country presence to honour all product guarantees and warranty claims.
How to get off the grid, step-by step
Any investment you make into a solar PV solution must be with a long-term view to getting you closer to grid independence, step-by-step. It’s crucial to consider where South Africa’s energy future is headed, and what this means for your home, your business, your productivity and your security.
Any investment you make into a solar PV solution must be with a long-term view to getting you closer to grid independence, step-by-step.
It’s crucial to consider where South Africa’s energy future is headed, and what this means for your home, your business, your productivity and your security.
Balancing affordability and quality
There are few people that can afford to drop around R300k upfront on a big enough system to drop Eskom permanently. To take this journey in a phased approach, it is very important that you start with the right equipment and solutions from the outset to avoid technology redundancy down the line or as your needs change.
To do this, you need a scalable, quality solar PV hybrid solution that takes care of your immediate needs for back-up power during load shedding and power failures and allows you to scale up in future to self-generation by adding solar panels.
You simply cannot do this with the many cheap inverters flooding the market and being touted by fly-by-night salesmen. Anyone who tells you that a R8-10k inverter is good enough to take you towards grid independence is telling you a bare-faced lie. If it were that easy, everyone would have done it long ago.
Where to start - the basics
If you’re going to be investing in any solution to load shedding and high electricity costs, invest in a quality hybrid inverter and lithium-ion battery back-up, initially configured as a back-up UPS type solution to provide backup only during outages. Then, as budget allows, expand with solar panels to generate your own power, providing back-up AND saving you a fortune in electricity costs. Not all inverters offer this scalable functionality so it’s essential to work with a renewable energy partner who is experienced in this field and understands and works with your long-term objectives.
And if you want to radically reduce your monthly electricity costs at the same time and take your grid independence next level, take your water heating off the grid with a solar geyser. An electric geyser accounts for between 30-40% of your monthly electricity usage in your home, so this is the most crucial starting point to reducing your daily electricity load, and which means you can also buy a smaller and more affordable PV solution.
As your budget allows, add solar panels which means your system will generate its own electricity and charge your batteries using the sun’s energy, and not the grid. If you need additional and longer battery back-up to supply more of your home/office electricity requirements, you can also add more Li-ion batteries. Li-ion batteries have a phenomenal life span – with 6000 cycles at an 80% DOD – that’s a lifespan of 16 years (based on one cycle per day)!
By splitting your essential and non-essential loads at your distribution board, a 4.6kW inverter with 1 x 3.5kWh Pylontech battery, 4kW solar panels and a solar geyser will take an average household currently using around 25kWh of power per day to around 80-90% off the grid.
Add another battery at a later stage if needed, and you’ll have an incredible solar PV system that will have you living virtually grid-free. No more outrageous electricity bills and you won’t even know when there is load shedding or a power outage.
the Phased Approach
Starting your journey this way in a phased approach is a massive step towards grid-independence and lot more affordable than people realise. If your power requirements are more than this (after putting energy efficiency measures in place), then you can also start with a bigger inverter from the outset and build up in the same way as described above.
With the advances in solar technology and pricing, you can hedge your electricity costs for the next 20-25 years and secure your supply at less than half the price that Eskom can supply it, by making savvy investment decisions today. Any investment you are going to make into alternative energy solutions must take into account the long-term view of where SA’s security of electricity supply and costs are headed.
Avoid at all costs the cheap, quick fixes sold by the many unqualified fly-by-nights who have popped up, with even more questionable tech offerings and sub-standard installation quality. Track record, technical expertise and competence, safety standards, quality products, warranties and back-up and after-sales support are critical aspects to consider in choosing your renewable energy partner to walk this journey with you. Click here to learn more about what to look at when choosing your solution.