Why solar power?
Solar energy from the sun is free and can be harnessed to produce electricity. Why not plug into the sun for energy? By choosing to go solar, you will be saving money each month and helping to preserve our planet for future generations.
How do photovoltaic (PV) solar panels convert solar energy into electricity?
In short, solar panels convert “light” energy from the sun into electricity. They capture photons and convert them to direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter, an essential component of all solar PV systems then converts the DC electricity from your solar PV panels into alternating current (AC). This electricity will be delivered at the same voltage, 230V for single phase in South Africa, as your municipal power. Depending on the required application, either a single-phase or three-phase inverter can be fitted.
HOW MUCH MONEY COULD I SAVE EACH MONTH FROM MY OWN SOLAR PV SYSTEM?
The amount of money you could save each month is dependant on how much electricity you can supplement with electricity produced by your own solar PV system. Consider the following example of a family home that consumes R 2 000.00 (approximately 1 000 kWh) of electricity each month.
Children are home in the afternoon, washing and ironing is done throughout the day and there may be a swimming pool pump running as well. In this instance there is potential for a monthly saving of R 800.00 provided all the electricity generated by the solar each day is consumed during the day, i.e. while the sun is shining.