SOLAR 101

SOLAR PANELS

BACKUP vs PANELS

INVERTER UNIT

SOLAR METER

OFF GRID

GRID TIED

HYBRID SYSTEM

THE GRID

SOLAR PANELS

Solar panels are made up of silicon cells which absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity. This is achieved through something known as the photovoltaic effect. The photovoltaic effect is the generation of voltage and electric current in a material upon exposure to light.

BACKUP vs PANELs

We offer 2 different types of alternative energy solutions. Battery only and Solar PV panels plus battery. A battery backup system will essentially give you a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to keep your essentials running during a power failure. A Solar and battery system will allow you to generate your own electricity and start to make big savings on your utility bill, whilst also having all the advantages of a backup battery system.

INVERTER UNIT

A solar inverter is a type of electrical converter that converts the direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic solar panel into alternating current (AC). Alternating current is the type of electrical current that is needed to power your household.

SOLAR METER

By using a meter to monitor the output of your solar panels you can always be sure of the performance of your system. With the technology we install you can monitor the health of your system online.

OFF GRID

I do not have an electricity supply and require an alternative source of electricity.

For a home or business that does not have a grid connection (usually far from grid connection points) namely: holiday home, telecom repeater, lighthouse or farm.

GRID TIED

I want to reduce my monthly electricity cost.

A grid-tied system can reduce your carbon footprint and electricity bill by providing part of the electricity consumed from the PV system.

HYBRID SYSTEM

I want to be unaffected by load shedding.

A grid-tied system with battery back-up has the same advantages as a grid-tied system. In addition, such a system allows you to use solar energy in the evenings and on cloudy days as well as during load shedding.

THE GRID

‘The Grid’ is the term used to define the national power grid. It is the infrastructure which transports electricity from the power plants to your home. In essence this is Eskom. Your power system will be tied to the grid, allowing you to still have access to power when the sun doesn’t shine or when you are charging your backup batteries.