- Choose your ‘flavour’ to avoid loadshedding from R500 to R260 000
- Find out how a Solar Installation for your business will result in an immediate payback on your capex spend.
Today Eskom implemented rotational load shedding from Tuesday to Thursday saying that they would endeavour to keep the lights on for a 3 hour period between 06h00 and 09h00 daily so as to minimise the disruption to traffic.
Like the frog in the pot of water on the stove the heat (OR in ths case – the cold) just got turned on big time.
Slowly South Africans are being introduced to a future in which a central electricity supplier is unable to fill our needs.
The scramble is now on for alternative power sources to ‘fill in the load shedding gap”.
The easiest and quickest quick fix is via generators BUT generators are also the more expensive and intrusive option over renewable energy.
Next up is Eskom in a Box – an inverter in combination with different battery sizes to power the essentials = PC, TV, Router, Bar Fridge.
When it comes to renewable energy – solar leads the way as it is quiet, efficient and a long term (more than 25 year) solution. Couple solar with battery technology and we get a hybrid solar system.
Hybrid systems are a perfect solution as they will allow for:
- Self Consumption
- Push back into the Grid and reduce your overal electricity bill
- Power selected circuits (or your entire home) in the event of load shedding.
Some Loadshedding choices and example pricing:
- Up to R500: Gas Cookers, Solar Powerbanks, Gas Lights, Rechargeable Lights
- Up to R1000: A combination light, solar panel, cellphone charger – the Mobiya from Straton Solar
- Up to R6500: A 6500W battery backup system with 1 x 100AH batteries – enough power for TV, Decoder, Router
- Up to R15000: A 1000W battery backup system with 2 x 100AH batteries – enough power for 5 LED lights, TV, Decoder, Router, Cellphone charger
- Up to R30000: A 2400W battery backup system with 2 x 200AH Batteries – enough power for 15 LED lights, TV, Decoder, Router, Cellphone charger, energy efficient fridge, laptop.
- Up to R50000: A 4000W battery backup system with 4 x 200AH batteries – enough to power a small home completely.
- Up to R11500: A Hybrid Solar Panel System with 5Kw of Solar Panels and 4 x 200AH Batteries with 3 year battery life
- Up to R160000: A Hybrid Solar Panel System with 5Kw of Solar Panels and 1 x Lithium Ion 5Kw battery Backup with 5 year life.
- Up to 260000: A 5Kw Hybrid Solar Panel System with 7Kw Surge and 1 x 13.5 Kw Tesla Powerwall Lithium Ion Battery Backup with 10 year life
5KW of solar power will provide an average of 960 units per month which is around R2 400 in electricity savings per month (depending on your local tariff).
Payback Period on the Solar Hybrid Systems:
- For a residential installation – around 7 years
- For a business – immediately *
* Section 12B of the income tax act allows a business to depreciate by 100%, immediately, any spend on renewable energy.
Still confused over what you need to power your home or essential circuits? Pop on over here: What Size Inverter do I need for Loadshedding? to learn more about ‘Eskom in a Box’.
Alan Straton from Straton Solar commented; “Over the last 10 years we have watched the prices of Solar Panels and then batteries tumble. We are now at the point where it is an absolute no-brainer when it comes to investing in Solar Hybrid Systems.”
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