Steps to Take When Installing Solar Power in South Africa

Key Takeaways to Consider for My Solar System in SA?

There are a couple of key points to consider when installing your Photo-voltaic power system. Do you have enough space for the solar system you need? Are you mounting your solar system on the ground or on your roof?

The location of your system will determine how many panels you could install. This form of clean power will save you money. Today, solar power is more affordable, with competitive prices for renewable energy.

4 Common Questions We Ask When Installing a Solar System.

1. Is my roof solid? Will installing PV panels damage my roof?

Roofs that are not sound in structure cannot support solar panels. Solar panels could damage the roof further. Asbestos and thatch roofs are not ideal for solar installation.

Talk to PHD Powerhouse for information. We can guide and assist if you are uncertain about how to go about installing your solar system. Once you have the knowhow, you can hire solar installers in your area.

2. Is My Property Positioned Correctly an Effective Solar Array?

South Africa boasts many sunshine days every year. To get the best power supply from the sun in South Africa, position your solar panels facing north. North-west and north-east are also suitable, but the latter two are less favourable.

If you have tall trees or other buildings in the area that obstruct sunshine, it’s best to move the solar panel installation to a spot that catches the most rays throughout the day.

3. What is the Best Angle to Install My Solar System at?

There is no one-size-fits-all case scenario. Renewable energy generation depends entirely on the location. Solar energy works best at angles ranging from 5 to 35 degrees. A good average for winter and summer is 30 degrees.

Never install your solar panels lying flat. The reason is that dust and dirt cannot wash off with rain if they are flat. With help from the right solar company, you can find the optimal angle for your needs so your solar array can be effective and last long.

4. Why Is Battery-Backup So Effective?

Battery backup is the most effective and reliable way to save solar energy for later use. They are a good backup option when the electricity supply from your utility company fails. A system using a battery source should have the correct size in KW and should be compatible with your other solar equipment.

Some smaller systems are ineffective. They cannot support an integrated battery. The power would not last for long. With a backup solar battery, you can ensure you get the most out of your solar panel installation.

5. Do I Need a Solar Geyser?

Because of affordable solar panel prices South Africa can enjoy the benefits of more solar energy. Some systems include a solar geyser. Solar geyser installation isn’t always included in solar systems, and whether you need one depends on your unique situation. They are useful for people who want an off grid solar system.

6. What About Installation Costs?

Solar installers in South Africa can charge a fair bit for solar installation, but in the long run, the costs will be worthwhile. As long as you can afford to pay a monthly amount to pay off your solar system, which is relatively low, you can afford a solar array.

Extras like solar lights, a solar geyser, and a solar battery bank may come at an additional cost. It’s important that you ensure you’re getting quality equipment installed by a reputable installer. In the long run, having to pay less for your utility bill will reduce the actual cost of your energy consumption.

Why Do We Use Solar Batteries & How Do They Work?

Solar batteries form a part of a solar power kit. The kit usually comprises an inverter, solar panels, switches, mounting, and cabling.

A solar battery stores solar power gathered by your solar panels. This will provide usable solar power during power outages and at night. The more downtime solar stored, the greater your independence from the grid.

The result is great savings on your electricity bill. As electricity tariffs soar, so does the demand for solar. Electricity shortages are commonplace as we move into 2022. What are your energy plans as you move into the new year?

Find Out More About Energy Management from your Energy Experts at PHD Powerhouse

You can find out everything you ever wanted to know about solar energy, solar energy systems, and battery backup systems. Our experts are ready to help reduce your electricity bills and advise you on your unique power requirements.

We are here to answer your questions. As electricity costs soar, and the electricity grid becomes increasingly unstable, it is time to implement Plan B!