how is solar power generated

How Is Solar Power Generated?

Solar power is created whenever direct sunlight hits solar panels, which then transforms solar energy into usable electricity. In short – solar panels turns sunlight into energy.

The first step in creating electricity from sunlight is to install solar panels. Solar panels are made from polycrystalline or monocrystalline silicon, shielded in a metal frame, covered in glass. Whenever the sun hits the thin layer of silicon on the solar panel, it knocks electrons off the atoms. Since electrons are negatively charged, this process creates an electric current that’s captured by the wires in the solar panel. These flowing electrons are then the basis of the electricity that’s generated from the panels.

The more direct sunlight, the more electrons will be knocked off the atoms the more electricity will be produced. This is why it’s important to consider elements like cloud coverage and shade before installing your solar panel system.

High-quality solar panels will produce higher rates of electricity even though they might cost a little more up front. In the long run, however, you’ll save more money since they will work more efficiently.

What are inverters?

To turn energy from your solar panels into usable electricity, you need the help of inverters. The electricity created by loose silicon electrons is DC (direct current) and requires conversion to AC (alternating current) before it can be used. This conversion is handled by inverters which can be set up as power optimizers, string inverters and microinverters. Every one of these configurations performs the same task – converting DC into AC electricity. Once the conversion takes place, it can run through your electric panel and be distributed throughout your home.

For individuals considering the benefits of using solar energy instead of fossil fuels, it’s important to examine all your options before committing to a solar power provider. Speak to the experts at Nupower today for an obligation free quote.

Does solar work when its cloudy?

Do Solar Panels Work When It’s Rainy Or Overcast?

Solar panels produce the most electricity on days with clear skies and plentiful sunshine. But all is not lost on cloudy days – typical solar panels can generate anything between 10-25% of their estimated capacity. The amount will vary depending on the type of solar panel as well as the cloud coverage. Modern PV systems actually function better in cooler temperatures.

UV light also reaches the earth’s surface even when it’s cloudy. Have you ever gotten a sunburn when it was overcast? Then you have firsthand experience of this. Even during the grayest days, visible light still gets through clouds and rain. Whether it’s cloudy or foggy outside, even the most standard solar panel will produce some power during daylight.

What if you live in a place where it’s mostly overcast?

If you’re thinking about investing in solar panels to help you save money on your electricity bill, you need to examine how much sunshine you receive annually and not on a specific day. In South Africa, however, we have an abundance of sunshine and while the winters in the Western Cape might get a little dreary, the amount of daylight is still enough to make solar power a legitimate option.

Another option is to invest in solar batteries. They can help you save money by storing free energy to use on cloudy or rainy days.

Even in places like Germany where it can be grey throughout most of the year, they have successfully installed approximately 25 gigawatts of solar power. This accounts for 50% of their electricity needs. The UK is not far behind and has experienced enormous success with its solar initiatives.

Overcast days will come and go, but on average, it won’t affect the ROI of solar panels. If you would like to find out more about saving on electricity bills even when it’s cloudy or rainy out, speak to the team at Nupower today.

Can solar save you money

Can Switching To Solar Panels Really Save You Money?

It’s easy to be sceptical of new products when so many investment opportunities claim that it will save you tons of money. While solar panels are still a relatively new concept, the short answer is yes, you will save money by reducing your electricity costs. That said, there are some factors to consider such as daily sunlight hours, angle and size of the roof as well as the electricity rates in your area.

The first step to take is to calculate your current electricity costs on an annual basis. In recent years we’ve seen a rapid increase in electricity prices in South Africa, and if that’s any indication of what’s still to come in the next few years, we can expect more volatile increases. Utility rate increases are an added incentive for solar users since solar energy prices won’t ever go up.

You are taking control of your energy source when you generate your own with a rooftop PV System. The only costs involved in installing solar panels is the upfront investment expenses and any other electricity charges should your panels not completely subsidise your electricity use. This will primarily depend on the size of your PV system in relation to your roof. That’s why it’s important to employ the help of professionals like NuPower for the installation of your solar panels.

While the financial aspect is one of the biggest incentives for investing in solar panels, money isn’t the only motivator. You will also be protecting the environment due to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Regardless of whether you’re looking at saving money or becoming more eco-friendly, a solar panel system will generate significant savings for homeowners as well as business owners. Speak to a representative at NuPower about how you too can become more self-sufficient today.

 

NuPower Solar South Africa

Renewable energy & solar water heating systems are within reach of all South Africans; ask NuPower!

NuPower Solar has been offering home owners, commercial property owners, farmers, hospitals, shopping malls and production facilities, among others, renewable energy solutions that have significantly reduced their electricity bills for over 8 years now, many of whom have long since been enjoying the benefits of hot water and energy generated solely from the sun!

As NuPower solar water heating systems and other renewable energy systems have reached the mark of over 12 000 installations, the demand for electricity is still increasing, along with the cost of electricity, making more and more home owners and property owners move towards any renewable energy source that will free them from these costs, imposed by a single electricity supplier with a complete monopoly over the supply of power.

To keep up with the demand for NuPower solar water heating systems and renewable energy solutions, this team still remains a pioneer in the industry, committed to maintaining a firm hand in where it comes to remaining on the cutting edge of technology, continuously following the latest research and development in order to give their clients top notch quality at affordable prices.

NuPower Solar is also the trusted go-to team for cost effective solar solutions for property developers involved in major projects such as the building of multiple units on one property, or other large commercial developments; these professionals know that they can rely on NuPower Solar to maintain a consistently high standard across the board, from the solar products they use, to the meticulous attention displayed in the workmanship of NuPower installers.

NuPower Solar offers an end to end service, taking clients from the drawing board after a representative has carried out a site inspection (and of course, on acceptance of the quote), to the design of a tailor-made system designed to meet all the requirements of each application, and finally, the installation of the system by no one other than an accredited NuPower installer!

NuPower Solar does not just pay lip service to a reputation for excellence earned over the years, and it shows; not only in the quality of their own NuPower Solar Water Heating Systems and those of Victron Energy PV Systems, but in the fact that they are the only solar company that has a dedicated 24 hour emergency hotline, connecting clients to an extensive network of dealerships that reach across South Africa!

The team of engineers at NuPower are passionate about educating their clients about their options for renewable energy, and the products that would work best for their specific application, ensuring that each client is able to make an informed final decision about the solar system they will be investing in.

If you are going to move over to renewable energy, it’s important to know, in advance, that you can have absolute confidence in the fact that anything produced by NuPower Solar is going give you an excellent return on investment, and keep giving returns well into the future!

Renewable energy and solar water heating systems are fast becoming accessible to all South Africans as the costs of solar panels and components go down in price, and, at the rate that electricity tariffs are going up, there is no better time than today to contact NuPower Solar to find out about how they can design a renewable energy solution affordable enough for you to make it worth investing in today!

Renewable energy is not just a trend, it is an essential contribution to the future of mankind!

As you look around at the development of new homes, residential security estates, commercial and industrial buildings, it’s pretty clear that the move towards using renewable energy solutions has become more than just a growing trend, it has also become a major financial bonus for any business or family taking occupation of a home or commercial business already rigged with solar geysers, solar water heating and grid-tied solar systems.

Grid-tied PV Systems are the most suitable system used primarily in large residential, commercial and industrial properties.  There are no batteries involved, making it a cost effective solution for those who still have access to the grid, especially for industries and businesses that have the highest energy use during daylight hours.

If you live in an area that has no access to the grid, or you just want out of the high costs of electricity and replace Eskom, an Off-Grid PV System, which can vary in size from just a few hundred watts to several hundreds of kilowatts in size, NuPower Solar is the team you can rely on to ensure that those ties are cut and that you will have only the latest in European technology, such as PV Systems from Victron Energy used to design and install a super-efficient system that has a long life expectancy!

In fact, everything done by the experienced team at NuPower is done to the highest standard possible, from the innovative design of renewable energy solutions throughout South Africa to a level of workmanship that guarantees the exceptional quality of any NuPower installation!

NuPower will also put together a plan for you to ensure that you will always have a Back-up power solution to see you comfortably through any power outages, and, once the power goes back on, the battery bank in your back-up power system will immediately start recharging, in preparation for the next blackout!

The team at NuPower Solar is committed to offering personalised, tailor made solar energy solutions, and no matter where you choose to start, these experts will find the perfect solution to meet your energy requirements, and to make your budget work within its limits!

All Off-Grid and Grid-Tied PV systems used by NuPower Solar come from the highly respected Victron Energy range of solar components, and, with the guidance and experience of this team that has been around for over ten years already, you will be able to make informed decisions about where you would like to begin your journey to renewable energy – and a sustainable future!

Developers who build multiple units, builders who focus on residential properties on a contractual basis, home owners and commercial property owners, have made NuPower Solar a market leader in solar energy solutions in South Africa, in fact, NuPower Solar installations can be found as far afield as in Botswana, Namibia and Lesotho, which is further confirmation of the fact that this is a team that is trusted to deliver excellence on every project, from start to finish!

Heating water accounts for up to 60% of your electricity bill, but, with solar water heating systems proudly produced by NuPower, which include flat plate systems, vacuum tube systems as well as bulk solar water heating systems, you can start recouping this expense from the day your NuPower Solar water heating system is installed!

Solar water heating is their area of specialist expertise, and, with thousands of installations under the belt already, there is every reason for you to have absolute trust in the fact that what NuPower will deliver in terms of renewable energy solutions, will be of unrivalled quality!

Call the team today, or fill in the online contact form, and NuPower will start a streamlined process of supplying you with everything you need to make your first steps into solar power as simple and straightforward as possible!

 

Solar engineering experience brings you cost cutting solar hot water systems from NuPower Solar.

Since 2009 NuPower Solar has built an outstanding reputation for service excellence in the solar hot water systems industry, supported and backed up by the many satisfied clients who are always happy to recommend this team to anyone looking to reduce their electricity by up to 60% every month.

The professionalism of the NuPower Solar team is evident in their exceptionally well organised process of managing requests from clients for information on solar hot water systems, from the first point of contact to the final installation; the client is kept updated every step of the way throughout the process. By the time your NuPower Solar hot water system is installed you will know exactly what to expect from it and how to use it, and with a 24 hour contact number available, NuPower Solar offers a service above and beyond any other solar company in South Africa.

Headed by a team of solar engineers who have invested heavily in research and development, NuPower Solar is determined to provide cost effective solar hot water systems that make the move to solar hot water systems accessible to all South Africans.  As a national company, no matter where you are you will have access to the same level of service with accredited NuPower Solar installers and maintenance specialists available, maintaining an overall standard which has never wavered since 2009.

NuPower Solar offers a 10 year guarantee on their SABS quality tested solar geysers and collectors, which is a clear indication of the commitment to value and service excellence that is the hallmark of NuPower Solar.  The welcome financial relief that many families and companies have enjoyed from the installation of NuPower Solar hot water systems has come as a result of the almost 60% savings on your monthly electricity bill, a savings which comes in handy with our high inflation rate and continual tariff increases imposed by the monopoly Eskom has.

Start your journey to huge savings on electricity by contacting the NuPower Solar team of experts today and never look back!

Why choose NuPower Solar?

First off, NuPower Solar has over 10 years worth of experience in the solar industry in South Africa, and with over twelve and a half thousand installations behind them already, there is no doubt that the trust placed in this team of solar experts by satisfied customers is well placed.

Then there is the commitment by the NuPower Solar team to deliver quality solar products at competitive market related pricing in order to give their customers the best experience in terms of service excellence and after-sales care, which makes them the go-to team for solar panels and solar water heating systems nationwide.

This is a trusted team able to deliver quality on every level, from initial consultation to design and installation of solar water heating systems to suit residential, commercial and industrial applications, which is all the more reason to choose NuPower Solar when you are ready to give up high electricity costs to harness the power of the sun.

In addition to the exceptional level of expertise and service excellence offered to each individual customer, NuPower is committed to ensuring that every customer is offered the most cost effective solution to suit their energy requirements and budget.

Although its head office is in Gauteng, NuPower Solar has an extensive network of dealerships stretching from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal to the Free State, Limpopo, the Northern Cape, Northwest and Mpumalanga regions, ensuring that their quality service and products are available throughout South Africa.

Victron Energy PV Systems power off-grid PV systems, grid-tied PV systems and back-up power solutions installed by NuPower Solar, rounding off the exceptional quality that makes NuPower Solar the most trusted and reliable supplier of solar energy solutions nationwide!

Solar solutions for South Africa from market leaders NuPower Solar.

If you are tired of the rising cost of electricity and you would like to save a significant amount of money each month, or if you are committed to protecting the natural resources of the earth and reducing your carbon footprint, then NuPower Solar will assist you with ten years worth of expertise in the solar industry in South Africa.

By remaining on the cutting edge of solar technology and offering the most comprehensive range of Solar products and PV systems, NuPower has become a market leader in providing solar solutions to industry, commercial and residential properties. Our reputation is backed up by the high customer satisfaction levels that we have built on through ten years in the industry, and we continuously apply the highest standard of solar engineering and expertise to maintain this same reputation for service excellence.

NuPower Solar offers superb after-sales service, including a 24 hour contact number which is a first in South Africa, and we only use accredited installers to install and maintain our systems. Because we are a national company we are able to use our extensive network to provide customised solutions for many varied applications and installations nationwide.

Our team at NuPower Solar is able to offer solar water heating systems for all needs, whether it is required for domestic use or commercial and industrial use, no system requirement is too big or too small for our team.  We offer a 10 year guarantee on our solar geysers and collector, all of which are SABS tested and part of the ESKOM DSM programme.  Our team has the expertise to convert your normal geyser to solar, which will already offer you significant monthly savings, while earning you an Eskom rebate as well.

Please visit our website for any further information or contact our team of experts for an experience in service delivery that is exceptional.

Reduce electricity costs by up to 60% when you install a NuPower Solar Water Heating System.

NuPower Solar has become a market leader in the solar industry in South Africa by providing the highest European standard of Solar Water Heating Systems, back-up systems that are PV compatible as well as off-grid and grid-tied PV systems for ten years already.

With a commitment to maintaining the highest investment in the research and development of the most comprehensive range of solar products, NuPower Solar has made great strides towards reducing the carbon footprint that the continuously increasing demand for power places on the natural resources of the earth.  With the solar engineering expertise that has been gained by the team at NuPower Solar our solutions are aimed at reducing your electricity costs significantly and loosening the grip that Eskom has on consumers.

Remaining on the cutting edge of technological development in solar energy has provided the team at NuPower Solutions with the ability to provide customised solutions for many varied applications, whether it is in the commercial, residential or industrial sectors.

The fact that South Africa has a mild climate that provides an abundance of sunny days, solar energy is the perfect renewable resource that can be used to get completely off the grid in our country.  Heating water accounts for up to 60% of an electricity bill, which means that by installing a NuPower Solar Hot Water Heating System your savings will be significant. Not only will you be cutting your electricity bill right down, but you will be contributing to a greener South Africa that will create environmental benefits far into the future.

Due to our extensive dealer network of resellers and approved installers we are able to distribute, install and service NuPower Solar products throughout South Africa, with more dealers joining our network on an ongoing basis.

NuPower Solar is proud to be the only company in the solar industry in South Africa that offers a 24 hour contact number so that no customer is ever left in the dark once we have installed a NuPower Solar system.  Please call our team and a NuPower Solar representative will meet you for an on-site inspection to determine the best solar solution for your property.

Off-Grid and Grid-Tied PV Systems installed by NuPower Solar throughout South Africa.

No Matter where you are in South Africa, you are sure to have an accredited NuPower Solar dealer close by to install only high quality European standard solar solutions that will offer you significant savings on your electricity bill.

We install and maintain Solar Water Heating systems, Off-Grid and Grid-Tied PV systems and back-up systems that are PV compatible nationwide. Because our NuPower Solar Back-Up system is PV compatible you will be able to add solar panels at a later stage to recharge the batteries and by doing so break the stranglehold that Eskom has on your bank account by going completely off-grid.

Generators are like old tractors in comparison to the NuPower Solar Back-up system which is more like a smooth running Jaguar and by visiting our website you will be able to see for yourself that the benefits of using a NuPower Solar Back-up system far outweighs those of a generator as back-up.

Large residential, commercial and industrial businesses stand to gain maximum benefit from the installation of a NuPower Solar Grid-Tied PV system, especially because this system is aimed at applications that use the most energy during sunshine hours.

Throughout our ten years in the solar industry, NuPower Solar has remained at the forefront of solar technology, consistently investing in researching and developing a fully comprehensive range of products that are aimed at reducing ever-escalating electricity costs as well as reducing our carbon footprint for a greener, healthier South Africa.

We invite you to visit our website and view what our satisfied clients have to say about the level of service they have received from the team of experts at NuPower Solar, and no matter how big or how small your solar requirements are, our team will find the perfect solution for you.

NuPower Solar offers unbeatable high efficiency quality solar collectors and geysers.

NuPower Solar is committed to offering a full range of solar geysers that are SABS tested and approved as the fundamental core of our success in the industry, as many satisfied clients will testify.  Added to this, our innovative geysers all come with a 5 to 10 year warranty, and our after-sales service is exceptional.

The team at NuPower install high efficiency solar collectors that absorb 93% of the sun’s energy, using only 2mm thick glass tubes. Our solar collectors are able to withstand hail stones of up to 38mm and have an expected lifespan of more than 20 years, and with a 10 year warranty they are considered to be the best in the solar industry.  Whether you live inland or on the coast, the aluminium powder coated manifold and stand are suitable for all climates, as well as having the most effective heat transfer technology.

With the icy conditions that prevail during our winter months, our innovative NuPower solar collectors are designed to be freeze resistant, which means that you can rely on our solar collectors to maintain their effectiveness through all seasons.

Once our team has received your information on initial contact, we will arrange a site inspection that will take place at a time convenient to you and analyse your needs as well as offering expert advice on the options that will suit your requirements.  Our sales executive will not only explain how the system will work, but will also supply you with an accurate quotation on site in order to provide you with all the information you need with which to make your final decision.

On acceptance of our quotation to install one of our solar heating systems, we will plan the installation date with you, and before you sign off after the successful installation, our Nupower sales executive will offer you confidence with the knowledge on how your system work with a recap on everything to do with your system.

Our commitment at NuPower Solar is to make the transition to solar heating systems as uncomplicated as possible and we invite you to contact our team for expert advice and to view our website to go through the various systems we have on offer.

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