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.

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!

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Need a personalised, affordable renewable energy solution that will last well into the future?

Unless you are an expert in your own right, when you choose to move over to renewable energy, you are going to want a team like NuPower Solar to offer you sound, knowledgeable advice that will lead to the installation of a solar system that will last well into the future, pay itself off quickly and leave you with nothing but the benefit of free hot water or power for life.

Taking a look at the advances in technology and the increasing manufacturing scale of photovoltaic (PV) products, it is clear that PV systems have increased in efficiency, which has also led to a cost reduction in PV installations throughout the world, and that includes sunny South Africa!

NuPower Solar uses only Victron Energy PV components in their installations, and with these award-winning European products added to NuPower products, you can be absolutely certain of a quality installation that will most definitely stand the test of time, and every kind of weather!

Looking around at many of the new residential properties, developments and other commercial buildings going up with solar panels at a speed that belies the economy, it is clear to see that renewable energy is the way of the future in South Africa, working in tandem to save property owners money, add resale value to their investments and to protect the environment from the foundations up.

Unfortunately, Eskom is very reluctant to let go of its grip on high end electricity users, because they are the ones who in actual fact subsidise electricity supply to low-income households, and, added to massive amount of money lost through corruption, Eskom is going to hang on as long as possible because they need the money now more than ever to support and upgrade their wobbling infrastructure!

The more high end electricity users that invest in solar systems, the more the same low-income households are going to pay for their own power, it is a vicious cycle that will keep going until Eskom gets its act together on a myriad of levels and sets up a workable system that will include feed-in-tariffs, as the majority of the world already does!

It’s actually really sad to think that Eskom has such a stranglehold on South Africans as the only electricity supplier, (and major supplier of income for the government!) that renewable energy is being held back at a time when it has become a vitally important contribution to the health of our environment, and bringing well-deserved financial relief to home owners and commercial property owners, based solely on domination and greed.

Cape Town is the only place in South Africa that has managed to squeeze out some form of selling electricity back to the grid, but it is still nowhere near the standards seen around the globe.  The good news is that there are solutions that NuPower Solar is able to offer that will still make a major difference to your electricity bill with PV installations!

If you are living in an area with no access to the grid, or have the financial means to replace Eskom completely, an Off-Grid PV system that offers superior efficiency and long life expectancy is the way to go, and NuPower has the expertise to design and install off-grid systems that can vary from a few hundred watts to several hundreds of kilowatts in size.

Grid-Tied PV systems are the most popular and affordable solar systems being used for commercial, industrial and large residential use, offering the most efficient application for those whose highest energy use is during sunshine hours.

If you are looking at great Back-up power solutions, which charge batteries from Eskom in order to keep the lights on when there are power outages, NuPower will assist you in putting together the perfect system to run as much power as you need during blackouts.

Although the head office is based in Gauteng, NuPower is a national company that has dealer networks spread throughout South Africa in order to provide outstanding service to clients from the Western Cape to Kwazulu Natal and everywhere in-between!

Just give the team a call and let them take it from there to offer you renewable energy solutions that will suit your power requirements perfectly, at affordable prices! The team at NuPower is a pleasure to work with! They are passionate about the difference the over 12 500 solar systems already installed by this team has made, which has also earned them many satisfied clients over the years, and at the same time mirrored their absolute commitment to a greener South Africa!

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!

 

Unrivaled Quality in Solar

NuPower Solar Water Heating Systems & PV Systems from Victron Energy offer an unrivalled quality of solar solutions!

Using only the very best in SABS approved, proudly South African NuPower Solar Water Heating systems and PV Systems designed and manufactured by Victron Energy, this team of renewable energy experts have cut a clear path through the solar industry in South Africa with their ability to offer top quality solar components and innovative design for renewable energy solutions that are used in residential and industrial applications.

Each solution is tailor made to suit the energy requirements of individual customers, guided by a passion and commitment to making a difference to the lives of each NuPower customer, and moving South Africa towards a future entirely reliant on renewable energy.

In fact, while some of the coldest countries in the world rely on solar water heating systems and other renewable energy solutions fed by a sun that is, for the most part, hidden behind thick clouds that seldom clear, sunny South Africa is yet to catch up, and we really have no excuse!

Expense is no longer much of a factor when high electricity tariffs are weighed against increasingly affordable solar panels and components. If you count the cost of what electricity is going to set you back in the next few years alone, compared to the lump sum investment it will take to free yourself from this heavy financial burden, then it’s clear that finding the means to invest in renewable energy solutions is a logical step to take.

Whether you start on a small scale or go the whole hog, whatever you invest is going to start paying for itself from the day your PV system or solar water heating system is installed, and, within 2 to 3 years, whatever you have saved on electricity tariffs will leave you free and clear!

The NuPower team has such confidence in their extensive range of solar products that most of these products carry a 10 year warranty, which will definitely help to make you feel a lot more confident about entrusting your budget to the expertise of a team that has been around for a long time, one that intends to stick around well into the future.

This is the kind of stability a company in any industry can be proud of in a highly competitive market place, which is exactly what we all need in a generation where even something as basic as a kettle is designed to end up on the trash heap within a year; a complete departure from the days when things were built to last!

PV Systems from Victron Energy, which was the winner of the 2017 European Battery Management Systems Product Leadership Award, include Off-Grid systems, Grid-Tied systems and Backup Power solutions, all of which are used in the design of personalised renewable energy solutions by the innovative and experienced team of solar engineers at NuPower Solar.

Start your journey to renewable energy, and the freedom that comes with it by contacting NuPower, the friendly team of experts who put all the right products together in designing renewable energy solutions that will last well into the future!

Make sure your energy efficiency improvements are planned by consummate professionals!

If you are a large consumer of electricity and would like to look at what your options may be in terms of bringing down a massive electricity bill, then it is definitely time you contacted NuPower Solar for a consultation in which to assess where and when your energy is consumed, based on knowing how your electricity bill is made up.

Once the expert team from NuPower solar have all the necessary data, you will be in a position to make informed decisions with regard to energy efficiency improvements and your options for a renewable energy supply.

It is a solid base of satisfied clients who have trusted NuPower Solar with their solar energy requirements that has kept this team in its leadership position in the solar industry since 2009, maintaining a consistent standard of service excellence and design expertise through the years with an unwavering commitment to providing personalized solar solutions for residential, commercial and industrial application, using only the latest in technology along with the highest quality in products.

These are the ingredients that, when combined with the engineering expertise and pioneering spirit that defines every solar system designed and installed by NuPower Solar nationally, making them the go-to team for anyone looking towards a future that includes renewable energy in South Africa.

Where it comes to Off-Grid PV systems, Grid-Tied PV systems and back-up power, you can rely on NuPower not only to produce the perfect energy solution for your application, but one that will use award-winning products such as Victron Energy products in the design of these solar systems.

NuPower Solar offers a full service that moves from the initial assessment of your energy requirements to the design of a tailored solar system and its installation, carried out by a national team of accredited NuPower installers.

You can definitely expect the most cost effective solutions from NuPower and the delivery of exceptional quality products at a competitive market related price, none of which serves to diminish the professionalism of this team determined to offer you the best solar experience through their service excellence and essential after-sales care.

If you are a large consumer of electricity, please contact NuPower Solar to book your consultation with this team, they will ensure that your energy efficiency improvements will be planned by consummate professionals!

NuPower Solar uses award-winning Victron Energy products in their personalized energy solutions.

NuPower Solar is at the forefront of growth in the use of solar energy in the domestic, commercial and industrial sector throughout South Africa, a leadership position which has been earned through the ability of the NuPower Solar team of experts to deliver outstanding custom solar solutions to suit a variety of applications.

Yet another aspect of the success achieved by NuPower Solar after many years in the industry is that the quality of products offered by this team is of an award winning standard, such as the Victron Color Control (CCGX), which provides intuitive control and monitoring for all Victron power systems.  The list of Victron products that can be connected to the Victron Color Control (CCGX) by NuPower Solar is endless, covering everything from inverters, Multis, Quattros, MPPT solar chargers, BMV battery monitor, Lynx Ion and more.

As a team that remains on the cutting edge of developments in the solar industry, and one committed to ongoing investment into research and development, it stands to reason that NuPower Solar is proud to provide clients with solar solutions that use only the best of products available on the market.

As recently as June 2017, Victron Energy won the 2017 European Battery Management Systems Product Leadership Award, which assures every NuPower Solar client that any solar system designed and installed by NuPower is of the highest standard possible.

Victron products are used by NuPower Solar when designing Off-Grid PV systems, which are for use in areas where there is no access to the grid, Grid-Tied PV systems, which, because there are no batteries, are perfect for commercial, industrial and large residential use, where the most efficient use is for applications where the highest energy use is during sunshine hours.

Back-up power solutions designed and installed by NuPower using Victron Energy products use Eskom power to charge batteries, which are then used to supply the connected load when power goes out, and, once the power is back on, the battery bank is recharged within a few hours.

Service excellence backed by superlative products and an in-depth expertise in the field of solar energy are just a few of the benefits you can look forward to when you contact NuPower Solar for a personalized energy solution!

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.

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