As a home or business owner, you might be feeling the pressure with high electricity costs right now. For some or other reason, the more electricity we use in South Africa, the more we pay per unit. And since it’s winter, you’re in for a big surprise when your bill comes if you don’t do something about it now.
The answer to all your energy problems is SOLAR POWER. But you probably already know it since you’re wondering which PV system you should install. So, without further ado, here are the top 3 systems offered by Nupower
Grid-Tied PV Systems
The less complicated of the bunch, a grid-tied solution doesn’t use batteries and the power is delivered together with the load as an add-on to Eskom’s feed. Since we can’t feed surplus power into the grid in South Africa, any extra power is lost. Systems are typically sized equivalent the load during day time, thus you’ll only benefit from the sun’s energy for 8 hours a day max. One downside of this type of system is that they switch off in the event of a power blackout because it can’t function without a live feed from Eskom.
Back-Up PV Systems
A back-up system is made up of a battery bank and inverter to provide continuous power supply to your home, even when the grid isn’t generating electricity. The drawback here is that you can sustain yourself only as long as the batteries last which is typically a few hours.
Off-Grid PV Systems
Excellent both for domestic and commercial purposes, an off-grid system is self-sufficient. It uses batteries to store electricity only to release it during periods when your solar panels are inactive, for instance, night time. This system is an excellent solution for remote buildings, as well as powering machinery, boats and pumps. It can be installed anywhere electricity isn’t available. Supplying power to the load whenever the sun shines, it also stores excess power into a battery for later use.
The only time the system uses energy from the grid or back up generator is when its batteries are depleted or the current load surpasses a specific setpoint. Due to the high cost of the batteries, most of these systems only power essential appliances, leaving pool pumps and air conditioners to run on Eskom’s feed.
Still not sure which one to choose? Why not give us a call and book a free consultation today!