South Africans, in general, are pretty unfamiliar with solar power systems. Whilst there is a lot of interest around the concept of solar power, many are simply unaware of how it works and therefore sceptical about embracing it. If you are thinking of going green but aren’t sure if it will suit your needs, you need to read on.
1. It’s important to realise that with solar power you will never run out of electricity.
That is becausesolar power is a renewable energy source. Meaning that as long as there is a Sun, you will have electricity.
Solar power systems work by absorbing energy from the Sun during the day. The energy is converted from DC to AC and distributed throughout the house. If more energy is produced than used, your backup battery (if you have one) will be charged. There are also murmurings that you will be able to export excess energy into the national power grid in the future.
2. You will always have electricity to supply your energy demands.
There tends to be a misconception that during the rainy season or at nightyou will be left in the dark. This, of course, is not true. During a power outage and/or at night you have battery power that supplies your energy needs, if you have a system with battery storage. If a power outage takes place during the day, you make use of the power generated from your solar panels.
Even if you only produce a percentage of what you use, the system automatically draws your remaining energy requirements from the national grid.
3. Solar power systems are easy to maintain.
They don’t have a lot of moving parts and as a result require minimal maintenance. The only effort required from your part is to ensure that the panels stay clean. A dirty surface can hinder its effectiveness.
4. The development of aesthetically pleasing solar panels and shingles has created a residential solar power system boom.
Where aesthetics used to be an afterthought, solar power installations are becoming intertwined with roofing and construction industries. New developments allow for panels to be seamlessly integrated into the house’s architecture.
5. Eventually your solar power system will pay for itself.
How long this will take obviously depends on the system’s size. The larger the system, the larger the savings will be in the long run. It’s important to understand that solar power is a long-term investment rather than a short-term solution. On average, installations pay for themselves within five to eight years.
6. Systems typically last between 20 – 25 years.
If a system is properly installed and well looked after it could last longer.
7. It doesn’t take long to have a solar power system installed.
Depending on the size of the system you wish to have installed, it should take a day or two. The larger systems require multiple panels to be installed, which obviously takes more time.
If you aren’t sure about the size of the solar panels you’ll require, or what type of system to install, contact Soventix. That way you’ll be sure to get the best advice on the size and type of solar power system that will best suit your energy requirements.