|Solar solutions for businesses
Many businesses are turning to solar power in an attempt to overcome the energy crisis within South Africa. Besides the benefit of reducing operation costs, business solar solutions make it possible for you to achieve round-the-clock electricity, allowing you to keep on winning, even when Eskom feels otherwise.
As a solar power engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company, Soventix strives to provide businesses with the perfect large scale outdoor solar solution. As a result of technological advances and the push towards greater solar efficiency, rooftop solar power and other high output solar solutions have become commercially viable.
Added with the fact that energy prices in South Africa are constantly increasing, escalating at a 10% average each year, commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems are quickly becoming increasingly more common around the country.
When it comes to choosing the best solar energy solution for your business, the first question you need to ask is which type of system is best for you. While no two solar projects are identical, the two main business solar models are the Grid-Tied System and the Grid-Interactive System.
Let’s explore what these systems entail.
Grid-Tied solar PV rooftop systems are the most common type of solar PV installation worldwide, with about 93% of all PV systems being grid-tied. These systems do not store their generated energy in battery banks, but rather work in conjunction with the utility in an effort to cut energy costs.
Depending on the size of the Grid-Tied system, they can either assist in cutting energy consumption through Eskom, or can be designed for close to 100% self-consumption usage. This fine-tuned investment results in zero wastage and high return of investment, allowing you to only make use of utility power during emergency situations.
While net-metering (feeding excess energy back into the utility) is still rather limited within South Africa, Eskom has begun understanding the sheer potential solar power possesses. A national legal framework for commercially viable net-metering schemes is in the process of being developed, which will greatly boost commercial and residential solar power savings.
Select municipalities now allow a limited amount of excess energy generated by solar systems to be off-set against energy usage, while others have begun allowing bi-directional metering. This means that consumption is billed at a pre-determined rate, and energy fed back into the grid is reimbursed to the consumer at a separate energy rate.
While these processes are still in the beginning stages, it shows that South Africa is becoming aware of the effectiveness of solar generated power.
These systems offer businesses with more choices and greater flexibility, while providing them with energy reliability. They can best be described as a combination of Grid-Tied systems and Off-Grid systems with an added battery bank. This means that commercial Grid-Interactive systems make use of battery banks to store generated energy, allowing them to remain active during grid-failure.
Commercial Grid-Interactive systems allow your business to remain operational during load shedding, and can make use of the national grid as a backup energy source during bad weather days or when intensified energy consumption is required.
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