Introduction to Solar Power Solutions
Solar power systems use the energy generated by the sun and converts it into energy that can be used in homes, businesses, commerce or industry.
This energy can either be:
Benefits of different systems & types
Residential Solar Power Benefits
Safe money on electricity bills
Become more energy independent, self sufficient and less dependent on Eskom
Increases the value of your property
Power during load shedding or other power outages
Environmentally friendly and earth concious energy generation
Commercial Solar Power Benefits
Reduced operating costs
Return on Investment for the system
Increased Energy independance and self sufficiency
Revenue generating asset for property owners (selling pre-paid power to tenants)
Environmentally friendly power generation
Utility Scale Solar Farms Benefits
Reduce the energy supply requirement from Eskom during standard and peak times
Purchase energy at a reduced rate on a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) basis
No capital expense, the solar farm is paid for and maintained by Solar Energy Group (Project Developer) and investors
Job creation and economic value created in the local community
Reduction of various charges like maximum demand charge, access charges, fines, etc.
Off-grid Solar Power System Benefits
No grid connection required, thus saving costs on cabling and power provision
No ugly power cables
Totally energy self reliant & self-sufficient
Silent and fuelless power generation (no generators)
Long term solution (25 year system life)
Grid-tied Solar Power Benefits
Reduce your energy bills
No batteries, just solar panels, inverter and monitoring
Self managing system that utalises maximum power from solar but seamlessly uses grid power when required
25 year system life
Limited maintenance required
Grid Interactive (Hybrid) Solar Power System Benefits
Optimal use of solar power and reduction of energy bills
Can bank access power in the grid (net-metering or banking)
Always have power, even during power outages, by storing energy in batteries
Monitoring of consumption, generation, grid feedback, system status, etc.
25 year system life
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Off-Grid Solar Systems
With these systems you don't need a grid connection
The whole system is self sustaining, the PV panels charge up the battery bank that stores the energy
The components will include: Solar PV Panels, MPPT Charge Controllers, Batteries and an Inverter(s)
Backup would be a larger battery bank, grid connection or gen set
This is ideal for off-grid homes, lodges, farms, holiday homes and locations where a grid connection would be expensive/unsightly to install
Grid-Tied Solar Systems
A grid-tied system interphases with the grid
Power can either be pushed back into the grid (net metering/Small Scale Embedded Generation) or in the case of a self consumption system, the day loads are fed by solar power
No batteries required, so inverters switch off when the grid goes off
The components will include: Solar PV Panels and an Inverter(s)
The grid-tied systems are best for reducing your energy bills in the most cost effective way
Grid-interactive (Hydbrid) Solar Systems
A grid-interactive solar system is a combination of an off-grid and a grid-tied solar system
A hybrid system can either be set to store power in batteries, service loads or push power back into the grid
A backup battery reserve will be available to run loads in case of power outages (even multi-day ones)
The components will include: Solar PV Panels, MPPT Charge Controllers, Batteries and an Hybrid Inverter(s)
These systems work well in town or on farms or anywhere where sustained power availability is important
Residential Solar Power
These are solar power systems installed at private houses both in towns and on farms
Off-grid, grid-tie or grid-interactive systems can be installed
Usually roof mounted solar panels with battery bank(s) and inverters installed in a garage or battery room
Commercial Solar Power
Commercial solar systems are installed at busineses, office blocks, shopping centres, large farms, etc
In general grid-tied solar systems are installed in these locations to minimise energy bills
A small battery bank can be installed to accomodate power outages or generator startup requirements.
Utility Scale (1MW+) Solar Farms
Utility scale solar systems push power back onto the local grid, municipal grid or National grid (Eskom grid)
The generated power is first used on the local grid, the rest of the power is wheeled to other users on the national grid.
Solar is the most abundant, best developed and reliable renewable energy available at the moment. The technology has been tested and proven. The feasibilities have been shown.
SEG has built up the proficiency, supplier relationships and on the ground capacity to deliver solutions.
We provide a number of Solar Energy solutions suited to your specific needs and requirements. We use our years of experience to recommend the best system type for you, but will also give you options so you can choose the one that suits your preferances best.
SEG does turn-key systems. Starting from site assesment, design, finance, product supply and installations.