Solar Power for your Home
Solar power is the key to a brighter future. The sun generates more than enough energy to power everything on the entire planet making it the obvious choice for a sustainable future. Solar panels produce electricity by transforming the continuous flow of energy from the sun into electricity.
In South Africa “going off the grid” has become quite popular considering the instability of Eskom and the dreaded loadshedding South Africans face throughout the year. There are many benefits to going solar. According to Fortum the photovoltaic process that transforms sunlight into electricity doesn’t require any fuel and has no variable costs. There are also no harmful emissions that are released into the air when electricity is produced by solar panels.
We discover the basic information you need to take the first step into a greener, brighter future with the sun.
The Initial Set-Up
As we know, the start-up cost for setting up solar panels and a solar-powered home is quite expensive, but the savings far outweigh this initial installation cost. Setting up can cost you anything from a few thousand Rand to over R300,000 for a full solar and battery installation. The size of your home and the amount of labour involved in the installation will have an impact on the cost of your installation.
Electricity Bill Almost Eliminated
The win here is that you’ll generate free power for your system’s entire 25 plus year lifecycle. Even if you don’t produce 100 per cent of the energy you consume, solar will reduce your electricity bills and you’ll still save a lot of money. Solar panels are also a hot commodity in real estate. Having a home fully equipped for solar panel installation or homes that come with fully installed solar panels increase the value of the home quite significantly.
A Commitment to Sustainability
Setting up a solar system for your home or business is not only a financial investment but an investment into the future too. Solar energy is sustainable and a typical residential solar panel system will eliminate three to four tons of carbon emissions every year. That is the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.