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Solar installers will play a vital role in South Africa’s bid to address the energy crisis following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for greater uptake of rooftop panels. Being a qualified and registered electrician will allow installers to mount, connect, and issue a Certificate of Compliance for solar installations.
Sosimple Energy is protecting businesses in South Africa against rising electricity prices, helping them to save money through its solar installation offerings. The offering, which requires no investment and no costs for maintenance or insurance, provides businesses with an opportunity to save more than 20% on their electricity costs.
A home solar-plus-battery system for R200 000 can reduce electricity bills substantially. A system like this can recover the cost in saved electricity bills in about 10 years – at current prices. This may seem like a lot of money but a 10-year payback time makes it possible to add this sort of cost to your home loan.
Banking group Nedbank is partnering with Hohm Energy to finance and install solar power solutions in South Africa. The service will be offered to all homeowners, and not limited to Nedbank mortgage clients, it said.
Many people are looking for backup power solutions for their homes and businesses to see them through unpredictable and productivity-killing Eskom load shedding and are also fed up with the rocketing costs of electricity that Eskom cannot reliably or affordably supply.
WiSolar will be launching a prepaid solar app in July, allowing users to purchase on-demand solar electricity. The app is the brainchild of Nigerian-born entrepreneur Tonye Irims, who envisions a country where solar is more widely accessible. The company is targeting housing developers where it plans to install solar systems.
In response to South Africa’s national power utility Eskom’s challenge to meet the nation’s energy demand, alternative energy sources are being thoroughly explored and it appears that an answer to South Africa’s short, medium and long-term energy supplies lies in renewables. It is evident that the manufacturing sector can profit rom solar power.
The study estimates the potential size of the domestic sector at an initial 21 000 micro-digester units, followed by a maximum yearly demand potential of 50 400 units. Assuming a continuous market penetration rate of 1%, this equates to 5 400 units a year until 2030.

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