In  Solar

Go slow, and travel far off the grid..

By [email protected] | November 25, 2020

In May of this year, draft amendments to the Electricity Regulations Act on New Generation Capacity were published proposing a conducive regulatory framework to allow municipalities to reduce their reliance on the Eskom grid as being the only source of electricity supply. 

With bouts of load-shedding and South Africa being unable to keep up with the demand, major municipalities like the City of Cape Town have argued for municipalities to have the authority to produce or procure their own power. Municipalities like City of Cape Town and the City of Ekurhuleni have been potentially given the go ahead to source some of their electricity from providers other than Eskom.

And residents also stand to benefit if they can supply excess electricity generated from their homes back into the grid. What makes this exciting is that municipalities can be able to procure their own power through IPPs (Independent Power Producers),  which includes the public, private and residential sector – with the ultimate aim of being able to feed electricity into municipal grids.

As far as the choice for renewable energy sources go, solar PV energy is a no brainer. According to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2020, the world’s best solar power schemes now offer the cheapest electricity in history. And you can be a part of this new dynamic and the change in the supply of electricity 🙂

tips to consider for reducing your electricity demand
tips.. allows you to work out what your demands for electricity will cost you for you to reduce your reliance on Eskom/Municipal electricity supply.

We tried to make it as simple a process as possible to allow you to choose preferences that suit your household and lifestyle, but with cost consideration also in mind. Because it does become expensive, and may then appear to be an unaffordable exercise.

We discovered that a lot of people are still new to the terminology of solar and installations, and we thought, well, we like information, so we regularly send updates with little pieces of information that could help you make the right choices. So today’s letter is just that, to help you along in refining what you know, and perhaps revealing some other things that you may not have known, and you might decide to get an informed quotation.

Khumbulani Mpofu – Founder, Kane Solutions For Communities

What are the Solar PV basics?

Solar Panels
Simply put, a solar panel works by allowing photons, or particles of light, to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity. Solar panels actually comprise many, smaller units called photovoltaic cells. (Photovoltaic simply means they convert sunlight into electricity.) Many cells linked together make up a solar panel.

Solar Inverters
A solar inverter or PV inverter, is a type of electrical converter which converts the variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel into a utility frequency alternating current (AC) that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network. The appliances in your household use AC rather than DC and would therefore not work or blow up were they to be directly connected to DC supply.


Many solarenergy system owners are looking at ways to connect their system to a battery so they can use that energy at night or in the event of a power outage. Simply put, a solar-plus-storage system is a battery system that is charged by a connected solar system, such as a photovoltaic (PV) one. There are two popular varieties, Lithium Ion batteries and Gel/AGM batteries, with the former being a relatively new and more efficient technology.  

When you are ready for a quotation and we are just as ready, and you can get more than a few quotations as you can easily adjust your preferences any time!

If you need to refine your preferences, you can get back to at any time and you will receive a revised quotation.

African Bank can finance your solar installation. They will do affordability and credit checks before they grant you the finance. And you can start living your life off the grid. 

We remain convinced that there is a lot of sun in South Africa, and electricity should not really be that expensive….and unavailable.
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