Eskom places a further economic strain on South Africans in the midst of COVID-19 with tariff hike

At a time when many South Africans are still unable to return to work due to COVID-19, Eskom has just implemented a tariff hike of 8.76% for Eskom direct customers and an additional 6.9% for municipal customers.

Many small to medium businesses have taken serious knocks during lockdown, with many having to shut their doors, while even more people have lost their income, all of which happened without warning, and now this hike!

Will this mean nights of torchlight and candlelight, showers that can only be afforded every third day, in order to keep food on the table and still have electricity?

When you’re weighing up the cost of electricity from Eskom, and the cost of installing solar panels, you’d be best served by knowing that Eskom will still be fighting for a massive 16% increase this financial year and even worse, they want a 45% increase to be implemented over the next three years.

Though Nersa granted them only a 22.3% hike, Eskom is going back to taking further legal action to get their own way and cripple the economy even further for us average Joe’s.

This is definitely the time you need the solar experts at Renaissance Solar on your side, to bring clarity to what it really costs to install solar panels, a PV solar system or solar geyser, in comparison with what you will continue to pay with each tariff hike from Eskom in the foreseeable future.

This is the time to get off the fence and make the choice for solar power if you prefer to spend your money on a worthwhile payback period for a solar system, rather than throwing good money after bad with exorbitant electricity tariff increases.

Watching the worsening energy crises in South Africa, the team at Renaissance Solar couldn’t possibly be more passionate about helping families to invest hard earned cash into solar energy.

They know the true value of an investment in solar energy and meet their customers halfway, working hard to make it possible for their customers to move to solar power, without breaking the bank.

Renaissance Solar has been supplying solar power systems in Cape Town for 11 years already, making them the trusted go-to team for solar solutions that range from solar hot water systems, Hybrid and Grid-tie PV systems as well as heat pumps.

The focus of this team is on quality solar products, reliability and integrity, along with a commitment to superb back-up service, making Renaissance Solar a company that is easy to approach and to trust with a major investment like this.

Whether you need a few solar panels for a small home or an entire roof of panels at your commercial premises, Renaissance Solar will deliver. Great news is that they not only install solar systems in Cape Town itself, but also extend their services to any area 2 hours out of the city.

Break free from perpetual electricity tariff increases and contact this awesome team to find out more about just how much solar power will change your life, as well as how to go about planning the right system to meet your power requirements.

Skyrocketing electricity rates post COVID-19 won’t be any prettier than they are now

Economies have crashed, millions of jobs have been lost, and nations across the globe have woken up to a completely different world on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic…and it’s not going to recover overnight, irrespective of vaccines and other measures that may finally put an end to it.

First world countries with hitherto stable economies are suddenly battling, but, few of these can relate to what has happened to South Africans with an already embattled economy declared junk status on top of it all.

Our people were struggling to keep head above water in an economy that was already weak before this the double whammy of junk status and COVID-19, but, what others don’t have to deal with worldwide, is a power giant which is crumbling and which has complete monopoly, and with it, a total stranglehold on households simply trying to keep the lights on.

Being lulled into a false sense of security based on the fact that there has been no load shedding recently, is just that, false security. However, black outs will return and sadly, along with these, will be electricity rates that can do no more than to escalate right out of reach of struggling households, many of whom have lost at least one income.

When the cost is counted by the time businesses may start opening again, electricity will be a luxury, and in the wake of this, the option of installing solar panels, solar hot water systems or PV systems will make more sense than ever before…and solar energy has always made sense!

It can’t be stressed enough that prices on solar panels alone are consistently decreasing, along with many other components, as developers and manufacturers keep pushing the envelope in terms of solar technology.

It’s going to take a bite out of your budget right now, but, opting for solar power on any level, even if just to install a solar geyser or solar water heating system, will be an investment that will continue paying exceptional dividends for at the least 20 to 25 years.

Count up what it costs just to heat water in your home or business, and then weigh it up against a payback period of between 3 – 4 years (depending on the size of course), and the decision will be a lot more palatable to make.

Think of it this way; you pay a hefty chunk of change for electricity every month but get absolutely nothing back, and then think about what you get at the end of your payback period; free hot water, and/or power for the foreseeable future!

Although physical doors remain closed for now during lockdown, if you’re thinking about making the switch to solar, speak to the awesome team of experts at Renaissance Solar. They are passionate about solar power and they’ll help you to lay the groundwork for breaking the stranglehold Eskom has on you. They also may just be one of the business categories allowed to operate during Level 4 – so watch the news.

Experience and a great reputation make this a team you can trust with your investment. They supply only the best in SABS approved solar products, and, through their commitment to service excellence, they’ll make sure you’re able to make informed decisions based on honest to goodness, down to earth guidance.

Not much else may be working right now, but the phones and internet still are, which means there’ll always be a member of the team at Renaissance Solar on standby to answer any of your questions, so, whether you’re looking at a solar water heating system or PV solar system in Cape Town, Renaissance Solar is ready to serve!

Choosing who to trust with your investment in solar energy

The only people in South Africa who have remained unaffected by load shedding courtesy of the dying throes of our power giant Eskom, are those who have already been living off the grid for at least the last 5 years.

2019 saw us plummet to stage six load shedding for the first time since we were forced to adjust personal and business lives to an unreliable supply of electricity, and, it doesn’t bode well for the future. Now we are told it’s Stage 4 till further notice!!

This is real life, not an alarmist’s tale designed to get you to rush out and buy into solar energy, any which way you can. It’s grounded in fact and in experience, which is why it’s worth planning on getting out from under this inconsistent power supply that knocks us for six just as we think we may be out in the light again.

Remember those guys who tried to get our attention way back when no one knew anything about climate change? The ones most considered to be a little batty to say the least? Well, they don’t look so batty anymore, more’s the pity, because back then we may have been able to curb our misuse of our planet’s resources a lot more than what we have.

And where’s our excuse for hanging around on the periphery of all that solar power has to offer us? Well it’s definitely not our climate! We have more than enough sunshine to keep the power up and running with ease, even during the winter season.

It’s too expensive? That’s taken a flier out the window too! Solar panels come down in price faster than Eskom rates go up, and weighed on that scale, you have to know that even with a pretty steep initial investment, solar beats an expensive and unstable supply of electricity hands down.

When you invest in something as foundational as a solar water heating system in Cape Town, you’re already starting to shave off up to 50% of your electricity bill every month, leaving you with more in the bank that can be better used elsewhere.

It’s also an investment you can trust to last up to and beyond 25 years, giving you absolutely free hot water for every year after the payback period is done.

Selling a house that already has a solar hot water system installed pushes up the market price of your home significantly today. People want to move into a home that is already semi-detached from Eskom and the grid, adding real resale value to your property, residential or commercial.

You can start with the installation of a solar hot water system, and, with time, migrate to a Grid Tie or Hybrid PV system that’ll have you breaking the shackles that tie you to one electricity supplier that doesn’t have a rosy future.

It’s knowing who to trust with your investment that counts!

Renaissance Solar brings experience to solar hot water systems, Hybrid and Grid Tie PV systems of quality in Cape Town., working in collaboration with local suppliers who manufacture products that are of unquestionable quality and reliability, in order to make sure that your investment will be one that brings you the best return far into the future.

They’ve been around since 2009 and intend to be around a lot longer than that, to make sure they can step back one day and survey a Cape Town that is proliferated with solar panels that stand the test of time, under their proud name.

It’s about changing the lives of their customers for the better, and contributing to the health of our environment, not to mention our hopes for a greener South Africa into the future.

This is one area in which we can still be thankful to be a bit of a backwater when it comes to lagging behind the rest of the world – we simply didn’t have enough ‘stuff’ to mess it up as completely as the rest have!

Change what electricity rates do to your bank balance and plan for a consistently brighter future for your family by contacting the awesome team at Renaissance Solar, they’ll help to make your investment count, in the very long run!



If you’d like solar hot water systems demystified by experts, contact Renaissance Solar

You can either sit across from a solar energy salesman, going cockeyed because you don’t understand a word she/he’s saying, and they are so in the groove of the technicalities that they don’t even realise that you’ve glazed over completely, or, you can speak to the experts at Renaissance Solar who have no need to complicate an already complicated subject.

They have absolute empathy for anyone coming in off the street, with no prior knowledge or experience of anything solar, barring that it comes from the sun, giving of their time and knowledge to simplify a process that will shave off up to 50% off your Eskom bill monthly.

That, and the fact that solar energy is a step closer to respecting and protecting our environment, is what it’s all about for this team.

Renaissance Solar has put over ten years into providing quality solar water heating systems and solar geysers to clients at greater than fair prices, ensuring that although they’ve made solar geysers affordable, they’ve also maintained a total commitment to quality products.

Here are a few of the questions you might like to line up ahead of chatting to the team (of course you don’t need any lined up, just to call and pick these brains!)

The bare basics

All you want is to know more or less how a solar water heating system works, so for a start, comfort yourself with the knowledge that at the bare minimum, all you need is the solar geyser and the attending solar panel that’ll absorb the heat of the sun and turn it magically into hot water. The rest, well, that’s what Renaissance Solar is there for!

The real technicalities can safely be left in the hands of these experts, who will reduce it all to a bite size that you’ll be able to digest easily.

In the end all you really want is to have free hot water by the time you’ve reached the end of the two or three year payback period, isn’t it?

Size of the solar geyser?

This will depend solely on the size of your family, but they’re available in 150lt, 200lt and 300lt capacities, and, finding out what size or combination of panels you’ll need to suit the size of your geyser will be something this team will be happy to demystify for you.

Direct or indirect system?

If you live in an area that is frost-free, a direct system will be best for you. It moves the water directly from the solar collector to the geyser, whereas an indirect system, best for frost areas, employs a heat transfer liquid like anti-freeze to act as a conduit between the solar collector and the heat exchanger in a solar geyser, delivering hot water despite frost.

What about winter?

Well, winter in South Africa is a hundred times better than that of Europe for instance, which means you can relax and know that the water will still be hot when clouds and rain obscure the sun!

If they can do it, we most certainly can, and we can even thumb our noses at them from the tip of Africa!

Will the water be hot enough?

Absolutely! A SWH system can easily heat your water to 60 degrees Celsius and more, which is scalding, so take care in the heat of summer. In general, we are comfortable in the shower at 42 degrees Celsius, which makes for a happy family all round!

What about maintenance?

You won’t be spending extra money or time on maintenance with your Renaissance Solar SWH system. A good service once every few years will keep your system healthy and in good shape for longer than you could anticipate, and, you’ll have the kind of backup service from this team that is priceless.

Other questions?

There will be those that touch on your budget, how long the system will last, how much you’ll save and what the payback period will be depending on the size of system you have installed, but these are all points that’ll come up immediately when you meet with the team at Renaissance Solar, without you having to wrack your brains.

Whatever it is that you need to know to make the switch to solar energy, whether it’s a SWH, Hybrid and Grid Tie PV System or heat pump, these are the experts in the field who make life easier for those of us ready to leap into the future of green energy!

The advantages of solar water heating systems in South Africa

If all it takes is just two minutes of sun to provide the world with one year’s worth of energy, for the whole of humanity, imagine just how fortunate we are to be living in sunny South Africa!

Europe ahead of South Africa

Most areas in Europe only have around a thousand hours of sun per year, yet they’re are far ahead of South Africa in terms of installing a huge majority of the world’s solar energy systems.

The move towards solar energy is increasing every year in South Africa, but we can definitely do with a lot more solar panels being in evidence on our rooftops to catch up with the less fortunate countries in the world.

Solar radiation average comparison

The following comparison should make us seriously question why Europe would be so far ahead of South Africa in the solar energy stakes; they are as follows –

South Africa 220W/m2

USA 150W/m2

Europe and UK 100 W/m2

Based on these comparisons, let’s look at what solar water heating (SWH) systems can do for South African households.

Hot water; the highest energy consumer in homes

Considering that heating water is responsible for the highest consumption of power in the average home, this is the place that most who’ve moved to solar energy have placed their investment.

And an investment it is, one that initially seems pretty steep, but that comes with great benefits and payback periods that are getting shorter by the year as solar panels come down in price.

If a SWH system provides you with up to 80% of your hot water needs, what does that say about the exorbitant electricity costs you’re paying now, and getting nothing back in return?

We certainly don’t have a stable supply of electricity in our country, and unless you’re comfortable with having your hot showers interrupted by blackouts, a solar hot water heating system is a guarantee of a warm shower, even if it’s by candlelight!

The basics of what you need to move to a SWH system

  • Solar collectors- flat plate panel or evacuated tubes
  • Storage tank – geyser
  • Timer – to manage your system and show you the temperature
  • Pump – only if geyser is below the panel

While this looks very simple, the fact is that we need people who are on the cutting edge of solar energy in South Africa to help us put them together, to help us understand exactly what we need, and then to install a system that works as it should, and will last as long as promised, and beyond!

Renaissance Solar in Cape Town comes to the rescue

The focus at Renaissance Solar has always been to provide affordable, quality solar hot water systems in Cape Town, putting at the service of clients their knowledge and commitment to quality products, without reservation.

What this means, in essence, is that you’ll have a team on your side that has over 10 years’ experience to bring to the table when you decide to step out  from under the yoke of exorbitant electricity costs, and into the future with an investment in a solar water heating system.

As one of only twelve solar hot water installation companies accredited by the City of Cape Town, it’s clear that the standard of service and level of installations carried out by Renaissance Solar will meet all the criteria that make them a company worth trusting with your investment.

No challenge too big or too small

Renaissance Solar is no shrinking violet when it comes to the size of hot water systems or PV solutions they are able to offer. After 10 years in the industry, this team has the infrastructure to install the best in solar solutions, no matter how big or small the challenge is.

Whether it’s a solar hot water system for your home or a large commercial installation you’re planning, rest assured that Renaissance Solar has everything needed to deliver all that’s expected, and more!

Make sure that you’re on the cutting edge of all the advantages that solar water heating systems offer by contacting Renaissance Solar today. Let this friendly, knowledgeable team offer you all the support you deserve as you transition to solar energy.

3 Excellent Reasons To Invest In A Solar Geyser In 2020

South Africans are sick and tired of load shedding. We pay ridiculous rates for a subpar service by a service provider that’s about as reliable as the weather in Cape Town.

If you’re looking for an alternative solution for your hot water supply, solar might be the answer. Solar geysers are awesome, here’s why.


Cuts Your Electricity Bill in Half

As I’ve mentioned before, we pay ridiculously high rates for our electricity. Some areas pay as high as R2 per unit. The average household spends around R1200 to R2000 per month on electricity, depending on which appliances they use daily. Imagine only having to pay half of your bill. Who knows what you could do with the rest!


Solar Geysers Generate Hot Water Even When Overcast

If you think solar power can only be generated when the sun is shining, think again. Even when it’s overcast, the rays of the sun reach the solar panels, thus producing energy. South African is the perfect country for solar power because we receive a generous amount of sunshine throughout the year.


Solar Is the Future

Solar has become the preferred method of water heating in many new homes as more building contractors include solar geysers systems. Solar is extremely environmentally friendly and one of the most reliable sources of energy. Additionally, it seems Eskom needs all the help it can get to take the strain of their grid.

You are missing out on massive savings every month if you haven’t installed a solar water heating system in your home yet. Just think about what you could do with an extra R1000 to spend as you please instead of wasting it on unreliable service.

It all starts with a simple solar geyser installation. Don’t hesitate to speak to the team at Renaissance Solar if you have any questions. Give us a call for a free quote today!

Are you closer to investing in solar after stage 6 load shedding?

After the recent stage 6 load shedding schedules by behemoth Eskom, even the smallest solar system has gained even more traction than ever before, and if you’re not among those who’ve taken the step already, now’s the time.

Typical of South Africans, we took it on the chin, and instead of blowing up where we wanted to, the humour came fast and furious, but…everyone suffered in one way or another, with nowhere to turn and no recourse, as usual.

We know that even in 2020 there are still thousands of people in our country who have never experienced the convenience of electricity, and at the rate that electricity rates are continuously sky rocketing, they never will.

However, it won’t only be the geographically disadvantaged people without infrastructure that won’t be able to afford electricity in the near future, it’ll also be the average South African household.

If electricity is to become a luxury only the few can afford, then it’s time to debunk the myth that solar energy is only for those with wealth, because nothing could be further from the truth today.

True, 20 or more years ago when solar systems made their way onto the rooftops of South African homes, it was a bit out of the reach for most, but since then, solar technology has raced towards making solar energy affordable to all.

Solar panels have come down in price drastically, and continue to do so, as do other components, which is making the installation of even the smallest solar system, solar water heating system or solar geyser an investment that just keeps paying dividends.

Paying your electricity every month, that is, after you’ve recovered from the usual shock, is literally flushing the money down the drain, to put it politely.

You get nothing back for it and the wheel just keeps turning, but with an investment in anything solar you’ll have something of infinite value at the end of the payback period, and the stranglehold that Eskom has on all will be broken!

Business suffers with every new round of load shedding, this we know, but, on a smaller scale for each of us, it also costs.  A freezer freshly stocked with goodies you found on special also starts sliding down into the drain as the freezer kicks off and on, and there’s not a thing you can do about it.

Having a solar system just to keep essentials like the fridge, freezer and perhaps a laptop or two powered up for the duration is worth the investment. Add a solar water heating system to this, and you’ll have many years’ worth of free power to bask in.

The solar panel you install will last you upwards of 25 years and the solar geyser upwards of 10 years or more, and through all these years you’ll not be paying a cent for electricity!

If you’ve finally made the decision to beg, borrow or…no, not steal, but you get it, to break the shackles of high electricity tariffs, then speaking to the friendly, professional and experienced team at Renaissance Solar in Cape Town will be a great first step into the world of solar energy.

Every question you may have about solar panels, solar hot water systems or PV systems in Cape Town will be answered by this team with pleasure.

They’ll cut through all the technical gobbledygook that can spin the brightest of minds and simplify it all enough for you to be able to get the full picture of what you can look forward to!

Make the move to solar energy today, before we get to stages 7 and 8 of load shedding, it’s a decision you’ll never regret!

Lead-acid or Lithium-ion batteries – which is best for your solar system?

While we haven’t reached the point of no return where it comes to using lead-acid batteries in solar systems, there is certainly growing interest in lithium batteries, which has led to a lot of debate about lead-acid batteries versus lithium-ion batteries.

This is of course only natural with the giant leaps in solar energy technology in terms of all components used in any solar system.

What’s also natural, is that with every advance in solar technology it becomes cheaper to invest this natural, universal power, which is always good news in our very wobbly economy.

Although lead-acid batteries are more affordable than lithium-ion batteries, and have been the go-to battery in PV Hybrid Systems for aeons, the move to lithium-ion batteries makes sense from the point of view that they last longer than acid-batteries and are also more resilient.

There’s still no such thing as right or wrong when it comes to the battery you choose for your solar system, despite comparisons.

The lead-acid battery is a tried and tested technology used in solar systems for as long as they’ve been around, so there’s no reason to doubt their ability to perform as well as ever, if not better than ever.

While lithium-ion batteries do offer a longer life cycle, the fact that they’re still a bit more expensive is a major factor in the choice that people make when venturing into the world of solar energy.

It still makes sense to stick with what has worked, however, if that’s what your budget extends to, but with the rapid advances in technology the financial gap between these two battery options has closed a lot, which is something to look forward to.

Continuing research into prolonging the lifespan of batteries used in solar systems means that we can look forward to a time when batteries will last longer and longer, contributing to the reduction of prices in solar energy technology.

So, as of the present moment, there’s no reason to doubt the effectiveness of lead-acid batteries, or that of lithium-ion batteries, but, if you have the budget it’s worth splashing out on a lithium battery for an extended lifespan, a greater Depth of Discharge (DoD) and higher resilience.

If all this information has got your head spinning, hang in there, this is what Renaissance Solar is there for.

There isn’t a question too big for this team to answer. They’re people’s people, always ready with the kind of information you really need when it comes to making sure you have the best of everything wrapped up in the solar system you choose to install.

Even if all you want to do is pick a few good brains with the experience and knowledge you could really do with as you tread the path to solar power, this friendly team embodies everything that speaks of service excellence, superior quality products and awesome after sales service.

The Best Investment You Can Make For Your Home Is A Solar Geyser

The Best Investment You Can Make For Your Home Is A Solar Geyser

Did you know that you can save nearly half of what you pay on electricity for your home every month by doing one simple thing? Your geyser uses more than 40% of your electricity to heat up your water. So what’s the alternative? A solar geyser of course. A solar water heating system is a cost-effective way to supply your home with hot water every day for years and years to come.

So many people are already reaping the benefits of paying less for their (stupidly high) electricity bills. Why not join them? Not completely convinced yet? Keep reading for more information.

How Do Solar Water Heaters Work?

Just like the word suggests, these water heaters, also known as solar geysers, work by using the energy of the sun to heat water, rather than traditional electricity. And since we live in South Africa with an abundance of sunny days, solar geysers are an excellent choice. Many new homes these days will come complete with a solar geyser installed.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Solar Water Heater in South Africa?

Your caution about solar geysers might stem from the fact that you need to invest in a unit before you can start enjoying hot water for free. But, sooner than later you’ll start seeing a return on investment. In fact, with the rapidly rising costs of electricity in South Africa, that day will start sooner than you think!

The cost of solar geysers at Renaissance Solar are as follows:


  • 150lt from R16 535
  • 200lt from R19 012
  • 300lt from R27 165

Benefits of Solar Geysers

  • Notable savings on your monthly electricity bill – 40% and more
  • A year-round reliable source of hot water
  • Reduced carbon footprint – better for the environment

As you can see, solar geysers are an excellent investment in many ways.

Reap the benefits of what mother nature has to offer – unlimited free hot water for your home or business. For more information or a free quote on solar water heating in Cape Town, get in touch with the team at Renaissance Solar today.


Choose a company you can trust to answer all your questions about solar geysers

Choose a company you can trust to answer all your questions about solar geysers

If you’re considering investing in a solar geyser due to the instability and uncertainty surrounding Eskom, and the continually rising cost of electricity, the very first thing that you’ll do is to put pen to paper, listing every question you’ll need answered before going ahead.

The thing is, if you want honest answers to your questions, you’re going to have to do quite a bit of research to find a solar company that stands head above shoulders of the rest, one that has easily accessible stellar recommendations from previous clients.

Here’s just a taste of what one Renaissance Solar client has said about this awesome team:

‘Thank you Jill, Valerie as well as John and his team.  From our first interaction, it was clear that the Renaissance Solar team was extremely professional, highly efficient and everyone went out of their way to assist us.  Thank you for your speedy response to our request for urgent assistance and making a stressful time less so. We will certainly recommend Renaissance Solar.  Many thanks again!’

Doing your homework will help you to bypass those less than scrupulous solar installers that’ll take your money, do an iffy installation and disappear, never to be found again should anything in your system go wrong.

The passionate team of solar experts at Renaissance Solar in Cape Town are just what the doctor ordered, and they’ll be more than happy to answer your questions about a solar geyser installation, without putting pressure on you to commit.

They know that starting on the road towards owning a solar geyser isn’t a decision taken lightly, which is why they’ll do all they can to give you everything you need to make an informed decision.

Here are answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about solar geysers to get your list going

  • Why invest in a solar geyser

You’ll shave off up to 50% of your electricity bill and have hot water when Eskom hits the off switch! Besides which, it’ll be your contribution to protecting our environment, which has already been sadly depleted.

  • What size geyser will I need

Here’s where the 10 years’ worth of experience on the part of the team at Renaissance Solar will help you to determine what size geyser you’ll need, so that you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision.

On the whole, it’s a good idea to go for a large system, provided you have the budget for it, but in any event, you’ll be basing the size on how many people there are in your home, as this will indicate what your hot water consumption is in general.

  • Will the water be hot in winter?

Yes it will. With the high quality of workmanship that goes into the solar installations carried out by Renaissance Solar, your water will be hot in winter! Whatever you want your solar system or solar geyser to do, only the quality of the installation will make to the difference to how well the system will work.

  • How hot will the water be?

The average comfort level for a shower is around 42ºC, so you’ll be doing pretty well with your solar geyser which can heat water up to 60ºC.

…and more

These questions are just the tip of the iceberg when you’re planning on installing a solar water heating system, but it should pique your interest enough to want to contact Renaissance Solar for more answers.

They won’t only answer your questions, they’ll also give you answers to questions you may not have thought of while doing your list!

If you’d like Renaissance Solar to contact you, please fill in the online form and they’ll get right back to you, or punch in their number and give this friendly team a call.

Either way, you’ll be as impressed with their professionalism, honesty and integrity as their clients are! Oh yes, and you can add high quality solar products to this list of awesomeness!