Will electricity become something only the elite can afford?

Will electricity become something only the elite can afford?

The answer to this question is a resounding yes! At the rate that electricity tariffs keep rising, and with the monopoly resting in the hands of a failing and corrupt power giant, electricity will become so expensive that it will become a luxury that even a middle class family cannot afford.

This sad state of affairs is directly as a result of mismanagement and corruption in the only power supplier we have, and while this energy giant is under continuing investigation, the chances of a reliable, affordable source of energy seems further off than ever before.

Considering the worldwide move to solar energy, it’s shocking that natural energy sources such as wind and sun are virtually non-existent, especially in one of the best climates for both sources of energy!

The onus now rests on individuals and commerce to make the change to solar energy, while the lights are still on, because the day there won’t be electricity cannot be too far off.

In fact, we were looking at the complete shutdown of Eskom by April 2019, and if that didn’t get everyone scrambling for an alternative energy source then nothing will!

Renewable energy = food security

We are already well-aware of the fact that renewable energy has many advantages as opposed to coal and fossil fuel generated energy. What is seldom discussed is the positive impact that solar energy can have on the predicted global food scarcity we could face by 2050, if we keep going at the current rate.

Renewable energy uses less water to produce energy, and also drastically cuts the amount of fossil fuel emissions that have left our planet reeling through climate change.

With the global population expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, our food supplies will be under greater stress than they already are, in which millions are already dying of starvation every day somewhere in the world.

No scare statistics

These are not scare statistics designed to get you to run to your closest solar energy installer, rather, they are the reality we face if we don’t start changing the way we access energy and treat our environment.

Contributing to a sustainable future

Solar energy, whether you’re installing a solar geyser, opting for a Hybrid  or Grid-Tie PV system, is a sustainable solution that cannot be ignored in a country battling with drought in many areas.

Renewable energy not only lowers carbon emissions, it also uses less water in the production of energy, and we cannot afford to waste any more water than we already have.

The coal facts

Coal reserves are fast being depleted in South Africa, which means that we’re no longer bringing in an income from coal exports exporting coal, which should be of great concern to us all.

That said

There’s so much more to say about the huge impact that harnessing the energy of the sun as the source of our energy requirements that there isn’t enough space to go into it now, but it’s worth every moment you spend looking into a brighter future brought about through solar energy.

Speak to a solar energy expert instead of to a salesman!

Where it comes to finding a solar energy company in Cape Town you can trust not to sell you more than you need, leave the salesman out. Choose to speak to a team that has the knowledge and experience to ensure that you’ll have the right solar energy system to meet all your power requirements, without fleecing you.

Renaissance Solar is all about guiding their clients to a new way of meeting all power needs, from solar hot water systems and PV solar systems in Cape Town and surround.

You can also expect that this friendly team of experts work hard to bring you solar energy at low prices for superb quality, which will offer you a fantastic return on investment.

If you’d like to know what to expect from Renaissance Solar, mosey on over to check out what their customers have to say about the quality workmanship of this company, standard of professionalism and passion for people and their products!

The bare basics of solar energy for beginners

The bare basics of solar energy for beginners

Spend 10 minutes with a tech whiz, ask them a question…or two, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another planet that speaks a completely foreign language!

Much the same can be said about understanding solar energy, especially for those of us who simply don’t speak the language, at all.

Because of the growing affordability of solar panels and the escalating costs of Eskom power, more and more South Africans are opting to move to solar energy.

We’re going to take as basic a look as possible to make understanding solar energy a little bit easier in preparation for your meeting with your choice of solar energy expert.

Where to start:

Choose a reputable solar company

Once you’ve managed to wrap your head around some of the basics of solar energy, be very careful about who you approach for quotes.

You need to check the credentials and reputation of your solar energy installer, especially because you don’t speak the language, so that you’ll know you won’t be led around the bush to an expensive mistake.

Ask as many questions as you need to. Any solar energy, solar geyser or solar hot water system installer worth his or her salt will be more than happy to answer them clearly, in a language you can understand.

The 4 main components of solar energy systems:

Solar panels

The main components of solar energy systems are made up of solar panels.  The panels available today are either monocryststalline or polycrystalline; okay, they’re pretty big words, to say the least, but the good news is that if you buy a reputable brand you don’t need to stress about poly or mono panels, since both work just as well in South Africa.

Solar panel brands

There are good brands on the market your solar panels a lifespan of 25 plus years.

There are brands that are budget friendly and those that are in the higher budget bracket, just make sure that you don’t choose cheap ‘no name’ panels that’ll last a tiny fraction of the 25 years that good quality solar panels will give you.

Speak to the team at Renaissance Solar in Cape Town about the brands available in South Africa, they’ll be more than happy to give you the best advice, since they’re planning to stick around a very long time and don’t want to ruin an already awesome reputation!

The bottom line is that, as with anything else you buy, you get what you pay for.  A good investment earns you excellent returns, where a not-so-good investment is going to end up costing you more than you should be paying for the foreseeable future.

 

Inverters

The next main component used in a solar energy system is the inverter. Inverters convert the DC (Direct Current) electricity that solar panels are able to produce into 240V AC electricity.

Because the inverter has to work very hard on a daily basis, they are the one component that will need replacing in the solar energy system somewhere between the first 10 to 15 years, making it well worth investing in a high quality inverter.

 

Batteries

Here is where you can make the most important decision of your system. There are batteries that are ‘cheap’ last 600 cycles and cant go below 50% discharge. Some of these are deep cycle batteries a little like car batteries.

Then there are Lithium batteries – can go to 80% or more discharge and can go to around 6000 cycles. Warranted for 10 years they are likely to last much longer and will make all the difference to a system working well for you or working ‘just ok’.

 

Mounting

Next up in the four main components of a solar energy system installation is the mounting. This is what will be installed securely on your roof for the mounting of your solar panels. And most importantly to be connected correctly to your Distribution Board. Any installers fall down on that one.

 

Things to think about in general

You need to know just how much electricity is used in your home and when it is used most.  You’ll also want to know how many panels you’ll need, which will be determined by usage and time of usage. The panels and inverter and batteries all need to be matched together to give you the optimum system for your requirement.

A last word

If you are still feeling dizzy about this ‘basic’ information, that’s okay, there are some pretty big words thrown around here and there.

Best idea? Take your questions to Renaissance Solar in Cape Town and they’ll draw the mental pictures you need to put your solar system puzzle together, before you make the investment of a lifetime!

This is a team that speaks about solar energy in a language far more easily understood and they’re more than happy to make making the transition to solar energy a lot less stressful!

Contact this team passionate about seeing solar panels become the norm in Cape Town; they’re waiting to do all they can to make the change a lot easier than it may seem at the moment.

How long do you still want to fumble around in the dark?

How long do you still want to fumble around in the dark?

This is a very loaded question for South Africans at the moment, and will be for the foreseeable future.

Just as we thought things were getting better after the last round of load shedding by Eskom, the lights went out, leaving us in the dark yet again!

Talking about the future, in an article as far back as December 2018, it was said by energy experts that South Africa would quite literally be in the dark for many years to come.

It also said that load shedding would subside around March 2019. Well, here we are, heading into a very uncertain April 2019, back in the black.

Eskom is however deeply in the red, and we all know why, yet we are the ones paying for it, in every sense of the word.

We might as well get our heads well out of the sand because the financial problems at Eskom will not improve, unless you’re planning on hanging in there until 2050 perhaps?

Maintenance costs billions, coal shortages won’t get any better, and since 80% of Eskom’s power generation relies heavily on coal supply, we might even be looking at a complete failure of our power system as a result of spiralling inefficiency.

We pay in how it affects our daily lives, how it impacts on lives that depend on power to keep critical medical equipment functioning and another hundred other things most of us don’t think about unless it affects us.

Small business is in dire straits every time black outs roll in, and in an economy that is prime, fertile ground  for entrepreneurs, especially with high unemployment rates, load shedding is sounding the death knell for many of these brave people striking out on their own.

Here’s a bit more food for thought from Times Live and Fin24 before we head briefly into the area that offers relief from the darkness, like no other in the natural world.

We need our heroes to step up to the plate now, and in the sphere of power supply, our heroes are those who are passionate about harnessing the never-ending, out-of-this-world power of our beautiful sun!

It takes locals too, like the team at Renaissance Solar, who know the lay of the land well enough to make sure that no matter how we start our foray into the world of solar power in Cape Town, it’ll start off on the right foot.

Even if all you do is start by investing in a solar hot water system or convert your existing electric geyser to solar, you’re about half way there.

If your use of electricity costs you 50% of your power bill, imagine what the future of your wallet will look like from the day you switch over to a solar hot water system?

If you want to take everything a step further and keep the power on for appliances, lights, laptops and mobile phones, the incredible return on investment will more than make up for what you put in initially.

Solar power has become more than just a pipe dream for ordinary South Africans.

With solar panels coming down in price every year and electricity going up every third month or so, it’s a no-brainer that solar power is in reach of anyone struggling to keep up with high electricity bills.

Renaissance Solar does so much more than offer high quality PV solar panels in Cape Town, from their base in Fish Hoek, and their association with Trust Solar, they also have their own secret recipe for offering low prices for that same high quality.

The team at Renaissance Solar know their stuff, and they’re down-to-earth people that will sit down with you to work out what your power requirements are, without putting any spin on it all that you can’t understand.

They’ll work around your budget and then introduce you to the best way forward for your first step into harnessing the power of the sun!

Whether you’re interested in grid-tie, hybrid or going completely and utterly of the grid, Renaissance lays it out for you in a language that you’ll be able to understand, so that you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision.

If you don’t have the ready cash to install a solar geyser or solar panels, take out that second bond, beg the bank or go down on your knees to the in-laws (even if it means you’ll have to mow their lawn for the foreseeable future), close your eyes, take the leap and make one of the best investments you’ll ever make in your life.

If you’re ready to take the future of your power supply into your own hands, let Renaissance Solar introduce you to a whole new world in which you’ll never fumble around in the dark again!

Oh yes, by the way, if you’re wondering whether the water from a solar hot water system will be warm enough for a luxurious shower, the answer is absolutely yes!

42 degrees is the comfortable level, even in winter, but just watch out in summer, or there’ll be a bit of scalding here and there!

Take Back Your Freedom by Going Solar in 2019

Take Back Your Freedom by Going Solar in 2019

Electricity in South Africa isn’t exactly reliable and people are feeling frustrated with the fact that nothing is being done about it. Inconvenient power outages/load shedding have been a part of our lives for many years. On top of the fact that they are untimely, they also cost you money. Money on takeaways when the power is out during meal times, and money to replace appliances that had enough of power surges every time the power comes on.

What’s even worse is that Eskom is planning on raising tariffs with an extravagant 13.8% this year and more for the next two years at least. Our electricity has become a case of imprisonment and leave us with few choices. Solar energy is one of the few options we can turn to in order to break free from the tight grip Eskom has on South Africans.

Did you know that you can run your entire home on solar power? Just by installing a solar water heater, you can cut your electricity bill by 40% right away!  And then you can install Photo Voltaic panels and begin to become less and less reliant on Eskom and the Grid. And if you’re worried about not generating solar power on overcast or rainy days, don’t! Solar batteries can store excess energy to use at a later stage and get you through load shedding.

Solar Panels in Cape Town Prices

While installing a solar power system will require an investment on your part, you’ll quickly start saving and before you know it will reap the benefits of your investment. Get in touch with the team at Renaissance Solar to book your free consultation for the most affordable solar panel prices in Cape Town.

It is time to take back the power and generate your own electricity by installing a quality solar power system by Renaissance Solar. It will save you money in the long run, make you more self-sustainable and eco-friendly and take some pressure off the grid.

Why choose Renaissance Solar Hot Water Systems first & foremost

Why choose Renaissance Solar Hot Water Systems first & foremost

The solar industry has grown exponentially in the last twenty years, burgeoning into an industry that has proven the fact that South Africa is definitely the darling of the sun, all year round.

Winter or summer, solar water heating in Cape Town beats electric power hands down, for all the major reasons we know already; massive savings on exorbitant electricity bills, and a positive contribution to protecting our environment by using green energy.

Here’s why clients old and new, trust Renaissance with the supply and installation of quality solar hot water systems in Cape Town:

Trust

Trust is implicit when dealing with a solar installation company like Renaissance. They have been around long enough to be a stable company that can be counted on to be at the other end of the phone when help or advice is needed, always ready to offer outstanding technical support.

We need this, since the average man in the street needs a team that’ll paint a simple picture of what to expect of our solar water heating system, instead of boggling and confusing us with technical jargon we’ll never grasp.

The simplicity with which this team shares an extensive knowledge of their products and installation processes is the bottom line that inspires confidence and trust.

Quality

There are solar water heating systems and then there are solar water heating systems! Nothing less than the very best is considered good enough at Renaissance Solar.

A solar hot water heating system isn’t cheap, but it’s a long term investment you’d like to know will be an excellent ROI, one that will last even beyond its projected life span.

You’ll get the best advice about how to reach the point where an affordable solar water heating system is par for the course, working with this down to earth team around your budget to get the most out of true quality.

Professional service excellence

You just can’t beat the 100% mark given Renaissance Solar by satisfied clients, which is echoed in many different forms in outstanding recommendations that are confidence-inspiring on their very user-friendly website.

You get professional with a stiff upper lip, and then you get sheer professionalism of the calibre that has made the Renaissance team the go-to team for all things solar in Cape Town, the magic ingredient being an open attitude of friendliness and approachability.

These are qualities that are rare in any industry today, harking back to a time when superb customer service was the only guarantee of lasting success.

Passionate harnessing of solar energy

Harnessing the beautiful sun in South Africa is second nature to this team, and they as passionate about it as we are, living in our beautiful Western Cape climate.

If you are privileged enough to live anywhere within two hours of Cape Town, Renaissance Solar will be at your door without wasting any of your valuable time.

Installations are done when, where and how on time, without stalling, completing a job that will exceed expectations, every time.

If you’ve reached the point where you’re tired of being afraid to open your power bill each month, tired of trying to keep up with constant rises in electricity tariffs just to have hot water, it’s time to give the team at Renaissance Solar a call!

Changing the face of the solar industry in Cape Town is their mission, and they’re giving it their all, remaining at the forefront of a driven cause towards solar energy systems installed in every home and business.

List your questions and your requirements, and all will be answered without hesitation by this team of experts at the cost of a simple phone call!

Let Renaissance Solar introduce you to an unwavering commitment to sharing the fundamentals that lead to the most abundant source of natural energy in South Africa.

Put paid to load shedding & invest in solar power in 2019.

Put paid to load shedding & invest in solar power in 2019.

Without warning, South Africa was plunged into darkness again during November 2018, when load shedding reared its ugly head yet again.  This is the time of year most businesses can least afford to shut shop or work at a third of normal capacity, making it a crippling blow for many.

It’s also that time when families and friends get together to share the festive season, with the lights on, preferably. But there you have it, out of the confusion that is Eskom, load shedding started just as we thought we might be out of the woods.

It’s hard to believe that in a country as drenched in sunshine as South Africa is, there are still people that doubt the worth of solar power, and measure the initial expense of a solar installation against continually rising electricity bills.

What you’d spend to install solar panels according to your power requirements, will pale in comparison with what you’ll be paying for coal-fired electricity over a period of a few years.

You may need to consider taking out a bond or breaking into savings to install solar panels, but you’ll get it back within 3 to 4 years, and you won’t be paying a fortune for electricity from the day the system is installed!

If you’re still sitting on the fence, the answer to the following questions may take you off it and into the solar power revolution:

How much money would you really like to save?

It’s almost impossible to keep up with the cost of living, let alone exorbitantly high electricity tariffs, so most of us could really do with saving money to be used more constructively elsewhere.

There are huge savings to be capitalised on for any business or residential property boasting a quality solar power installation.

You could start as small as installing a solar water heating system and migrate from there once you’ve seen just how much just this step will save you.

Would you like to know exactly what your budget for power will be month to month?

At the rate that Eskom is going in terms of regular tariff increases that no one can do anything about, no amount of careful budgeting is going to help if you can never tell what power will cost, even in the very short term.

With a solar power installation, you’ll know exactly what your budget should look like for power.  This is especially important for any business relying on strict budgets required to remain competitive, without having to deal with unpredictable tariff increases.

Would you like complete control over your energy?

The power of the sun is available all year round, nothing interrupts it and leaves you in the dark. You won’t have to deal with energy that steals a major chunk of change and cannot be relied on to boot.

Last but not least – would you like to reduce your carbon footprint?

The carbon footprint we have left on this earth is leaving us with less and less natural resources, and it’s time to take a serious stand against anything that requires the burning of fossil fuels or release of other manmade pollutants.

In South Africa, our power is generated by coal-fired plants, and the negative effects, to our environment and to health, is massive.

Burning coal contains dangerous metals such as lead and mercury, among others, as well as large amounts of carbon dioxide. Taken together, all these carbon emissions are endangering our planet, increasing the greenhouse effect that has already led to massive global warming.

Is this really the type of energy you still want to be using when Mother Nature has provided so abundantly?

Let the team at Renaissance Solar in Cape Town introduce you to quality solar panels and hot water heating systems that’ll keep the power on, no matter how much load shedding is going on around you.

 

Need all your questions about solar geysers answered in layman’s terms?

Need all your questions about solar geysers answered in layman’s terms?

If you do then you’re in the majority of South Africans who aren’t experts at anything solar!  We need the guys who understand the specs like the back of their hands to make life easier for us when we’re ready to go solar.

This is what the team at Renaissance Solar is all about. They’ll filter out all the technological stuff we don’t really need to understand and paint pictures we can translate into useable information on which to base our decisions.

You’re tired of paying a major chunk of cash to an electricity supplier that relishes the fact that you can’t get power anywhere else, and now you’re ready to check out the benefits of installing a solar water heating system.

Here are some of the questions you’ll want answered before taking the plunge into great savings….and a greener planet:

How does a solar water heating system work?

The two major components of a solar water heating system are the hot water geyser and the solar collector panels.  The dark blue or black surfaces of the solar collector absorb heat, which is what heats the water.

Based on the principle that hot water rises, a solar geyser is generally situated above the solar collector so that it rises into the geyser naturally.

If the geyser can’t be fitted above the solar collector for any reason, or if you’d prefer not to have the geyser visible on your roof, then the pumped system will suit you best.

The team at Renaissance Solar will explain all of this to you in depth with pleasure. This is a team passionately committed to turning the Western Cape into a solar power haven in South Africa!

What is a direct system?

A direct system is the best system for use in an area that’s frost free. With a direct system, the water is moved straight from the collector to the geyser, and vice versa.

What is an indirect system?

In the simplest of terms, the indirect system uses a heat transfer liquid such as anti-freeze or glycol between the solar collector and a heat exchanger in the solar geyser to heat the water. If you live in an area that’s prone to frost, this is the best solar water heating system to have installed.

What happens in winter?

In case you’re worried about whether you’ll have hot water when it rains or in the middle of winter, don’t be.  All solar geysers are manufactured with an electrical backup element so that when it’s raining you’ll still have hot water, and you’ll still be saving money.

Because solar systems work on the radiation of the sun as well as with direct sunlight, your solar panel will still be heating water on the coldest of days.

How much money will you save?

Provided that you are given the proper information before having your system installed, which will depend on usage requirements, you will be looking at saving from 40 to 50% on your electricity bill.

This is a saving not to be scoffed at, especially when you consider that an increase in price was implemented twice between April and July 2018 at 5.23% and 7.32% respectively by Eskom.

How long will it take for the system to pay for itself?

The awesome news here is that on average you’re looking at a payback period of between 3 to 4 years, depending on the system you’ve had installed.

How long will the system last?

More really great news!  You’re looking at a solar water heating system where the geyser can last up to 15 years and the panels have been know to last over 25 years.  Do you really still want to stick with a geyser that needs to be replaced every five years?

Is there a lot of maintenance involved?

Renaissance Solar has a fantastic back up service that’ll be on hand to do a service every few years, depending on the system, so that it’ll last the distance and more.  More than this though will not be required.

How hot will the water be?

Considering that 42 degrees Celsius is the most comfortable heat for us, you’ll be in the pound seats with a system that will heat your geyser up to 75 degrees Celsius, and sometimes more!

Any other questions?

The team at Renaissance Solar will answer as many questions as you may have, so that you’ll know exactly what to expect from the best solar water heating systems in Cape Town.

Start laying the foundation for a future free of exorbitant electricity bills by contacting Renaissance Solar today to find out more about their exceptional range of SABS tested solar products on offer.

Lower electricity costs by up to 50% by investing in a solar water heating system.

Lower electricity costs by up to 50% by investing in a solar water heating system.

Considering the cost of electricity today, and the fact that heating water accounts for up to 50% of your electricity bill, it’s not surprising that South Africans are switching from conventional geysers to solar geysers.

We’ve come a full circle since prehistoric man enjoyed the benefits the sun brought to warm their caves and to cure their meat.

A century or so after electricity was first used in homes, it’s become so expensive just to heat water that we’re going back to relying on the power of the sun to deliver free energy, which is pretty ironic when you think about how we started out.

Aside from the exorbitant tariffs we pay for electricity in South Africa, its time for us to be proactive about the steep price we’ve exacted on our environment in our eternal search for bigger, better and faster.

If you’re ready to start saving a fortune on electricity, then installing a solar geyser is going to be the best first step to take in breaking the back of continuing tariff increases.

As the 14th highest emitter of greenhouse gases, every solar panel installed in South Africa increases our chances of saving our beautiful natural environment, which is even more important than saving money on electricity in the present!

All new homes or commercial buildings being constructed today are built with the addition of solar geysers, proving that renewable energy is far more than a passing trend.

Even if your home isn’t a new build, installing solar panels and a solar geyser is going to up the value of your property significantly, making it well worth the initial investment.

Quality solar panels and solar geysers aren’t a Mickey Mouse investment, in fact to most of us it can take a pretty big chunk out of our budget, but the return on investment is huge.

So, if electricity prices under a monopoly are set to keep escalating, and solar panels are coming down in price, doesn’t the idea of having free energy four to six years after your initial investment get you thinking about solar energy seriously?

Why choose Renaissance Solar to install your solar geyser in Cape Town?

Experience:

Renaissance Solar has been around the block enough since 2009 for you to feel completely confident in the knowledge and experience this team brings to the table with every solar installation.

Since every installation is unique, expertise like this is necessary to ensure that yours is the right solar water heating system to suit your requirements.

Quality:

High quality solar panels and products make all the difference when it comes to the lifespan of your solar water heating system, and at Renaissance Solar this means using only SABS approved products.

Manufacturer warrantees guarantee that you can expect a high standard of workmanship and performance from the solar products used in every Renaissance Solar installation.

Outstanding backup service:

Knowing that you’ll have the full backup service from a company that’s been around for a long time, and will be far into the future, is essential.  You won’t be hung out to dry if and when any issues arise after the successful installation of your solar water heating system.

Affordability:

The fact that Renaissance Solar uses solar products that contain a high proportion of local material, means that despite the quality of their products, they’re able to offer affordable solar products in Cape Town.

Last but not least:

When you choose Renaissance Solar to install your solar water heating system in Cape Town, you’ll be dealing with a friendly, down-to-earth team that’s more than happy to share a passion for the future of solar energy with you.

If you’re ready to take the leap into a future free of high electricity tariffs, let the team at Renaissance Solar light the way for you.

What to consider when investing in a solar water heating system.

What to consider when investing in a solar water heating system.

The good news for homeowners in South Africa is that while electricity rates continue to soar, the price of solar panels has hardly gone up in several years, making it easier for even the most cash-strapped family to have some form of solar water heating system. And there are financing options to where you can pay over 1 – 5 years.

While many are ready to make the change, to save a fortune on electricity and to commit to the fight against the damage done to our natural resources, most of us really don’t know where to start when considering the purchase of a solar water heating system.

So what do you have to consider when you do decide to fight high electricity tariffs and do your bit for our depleted natural resources? For those of us who aren’t technically minded, finding the right solar water heating system is very daunting.

Here’s what you need to focus on:

How solar water heating works:

Before you do get confused at the outset of your journey to the right solar geyser, you need to know that solar water heating is a different type of technology to that of solar powered electricity generation.

The one type of solar technology is designed only to heat water, while the other generates electricity that can be used in the home.

The solar water heater is made up of a solar collector, with either flat plate or evacuated tubes, a geyser and sometimes a pump is the geyser is not on the roof.

The size of a solar water heating geyser is generally a bit bigger than the standard conventional geyser.  This is because it needs to be able to store all the water you need for each day.

There are several recommended options:

  • replace your electric geyser completely
  • use your existing electric geyser and convert it to solar (a retrofit)

Two types of solar water heating systems:

Direct systems: These are not a great idea if you live in an area that faces exceptionally cold temperatures. They contain a heat transfer system that will circulate water straight to the geyser from the solar collector. These systems are ideal for Cape Town as temperatures never go below freezing.

Indirect systems: These solar water heating systems contain a heat transfer medium that does a loop through pipes in the system to heat water and then return it to the solar collector to be re-heated. A must have system in Gauteng and anywhere where temperatures go below freezing.

2 Types of solar collectors:

There are two major types of solar collectors, which are the solar water heating panels that draw the heat from the sun to provide the heat used in the system.

These are:

Flat panel collectors: Flat panel collectors can be mounted on any north-facing roof that gets sun all day.

Evacuated tubes: These tubes create a sealed vacuum in the parallel pipes that make up the collector, which means you’ll have water that stays hot once it’s been heated. Ideal for east or west-facing roofs that only get half a day’s sun

Doing a little research into which of these two systems would suit you is a good idea, as both of them work well if they’re used in the right type of solar water heating system.

If you’re looking for the best advice and guidance on solar hot water systems in Cape Town, the team standing by at Renaissance Solar will be more than happy to introduce you to the right system to give you an exceptional return on investment!

What is the Lifespan of Solar Panels?

What is the Lifespan of Solar Panels?

The first question people ask regarding solar panels is typically how much they cost. After which they want to know how long the solar panels will last. Unfortunately, there isn’t one straight answer. It all depends on the system you choose and the quality of the product.

One thing remains true, however, installing solar panels on your property will always be a good investment. Here’s why:

  1. It will lower your monthly electricity bill
  2. It will allow you to reduce your carbon footprint by decreasing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions

Now that we know just how solar panels can benefit property owners, let’s look at the lifespan of a solar panel.

The two primary types of solar heating panels are evacuated tube systems and flat plate systems. These products are expected to last anything from 5 to 25 years. It’s true that solar panels might lose some efficiency in later years but degradation rates are minor.  In fact, most solar panels work at 90% of their capacity after 10 years.

Solar panels are an investment but will pay for themselves in just a few years. With the lifespan being a decade or even two, the prospect of saving money is even better when going solar. If free renewable energy is what you’re after, solar panels are the way to go.

Everyone is trying to find ways to lower their monthly financial burden and with electricity rates increasing rapidly, As heating your geyser can take nearly 50% of your total household electricity usage, you might want to consider installing solar hot water panels.  Renaissance Solar offers high-quality SABS approved solar products with strong manufacturer warranties at affordable prices to the South African market.

For more information or if you’d like to get started with the installation of your solar panels, get in touch with the friendly team at Renaissance Solar today!