Grid-Tied, Hybrid or Load-Shedder PV Solar System – which is best for you?

While the difference between Grid-Tied, Hybrid or Load-Shedder PV solar systems can be explained very basically here, it’s important to find a solar expert you can trust to really get to the bottom about which would suit your power requirements and budget best.

This is where the awesome team at Renaissance Solar in Cape Town comes to the rescue. They’ll take the complicated technical jargon and put it into a language that we are able to grasp, well enough to allow you to make a fully informed decision about how we’ll invest in a PV Solar System of any type.

Of course, there are the advantages of each system to look at, as well as the downside of each, so that they can be viewed from a realistic point of view.

Let’s look at the very basics of these three PV Solar Systems, just to give you an idea about the questions you can line up to ask Renaissance Solar when you’re ready to move to solar power:

Grid-Tied PV Solar System

One of the major advantages of the Grid-Tied PV Solar System is that it’s connected to the power grid, which, even though we don’t have a very stable power grid at the best of times with Eskom, still is one of the least expensive systems to begin with.

Despite an unstable power grid, solar panels still generate more power than is generally needed by the average homeowner in a 24hr cycle, but this will also depend on the size of your system in relation to your energy requirements.

It must be noted here that all energy-generating Solar PV Systems that are installed in the City of Cape Town electricity supply area must be registered for authorisation, but this won’t cause you any sweat since the team at Renaissance Solar includes this registration process in all their installations!

In terms of feeding any excess electricity back into the grid, you’d need to pick the brains of the team at Renaissance Solar on the finer details, with regard to getting the most out of your Grid-Tied PV System.

Eskom currently pays less for electricity fed to their grid via Grid-Tied Solar PV Systems than what they charge for electricity. Of course, any loss is more than made up purely because of our mild climate. One sunny summer in Cape Town will make up for less power generated from solar panels in winter.

Your Grid-Tied PV System comprises of solar panels and a grid-tie inverter which, very basically put, turns the grid into a remote battery. It does not come with batteries so your benefit is during the day when the sun is shining or at least it is bright outside.

The downside here is that when there’s load shedding, and it is night time or a cloudy day, you’ll still be in the dark, unfortunately! 

Hybrid PV Solar System

Granted, the Hybrid PV Solar System is more expensive than the Grid-Tie system, mainly because of the addition of backup batteries; however, if you’re able to invest in a system like this, you can be certain of making it through load shedding with all the lights on.

Due to the fact that we seldom get much notice ahead of load shedding, having backup batteries that are fed by the solar panels during the day will give you the average of 4 to 5 hours of battery power you may need during load shedding.

Of course, this also depends on the size of your installation and the demands placed on the battery during load shedding. 

The team at Renaissance Solar have been in the solar industry for over 10 successful years now, and they can give you all the tips you need to make the most of your solar battery power during load shedding!

Load-shedding PV System

This is the least expensive PV system to install. It consists only of Inverter and batteries. While you do not generate your own energy (there are no panels) it will get you through load-shedding. 

Speak to Renaissance Solar for expert advice and guidance!

Renaissance Solar was initially founded in Cape Town with a commitment to offer clients affordable, high quality solar hot water systems, and this unwavering commitment has seen the company grow in leaps and bounds since 2009, on the heels of service excellence and a superb reputation.

Today, Renaissance Solar has grown to become a premier supplier and installer of Grid-Tied, Hybrid and Load-shedder Solar Systems in Cape Town, carrying on their proud tradition of providing quality solar systems at affordable prices. We offer residential and commercial installations.

Contact the friendly team at Renaissance Solar today to find out more about their quality solar products, including solar hot water systems and heat pumps, as well as to discuss the variety of financial offerings they have up their sleeves to make it possible for you to switch to solar and save, with a great ROI!

Here are a few tips offered by the Western Cape Government in terms of preparing for load shedding; we can do with all the help we can get as we look at a future that sees no end to being plunged into darkness!

 

Contact Renaissance Solar in Cape Town to get ahead of dire load shedding predictions in 2021!

With a passionate determination to provide quality solar products at affordable prices, Renaissance Solar is at the forefront of making it as easy as possible for homes and businesses to be run off solar power, freeing all from exorbitant electricity tariffs and predicted load shedding!

Renaissance Solar is a company that has earned a trusted reputation throughout the years since they first started operating in 2009, giving them the long-term experience needed to ensure their customers get the best out of any solar system and/or Solar Hot Water System installation carried out by this team.

Having been in the industry for so long already, has placed Renaissance Solar in a position to have formed essential long-term relationships with the right installing partners, as well as with local manufacturers of high quality SABS approved solar panels and products.

Considering the plethora of solar companies in the Cape, it is a matter of pride that Renaissance Solar is one of only 12 Solar Hot Water Installation companies that have been accredited by the City of Cape Town, which is high praise indeed.

This is a down-to-earth team of experts that are always willing to work with clients to get to the nitty gritty of exactly what the client requirements are, and from there, to aim towards accomplishing each project within a given budget, to deliver on time, every time!

Service excellence is a given when dealing with this team that offers full turn-key systems, Hybrid, Grid Tie and Off Grid Solar PV systems that are designed to offer clients the very latest in Solar Power Solutions in Cape Town.

In their determination to assist people to break the chains of Eskom and its ever-escalating tariff increases, this team will work with residential clients and those with smaller commercial properties to offer a range of financial solutions to cater to individual installations.

As for larger installations, Renaissance Solar has been able to set up a few funding models that won’t include a capital layout, which is a lot more than most solar companies would dare to do!

They’ve already delivered and installed the largest number of Solar PV commercial installations in the Western Cape, offering such comprehensive solar solutions that they’re able to see you through from the drawing board to final installation of your brand new solar hot water system or PV system.

To most of us, terms like Off Grid, Grid Tied or Hybrid Photo Voltaic Systems (PV Systems) sound as if they come from another planet, which is exactly why we need people’s people like the team at Renaissance Solar to lead the way for us.

They’ll decipher everything for you; the only things you need to do is to bring your dream of breaking free from Eskom, of soaking up the sun to power your home or business, and your budget!

From there you’ll find you’re working with a team that really does have your best interests at heart, which is another rarity in business these days, and, they’ll be around long after final installation to provide you with backup service second to none!

Should you need a little more incentive to move to solar power, even if you start with a Renaissance Solar Hot Water System, take a few minutes to watch this dire load shedding forecast from eNCA posted on the 16th January 2021!

If anything, all that you hear in this forecast is just the tip of the iceberg! We’re not even going to get into the frightening predictions about electricity tariff increases here, increases that’ll simply continue on an upward trajectory well into the future.

Contact the team at Renaissance Solar today to find out how to go about taking the supply of energy into your own hands, for your home and for your business, the right way!

 

Would you like to have more control over your electricity bill in 2021?

My, how the world has changed as we enter into the beginnings of 2021 with our second wave of COVID-19 striking hard! However, even in a world that can change this drastically for almost all mankind at once, one thing won’t change in South Africa, and that’s the ever-rising electricity tariffs Eskom will keep charging you!

The headlines in the Times Live yesterday, 30th December 2020, read; ‘No wonder we are replacing fireworks with candles’: SA reacts to stage 2 load-shedding!

Once again, with little or no warning, South Africans were plunged into darkness last night, as Eskom implemented it’s announced stage 2 load shedding schedule for the 30th and 31st of December 2020!

This conglomerate could not resist putting a bitter cherry on top of a exceptionally tough year we’ve had to survive, by reminding us of their never-ending ability to shut down our power at will!

The excuses remain the same; ‘unplanned maintenance’ and the assurance none of us are prepared to believe, which is that they have teams working around the clock to get it all sorted out!

Unplanned maintenance in this case always means that the general maintenance and upkeep of power stations is always in a bad shape, and this can only be due to unqualified people hired through the nepotism and the ‘buddy system’ to be placed in major positions of responsibility.

2021? And we sit in the dark? South Africans have always had an incredibly resilient way of handling situations like this through humour, but, as yet, no jokes have surfaced, which paints a grim picture for our nation, along with budgets that are now virtually non-existent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is a way out of this never-ending cycle of load shedding and tariff hikes, and that’s to invest in a solar system or solar water heating system, it really doesn’t matter where you start, as long as you make that start!

Even if it takes selling the second family car or offering to mow your in-laws lawn for the rest of your life for a loan, cut your electricity bill by 40% when you install a solar water heating system from Renaissance Solar in Cape Town. 

In fact, you could also chat to this awesome team of experts about the payment plans they’ve put together, to make it even easier to say goodbye to Eskom and to bask in our abundant sunshine!

There’s no doubt the disruptions caused to your personal life and business that 2020 brought were devastating. However, as you slowly make your way up from under the blows of having to shut your business and grope around in the dark, you may need to get serious about speaking to down-to-earth experts who will lead the way up and out into the light, with quality, affordable solar systems and products.

The reputation earned by the team at Renaissance Solar is phenomenal, and, looking at just 3 examples you can find right on the front page of the Renaissance Solar website, you may well stop sitting on the fence finally and start making solar energy work for you with this team!

  1. This is what Bruce has to say about his experience with this solar company in Cape Town. “Just had Gary and his team complete an installation of a 200lt Xtreme thermosyphon geyser at my home in Obs. I cannot express how well it all went and the gratitude I have. Unbelievably professional and friendly. I can’t say I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with such a great crew before, including Jill who processed the order and job. Thank you so much for what you did here. I will, without fail, recommend your services to anyone and everyone who requires solar heating. You guys are real pro’s. Superb”

 

  1. Nicola has this to say about Renaissance Solar: “Thank you Jill and Valerie and the installation 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!”

Need more encouragement to get down off that fence? Here’s one more, just to let you know that solar systems and solar water heating systems installed in Cape Town by this company will last, and they’ll honour their end of the deal to the letter and beyond!

  1. From George, another satisfied customer under the belt for the team, even through the toughest of times! He says: “The installation went 100% according to plan, the system works 100% and the rebate went through. In the 3 years that I’ve been back in South Africa, there has not been a person/company/service provider that has come remotely close to the professional service that you provide. If all companies were like yours, I would live a long and peaceful life with no grey hair.”

Based on these real recommendations earned through experience, you might need to ask yourself what you’re waiting for at this point!

Contact this exceptional team today at Renaissance Solar, home to high quality solar products in Cape Town. Let them help you plan your bid for the freedom to gain control of your power supply, without paying what it’s costing you now and what is yet to come!

 

Affordable PV Solar Systems available at Renaissance Solar in Cape Town

The gross mismanagement and corruption that has become synonymous with Eskom, has led to a future that looks like this, where in just one case that has finally come to court, corruption to the tune of R745m has come to light.

Sadly, this is just one of the multitude of corruption cases against Eskom this year alone, and those it has been involved with over the years. These are the same people that have been responsible for the fact that this power giant with absolute monopoly has held South Africans over a barrel with load shedding that looks set never to end.

In fact, the CEO of Eskom has stated categorically that we can look forward to load shedding for the next 18 months to come, at least! The question here is, are you up for inconvenience and high expenditure (up 30% at least by the April 2022) or neither?

We may not be able to rely on our power supply from this giant, but, we can rely on the fact that the sun will continue to shine eternally, supplying solar-powered homes and businesses with electricity every day of every year, without fail!

We will never be able to recover the excessive electricity tariffs we have been paying over the years, but, by choosing to invest in solar energy, we can be absolutely sure that the returns on an investment like this will be exceptional, and well worth the initial outlay.

If, for instance, it takes you 4 years to repay a solar installation, at the end of those 4 years, you’ll be looking at a future in which the lights will stay on, irrespective of load shedding, and, a future in which Eskom no longer takes food off your table, just to keep the lights on.

Should you decide to start off small, with a solar water heating system, you’ll already be shaving up to 40% off your electricity bill every month, which is money we can all do with in an unstable economy that doesn’t look set to recover for the foreseeable future.

The beauty of starting off this way, is that you can, at a later stage, begin to add more solar panels, should you decide to move even further away from your reliance on the grid, depending on the solar system you choose to upgrade to.

Whether you choose to move off the grid completely or retain a certain amount of reliance on the grid, such as it is, you won’t find a better way of being prepared for a future that’ll see electricity become an unreliable luxury.

At Renaissance Solar in Cape Town, you can rely on a team of experts who go to bat in terms of making solar products affordable, driven by a commitment to excellence and customer service that makes this solar company a pleasure to deal with.

We all know that budgets have been hit very hard, however, if there is any way that makes it possible for you to start lowering what you’re paying for electricity, by exploring your options in terms of solar energy, then this is the team to talk to.

Renaissance Solar is about people, quality solar products and a commitment to service delivery second to none. In over ten years in the industry, with a sterling reputation for after-sales service as well, you’ll be dealing with a team of experts you can rely on for honest advice and down-to-earth guidance.

Contact Renaissance Solar today to break the stranglehold that Eskom has on your wallet, and to find out more about a variety of financial offerings available to meet your needs.

 

Are you ready for devastating Eskom tariff increases over the next 3 years?

The possibility that electricity is on a fast track to becoming something only the very wealthy will be able to afford, that it would become a luxury rather than a necessity for ordinary South African households, finally arrived in a high court judgement on 29 July 2020, in favour of shattering Eskom tariff increases for the next three years. One shudders to think of what is to come after that!

In an economy we all know had already reached junk status before the arrival of COVID-19, it boggles the mind that anyone can think that with millions of South African’s being left jobless, any family can absorb the increases coming for the next three years.

In the words of energy expert, Chris Yelland in an article in Times Live, ‘the increase in electricity price for the next 3 years, starting on April 1 2021 (not too far off!) will have an additional 10% over and above whatever other price increase was decided by Nersa!’

As an example, the current price increase determined for April 1 2021 stands currently at 5.3%, but, with this judgement, we’re looking at a price increase that’ll be at least 15.3% instead of 5.3%! And this is the minimum increase we can be facing from next year!

How families and businesses are supposed to be able to recover their lives and incomes, with COVID-19 still hanging over our heads like the sword of Damocles, is almost impossible to imagine right now.

If ever there was a time for South Africans to invest in solar energy, the time is now! 

Had any of us been able to see into a future where a giant like Eskom would take food off the table of its own people, through corruption and mismanagement on this scale, we’d all have invested in, at the very least, a solar hot water system, ten years ago!

Here’s an undisputed fact; as electricity tariffs have increased, the cost of solar panels and many other solar products have come down, and they keep decreasing, as more and more families and businesses opt for solar systems, whether in the form of solar hot water systems, Hybrid and Grid Tie PV (Photo Voltaic) Systems or heat pumps.

Whatever our financial positions are right now, we’re still paying a small fortune for electricity to an entity that gives nothing back, instead of finding the most creative ways to raise the finance to invest in a solar system, one that’ll keep giving back for over 25 years! 

As long as it’s not robbing your local bank, there can be no better investment in the future health of your bank account and our environment, than one that goes into solar energy!

As in any industry, there are the good guys and the bad guys in the solar industry, but, if you’re looking for a solar company in Cape Town that has a track record for down-to-earth honesty, and a policy of doing all they can to help their clients to invest in affordable solar products, then you’re at the right place here with Renaissance Solar!

The intentions of this team of experts since 2009, has been to provide affordable solar hot water systems and PV Systems (Hybrid and Grid Tie) to their clients, and their reputation now speaks for itself if one just looks at what some of these clients have to say about this awesome team.

If you’d prefer a brighter future than the one that Eskom has in store for us, speak to the team at Renaissance Solar to find out more about how to start out on the road to totally free energy!

 

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.