solar photovoltaics

  1. Hanno Labuschagne

    South Africa's solar power potential going to waste

    South Africa's solar power potential going to waste South Africa is making efforts to increase the use of solar photovoltaic energy. But it’s happening at a very slow pace. Solar photovoltaic contributes less than 5% to the country’s energy mix, despite the sunny climate, which is very...
  2. Jan

    Private citizens have, in one year, installed rooftop solar capacity equal to government's whole REIPPP programme to-date

    South Africa's rooftop solar revolution The South African private sector has installed 4,411.50MWp (potential megawatts) of rooftop solar — double the amount procured through the government's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme. Energy expert Anton...
  3. Jan

    Cape Town gives grace on rooftop solar fines

    Major victory for home solar in Cape Town City of Cape Town (CoCT) residents that use their solar installations before getting municipal approval won't be fined if they can prove they have started their application for authorization. This is according to CoCT mayoral committee member for...
  4. Jan

    Factors to consider when speccing a solar power system

    How to build the best solar power system for your needs Eskom load-shedding in 2023 has already surpassed previous years, and to help reduce demand on the grid, government is incentivising solar power installations for households and businesses. However, choosing the right backup power system...
  5. Jan

    Cape Town cutting bi-directional meter fee from R96 to R6 per month

    Massive cost cut for home solar power producers in Cape Town — from R96 to R6 per month The City of Cape Town (CoCT) plans to reduce its AMI meter administration fee — a monthly charge to use the meter necessary to feed power back to the grid — in the 2023/24 financial year. CoCT mayoral...
  6. Jan

    Solar tax breaks a win-win for everyone, even Eskom - Chris Yelland

    South Africa's solar tax breaks won't hurt Eskom — expert Eskom's revenue likely won't suffer due to increased rooftop photovoltaic solar (PV) uptake aided by tax incentives launched for residential and business customers on 1 March 2023. This is according to EE Business Intelligence managing...
  7. Jan

    FNB's new solar power products prices compared to Takealot, GeeWiz, Incredible

    FNB vs Takealot vs Incredible — Cheapest shops to buy load-shedding backup power While the prices of many energy products offered on FNB's eBucks Shop compare fairly well to other stores, its solar systems seem exorbitantly expensive, a MyBroadband analysis found. In addition to solar energy...
  8. Jan

    Estimated electricity savings over 20 years with grid-tied solar and batteries

    How much money you can save by installing solar power Grid-tied solar systems can lead to significant electricity bill savings over the years, despite the high equipment and installation costs. A MyBroadband reader recently installed a grid-tied solar power system at their home to get away...
  9. Jan

    Enoch Godongwana announces rooftop solar tax breaks

    Massive rooftop solar tax rebates for South Africa — Up to R15,000 back for households Tax-paying South African individuals and businesses will be able to claim substantial rebates for rooftop solar and other renewable energy generation in the coming financial year. The announcement formed...
  10. Jan

    Fidelity warns of surge in solar panel theft

    Thieves going after solar panels in South Africa — how to protect them South African private security giant Fidelity ADT has warned homeowners about rising solar panel thefts. In light of severe load-shedding in the past few months, an increasing number of households are investing thousands of...
  11. Jan

    Cape Town checklist for buying a solar power system

    Important steps for buying a safe and legal solar power system The City of Cape Town has published a comprehensive checklist of all the steps homeowners should take to ensure their solar system is safe and legal. The city's mayoral committee member for energy, Beverley van Reenen, said there...
  12. Jan

    Solar backup power system can increase home value by 3-4%, and up to 8% - agent

    How much a solar power system can add to your home's value Installing backup power equipment like a solar system for your home could increase its value by as much as 8%, and there are several options for South Africans to pay off the costs over time. This is according to Only Realty general...
  13. Jan

    Amazon US shut off rooftop solar system after fires - report

    Amazon forced to shut down rooftop solar after fires and electrical explosions Numerous Amazon rooftop solar installations suffered electrical explosions and fires within 13 months, forcing the ecommerce giant to temporarily shut down all its rooftop solar plants last year, CNBC reports. The...
  14. Jan

    Solar power systems in the Cape perform worse in winter - AWPower explains

    Why South African solar power systems can underperform in winter South African homes and businesses with solar power systems may experience a significant dip in generation performance during winter, AWPower has told MyBroadband. Although South Africa gets copious amounts of sunshine for much...
  15. Jan

    Interesting price difference between solar with grid backup, and going off-grid

    Solar power with Eskom grid backup vs going off-grid — surprising price difference There is a monumental difference in the price you would pay for a solar power system capable of providing around 95% of your electricity usage compared to one that can achieve 100%. AWPower's managing director...
  16. Jan

    Eskom answers questions about Nersa's solar power user tariff plans and grid connection fees

    Charging solar power users higher prices in South Africa — Eskom's plans Eskom answered questions about its plans to charge a separate monthly grid connection fee and its dispute with Nersa over potentially discriminatory tariffs for solar power users.
  17. Jan

    Home solar power - not worth cutting Eskom off completely if you don't have to

    Goodbye Eskom — the true cost of going fully off-grid South Africans looking to go 100% off-grid with no backup power from Eskom should be aware that it could come at an unjustifiably high price. The recent re-emergence of Stage 4 load-shedding has many people riled up and some threatening...
  18. Jan

    Solar smartphone chargers tested

    Using solar panels to charge your smartphone — impressive results MyBroadband tested two solar smartphone chargers, and the results showed that it is a viable option when you do not have electricity or a power bank. South Africa’s unstable electricity supply and regular power outages forced...
  19. Jan

    Rent-to-own solar for R2,500 per month tested

    Cut your Eskom bill and protect against load-shedding for R2,500 per month South African households can protect themselves against load-shedding and cut their Eskom bill with a rent-to-own solar power installation that costs R2,500 per month. The recent boats of load-shedding convinced our...
  20. Jan

    Eskom criticises Nersa's plan to charge solar users 5x-10x higher prices than mines

    Eskom slams plan to punish solar power users with 1,000% higher prices than mines Eskom has slammed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) principles document on electricity supply prices that could see solar panel users pay up to ten times more for electricity than the country's...
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