Eskom load-shedding will triple in 3 years, says CSIR data

RaptorSA

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Game over.
Almost k@kked myself this morning when in the kitchen and the DB board started buzzing, power went out for a few seconds. This entire system is now running on optimism and bird-wire.

I think we're going to see a proper blackout soon enough, I can feel it in my nuts and my nuts never lie.. when that happens I can kiss my job etc. goodbye.

I've catered for power backup (max 8+ hours) and installed surge protectors, but sadly, living in a complex that's all I can really do. Our Body Corporate is too wrapped up in critical decisions regarding the color of a window frame than they are about silly things like sustainability in the face of the country's collapse, so the dream of going full solar will just have to wait while the scorching highveld sun bakes the pigeon poop on our roof into diamonds.
 
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hj007

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At least we're getting rid of some of the big power consumers -manufacturing, minining and anyone with enough funds/space to afford generators), so did they take that saving into consideration? Also, last one holding the potato gets to pay R500k per KwH :ROFL:
 

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Add the horrible ZAR to the equation and you need to think hard and long about investing in SA
 

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What is the pay back for a Solar Off-Grid system?
The payback period will be based on the total cost of your Solar System and that varies from person to person. Everyone’s needs and wants differs. Some people just want to run the essentials and some want to run the entire house. A total off grid system could set you back anything between R170000 and R220000.
 

HavocXphere

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Body Corporate is too wrapped up in critical decisions regarding the color of a window frame
That sounds familiar. Lawyers got involved about the colour of airconditioning units in the complex I used to live in.

Some people are in desperate need of perspective (and possibly a snot klap)
 

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The payback period will be based on the total cost of your Solar System and that varies from person to person. Everyone’s needs and wants differs. Some people just want to run the essentials and some want to run the entire house. A total off grid system could set you back anything between R170000 and R220000.
And even at that cost you might end with a system that still does not allow you to go completely off grid. Matching a 60A Eskom supply is a serious challenge when it comes to solar, as a start you need a 15kW inverter which sounds like you'll be left with loose change on the first R100k if you go for a decent enough model. Enough space to install the solar panels required is often a challenge as well, that's why no one really like to talk about a totally off grid solar PV system.

Most people will circumvent this by going gas on geyser and stove to at least stand a chance. But most people will never appreciate the complexity of it all.
 

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Our Body Corporate is too wrapped up in critical decisions regarding the color of a window frame than they are about silly things like sustainability in the face of the country's collapse, so the dream of going full solar will just have to wait.
When they go full retard, he goes full solar.
the dream of going full solar will just have to wait while the scorching highveld sun bakes the pigeon poop on our roof into diamonds.
Perhaps not!
Does "poop" ring a bell? [takes out a book and reads from it] "Guano: mined as a source of nitrate, producing 84% of the world's supply of fertilizer, a 1.4 billion dollar industry." [closes the book] THAT's what this war is all about!
 
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