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We answer the basic solar questions for you.

What are the financial benefits of solar energy?

When you install a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. How much you can save depends on the utility rates and solar policies in your area, but going solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live.

How do I find out how much I pay for electricity?

The easiest way to find out how much you pay for electricity (and how much electricity you use per month) is to take a look at your utility electricity bill. Review Ethekwini electricity guide to reading your electricity bill to find out exactly what to look for.

What is net metering?

Net metering is the system that utilities use to credit solar energy system owners for the electricity produced by their solar panels. With net metering, you only pay for the electricity that you use beyond what your solar panels can generate.

Do I register my system with my local authority?

It is compulsory to register your system with your local authority. This ensures a legal system in accordance with NRS and importantly protects municipal staff from electrocution.

How do solar photovoltaic (PV) panels work?

Solar panels absorb the sun’s energy throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. At that point, you either use the electricity in your house or send it back to the electric grid.

Which system do I choose?

Our firm recommendation as engineers is the choice of AC coupled (example. TESLA) or Hybrid Systems (example. Goodwe). We avoid DC-coupled systems eg. Victron, for domestic use due to risks associated with DC power.