Solar Energy Supply
Solar energy is radiant light and heat from the Sun harnessed using a range of ever-evolving technologies such as solar heating, photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, solar architecture and artificial photosynthesis.
It is an important source of renewable energy and its technologies are broadly characterized as either passive solar or active solar depending on the way they capture and distribute solar energy or convert it into solar power.
Passive solar techniques include orienting a building to the Sun, selecting materials with favorable thermal mass or light dispersing properties, and designing spaces that naturally circulate air. The large magnitude of solar energy available makes it a highly appealing source of electricity.
The best of both worlds. With this system you’ll always have power and the initial cost is lower than that of a complete off grid system.
Grid tie systems are the most popular and economical system and a good first step into going green. A grid tie system is very simple:
The DC current is fed into an inverter which converts it into grid AC power
The solar generated power is connected to your business’s grid at the main distribution board. Grid tie systems can be added to existing warehouses, packaging plants and manufacturing plants or can be incorporated into the design and building of new premises
Off grid system means you’re not connected to the Eskom grid. The main two reasons when one would consider going off grid. Either you’re building a new building and the cost of bringing in an Eskom service is too high, or alternatively you wish to be completely independent of Eskom.