While the start-up costs of solar equipment can be higher than generators, the long term operating costs are very small since there is no fuel to buy and little maintenance to carry out. One can consume solar energy or feed into a public power grid. With a battery storage excess generated electricity can be stored
What is Solar Power
Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into electric current using the photovoltaic effect. Photovoltaics were initially, and still are, used to power small and medium-sized applications, from the calculator powered by a single solar cell to off-grid homes powered by a photovoltaic array. They are an important and relatively inexpensive source of electrical energy where grid power is inconvenient, unreasonably expensive to connect, or simply unavailable. However, as the cost of solar electricity is falling, solar power is also increasingly being used even in grid-connected situations as a way to feed low-carbon energy into the grid.
What We Offer
We have built our reputation by supplying only quality products and providing excellent service. We also offer full local support on all our products. Our products have been selected and tested for reliable use in the harsh African environment. We can offer a proven and comprehensive product range with over 3000 products/models.
We pride ourselves on our commitment to both local and regional areas and demonstrate this with our support of local businesses, community groups and charitable organisations. We strive to constantly improve both the global environment and the local economy by providing our customers with exceptional solar energy solutions and our employees with jobs they can take pride in.
South Africa has been called the rainbow nation because it is made up of so many diverse cultures. We are proudly South African, and strive to make our beautiful diverse country a more environment friendly country with sustainable power recources, so we can share our beautiful country with generations to come!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can Solar Panels Charge in the Moonlight
Strictly speaking, solar panels depend on direct sunlight in order to produce electricity, so moonlight won’t charge them. Raw sunlight contains a number of energized particles, including the all-important photon. When photons from the sun strike one side of an array, they essentially cause electrons to break off from one panel, cross a thin membrane, and attach themselves to another panel. The crossing of the freed electrons is what generates a usable electrical current.
If there are no photons striking the panels, the electrons remain in place and no electricity is generated. This is why dark clouds or nightfall are so problematic when generating solar power on a commercially viable scale. When the sunlight disappears, so does the electricity. The electricity produced during daylight hours is not lost forever, however. The excess electricity is stored in large batteries and can provide power during overnight hours.
The main reason standard solar panels cannot charge in the moonlight is the nature of the moon’s light. Unlike the sun, the moon does not generate its own light energy. What people see on Earth is the sun’s light energy reflecting off the moon’s surface. A solar panel array placed on the moon would generate electricity during Earth’s nighttime hours because it is receiving direct sunlight containing photons. The reflected light seen from Earth does not contain a significant number of photons, so even a full moon could not cause the panels to generate electricity.
This is not to say that the power of the stars could not be used to generate electricity on Earth. A material sensitive to stellar energy, visible or invisible, could be used to create “stellar panels,” which could supplement solar cells by generating electricity at night or on cloudy days. The current limitations of such an alternative energy source are financial and technological in nature. A material capable of converting stellar energy into electricity has yet to be perfected, and the initial cost of building a usable array would be prohibitive.
There are reports claiming Russian scientists may have developed a proprietary material that could indeed convert stellar energy into electricity 24 hours a day. This so-called “heteroelectric” material is said to be less expensive to produce than standard solar cells, and has an efficiency rating of 90%, compared to the 10-12% efficiency rating of silicon-based solar panels currently in use. The research scientists who developed this material have largely avoided the public spotlight, however, and there are other scientists who have expressed doubts about this apparent energy breakthrough.
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“This is definitely one of the best decision I have ever made”
“Solar will have a lasting effect on the environment.”
“The only maintenance is occasionally I spray the solar array with a hose.”
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“The cherry on the top is when I can go out and see my electric meter spinning backwards.”
“After solar, my lowest electric bill was R0.”
“I can see the value of our home with solar going up not only in the value but in the marketability, because it is an added feature.”
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The gang did a superb job and my wife and I are very pleased with the outcome. They were very respectful of the property and stopped and answered all our questions. They definitely were very professional and did a GREAT job. I would HIGHLY recommend them to anybody. And I love getting power from the sun. Can’t say enough good things about your company and the installation crew! We are very happy with the system and it’s working great. Thank you and the crew again.Rassie Erasmus