While many people think of solar technology as a part of the ‘green’ movement the idea of harnessing the sun’s energy via solar panels has been around since 1839.
Solar technology has advanced a great deal since the early days and modern solar panels operate at a much higher efficiency and continue to improve.
Whether or not you believe that global warming is an issue, the effects of pollution from coal mining and oil drilling cannot be denied. These actions have a negative impact on our environment and on the quality of air we breath and on our water supplies. Solar energy has the potential to reduce our dependence on these expensive and often dangerous methods of producing electricity. Surely even the most hardened anti-environmentalist can appreciate improvements to the quality of life that solar energy could bring about?
There are compelling financial reasons to go solar. The electricity bill is one of the highest household costs each month; about a quarter of total monthly costs for the average family in a developed country. Installing solar panels can reduce this bill substantially and in some cases even eliminate it entirely. If your solar panels produce more energy than you need, you may even begin receiving a payment each month from the electricity service provider by directing surplus power back into the grid. This passive income will continue for as long as you maintain your solar panels. Most good solar panel installations should last around 20 years or more. Many people are off put by the initial costs of solar, but the long term cost savings and even potential profit make it very worthwhile.
Government rebates and tax breaks for solar panel users are available in many countries; these help lower the cost of initial installation. Depending on which country and state you live in, selling your kilowatts back into the grid is sometimes an option. A gross feed-in tariff will pay you for every kWh you produce, often at a higher rate than you would buy them for. A net feed-in tariff, on the other hand, pays you for every kWh over and above those that you use – it is the surplus that you get paid on. This is an attractive incentive for people to produce more electricity via solar and reduce their own energy usage at the same time.
Source: Talking About Green
While South Africa has not reached the stage of domestic electricity feed-in to Eskom’s main grid, this will almost certainly happen in the near future. South Africa is ideal for solar power production, not only because of our high solar radiation rates but also because of the isolated nature of many communities and homesteads. Of course, there is the environmental aspect too; South Africa has come under fire recently because of the increasing number of dirty, coal-fired power stations that pollute our environment and affect our health.
Contact us for all your water conservation and solar energy requirements. Our WWF Award Winning water conservation systems include rainwater harvesting systems, rainwater tanks, grey water recycling systems, greywater irrigation systems, water-saving toilet flush mechanisms, swimming pool backwash recycling systems (see product demo) as well as the full range of JoJo water tanks and water tank stands (we are authorized JoJo Tanks dealers in South Africa). Yes Solar Mpumalanga supplies SABS and Eskom-approved solar water heaters that are installed professional Eskom-accredited solar installers. We supply FREE QUOTES on all our eco-friendly products and services.