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South Africa

Facts on solar energy in South Africa have been provided by solar panel installation experts from this country. For the best advice, please click the Thumbs Up button – the highest voted answers appear at the top! If you have further questions about installing solar energy systems in South Africa, you can ask the question below and it will be submitted to our experts.

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Other Benefits
- Eg. Energy Performance Certificate benefits for homes in UK

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Dec 1st 2017We will provide you with a free feasibility assessment, just contact our team!

Our meaningful engineering capabilities and our quality assurance process will ensure a successful project implementation with a 25-year lifespan, and prosperous returns.

You can trust in our expertise and sound knowledge, this is evident through memberships, registrations, certifications & licenses:
• SAPVIA Member
• Registered Professional Engineer - ECSA
• LEVEL 7 EP Rating - CIDB
• ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems Certification
• Kenya Energy Regulations - Class C1 license - Design & installation work for solar PV systems 
• Kenya Energy Regulations- Class V2 license -  Manufacture or import solar PV systems or components

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Mar 26th 2018We are in South Africa

Solar Suitability
- How suitable is the climate in the country for solar electricity

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Dec 1st 2017Sub-Saharan Africa has the ideal climate for solar PV, plenty of sun to provide excellent power to your solar panels.

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Mar 26th 2018South Africa's climate is conducive to solar having sunshine available in all areas of the country.

Financial Incentives
- Feed-in tariffs and other government financial incentives

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Dec 5th 2017In South Africa, the 12B Tax incentive, writes of 100% of solar PV plant in Year 1.

SPS, together with our partner Mettle Solar Investments, provide three options which will secure our clients position to derive substantial benefits from our solar PV plants. We offer flexible funding solutions and an option with no funding. To find our more, please contact us!

Return on Investment
- What sort of return on investment can homeowners installing a solar power system expect

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Dec 5th 2017Dependent on the customers electricity tariff. Please contact us for a FREE feasibility assessment!

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Mar 26th 2018Depending on the type of installation anywhere from 50 to 300%

Planning Requirements
- Government regulations relating to installations of solar power systems on homes and commercial buildings

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Dec 5th 2017Between countries the planning requirements would differ, for example:

South Africa:
A solar plant with less than 1 MWp needs to be registered with NERSA and local municipality. Plants greater than 1 MWp needs to apply for a generation license from NERSA. 

Namibia:
Solar plant less than 500 Wp needs to be registered with local RED. Plants with more than 500Wp needs to apply for a generation license from ECB.

Kenya: 
The EPC needs to be in possession of C1 license to be able to install solar PV plant of certain scale. EPC also required V2 license for importation of solar equipment.

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Mar 26th 2018There are in countries, however, there are very few if a house or commercial building is going fully off-grid

Grid Connection
- Overview of the process to get a rooftop solar power system connected to the grid

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Dec 5th 2017Between countries the process for connecting to the grid would differ, for example:

South Africa:
A solar plant with less than 1 MWp needs to be registered with NERSA and local municipality. Plants greater than 1 MWp needs to apply for a generation license from NERSA. 

Namibia:
Solar plant less than 500 Wp needs to be registered with local RED. Plants with more than 500Wp needs to apply for a generation license from ECB.

Kenya: 
The EPC needs to be in possession of C1 license to be able to install solar PV plant of certain scale. EPC also required V2 license for importation of solar equipment.

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Mar 26th 2018This varies from country to country.