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Solar System Somerset West, Western Cape

Domestic solar energy system for back-up during loadshedding

Modules:  IBC 260W polycrystalline panels
Inverter: SMA, SI 8.0H and SB 3600TL
Total capacity: 5 kWp, 48V400Ah battery pack
Place: Somerset West, Western Cape
Realised by:
Go solar, Werner Pagels
Year of installation:
2015

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This embedded generation system in Somerset West, Western Cape is the perfect example how solar PV works and how it can avoid power failure during load shedding.

Depending on local legislation, the system is connected to the Eskom grid. When the Eskom grid works, the solar electricity charges the batteries and reduces the electricity bill of the house. When there is a black out the system is able to provide the whole house with elctricity from the un and the batteries.

This type of system is called back-up system because it works like a Diesel generator and provides electricity during power failure. Another name is hybrid system because it combines the power of the grid with solar energy stored in batteries.

The systems does not only avoid total power failure during load shedding, it also cuts down electricity costs. Electricity costs are reduced by production of electricity by sun energy. The photovoltaic plant produces the energy for a fixed price per kWh and makes the owner more independent from Eskom and energy price increase. This kind of solar system provides cheap electricity and the sun power creates independence.

This system is a BMI 5000+ , the next smaller system is the BMI 3000+.

If you want a solar system to reduce costs only, a pure grid-tied PV system is a good alternative. By only installing the PV panels and no batteries you can save costs. The cost price of the system is lower and you save money during operation by avoiding costs for Eskom electricity. Have a look at our BMI 3000 or BMI 5000 if you are interested.

Find an installer:

If you are also interested in buying your own solar system, contact us to find an installer for solar system Somerset West.

maxx-solar energy has a wide network of installer, planner and designer of PV systems all over South Africa. We will get you the right contact no matter if you are in Western Cape, Northern Cape, KZN, Gauteng, Limpopo, Eastern Cape or anywhere else.

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About the SMA inverter:

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The Sunny Island 6.0H/8.0H supports a wide range of on-grid and off-grid applications in the 3 to 25 kW range - from operation in remote off-grid areas to home energy management.

Furthermore, being a core element in the SMA Flexible Storage System for new and existing PV systems, it stores generated solar power and works with the Sunny Home Manager to manage home and commercial energy consumption intelligently.

Its high protection class, wide temperature range and exceptional overload capacity provide the kind of reliability needed for off-grid use. Intelligent load and energy management keeps the system running even in critical situations.

Flexibility:

The Sunny Island offers flexibility in terms of combination with other equipment, which means that the system can be configured precisely to meet the applicable power requirements.

  • Choice of battery: The Sunny Island is compatible with many well-known brands of lithium-ion battery and all lead-acid batteries.
  • Can be retrofitted for single- and three-phase systems
  • Increase system size at any time with SMA multicluster technology
  • Increase system size at any time with SMA multicluster technology

Intelligence:

In the SMA Smart Home, the Sunny Home Manager, with the Sunny Island, takes control of intelligent management between the PV system, appliances and storage systems as well as regulates all energy flows.

  • Comprehensive visualization in the Sunny Portal
  • Forecast-based charging
  • Simple planning using planning guidelines and Sunny Design

Training:

If you are interested in solar PV or would like to run your own business, have a look at our training section.

 

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30.11.2015 /