Commercial PV system

Large Photovoltaic system for industrial applications

commercial PV system

Modules:  IBC 250W polycrystalline panels
Inverter: SMA string inverters
Total capacity: 250 kWp
Place: Vyeboom, Cape Town, Western Cape
Realised by:
RED Engineering Pty
Year of installation:
2015

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Grid-tied commercial PV system to power Villiersdorp local cold storage facility at Arbeidsvreugd Fruit Packers. The system generates electricity during the day. The energy is directly used by the company so there is no energy fed back to the grid.

Depending on the consumption industrial companies can save a huge share of their electricity costs. Even if companies have Eskom Megaflex tariff there is much to save by producing their own energy for free with the power of the sun.

The advantage of a commercial PV system is that the investment costs can be depreciated easily. A utility-size commercial PV system optimizes financial efficiency. The combination with batteries can even guarantee security of supply during power failure. Also hybrid solutions with Diesel generators or wind generators are possible.

Promotion video: Case study for an industrial PV system with SolarEdge components, realised by RED Engineering.

Find an installer for a commercial PV system:

If you are interested in a commercial PV system resp. a utility-size solar system, contact us. Our maxx-team will size and design a system for your company's needs. Everything from energy bill reduction over efficiency increase to load shedding cure or back-up solutions also incl. hybrid systems with diesel generators is possible.

maxx-solar energy has a wide network of installers, planners and designers of PV systems all over South Africa and Southern 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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31.10.2015 |

Solar PV system Zambia 5kWp

Domestic solar energy system for back-up during power failure in Lusaka

solar PV system Zambia

Modules:  IBC 260W polycrystalline panels
Inverter: SMA
Total capacity: 5 kWp
Place: Lusaka, Zambia
Realised by:
GES Green Energy Solutions
Year of installation:
2015

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Domestic photovoltaic solar PV system Zambia (Lusaka). 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 3000+, the next bigger system is the BMI 5000+. The components are all engineered in Germany, SMA and IBC are both German companies which produce and maintain excellent quality according to German quality standards.

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.

Installation:

Installation in off-grid and remote areas are no problem. The system can be installed either as embedded generation system resp. back-up system or without grid connection.

Find an installer:

If you are interested in buying your own solar system, contact us to find an installer for a Photovoltaic solar PV system Zambia, South Africa, Namibia, Nigeria, Botwana, Zimbabwe or any other Southern African country.

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About the SMA inverter:

(source SMA)

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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29.10.2015 |

Hybrid Solar System

Domestic solar energy system for back-up during loadshedding

Modules:  IBC 260W polycrystalline panels
Inverter: SMA
Total capacity: 3 kWp
Place: Johannesburg, Gauteng
Realised by:
GES Green Energy Solutions
Year of installation:
2015

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This embedded generation system was installed by Green Energy Solutions. It is in Johannesburg, Gauteng and is connected to the Eskom grid. 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 3000+, the next bigger system is the BMI 5000+.

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 Photovoltaic system Johannesburg.

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 SolarEdge inverter:

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The SolarEdge PV inverter combines sophisticated digital control technology with efficient power conversion architecture to achieve superior solar power harvesting and best-in-class reliability.

The fixed-voltage technology ensures the solar inverter is always working at its optimal input voltage, regardless of the number of modules in a string or environmental conditions.

A proprietary data monitoring receiver has been integrated into the single phase solar inverter and aggregates the power optimizer performance data from each PV module. This data can be transmitted to the web and accessed via the SolarEdge monitoring portal for performance analysis, fault detection and troubleshooting of PV systems.

The single phase inverter can be fitted with a seamlessly attachable cabling duct for managing the installation wiring. The inverters are lightweight and can be installed by a single person on a supplied bracket.

 Single Phase Inverter Feature highlights:

  • Solar inverters specifically designed to work with power optimizers
  • Superior efficiency (>97%)
  • Excellent reliability with standard 12 year warranty (extendable to 20 or 25 years)
  • Small, lightweight and easy to install
  • Built-in module-level monitoring receiver
  • Communication to internet via broadband or wireless ZigBee
  • IP65 / NEMA 3R – Outdoor and indoor installation

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29.10.2015 |

Photovoltaic System Johannesburg

Domestic solar photovoltaic energy solution

Photovoltaic system Johannesburg

 

Modules:  IBC 260W polycrystalline
Inverter: SolarEdge
Total capacity: 4 kWp
Place: Johannesburg, Gauteng
Realised by:
GES Green Energy Solutions
Year of installation:
2015

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This Grid-tied PV system or embedded generation system in Johannesburg, Gauteng was installed to cut down electricity costs. It enables the house owner to reduce electricity costs 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.

To cure load shedding an embedded generation system like this one can be extended. Depending on the household's consumption, a battery bank with back-up function is added. During power failure the battery work as a back-up just as a Diesel generator and electricity can be used even though the public grid fails.

Extension of the system:

All SolarEdge solar systems can be easily extended by increasing the number of modules and optimisers. As the Tesla Powerwall is a joint product by SolarEdge and Tesla, it can be easily added to the system.

Find an installer:

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

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 SolarEdge inverter:

(source SolarEdge)

The SolarEdge PV inverter combines sophisticated digital control technology with efficient power conversion architecture to achieve superior solar power harvesting and best-in-class reliability.

The fixed-voltage technology ensures the solar inverter is always working at its optimal input voltage, regardless of the number of modules in a string or environmental conditions.

A proprietary data monitoring receiver has been integrated into the single phase solar inverter and aggregates the power optimizer performance data from each PV module. This data can be transmitted to the web and accessed via the SolarEdge monitoring portal for performance analysis, fault detection and troubleshooting of PV systems.

The single phase inverter can be fitted with a seamlessly attachable cabling duct for managing the installation wiring. The inverters are lightweight and can be installed by a single person on a supplied bracket.

 Single Phase Inverter Feature highlights:

  • Solar inverters specifically designed to work with power optimizers
  • Superior efficiency (>97%)
  • Excellent reliability with standard 12 year warranty (extendable to 20 or 25 years)
  • Small, lightweight and easy to install
  • Built-in module-level monitoring receiver
  • Communication to internet via broadband or wireless ZigBee
  • IP65 / NEMA 3R – Outdoor and indoor installation

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01.10.2015 |

The Maxx Be More Independent - BMI - Solar energy system

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The BMI in 2015 has proved itself as an excellent PV system and as a great concept and tool for our alumni to generate sales and install high quality PV systems.

FREE: Download BMI brochure for end client.

BMI flyer - print copy for alumni

Remember, the key difference in the approach - with the BMI the sun becomes the main source of energy for the home, and the grid becomes the back- up.

Here is another tool to help generate sales - on top of the second page is a place for your company stamp.

Download brochure and include your contact details

Print 1000

Hand out at intersections

BMI flyer - print copy for alumni

 

 

18.09.2015 |

Clients now requesting German IBC Solar Panels

Unique value add of IBC Solar Panels

  • German warrantor
  • 35 years in the industry
  • 4200 Megawatt of installed projects
  • 160 000 projects globally
  • optional industry leading 15 year product warranty!!
  • 19.18 % Efficiency

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IBC Solar Panels are the benchmark for a reliable, secure investment in photovoltaic solar modules.

IBC SOLAR AG has had a successful presence in the photovoltaic market for  more than 35 years. They are one of the leading international energy companies providing high-performance system solutions in every size and for every application with intelligent phtovoltaic systems. The economic strength and financial independance is confirmed by globally recognised rating agencies.

Smart Systems for Solar Power, thanks to perfectly matched components. More than 1000 highly qualifed partners around the world. More than 4200 megawatts of installed power, which supply around 2 million people with solar power. All this underlines the high level of expertise of IBC SOLAR.

IBC SOLAR leading PV system integrator from Germany since 1982.

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02.09.2015 |

Maxx Networking Evening - CT - 24 Nov 2015

 

 

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05.08.2015 |

Sma sunny boy inverter

sma sunny boy inverter

Does your client want to start small with a little PV system?

The new SMA sunny boy inverter 1.5 was designed with this in mind.

Introducing the: SMA Sunny Boy 1.5 

Using just 4 modules this is one of the most cost effective, highest quality inverters availible

Reliable, trusted, German, longest warranty - setting the standard for an investment in residential energy security.

The completely redesigned SMA sunny boy inverter 1.5/2.5 is the perfect inverter for a small domestic PV system. Among other features, it is great for self -consumption of generated solarpower. 

The innovative design of the Sunny Boy 1.5/2.5 is easy to install, and allows for quick DC and AC connections. Because it weighs just 9 kg, it can be suspended from just two screws, with no additional wall mounting bracket. Commissioning is equally easy, because the integrated user interface (Web UI) makes it possible to choose the necessary settings in next to no time – without opening the cover.

With its focus on what really matters, the Sunny Boy 1.5/2.5 also offers impressive communication features. The intuitive user interface (Web UI) makes it possible to monitor system data on any smartphone, tablet, laptop or traditional PC. This enables the user to choose between local and online monitoring via Sunny Places and Sunny Portal.

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27.07.2015 |

New Products & Pricelist

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Contact us for the 2015 Q2 pricelist

More products, more selection same market leading prices

Check out the new 280 watt mono module from IBC the benchmark in high performance, high quality modules backed by a 100% German warranty - only R3800 ex VAT before discount.

Find yout why you should use IBC here

DataSheet:

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27.07.2015 |

System of the week: BMI 5000 goes off grid in Zambia

Ralph Riley and Johann Fritz team up for a BMI 5000+ off grid install in Zambia.  System includes automatic generator start and control through the SMA sunny island.

We heard from the team during the installation

1 - the IBC aerofix mounting system for IBR is "awesome"

2 - Welding and grinding was no problem for the SI 8.0

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29.06.2015 |