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••• ••• • • PRO MO T IO N A L A RT ICL E • • Everything you need to know when converting to S olar PV only represents 4% of the annual global energy production at this stage, but it is growing at the rapid rate of 46% per year! According to Moody’s, South Africa had the fastest grow- ing green economy in 2015. Even in the areas of South Africa with the lowest available solar energy, there is still more available than in Germany and the Germans have the highest installed PV capacity. This is lovely to read and gives hope for the future of our planet, but how can a commercial farmer benefit from solar PV? • Solar energy saves farmers money. • Tax benefits for farmers. • Become suppliers of choice. solar PV Important questions to ask when considering a solar PV system: • Do you use more electricity during the day or at night? • Do you require standby power? • Do you have north-facing roof space? • Do you have ground space available? • What is your typical monthly electricity consumption? • Are the PV modules from a tier 1 manufacturer? • Is the inverter type tested for NRS 097? A typical residence without battery back-up could save up to 33% by installing solar PV, whereas a com- mercial operation could save up to of 50%, depending on consump- tion patterns. This translates into a payback period of about 5 years. The most important factor to consider when installing a solar PV system is to use a competent and reputable supplier. Someone who can give you sound advice on the best solution as well as the local regulatory requirements for installing and operating a solar PV system. A valid CoC for all solar PV systems must be issued. On larger PV systems it becomes important to have the system signed off by a Professional Engineer. This provides peace of mind and protects the customer against potential insurance issues. 31 Specialized Engineering Solutions Electrical Engineering Network Planning Energy Management Remote Metering Solar Solutions Energy Audits We strive to be your primary partner in creating sustainable infrastructure. Engineering Procurement Management WE SHARE YOUR VISION Let’s discuss your future savings over a coffee 018 474 9000