There might be several reasons to consider an investment in solar. Concern for the environment, an effort to reduce carbon fuel usage, avoidance of the frustrations of load shedding or cable theft and non-availability of utility power comes to mind, but ultimately the financial benefit is usually the deciding factor in the justification of an investment in solar.
The financial justifications are different for domestic and commercial installations. One major factor is the tax legislation.
For registered businesses there are two possible TAX benefits.
Section 12B(1) and (2) of the Income Tax Act provides for a 50/30/20 income tax deduction in respect of certain machinery or plant owned by the taxpayer and which was or is brought into use for the first time by that taxpayer, for the purpose of his or her trade to be used by that taxpayer in the generation of electricity from, amongst others, photovoltaic solar energy (both for energy of more than 1 megawatt and energy not exceeding 1 megawatt) or concentrated solar energy. The tax deduction also applies to any improvements to the qualifying plant or machinery which is not repairs.
In cases of plant and machinery used in the generation of electricity from photovoltaic solar energy in respect of energy less than 1 megawatt, the taxpayer may write off 100% of the costs of such plant or machinery in the year brought into use.
Taxpayers installing solar energy systems should therefore carefully consider the tax deductions in terms of section 12B to ensure that all relevant costs are claimed for income tax purposes.
For domestic households no tax advantages are available, but usually the solar systems are much smaller and lower cost than commercial installations. The benefits of load shedding or power interruption immunity as well drastically reduced energy bills are often justification enough to make the solar investment. Since 2007 electricity prices increased more than inflation. The uncertainty regarding future pricing does not help either. Most average households currently pay approximately R2.30 per kWh and future prices increases are under huge price pressure. Double digit increases are not out of the equation.
According to Wikipedia, Solar energy is radiant light and heat from the Sun that is harnessed using a range of technologies. Hence, solar power is an alternative, renewable energy source.
Solar energy is collected and turned into electricity by photovoltaic solar panels. Any home or business that switches to solar energy will have some sort of solar panels installed on the property. But how, exactly, do these solar panels work and bring electricity to your home?
Solar panels collect energy from the sun and convert it into electricity which is sent to the inverter. The inverter is one of the most important components of a solar power system and has two very important functions. It takes the electricity from the solar panels and charges the batteries as well as convert the DC from the batteries and solar panels into 230V AC. The AC electricity is then fed into your home to power your lighting and household appliances. There is no need to change any of your lighting or appliances.
Any excess solar power that is not used during the day is used to charge your battery storage system. The battery storage system supplies power to your inverter at night or when there is insufficient solar power available to satisfy your power needs. The system uses an automatic change over switch to ensure you still have power from Eskom on occasion when there is not enough solar and battery power available. This way you are almost certain to have power available at all times, day and night.
A grid-tied solar systems are by far the most common and widely used by homes and businesses. These systems are connected to the public electricity grid and do not require battery storage
An off-grid system is not connected to the electricity grid and therefore requires battery storage. An off-grid solar system must be designed appropriately so that it will generate enough power throughout the year and have enough battery capacity to meet the home’s requirements, even in the depths of winter when there is less sunlight.
It really comes down, mostly to what your energy needs are and your budget. Many homeowners are installing solar power systems to reduce their reliance on Eskom, lower their electricity bills, and make their homes more environmentally friendly. Most electricity in a home is used in the early mornings and evenings and not during the day when solar power production is at it’s maximum. For this reason we recommend using an off grid or hybrid system with lithium battery storage to store solar power generated during the day and make use of all this stored energy to power your household lighting and appliances at night.
TSA GREEN provides residential solar systems from
a wide range of starter systems that just run the basics to full off-grid systems that can run a whole house independently and are designed to save you money and protect you against power outages and load shedding.
When it comes to running a business, the goal is to maximize profits by saving on expenses. When you switch to solar, you're one step forward in that direction and TSA GREEN has a variety of solutions to meet up with your needs when it comes to your Business which will save you on your bills and can enjoy:
*Increased profit margins
*Lower operating expenses
*Substantial tax and depreciation benefits
From Solar Geysers and Heat collector panels that can be retrofitted on existing geysers to minimize replacement cost but still generate hot water for both residential and commercial customers
To Smart solutions for your work spaces and homes (Smart Homes), an upgrade of smart, new and energy efficient appliances to save energy on all fronts.
for whatever reasons, if you find yourself in a position where you want to relocate with your system whether for Residential or Commercial, TSA GREEN is there to help you (*trans*) into your new desired location as seamlessly as possible regarding your Energy Solution.
Priced according to your power needs
Solar power saves you money from day 1. Futher more, for commercial installations, enjoy the accelerated tax benefit allowance for solar power.
We design, supply, install and maintain the whole system.
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Our solar installation teams has the experience and expertise to make sure your system is installed 100% right and fully compliant.
Our Solar Team has the experience and capacity to plan, co-ordinate and manage solar projects of any scale.
In order to design and install a suitable solar system the following steps are followed:
An initial discussion is conducted to understand the strategic goals for the installation. Is the aim to save electricity costs, to protect against load shedding and power interruptions, to reduce the carbon footprint etc.
An energy logger is installed to measure and log the actual electricity usage, over a period of time. Electricity bills do not provide enough detail do proper designs. Firstly, electricity bills are often estimated and not actually measured. Secondly an electricity bill provides no detail of usage patterns like maximum demand, or usage per day and night. Important data that are recorded on the logger and used in the design of a suitable system are:
Once the logged data is available a system can be designed to meet the strategic goals and load requirement exactly. Measurements are also made after installation to confirm that the aims of the design are met.
Once designed, the final step is to install your system so you can enjoy clean and green energy.