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Beginner level, Medium level -

Solar quotes can be difficult to understand. Once you have received several quotes from reputable companies, what are the key points you would need to look for to be able to compare the quotes? In this blog post we hope to give you some pointers for things to look for.

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Advanced level, Batteries, Cables, DC, How to connect, Parallel vs Series -

  At the heart of any solar PV system sits the battery bank; the battery bank can be either a single or multiple batteries connected to each other. Batteries are connected to each other in order to increase:- the battery voltage (in Volts, V), or- the battery capacity (in Ampere hours, Ah), or- both capacity and voltage.(Power = Volts x Ampere, or W = V x A). You can connect batteries either in series or in parallel. The following happens when batteries...

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Beginner level, Sizing -

  With the ongoing load shedding, the energy price increases, the dropping costs for solar components and the need to do something about climate change, more and more homeowners in South Africa are looking to go solar. Here are the key steps to take for installing the best PV system for your home: Reduce your energy usage where you can: One of the smart things to do before installing a solar PV system is to reduce your energy usage where you...

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Advanced level, Cables, communication, How to connect, Victron -

Victron Communication Cables – What to use Where? - This blog contains a selection of commonly used communication cable types as used in Victron inverter - charger systems.

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Beginner level, CoC, Safety -

  Once your solar PV or backup system has been installed, it’s important to ensure that a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) is issued. What is it and why do you need it?   Basically, this document checks that the electrician who performed the installation has complied with the rules and regulations that are in place to assure a safe installation.   Insurance As the property owner, you are responsible for the safety of the electrical installation on your property in...

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