What’s Watt #1

So South Africa is a great place to live – our lifestyle is really very good and improved living in one of South Africa’s beautiful estate’s and complexes.

Reality is that everyone needs to provide for the security of their own services – those of schooling, health, home, road usage! and power supply – and soon water will feature strongly on this list!

Various solutions for power security exist – whether this is purely for backup when Eskom can not supply us, PV power generation to reduce monthly bills or a combination to provide for total independence from Municipal Utilities.

When ever looking at powers systems, we view solutions as if on a path from now to tomorrow’s independence. The steps taken are determined by requirements and informed by budget and longer term views of trends likely to affect the household.

Much talk about Eskom and Medupi power stations along with renewable energy Private Power Producers (PPP) is in the media, but the medium term (5-year horizon) picture is one of increasing costs and the need for us to invest in our own infrastructure.

Our approach to power systems is an equation of 3 separate facets, namely:

  • Demand Reduction
  • Power Backup
  • Power Generation

 

Smart money is spent on reducing our electrical demand – whether by investing in new technologies, solar water heating, LED lighting, modern appliances, and life style adaptations. These are interventions available to us now and will save money as well as reduce the burden on the national power grid. These technologies do not have to cost huge sums – sometimes they are effectively free of capital outlay!

At the same time, or after the above, power backup (of a manageable load) is readily achieved by investing in generators or inverter systems.

Next article will look at the Generator vs Inverter discussion in greater detail as there are several considerations regarding sizing and costs.

Power generation, beyond pure backup, generally requires a greater level of investment. Reduction of the home’s electrical demand has an amplified effect on generation costs, whether with renewable energy, in the case of PhotoVoltaics, or with large diesel generators. More about this in subsequent columns.

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Sandy Doubell
Sandy Doubell
2024-05-22
The service we experienced with Green House was excellent. The planning info was open and clear with almost up to the minute updates. The product is the best on market, the installation people and the quality of workmanship was impressive. All happy and on time, well priced for the quality product and service. I would recommend Green House to any persons looking at any upgrades or new systems.
Gary Allemann
Gary Allemann
2024-05-11
Have been a client for a number of years. Good solution and continuing good service
Reinhardt Nel
Reinhardt Nel
2024-05-07
Professional service, great installation team, awesome aftersales service
Mark FORTUNE
Mark FORTUNE
2024-04-25
Greenhouse lives up to its promise of excellence.From the first phone call to look at their services we were treated with the utmost professionalism.All steps of instalation were communicated on a daily basis and Patrick our consultant was available on call anytime we had any queries. Greenhouse comes with a five star rating from us.Thank you to the whole team !
Megan D'Arcy
Megan D'Arcy
2024-04-19
Everything about Greenhouse Solar is amazing. The initial consultation, design of the system (set up for scaling up in the future), and after sales service is exceptional. The 24/7 helpline is handy to have for troubleshooting, although, due to the high-end components used (Victron, FreedomWon, JA panels), issues have been non-existent since I had the system been installed. The annual maintenance call-out is a great value-add, too. With solar becoming an essential option for many, it's critical to get the right advice and have the installation done to code. I highly recommend Greenhouse.
Horst Frenzel
Horst Frenzel
2024-03-13
Super fast response to the damage caused by a lightning strike, followed up by quality repairs and excellent workmanship. Thanks for the excellent service!
Irene Cowley
Irene Cowley
2024-03-01
Excellent service. The guys are very knowledgeable. They can help you work out the best ways forward to meet your budget and your needs. The installation teams are excellent. Work professionally and efficiently. We have been most impressed over many years now.
Sergio Coelho
Sergio Coelho
2024-02-26
The folks at GreenHouse did a sterling job installing an upgrade to my home solar system. They knew that it would be challenging to sort out the comms between the Victron equipment and the SMA inverter but in the end their team made it look easy.
Hennie Meeding
Hennie Meeding
2024-02-24
Absolutely satisfied with the service received from GreenHouse. From quote by Ethanne to installation by Mike and his team all were done professionally and efficiently. I highly recommend GreenHouse to walk the solar journey with you… After a year of absolutely no issues we recently had a lightning strike and GreenHouse had to assist to get us up and going again. It turned out that the only item that needed replavement was the controller - and this was replaced in no time…. Yes I would say Greenhouse is “fast and knowledgeable” in this new market segment where it is difficult to choose a supplier!.