The selection between “Off Grid”, “Grid Tied”, “Grid Interactive”, “Backup” and all the variations of these basic models may seem somewhat intimidating at times.
The solar hardware industry is mature, and international practices have proven the technology. The South African market is gaining maturity, but there are still many providers/installers that are not trained at all, who offer poor advice and products. MyEcoFuture currently holds accreditation from the Maxx Solar Academy and the “DGS Super Solar School”. DGS is a German company now offering their experience to the South African Market.
Our methodology involves installing and analysing the data from an Energy Monitor, and using this data to design a custom fit solution. This enables us to “right-size” the Photovoltaic (PV) Array, Inverter/Charger(s) and batteries for your specific consumption patterns and requirements.
We then investigate and propose the best hardware to fit your designed solution and budget. Despite your budget guidelines, we do not install inferior “nameless” imports from the east.
AC Coupled or Hybrid Solution
Grid Tied Option
|Combines the best from backup and off-grid solar systems.
Primary source of power is from the solar system and Eskom supplements the power when solar power is not sufficient.
If solar energy harvest is more than the demand of your house, then excess energy is stored in the battery.
If Eskom fails, stored energy in battery powers essential (or all!) services.
|Primary source of power is from the solar system and Eskom supplements the power when solar power is not sufficient.
If solar energy harvest is more than the demand of your house, then excess energy can be fed back into the Eskom grid, earning potential credits! This is not approved yet in Tshwane, but the process has been initiated (April 2017).
If Eskom fails, the solar generator also shuts down as a safety precaution.
|Store excess energy from solar panels in a battery, and use the stored energy to save money or provide power when Eskom power is unavailable.||No battery. Less expensive, but no backup, even if the sun is shining.|
|Backup power available in case of Eskom outages||No backup power available in case of an Eskom power outage|