Solar Panels - The most frequently asked questions

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The recent interest by commerce, industry and residential home owners for Solar Produced Energy through Solar Panels (Photo-Voltaic panels) can likely be attributed to the unfortunate and regrettable fact that our country has been experiencing all levels of hardships arising from ESKOM’s historic practices and that there still remain uncertainties with regards cost of ESKOM power, exorbitant price increases and continuity of their services. In fact, recently, everybody held their breath that ESKOM would drown in an ocean of debt. 

It is therefore expedient for the consumer to know more about Solar and this article by ZEROTH ENERGY deals with some questions. ZEROTH is an ENERGY WHOLESALER. We at ZEROTH will be happy to answer all your questions when you call us. Our contact particulars and mission can be obtained and read on our website at www.zeroth.co.za.

BUT SOLAR IS FAR TOO EXPENSIVE?

Historically it was true that the cost of installing a Solar Power Plant was rather high. BUT things changed, not in the RSA only but Worldwide. The whole world became interested in energy provided to our earth, free of charge, by the sun!

It is good to know that over 30,000 solar panels are being installed in the World every hour.

In 2018 88GW(Giga Watts) of Solar Power was installed worldwide. That is 88 000MW(Mega Watts) and 88million kW(kilo Watts), it takes on average 3 solar panels to create 1Kw that means 88,000,0000Kw X 3 Solar Panels = 264 000 000 Solar Panels. Divide that by 365 days and 24 hours per day = 30 136 Solar Panels per hour being installed around the word. An average solar panel is 2 square meters so +- 30 000 panels x 2 square meters = 60,000 square meters and divide that by 60 minutes = 1 000 square meters of solar panels being installed per minute or 1 square km of solar panels being installed per minute.

And the more people are interested, the more panels will be installed. Mass production will reduce the cost of panels.

Finance companies also changed their funding criteria which makes it possible for you to own your power plant on a rent-to-own basis. It is thus not required to have any installation capital available upfront. We at ZEROTH assist you with the finances and over the agreed term you pay it off in affordable monthly payments. At the termination of the rental agreement the plant is yours! And your energy is free! 

Our RENT-TO-OWN option makes solar power NOW accessible to commerce, industry, retirement complexes and schools.

HOW DO SOLAR PANELS WORK?

A solar panel is manufactured with Photovoltaic (PV) cells which capture the sun rays.  When the sun shines on the panels, electrons are freed from atoms which generate energy or electrical power. Solar-powered photovoltaic (PV) panels essentially convert sunlight to direct current (DC) electricity by exciting electrons in the silicon cells using the photons of light from the sun. Part of the Solar Plant contains an inverter which converts DC into alternating current (AC) electricity. The electrical panel then sends the AC power to the electrical appliance.

The efficacy of each panel can be measured. Panel efficiency is affected by various factors, such as hours of sunlight per day, intensity of the sun, length of summer, etc. South Africa is tops concerning harnessing the free rays of the sun: Sunshine from early morning to late afternoon, intense sun, sun during the winter, etc. Compare that with London, Stockholm, etc. and we at ZEROTH cannot understand why everyone in South Africa does not have a solar plant. 

For the more interested read what Wikipedia says at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photovoltaic_system

ARE CHEAPER PANELS JUST AS GOOD AS THE EXPENSIVE ONES?

As with most things in life: Buying cheap is buying expensive. At ZEROTH we only use Tier 1 panels and peripherals. Read our Blog “Tier 1, 2 and 3 Panels” to fully comprehend why you should not buy the cheapies from the local grocery store.

WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIER 1 PANELS? 

The Tier 2 and Tier 3 panels do not have a track record with proven reliability. There are limited warranties, your panel output is not the same and the lifespan is also drastically less than a Tier 1 panel.

WHAT DOES PANEL EFFICIENCY MEAN?

Panel efficiency means the amount of electricity that can be produced by the panel. It is influenced by the quality of material used in its production (Tier 1, highest quality versus Tier 3, poorest quality) and external factor influences such as dust that settles on the panels or trees that grow over the panels, rendering shadows. 

SHOULD I RATHER WAIT FOR THE EFFICIENCY OF PANELS TO IMPROVE IN LATER YEARS?

Good question. Everything in life improves but each improvement costs more. So while you wait for improved performance you pay more for your ESKOM power, does not save money and will pay more for your “improved” panel.

With this line of principle thinking you should not buy a new car as the next step to vehicles in a decade or so, will be electrical cars and later solar cars. 

WHAT IF SOLAR PANEL QUALITY GETS BETTER – SHOULDN’T I JUST WAIT?

Everything gets better, but while you wait you remain a contributor to the polluting of our atmosphere, and you pay higher for your fossil fuel based energy. The queue for the supply of solar energy is growing by the day and you may have to wait longer for your installation when you decide to go “Green”. 

IF SOLAR PANELS CRACK AFTER A FEW YEARS, WOULD THEY DAMAGE THE ROOF AND BE EXPENSIVE TO REPLACE?

Solar panels undergo rigorous quality testing and will not just crack. The brackets used to affix them to the roof are non-invasive and non-corrosive. It actually protects your roof in instances such as hail. You also have insurance as an option.

We hope these easy answers to these ‘Most frequently asked questions with regard to solar panels’ have been helpful to you. Remember you can learn all you need to know by contacting ZEROTH at www.zeroth.co.za.

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