Add to this the sporadic implementation of load shedding (such as announced this week) and it becomes clear why many might be considering solar PV installations. Many have already started comparing the costs related to the installation of a PV system versus a monthly electricity bill, ongoing tariff increases and load shedding.
“Affordability however is not the main and only aspect to be considered. To ensure safe and legal installations, home or small business owners should follow specific guidelines before committing to and installing a PV system,” says Niveshen Govender, COO of the South African Solar Photovoltaic Industry (SAPVIA).
Decide on the type of rooftop PV system to install:
The most common way to differentiate a solar rooftop installation is via the connection to the electrical load/grid.
Before installing your system:
If you wish to install a grid-tied system you will need to register and request approval from your distribution authority. Most municipalities that allow this have the necessary documentation on their website.
Select an accredited service provider to ensure safe and legal installations:
Verify if your service provider has adequate experience in PV installations and is a member of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), Electrical Contractors Association (ECASA) or the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) where required. The SAPVIA PV GreenCard is a safety certification.
Prior to being certified and registered on the PV GreenCard database, PV installers undergo specialized training and assessments, an assurance that they are familiar and compliant with all the relevant national standards and municipal regulations. On completion of installation, a certified PV GreenCard installer will issue the client a document detailing all the specification of the PV system as well as a checklist that all the required installation steps were completed to the required standard.
Not happy with your installation?
If you are not satisfied with the installation you can request an inspection from an authorized inspection authority (AIA) registered with the Department of Labor, the ECASA ombudsman or an independent consultant.
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