Commercial & Industrial solar energy solutions

Making the investment in a sustainable solar solution not only significantly reduces your business carbon footprint, you will be making real and measurable positive change for the planet and transforming the profitability and branding credentials of your business, thereby  gaining a competitive edge by showing your commitment to sustainability.

It makes sense to work with a reliable and experienced installation partner with an established track record that Specialized Solar Systems confidently offers the commercial sector - the added security and peace of mind of making the switch to a commercial scale solar solution,  effortless.  

Specialized Solar System’s dedicated commercial solar solutions team will carefully examine your energy profile and work within your financial goals to present the most appropriate and optimal commercial solar powered offerings available with ongoing support. 

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BENEFITS OF GOING SOLAR

Key benefits of commercial solar energy solutions:

  • Substantial tax benefits - the capital spend on solar can be depreciated over a year (South African legislation: Section 12B).  
  • Markedly reduce business overheads and increase your bottom line with up to 100% savings on daytime electricity costs.
  • Adds a capital asset to the property thus increases the net worth of the business.
  • Added energy security by pre-purchasing your energy today at a fixed unit cost that will protect your business against foreseeable increases in utility prices.
  • Reduce your reliance on the National Grid.
  • Improve your reputation by contributing to the savings of tonnes of yearly global carbon emissions.
  • Added insulation:  Solar PV panels provide shading thus reducing the need for cooling.

QUOTATION INCLUDES

A typical commercial solar solution quotation from Specialized Solar Systems includes:

  • Analysis of your energy usage to provide a realistic demonstration of how much renewable energy can be generated and used on-site.
  • Detailed capitalization calculations that ensure you understand exactly how and when you can expect to break even, the structure of repayments and income and the overall profitability of your business.
  • System deliverables.
  • Detailed system designs upon acceptance.

A PHASED APPROACH

A typical commercial solar system implementation approach

1st Phase Alternative Energy Offerings

  • Ascertain client’s requirements and expectations
  • Evaluate existing load pattern
  • Analyses of existing billing structure
  • Site visit to establish site conditions and installation criteria
  • Energy audit if required
  • Verify energy usage with onsite data recording
  • Formulation of preliminary concept system
  • Verify all requirements with client

2nd Phase Final costing and proposal to client

  • Client brief
  • Technical design (Software: PV Sol etc)
  • Project costing (ROI, 25 year capitalizations; Tax benefits/implications)
  • Regulatory (legal) processes (PPA, SSEG)
  • Expected project timelines
  • Client acceptance (T & C’s)

3rd Phase Construction – Installation phase

  • Health and safety compliance
  • Quality control
  • Installation of all system
  • Client feedback on installation progress
  • Commissioning
  • Evaluation and monitoring period
  • Client hand over once deliverables are met. All datasheets/monitoring software/technical and onsite support etc.
  • Additional contracts (monitoring/site inspections etc)

COMMERCIAL DIVISION PROJECTS

200kWp (1 Megawatt) Thembalethu Square Shopping Mall , George South Africa

Thembalethu Square Shopping Mall , George

Type: 200kWP Grid-Tied Solar generating 1 megawatt of renewable energy daily.
Installation Time:  2 months (Sept-Oct16)

Components:
  • 650 X 315W PV Panels
  • 7 X 27kW Fronius Grid-Tied Inverters
Remarks:
  • Thembalethu Square decided to invest in the solar system because they believe once the system is paid off,  they will make a substantial saving in the ever rising cost of electricity.
  • Carbon emission benefits: Thembalethu Square will save approximately 360 tonnes of yearly carbon (CO2) emissions.
  • Added insulation.  Solar PV panels absorb heat thus reducing the need for cooling.
  • Increases the capital value of Thembalethu Square shopping centre.
Images from Thembalethu Square Shopping Mall Solar 200kWp Grid-Tied Solar System, George (select to enlarge)

101 kWp van Greunen Boerdery, George South Africa

van Greunen Boerdery, George South Africa

Type: 101kWP Grid-Tied Solar generating 0.5 megawatt of renewable energy daily.
Installation Time:  1 month (busy Nov 16)

Components:
  • 332 X 305W PV Panels
  • 4 X 27kW Fronius Grid-Tied Inverters
Remarks:
  • The van Greunen Boerdery decided to invest in the solar system because they believe once the system is paid off; they will make a substantial saving in the ever rising cost of electricity.
  • Carbon emission benefits: Tembalethu Square w ill save approximately 180 tonnes of yearly carbon (CO2) emissions.
  • Added insulation.  Solar PV panels absorb heat thus reducing the need for cooling in their refrigeration, sorting and packaging facility.
  • Increases the capital value of the Boerdery centre.

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Installation at van Greunen Boerdery Solar - 101kWp Grid-Tied Solar System, George (select to enlarge)

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Grid-Tie Solar System 12.5kVA 15kWp 77kWhrs per day

One of this week’s Specialized Solar Systems installations included a 15kWp solar system with Fronius 3 phase grid-tie inverter to supplement their power in a restaurant. The solar installation was done in Humansdorp South Africa.

The grid-tied solar systems consisted of the following components:

  • 15 kWp PV Solar Modules
  • DC Combiner Box with Surge Protection
  • SM Rail Mount Framework for Roof
  • 1 x SYMO 12.5-3-M, 2 MPPT, Web server & WLAN
  • 1 x Smart Meter - Three Phase - 63A
  • System Programming and Maintenance/Owner Training

 

Timelapse video of roof mounted solar panels for a grid-tied solar system recently installed.

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15 kVA/ 9 kWp 3- Phase Off-grid with backup generator solar system installation

Solar installation completed for Sausage Tree Camp 5 Star Safari Lodge Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia, Africa.

Recently Specialized Solar Systems completed installation at the Sausage Tree Camp which is a 5 Star Safari Lodge in the Lower Zambezi National Park The system has been designed to support 46Kwh per day usage main usage daytime with a night time usage of 14 kWh.

 

 

 The peak capacity of the off-grid solar system is 15 kVA 3 phase and includes the following solar hardware.

  • 9 kWp of solar panels on ground mount frames
  • 3 x 5 kVA (15 kVA) Victron Multiplus Inverters
  • 36 x 250 Watt Solar Panels 9 kWP
  • 3 x 85 amp Victron MPPTs
  • 1 x Freedom Won Lithium Iron 20/14 Battery


The system is backed up by a generator and by utilising the lithium iron phosphate Battery the generator run time to recharge the system is less than half the time it would have to run to recharge standard Lead acid batteries.

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