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Solar Powered Street Lighting for Libode Eco Park, Eastern Cape South Africa

Solar Powered Street Lighting for Libode Eco Park, Eastern Cape South Africa

Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) recently supplied the solar powered street lighting units for Libode Eco Park situated in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The renewable energy lighting system will light up the walkways and add security.


The SSS Alpha Series range of solar powered lighting used for this project,  is the ‘next-generation’ of solar powered LED lighting systems that is setting the standard for the future; applying revolutionary technology developments to deliver the most intelligent solar lighting solution available today.

The Alpha series offers a compact and robust design that is well suited for African harsh weather conditions; a newly developed LED lens offers much improved lighting distribution that will meet the most demanding specification criteria as well as providing ‘Smart-Eye’ motion detection technology that automatically regulates the lamp output to increase battery autonomy.

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Cape Town Hybrid System Installation

Recent Hybrid solar system installed in Cape Town consisted of:

  • 2Kw of PV solar panels - roof mounted
  • 1x 3000VA Victron Multiplus inverter/charger
  • 12x 530 A/h 2V Mil Solar Batteries
  • 1x Victron 150/85 Mppt
  • 1x Battery Monitor
  • 1x Color Control

A hybrid solar system combines the best of both worlds: the convenience of a grid connected system — including the ability to earn tarif credits if supported in your area and battery backup system which will supply power in the event of a blackout or during load shedding.

Combining energy storage with a grid connection to your property, hybrid systems can provide the flexibility of being able to store the energy you generate during the day instead of feeding it back into the grid - typically at a low feed-in tariff. This energy can then be used in the evening instead of buying power back at a higher price.

Hybrid systems are quite sophisticated. They are fully programmable and our in-house designers can custom engineer a system which will provide a smart combination of all the energy sources available to you, giving you a strategic advantage in the reliability, cost and environmental impact of electricity usage.


3 Phase 15 KVA 7.5KWP Hybrid Solar System

Recent images of the 3 Phase 15 KVA 7.5KWP Hybrid Solar System Specialized Solar Systems, Kheis Municipality, Red Flow Advance Energy and Peer Africa officially launched last year.

The Hybrid Solar PV system used for this project is currently in its first phase of suppling solar generated energy to power the water pumping equipment for the Water Treatment Works (WTW) using the revolutionary Flow Battery System for energy storage.

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Solar Utility Non-Grid Debiting Methods



 In order to effect proper sustainable practices the solar utility, SSS-EPOWER uses a pay-for-energy-usage business model.

Solar energy users or end-users are allocated pre-defined payment packages or either monthly CONTRACT or PAY AS YOU GO (PAYG) billing.  Both these debiting methods take place with remote system switching (ON; OFF;WARNING) automatically after setup and allow flexible system/end-user management.

All debiting values and system updates are logged in a comprehensive audit trail.

SSS’s Online Management Utility System provides the following functionality: 

1. Remote system control via GSM technologies of DB Boxes that includes switching of systems

  • Warning
  • Off
  • On
  • Automation of these functions

2. Comprehensive record keeping and administration of data

  • Client records
  • System records/accurate stock allocation via GPS
  • Payment/account history
  • Detailed audit trailing
  • Detailed reporting

3. Various debiting methods that include:

  • Definable month based contract payment packages
  • Definable Pay as you Go payment packages.
  • Definable Pay to Own payment packaged.
  • Automation of these functions

4. Tiered, multi-user security and access control.

  • All user system interaction is logged to an audit trail
  • Users can be assigned privileges on all framework functions

5. POS/payment/receipting

  • Logging of payments/cashing up
  • Remote vendor management framework

B.  The SSS Vendor application has the following functions:

  • As an accessible payment point for end-users.
  • Vendors are managed via wallet funding system.
  • POS transactional receipt printing with account history at the location of payment.
  • Detailed record keeping and logging.
  • Updating of client/system records functionality.