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200kVA Grid-tied Solar – Tembalethu Square Shopping Mall George Installation

200kVA Grid-tied Solar/1 MegaWatt – Tembalethu Square Shopping Mall George installation generate an average 1 megawatt of daily renewable energy

Thembalethu Square shopping mall is taking the lead for businesses in The Garden Route and South Africa by actively going green with the installation of 200kVA grid-tied solar energy system that will generate an average 1 megawatt of daily renewable energy.

Located in a township, Thembalethu (meaning: “ Our Hope”) in Western Cape in George South Africa, the shopping mall management commissioned Specialized Solar Systems with the installation of a 200kVA grid-tied solar energy system that will showcase the mall’s holistic approach and commitment to the environment by the primary use of solar-based electricity. The mall is proactively involved with the local community by providing much-needed youth development programmes incorporating arts, sport, educational and feeding facilities. The solar energy will not only power these projects but will also solidify environmental awareness and impact issues through their education programmes.

The key benefits of the Thembalethu Square grid-tied solar energy system:

  • Tembalethu 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: Tembalethu 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 Tembalethu Square shopping centre

Above pictures: Installation images of the Thembalethu Square shopping mall

Put the sun to work for your business – Every year more and more business owners are discovering the benefits of investing in solar energy

Installing a Solar PV (photovoltaic) system on your business roof will not only save you money in the short-run, it also offers long-term rewards(If supported by your municipality – please view this link).

  • 1. Save on your power bill
    The repayment of a solar PV system is close to 5 years, depending on certain factors like self-consumption and the tariff structure. With solar panels that have a 25-year production warranty, it’s very much like buying 25 years’ prepaid electricity at 5 years’ cost.
  • 2. Benefit from a feed-in tariff
    Many municipalities across the Western Cape already have the rules and tariffs in place (where you are compensated for extra electricity fed into the grid). The remaining municipalities across the province are being supported by the Western Cape Government and GreenCape to design and implement feed-in tariffs.
  • 3. Installation is tax deductible
    Section 12B of the Income Tax Act of 2016 provides for an accelerated depreciation allowance on the entire cost of a solar photovoltaic system under 1 megawatt. A maximum of 28% of a PV system’s cost can be saved in the first year through a reduced tax bill. Take Charge Switch & Save
  • 4. It’s VAT deductible
    It makes perfect financial sense for businesses to install a Solar PV system, as they can deduct the VAT portion, in other words, 14% of the total cost if they are VAT-registered. This presents an immediate saving.
  • 5. Pay less carbon tax
    Government is introducing a carbon tax for businesses that emit excessive amounts of greenhouse gasses, through especially transportation and electricity generation. As a low-carbon source of energy, solar power can help businesses to become greener and therefore avoid carbon tax.

 Below: A video touching on the installation of the large Tembalethu Malls 1 megaWatt grid-tied solar power system and more information of the malls Youth-development programs

Other systems

Off-grid Solar Powered Systems

An off-grid solar system is not connected to the electricity grid and requires battery storage. Off-grid solar systems must be designed correctly in order to generate enough power throughout the year and have the necessary battery capacity to meet the installed locations electrical energy requirements or demand.

Customers should please contact Specialized Solar Systems for expert help when choosing an off-grid solar power system to satisfy your immediate and future home or business energy requirements. When making an inquiry, please include the location where you plan to install your off-grid solar energy system.

Customers can read more about Specialized Solar Systems off-grid solar powered systems by selecting this link.

Plan your move to energy liberation today with Specialized Solar Systems bestselling quality residential off-grid solar systems

Below are selections of our most popular and highly recommended residential off-grid solar powered energy systems with different sizing options designed by Specialized Solar Systems.  This selection of off-grid solar systems will give our customers an overview of all the quality equipment used with explanations to help assist you with your off-grid solar energy generation planning.

Other Solar Powered Systems:  Specialized Solar Systems Grid-Interactive Hybrid Solar Systems

Feeding-in to the Municipal Grid (Western Cape, South Africa)

Many municipalities across the Western Cape already have the rules and tariffs in place for feeding into the grid when installing a PV system. To view more information please view this link

Specialized Solar Systems Grid-Interactive Hybrid Solar Systems: The utility grid is a virtual battery
Electricity should be used as it is generated. However, it can be temporarily stored as other forms of energy (e.g. chemical energy in batteries).  Energy storage typically comes with significant costs.

The electric power grid is in many ways also a battery, without the need for maintenance or replacements, and with much better efficiency rates. In other words, more electricity (and more money) goes to waste with conventional battery systems.

Additional perks of being grid-tied include access to back up power from the utility grid in case extra power is required or if your solar system stops generating electricity for any reason.  At the same time, you also help to mitigate the utility’s peak load.

Customers can contact Specialized Solar Systems for more information on purchasing a Grid-Tied solar system and for expert advice when choosing the correct solar system solution for all your electrical energy needs.

To view a more detailed overview of our residential grid-interactive hybrid solar systems section in our catalogue available over here.

Below are selections of our most popular and highly recommended residential grid-interactive hybrid solar energy systems with different sizing options designed by Specialized Solar Systems.  This selection ofwill give our customers an overview of all the quality equipment used with explanations to help assist you with your off-grid solar energy generation planning.

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