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Residential Solar  Solutions

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Increasingly,  homeowners are coming to understand the financial and environmental benefits of integrating renewable energy technologies within their homes.
Specialized Solar Systems

Backed by many years of residential and commercial solar system design and installations throughout Africa and a huge range of innovative and well-tested products, Specialized Solar Systems is a leader in the solar energy solutions industry and can confidently offer residential homeowners the added security and peace of mind that we will design and install a solar system to fulfil almost any energy requirement.

At Specialized Solar Systems our in-house experts will advise you about all the available solar solution options to cater for your immediate energy needs and future requirements and will take all the factors unique to your home and to your energy requirements into consideration. 

Installing a solar system in your home will not only save on your monthly electricity usage bill, but will also give you energy security for years to come.


Before You Start

To help you decide what type of solar energy system to install in your home, here are a few important and useful facts to consider…

Why going green is the best option.

There are many benefits to ‘going green’, but here are just a few:

  • The average solar system in South Africa will prevent between 1.75 – 2.05 tons of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere per year.

  • Electricity prices are forecast to surge by 93% over an 8-year period [source: Times Live].

  • A solar system adds real capital value to your home.

  • A solar system allows you the possibility of not having a power bill for the next 25-40 years. Solar systems last for 25 years with an 80% yield, though they have been known to perform for over 45 years.

  • Your energy use and the size of your solar energy system will determine the actual savings. Systems start paying for themselves immediately and the savings on electricity costs increases each year as the cost of electricity rises. A typical return on investment is usually around 15-20%.

    With a solar system installed in your home, you will also have energy security for years to come.

    The main types of solar installations.

    A solar system that connects the solar panel installation with the main electricity grid is known as a grid-tie solar system and, if legislation allows, you will be able to feed excess energy back into the grid through a special meter, and when legislation allows you will be financially rewarded.

    An off-grid solar system is generally installed for remote properties where the cost of connecting to the main grid is prohibitive or not financially viable. The solar system charges a battery bank which in turn is used to power all your appliances and lights etc. A generator may be used as a backup to the battery system for added security, if so required.

    A hybrid solar system combines the best of both worlds: the convenience of a grid connected system — including the ability to earn Feed-In tariff credits (legislation applicable) — with the extra peace of mind of a battery backup. This means that even during a power blackout, you still have electricity.

    A backup system allows you to enjoy a continuous power supply when the grid fails. When the grid power is off, energy is supplied to your home from a battery and inverter system, enabling you to continue with your daily routine.

    Factors to take into consideration when going solar.

    The cost of your solar system depends on several factors, including your current energy usage, your available unshaded roof space, your utility’s (Eskom’s) metering policy and other factors.

    Normally solar panels will be installed as discreetly as possible on your roof, but if you prefer, they can also be erected free-standing elsewhere on your property.

    Solar panel orientation is dependent on the installations latitude.  As a rule of thumb, maximum solar energy in South Africa is obtained by having the solar panels face north and tilted upwards at an angle of 30 to 35 degrees.

    You will also need to consider your energy requirements – how much electricity do you use, when do you consume the most electricity and what appliances do you use regularly? These factors will help determine the type and size of the system you need.

    Look for professionals who can offer you strong warranties, good after sales support and that have a proven track record. Specialized Solar Systems – an established and reliable brand that you can trust.


    Now that you know a bit more about what’s what, let’s look at the various residential solar solutions that Specialized Solar Systems can offer you…

    Residential (domestic) Off-Grid Solar Systems

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

    Generally,  off-grid solar system sizing or specifications are based on your daily energy usage and peak Wh requirement. Daily energy usage can normally be calculated from your utility bill over a time period, but may require more accurate usage pattern monitoring with energy metering data loggers.

    Below are hand-picked selections of our most popular, complete and proven residential off-grid solar systems with different sizing options.  This selection of off-grid solar systems will give our customers an overview of all the equipment used with explanations to help assist you with your off-grid solar energy generation planning.


    To view a more detailed overview, please visit our off-grid solar systems catalogue available  by clicking on the button below…

    You should also have a look at our Energydock Range – these units are already configured for optimal performance and all the components are already installed in a single enclosure – just add the solar panels and you are ready to generate your own solar energy.

     


    Customers should please contact us for a quote following your off-grid solar system selection or if you require expert help with choosing the correct off-grid solar system to satisfy your immediate and future home or business solar energy requirements. When making an inquiry, please include the location where you plan to install your off-grid solar energy system.


    Residential (domestic) Grid-Interactive Hybrid Solar Systems

    A Grid-interactive Hybrid Solar System intelligently gives you the best of both worlds, with the added convenience of a grid connected system including the ability to earn Feed-In-Tariff credits (if your municipality allows) and the added security of a battery backup. This means that you should always have electricity, even during a power outage and bad patches of weather.

    Hybrid solar systems are very sophisticated and they are also fully programmable. At Specialized Solar Systems, our team of well experienced in-house electrical engineers can custom design a hybrid solar system that will provide our customers with a very smart combination of all the energy sources available at your home, giving you a calculated advantage in reliability, cost and environmental impact for your electricity energy usage.

    Below are hand-picked selections of our most popular, complete and proven residential grid-interactive Hybrid Solar Systems with different sizing options.  This selection of grid-interactive hybrid solar systems will give our customers an overview of all the equipment used with explanations to help assist you with your off-grid solar energy generation planning.


    To view a more detailed overview, please visit our grid-interactive Hybrid solar systems catalogue by clicking the button below…


    Customers should please contact Specialized Solar Systems for a quote following your Hybrid Solar System selection or if you require expert help with choosing the correct Hybrid Solar System to satisfy your immediate and future home or business solar energy requirements. When making an inquiry, please include the location where you plan to install your Hybrid Solar Energy System.


    Residential (domestic) Backup Solutions

    Not only is it frustrating when the grid fails, but it can also cause damage to your electronic equipment and appliances. A backup system for your home could be the answer. Specialized Solar Systems has several backup options that are ideal for residential application. These systems have a lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO₄) battery and an inverter. While the grid is connected, the battery is charged and stores energy for when the grid fails. At this time, the battery seamlessly takes over the energy supply to your essential loads, protecting them from damage and allowing you to continue with your routine.

    The Energydock Range is ideal as a residential backup system, and all its components are already pre-programmed for optimal performance. Thee units can also be remotely managed using your cell phone or smart device and you can monitor the battery’s capacity and the system’s performance at anytime. There is also no unsightly clutter when installing one of these units in your home – all the components and internal wiring are neatly housed in a sleek enclosure.

    Please click the button below to find out more about the Energydock range as well as some of the storage options that we offer.

    Ready for an an enjoyable solar experience?

    A residential 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.

    Find Out More

    Watch the videos below to find out a bit more about a grid-tie solar system, an off-grid solar system and battery storage. Installing a residential solar system is highly recommended in these uncertain times, but don’t take our word for it – watch what one of our clients has to say about her residential solar system installation.

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    Miena BesterMiena Bester
    07:12 10 Jun 22
    Excellent service, great system. Thank you Bobby and team. You are awesome!
    Tulz MTulz M
    20:33 12 Dec 20
    I used the Gauteng supplier, Approved Solar Systems, and I truly appreciate the professionalism showed by the team. They consulted on my needs and answered all of my questions. The turn around was really fast. Most importantly they were warm and friendly to deal with. The positive experience was worth every penny. Thanks for an amazing service...it's a lost art these days.
    Ronel PieterseRonel Pieterse
    15:04 05 Nov 20
    Professional, knowledgable, on time. I appreciated the attention to detail and answering my endless questions and requests to quote. With so many solar charlatans out there these days; this is one company you can trust!
    lukas du preezlukas du preez
    07:08 14 Oct 19
    I was very satisfied with the professionalism and quality of the service provided by SSS at my home in Welgelegen George, installing a solar system.To put the cherry on top, I was informed by SSS about 2 weeks after the job was finished and paid for, that I have overpaid them by R32000 and that they would refund me! I was not aware of this and they could have kept quiet and I would never have known. This reflects great business ethics and I can really recommend these guys!
    Martiens PrinslooMartiens Prinsloo
    09:49 20 May 19
    I've been investigating a solar solution for our house in Randburg for the past 5 years. From all the interaction I had with various companies SSS is by far the most professional. They are the only company that was willing to do a decent study of our power usage before making a recommendation of what is needed. The level of service I received was world class. The CEO was actually interacting with me directly via phone and e-mail and explaining everything in a way I can understand. Thank you for time Jonathan! You and your team really showed what service is all about. The installation is very neat and I can already see a huge reduction in my grid consumption. No need to stress about load shedding anymore.
    Des MullerDes Muller
    08:53 04 Mar 15
    I like when people know their stuff and are not too wrapped up in their expertise to spend time with those who are not so knowledgeable to explain things. I had a good experience and liked the calm confidence the staff projects.
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