Our green solar power

Our green solar power is much more than an alternative form of electrification; it has become the inspiration for a whole different way of living. That is especially true if you plan to go off the grid.

If you have very deep pockets then you can simply contract with a company to install a very large solar generator, and you will hardly notice the difference, except that load shedding and local municipal incompetence will be things of the past. You will get no more electrical bills.

But that is for a very small minority, I suspect. For the rest of us it will mean learning to adjust your daily habits according the sun, and especially when he is nowhere to be seen.

For the present, unless you have very high line charges, plan to go onto prepaid electricity; then you will pay only for the grid power you use, but at a higher rate. Cloud will mean there will be days when it will be convenient to have grid power available.

However, very soon, now that Eskom is dividing into three parts, that will probably mean high line charges again, regardless of how much power you use. So, in the back of your mind, keep planning to go off the grid.

Adding extra solar panels should be an option when you have more cash available.

Think of this as a journey; a fascinating new walk with not only Mr Golden Sun, but also with Mother Earth. Let's plan to keep her pristine; our green solar power has also meant a new determination to hand over a beautiful world to our children.

If I have one strong recommendation, it is to stretch and go as big as you can from the beginning. I wish someone had said that to me at the start. Upgrading from a small inverter, to medium size and then Big Boy was unnecessarily expensive and wasteful. Only consider lithium batteries; for the present because new technology will no doubt bring changes in the future.

Christmas is often a time of buying white elephants that in retrospect become a total waste; how about this year, the whole family forego all presents and even your annual holiday, start saving for a solar farm, and in December splurge on something really worthwhile for all; no more load shedding.

It is time to go solar; just today the newspaper headlines are about a huge jump in tariffs. It does make financial sense as an investment too, but the payback time will be dependent on how much damage from surges you have dodged.

Hot water

Since somewhere 50% of power in the average home is used to heat water, a solar geyser makes a lot of sense. There has been a big hit in electricity prices every July for the last decade, with more to come every year; our green solar power means we can relax, and instead perhaps put that money toward some extra panels.

Security systems

Load shedding and security systems is another factor to consider. There has been a lot of break-ins when the grid has gone down and surveillance systems have failed.

Electric vehicles

Electric vehicles are the future, even though the South African government appears determined to keep us backward by making import tariffs impossibly high. Despite that the E-car has landed, without a doubt for better.

For our family we have been turning over a blue Leaf this January.

Helen in her Nissan Leaf.

Our green solar power

Our green solar power is the beginning of a journey.

  1. Bernard Preston
  2. Our green home
  3. Our green solar power


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