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GREEN TOURISM INCENTIVE - Living Solar Pty Ltd is very excited to announce this initiative undertaken by the Department of Tourism. We are very encouraged by this program, and this is a golden opportunity for members of the tourism industry to benefit in a very real way from government funding up to 1 million Rand per project. Living Solar are a qualifying service provider, and are here to help you maximize what the Green tourism program can do for your business by significantly reducing or eradicating your overheads with regards to your electricity usage and at the same time making your energy supply is 100% reliable and worry free. That

The big picture for Living Solar is the reputation and perceived viability of off grid and hybrid energy in Southern Africa. Our view is that an industry that adopts best practices and acts with integrity will thrive; and everyone in the solar industry will benefit. So my comments here should be read with this in mind. With the current landscape of over night players in the solar industry, things have gotten very complicated for the customer to get reliable advice from actual experts. We have a industry plagued with pseudo self proclaimed experts. So proceed with caution and ask lots of questions. There are a worryingly large number of companies

This is a subject I could ramble on about for many many pages, so I will try to rein it in. Battery systems are the foundation and MOST IMPORTANT and most expensive part of a competent and reliable battery based energy system. It is also the most misunderstood part and this is evident in the very bad practices that have taken hold of the South African off grid and hybrid solar industry. Firstly, let me start by saying that my comments here are from first hand experience over many years with dozens of different batteries. My comments also happen to be common knowledge in other large off grid /hybrid energy

This post addresses only standard PV Panels. I will not discuss the newer tech panels coming onto the market now such as Bifacial, and high density etc. Just standard 60 and 72 cell PV panels. So are they all the same? NO, They are not, and it's not for the reason you may think. We consider PV panels manufactured by tier-1 brands far more preferable, and here is why! Firstly, let me quickly explain what tier-1 means. It is not a rating of the quality or efficiency of the PV panel itself, but rather a financial rating of the manufacturer. So, tier-1 means the solar panels are manufactured by a

Well, the short answer is no, its not. The Voltronic Axpert inverter (out of China) has proven to be an "acceptable" performer, but mostly in limited cases where the battery has its own management system, the inverter is not put under heavy electrical loads, or is used intermittently in a small system at a weekend getaway home. However it tends to need a bit of a more hands on person (i.e. the tinkerer) to get the most out of it as they can be troublesome. It is undoubtably (on paper) good value for an inverter, pv charge controller, and AC battery charger all in one, and we certainly understand the

Many are wondering about the newly tabled regulations concerning self generated power. Below is the latest statement from Nersa on the subject.  The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) would like to clarify and put into proper perspective the consultation paper on the draft Rules for Registration of Small-Scale Embedded Generation published for written comments on 26 April 2018. NERSA published a consultation paper on draft Rules for Registration of Small-Scale Embedded Generation on 26 April 2018. The purpose of the consultation paper was to invite written comments, views and inputs from stakeholders on draft Rules. The draft Rules were developed following the gazetted 'Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice' by

Living Solar are very proud to announce our accreditation and partnership with MLT inverters a Juggernaut of the Solar energy industry in South Africa and beyond. MLT inverters are the oldest and most reputable Battery based inverter manufacturer in South Africa. MLT Inverters is a division of MLT Drives, the oldest designer & manufacturer of solar hybrid inverter systems in Southern Africa, founded by Dr Michel Malengret in 1986. Proudly South African, with world class offerings and after sales support. Ask us about how MLT products can be integrated into your off grid energy project. View accreditation and partnership with MLT inverters letter (pdf) >>