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Off the Grid Guide – A Total Off the Grid Solar System

A complete off the grid solar system is the center of so many South African visions, because it represents independence. Granted, it’s not a great dream to seek detachment from a country, especially if it’s a country you love. But in this case it’s a necessary dream. The government has proven it’s inability to really …

Off the Grid Guide – Hybrid Solar System

A hybrid solar system is pretty much the same thing as getting off the grid, but it utilizes different types of power resources. Not all of these resources necessarily have to be renewable, as you’ll see in a moment, but the point is that you don’t have any dependency on the Eskom grid. So, the …

How to buy the right Off Grid Solar System

This is post 4 of 10 in the series “Solar Power Starter Guide” Are you looking to become electricity independent and need help choosing the right Off Grid Solar System? What people have to realize is that getting off the grid with solar power doesn’t always happen overnight. For many it’s a process that usually starts …

Off the Grid Guide: Grid Tied Solar Systems

Grid tied solar systems can be considered your first steps towards getting off the grid completely. As mentioned in the introduction of this guide, it doesn’t have to happen over night. The great thing about solar power is that you can always add more as your budget allows it. In fact, there are some benefits …

Off the Grid Guide – Collectors for Off the Grid Solar Systems

At SolarAdvice you’ll find several articles about solar collectors, ranging between the ever popular monocrystalline panels to the thin film designs that are typically worked into everyday life. We’ve even covered a few articles on upcoming technology. For example, panels that charge when it rains and the first solar plane to fly around the world. …

Why the Solar Inverter and Battery is important

Unsure about what a Solar Inverter does, or what kind of battery you need? To run a successful and efficient off-the-grid system, you’re going to need a good solar inverter, in addition to high quality batteries. The inverter turns the DC stream from the solar collectors into AC stream. At the same time the batteries …

Thermal Controllers – Solar Geyser Installation Tips

A basic solar geyser installation doesn’t have many components. You’ve got the collectors that capture the radiation from the sun, the pipes through which the heat is distributed (either glycol or water), the pump that helps to circulate the heat, and of course the tank where the water is stored. The last component to complete …

Is your roof suitable for Solar Panels? A Quick Guide

Not sure if your roof will cater for Solar Panels? If there are two thing that are keeping home owners from investing in solar panels it’s the question of roof capabilities and solar panel prices. Is my roof solar panel friendly? Is it even worth looking into given that I cannot afford to re-arrange the …

Introduction to Evacuated-Tube Solar Heating System

This is post 7 of 9 in the series “Solar Geyser Starter Guide” The most modern option for South Africans looking for a solar geyser is the evacuated-tube Solar Heating System. In terms of the water heater geyser price, this collector is a little more expensive. But there’s also a decline in the cost as …
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