Understanding Pure Sine Wave, Modified Sine Wave and Off-Grid Inverters

Now that we’ve covered the main types of inverters in a previous article, it’s time to dig a little deeper. In this article the focus will be on pure sine wave and modified sine wave inverters. What does the name mean and what’s the difference between the two? And last but not least, we’ll take […]

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Solar Inverters: What You Need To Know

Solar inverters plays a critical part within any solar power system, because it’s the device that turns the sun’s energy into high voltage energy you can use around the house. If you don’t have the right inverter then you’re not going to be happy with the output of the solar panels. Inverters come in different […]

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Monocrystalline Solar Panel: An Introduction

The Monocrystalline solar panel is mainly considered as the industry standard. For many years they’ve efficiently converted energy using the sun and they remain a popular choice. The panels are typically more expensive than most options, but it’s with good reason. Just like other panels, they should be connected to a solar inverter in order […]

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Getting off the grid – Choosing a Solar PV System

Switching to a Solar PV system lifestyle can vary between minor and major changes. You can even can go big and disappear from the grid if you want to. But going big isn’t exactly something you take on overnight. Despite the price decrease on Solar PV panels, and the equipment that comes with it, it’s still […]

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Solar Battery – Introduction to Lead-Acid Models

When it comes to solar panel systems, the batteries have to be heavy duty in nature. A typical car battery isn’t going to do the trick, because it won’t be able to handle the regular discharging. For a solar setup you are going to need deep-cycle battery and they come in many forms, such as […]

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AGM Solar batteries

When you look at an AGM solar batteries, then you’re in search of a battery that doesn’t require any maintenance. It’s a self-serving storage unit for the solar power collected through panels and it’s undoubtedly one of the stronger classes among lead acid deep cycle batteries. In this article, we’ll look at why this battery […]

Solar Panels for Home Energy

Solar panels for home energy

When you think about Solar panels for home energy you think of obvious factors like clouds and darkness. These elements are being overcome in several ways, such as the new solar technology that can possibly create electricity when it rains. There is another technology making waves. Just like cellphones and computers are constantly enjoying upgrades, the […]

Calculating Your Solar Battery Needs To Get Off The Grid

Getting off the grid with a solar power system is going to take some calculations on your part, especially when it comes to the amount of batteries you’ll need and the size of the inverter. This means becoming very meticulous about how much energy you use and when you use it. In this article we’ll […]

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Do LED Bulbs Really Help You Save?

In 2011 South Africa banned the import of incandescent lights, and the aim is to phase them out completely in 2016. Eventually South Africans are going to have to choose between CFLs (compact fluorescents), halogens and of course, LED. Unfortunately the switch towards a more efficient light bulb is harder than the government anticipated. This […]

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Getting Off the Power Grid – Cost and Options

Alternative energy means different things to different people. For some it’s a question of putting less strain on natural resources, while others see it as a way to save money in the long run. This means there isn’t a one-fits-all package you can use, because the home you live in, the typical weather circumstances and […]

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