Solar as an option; I have been completely off the Grid for just over three years. In that time my Solar system has worked flawlessly.
Unlike Generators that need continuous maintenance and ever more expensive fuel. Solar needs just the Sun, and because there are no moving parts the maintenance is minimal.
I have learned that more often than not people are sold big, expensive systems, where large numbers of batteries and solar panels are used ( in some case up to 30 batteries).
We are lead to believe that these big systems are necessary in order to run a home effectively.
For me the thinking here is flawed. One should rather adapt one's lifestyle to Solar than adapt Solar to one’s lifestyle, If you do the former then one can use a smaller system as I have and save.
My system uses 12 Solar panels and ONLY 4 batteries, and as I have said it has run beautifully for over three years.
One must also remember that a Solar installation is a capital investment, this means the cost will be recovered on the sale of the property. Also, the saving per month on your electricity bill ( in the region of R1500 per month) means it could well be paid off in seven years.
With the ever increasing cost of electricity and its unreliability and the huge leap forward in technology, Solar is becoming a more and more viable and affordable solution for one’s home or business. It can, of course, be used in conjunction with Eskom.
Please phone me for free advice and discussion/solutions for your home and or business.
082 627 3339