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PENNY-WISE POUND –FOOLISH

MY MOM ALWAYS SAID “ GOEDKOOP KOOP, IS DUUR KOOP” MY DAD SAID” PENNY-WISE POUND –FOOLISH
Making the move to renewable energy is a wise financial choice given Eskom’s dire state, as long as you do so with a reliable renewable energy partner with the best technology solutions, installation and support, warranties from tier 1 companies, superior technical and product knowledge and ongoing service to walk the journey with you.
Getting off the grid is a journey and does not happen overnight, so it’s vital that you do your homework and understand your long-term plan. The system and approach you choose today will influence what you can and can’t do in the future – you don’t want to spend the money today, only to find that you’re stuck with a system configuration that does not evolve with your changing needs. Even worse, you invest in a low-grade, low-quality system that is not compatible or fit for purpose and has no local manufacturer support through an approved distributor.

A big concern in the industry is the sudden influx of fly-by-night operators looking to capitalise on the renewable energy boom. ‘Drop-and-go’ importers without the financial strength to carry any warranty claims are bringing in and selling products at the lowest possible price without any installation, service back-up, safety considerations, and warranties. Installations are being done by unqualified people, with poor workmanship and no regard for or understanding of the important compatibility of the components, the electrical safety aspects and compliance that are intrinsic with a solar PV installation. Hundreds of fly-by-night solar installers have gone out of business in the past few years, creating thousands of solar orphans with no back-up and worthless warranties.

In the last year, we received calls from customers to fix their systems, in all these cases 1 common thread was found, “help, I can’t get hold of my installer”. In almost all instances, we have found these systems to be entirely wrongly specified for the client’s needs, and most worrying, incorrectly programmed and without the necessary electrical safety measures in place. In many instances, we have found configurations where the charger component of the inverter is inadequate to fully charge the batteries, which as a result stay in a permanent state of partial charging. This is very damaging to a battery and can render a R50k battery useless in a matter of months – a huge financial knock. The proper electrical integration of your inverter with your batteries and panels and your grid electricity is critical – any mistakes here can have severe consequences – from a complete loss of your batteries in a few short months to exploding batteries and fires that can burn your house down or worse.

At Alpha- Energy, we use only the best products. Victron Energy is our brand, as it has been around since 1975, established in the Netherlands. Victron Energy has a strong reputation for technical innovation, reliability, and build quality and is especially popular in the highly competitive automotive/RV/boating market where micro power systems are common.

Our Battery of choice, Freedom Won, locally manufactured, there is no other battery brand that offers comparable performance, range of model options, and warranty peace of mind.
The 5Kva system is roughly R225 000, with finance options to pay, if needed. If you would like more information about email us at extsales@alpha-energy.co.za or call on 066-475-9544

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