Solar PV Solution
Empowering New Ways
Scalable Solar PV Solutions for Industry
Why Solar PV?
Solar Photo Voltaic (energy generated from the sun) has become one of the most competitively priced energy saving solutions in the world and in South Africa we are perfectly situated within the “sunbelt” – giving us abundant solar resources.
One of Among the most transformative events of the current decade has been the dramatic, and sustained, improvement in the competitiveness of renewable power generation technologies. Support policies for solar and wind power technologies are driving a virtuous circle of technology improvements, falling costs and continued growth in new markets. In 2015, more renewable energy capacity was added to the global energy mix than in previous years, including 47GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and 63GW of onshore wind.
Solar PV module prices have fallen by 80% since the end of 2009 and are expected to fall even further in the near future. Countries around the world are realising that plummeting costs of solar PV equates to some of the cheapest electricity available, where good solar resources exist and financing costs are reasonable. The competitivenesscompetiveness of solar PV is dramatically illustrated by the recent string of tender result announcements that have prices below $0.03 cents per kWh in Dubai, Chile and Abu Dhabi. Thanks to these recent developments, the promise of solar PV in the sunbelt is about to be realised, and this will have profound implications for Africa.
Africa has abundant solar resources (up to 117% higher than in Germany), but also has a desperate need for new capacity to improve existing supply quality and meet demand growth. The continent is increasingly turning to solar PV as an economic means to bolster energy security, meet social and development goals and support rapid economic growth in a sustainable manner. In 2014, new capacity additions of solar PV in Africa exceeded 800MW, more than doubling the continent’s cumulative installed PV capacity. This was followed by additions of 750MW in 2015 (refer to Figure 1).
There is also a fast growing PV market to meet off-grid electricity needs. Technology improvements and lower costs have spurred local and social entrepreneurs in the solar home system (SHS) market and in developing stand-alone mini-grids.
Understanding our clients needs and engineering a scalable and sustainable solution.
Solar PV systems with battery back-up, off grid or grid tied.
We supply and support a range of high quality energy storage solutions such as Lithium Ion Batteries
Our Solutions include automated systems to manage Energy generation and system-grid integration
Service & Maintenance
Our after sales care, service and Maintenance of our (and other) products and systems make us unique in the market
Our most recent Solar PV Projects
Durbanville City Hall
402KW Energy generation via Solar PV Grid-Tied system
64KWP SOLAR PV energy solution with 114mwh production anually
Retirement housing Development
239 Elon 100 Solar PV DV water heating systems installed and Maintained
Service and Maintenance Support
Long Term Support for Energy Solutions
We remain invested in the solutions we provide to clients by offer-
ing post-installation support on all systems installed.
We even support and maintain energy systems that we have not installed.
What is a “Grid-Tied” Solar PV Solution?
A grid-tied inverter system means that the inverter is linked to the main electricity feed into the premises, therefore it is dependent on the main electricity grid in order to function. The advantage of this type of system is that you save money by using solar power to generate the bulk of your electricity, which then lowers your electricity bill.
This is the most cost-effective solar PV system on the market thanks to the simplicity of the system and that it works without batteries.
Disadvantage of this system is that it shuts down in the event of grid failure or in SA terms “Loadshedding”, this kind of system is purely a cost- savings tool but does not defeat loadShedding like Off-grid and Hybrid solutions do.
What is a “Off-Grid” Solar PV Solution?
One of the main types of the Solar Power Systems is Off-grid — also known as a stand-alone power system (SAPS). It works by generating electricity from solar panels and using it to charge a Solar battery via a charger controller. That electricity is then converted using an inverter so that it can power the home or business appliances. By “saving” the electricity in a solar battery, it is possible to run a home with solar energy, even at night or during times when there is less sun exposure or, even at night.
“From 4700 units billed by Eskom per month to 163 units in credit per month. Thank you Micasa!”
“From the system design, through to the installation and maintenance – Micasa has been more than efficient in solving my energy requirements”
“Micasa has been an incredible partner in creating sustainable energy solutions for our clients that exceed governments regulations for new developments”