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AWPower, an energy solutions provider servicing customers in Western Cape and Gauteng, recently upgraded the lead-acid batteries from an existing solar PV system installed during 2016, to 30kWh Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries (LiFePO4) manufactured by Revov.

AWPower completed a residential installation in Newlands, Cape Town. The customer requirement was to start with a battery backup first to ensure energy security, and later to add solar PV to reduce cost. This video shows an example of the modular approach that was followed to a full solar PV solution, expanding from initial battery backup as the budget allowed.

Solar panels on roof

Inframax Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a national property group with head office in Cape Town, contracted AWPower to design and install a solar PV system for their Kenridge Shopping Centre in Cape Town. Since being commissioned, the electricity generated through winter and arrival of summer supports an interesting business case that savings can pay for solar PV, and even more so when the system is configured to allow feed-in to the grid (energy export).

house with solar panels on top

In Harfield Village, a leafy suburb in Cape Town, AWPower was commissioned during the course of 2019 to design and install a solar PV system to achieve the home owner's goal of avoiding downtime during prolonged load shedding, while saving on electricity costs over the long term.

Solar panels on roof

The Management and Board of Huis Nuweland decided to evaluate renewable energy for their retirement village in Newlands, Cape Town and after considerable research they appointed AWPower to implement a grid-tied solar PV solution as a first phase.

farsoft gentlemen celebrating

FarSoft Solutions based in Wellington opted for solar PV in order to prevent costly production losses during load-shedding and power outages. The company commissioned AWPower to design and install an off-grid solar PV system for their company premises. The system was installed in April and apart from gaining in energy security, it has also assisted FarSoft to drastically reduce their carbon footprint.

FarSoft Solutions based in Wellington opted for solar PV in order to prevent costly production losses during load-shedding and power outages. The company commissioned AWPower to design and install an off-grid solar PV system for their company premises.

Solar panels on roof

The renewable energy sector is steadily growing in the global market, and with rapidly decreasing prices, fast gaining traction in South Africa. The installation of a solar PV (photovoltaic) solution for Pinewood Village in Cape Town has indicated that commercial scale solar PV systems offer high cost savings through low payback periods, typically around three years, instantly saving business owners money upon installation, as well as drastically reducing carbon footprints.

rainwater harvesting system at house

When Mr Dave Killa started planning and designing his new house in Claremont, Cape Town, he was open to new experiences. He also wanted to achieve as much independence from the utilities as possible, due to the looming prospects of Day Zero and the return of load shedding. Visiting AWPower’s sustainable living housing project in Harfield Village convinced him that it was possible for his new house to run autonomously, requiring little to no support from the municipality’s electricity and water grids. The result is a truly off-grid house in the middle of the city. Here is Dave’s story:

inverter

While the cost of Eskom generated electricity is expected to increase dramatically following approval by Nersa for the recovery of R32.69-billion from consumers, the cost of solar PV generated electricity is plummeting, testing pay-back periods of less than 3 years for commercial solar inverter applications that have no storage capacity. However off-grid battery inverters for typical home use have a longer pay-back period, therefore the choice of battery type is an important consideration. In this case study, we reviewed the benefits of deploying a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) energy storage solution.

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