Solar 101: The 5 Questions We Get Asked the Most

Thinking about going solar? You’re not alone! Here are just five of the questions we get asked the most from new solar energy system owners.

Why is going solar a good idea?
Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, have more reliable energy, or spend less on your monthly electricity bill, installing a rooftop solar energy system can deliver on all fronts. It’s #1 way to reduce your overall energy use, and with low-interest financing, you could be paying less each month for solar than you do for traditional energy.

How does a solar system work?
The solar panels take in the sun’s rays, generating energy that is sent to a solar inverter. Without the solar inverter, that energy wouldn’t be usable by our homes. The inverter converts the current from your panels into energy your home can use.

Is solar really expensive?
Most are able to completely pay off their solar energy system in 7-10 years, leaving you more than half the lifespan of your system left that you don’t have to pay a dime for. The average cost of solar in South Africa can range from around R63 000 to R200 000, depending on the size of the house and electrical output requirements.

How can going solar benefit my household?
It can lower your bills and help you manage your energy use so you never find your family in the dark.

When do I need to replace my solar batteries, panels or inverter? (and how often)
While your solar system has a lifespan of up to 25 years, and so do your panels, your inverter may need to be replaced after 7-10 years, depending on its size and how much it is in use. Your solar energy system generally will need very little maintenance to continue to deliver clean, reliable, solar energy.

Answers to these questions are more are waiting for you! The solar experts at Solar Man can help you understand how solar can benefit you and your family.