Solar Hybrid Power Systems

Solar and backup power to make you more independent.

What are the effects of power outages on your small business or home office?

backup power for home office
  • Lost productivity.
  • Loss of income.
  • Business’s doors due to inability to operate
  • Security risks, electric fence, alarm, gates and lights does not work
  • Damage to sensitive electronic equipment due to power surges when the power failure ends.
  • Electric gates and garage doors do not work.
  • No internet or Wi-Fi.

What are the effects of power outages on your life and household?

  • No electricity puts your safety and security at risk.
  • Electric gates and garage doors do not work.
  • House alarm and electric fences switch off
  • Food in the fridge and freezer spoil.
  • Can’t charge electronic devices (e.g. laptops and cell phones).
  • No TV, internet or Wi-Fi.
  • No lights for kids to study.

Current situation: Eskom grid power

Up to now, we were all forced to use power for a central electricity grid, as there were no alternatives. But this has several disadvantages….

Coal power station
  • The biggest cause of air pollution – Contributing to various human diseases.
  • High volumes of CO2 emissions – Contributing to global warming.
  • Power shortages – Causing load shedding
  • Expensive – Large monthly electricity bills.
  • Rising cost – Large uncontrollable price increases every year.

Alternative options: Generators

Some turn to generators for backup power solutions. This can work as a short term solution, but a generator has several disadvantages, and are very expensive to use for prologued and regular power failures.

  • Noisy – Upsetting to you and your neighbours.
  • Air pollution – Makes a lot of unhealthy smelly smoke.
  • Unreliable – Can be difficult to start, must be kept filled up with fuel.
  • Requires Maintenance – Regular maintenance must be done to ensure it keeps on working.
  • Expensive – Consumes a lot of expensive fuel each hour.
  • Complicated – Can be complicated and dangerous to connect to home DB (Distribution Box).

There has to be a better alternative way….

The better alternative way is Renewable energy combined with local energy storage with or without grid backup. Also, know as a Hybrid solar system, or solar and backup power systems.

solar panel, inverter and battery

GES Standard Hybrid Power Systems

The perfect backup power and solar power solution for your home, home office or small business… Advantages of a hybrid solar system over grid and generators are:

    • Very quiet operation.
    • NO air pollution.
    • Reliable – It just works.
    • Requires virtually no maintenance.
    • Flexible – Charge batteries with Eskom or solar power.
    • Easy to use – Automatically and immediately supplies power when there is a power failure.
    • Safe – Clean safe power for expensive sensitive equipment such as medical devices and electronics.

Advantages of Solar Power over grid power

House with solar
  • Pollution free – No CO2 or other harmful gasses emissions.
  • Abundance Resource – Abundance of Solar energy in South Africa.
  • Free energy – Why pay for something you can get for free from the sun?
  • Great investment – Initial investment pays for itself within a few years.

South Africa has abundant solar power

South Africa is ideally situation to take advantage of solar power! Compared to Europe, for example Germany, South Africans will get almost twice the amount of energy from a solar panel that someone in Germany.

Solar resource map

How does a “Hybrid Solar System” work?

A hybrid solar system is basically just a backup system with solar power added. So, one can start off with just a backup system, then add solar panels at a later stage.

  • Backup system: Inverter & batteries
  • Solar system: Solar panel array
  • Hybrid system: Backup system + Solar system

Select the right system for your needs.

Step 1: First select the backup system size. We have six standard examples:

Name Inverter Size Battery Size
Extra Small 3 kVA 7.0 kWh
Small 5 kVA 10.5 kWh
Medium 8 kVA 14.0 kWh
Large 10 kVA 17.5 kWh
Extra Large 15 kVA 21.0 kWh

Step 2: Then select the amount of solar to add:

The amount of solar is dependent of the following factors.

  • The amount of available roof space.
  • Your energy consumption.
  • Inverter and battery size

One of our qualified solar consultants will be able to advise you on the correct amount for your situation. This table is just to give an indication of costs and expected energy yield of different size solar systems.

Size Number of 500 W panels Yearly energy Average monthly energy Average daily energy
1  kWp 2 1 700 kWh 142 kWh 5 kWh
2  kWp 4 3 400 kWh 283 kWh 9 kWh
3  kWp 6 5 100 kWh 425 kWh 14 kWh
4  kWp 8 6 800 kWh 567 kWh 19 kWh
5  kWp 10 8 500 kWh 708 kWh 23 kWh
6  kWp 12 10 200 kWh 992 kWh 28 kWh
7  kWp 14 11 900 kWh 850 kWh 33 kWh
8  kWp 24 13 600 kWh 1 133 kWh 37 kWh

Step 3: Calculate the total system cost:

The total system cost can be calculated by adding the cost of the backup system plus the cost of the amount of solar you would like to add. Fill in the form below for one of our professional solar consultants to advise you what is the best option for you.

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