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Energize Why would one consider solar power?
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Why would one consider solar power?

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by Ryan Hendrikz, SolarEPC

Solar power is financially viable, and therefore, sensible. As electricity prices spiral out of control, it’s becoming more and more evident that renewable energy is a cheaper option. Above all, it’s also morally sound, in terms of our environmental impact and our children’s future.

The question to ask yourself is this: how do I make the switch, and who can help me get to where I know I need to go, while I focus on my core business? We have seen a massive increase in the uptake of solar power and energy storage applications, particularly portable solutions. This is easy to understand, given Africa’s ever-ailing grid infrastructure. Not to mention the substantial and consistent price increases over the last few years – 8,5% plus an additional 6,1% for this year. It is therefore apparent that the time to install and start benefiting from solar power is now. With all the increased demand, we have also seen a market flooded with new players entering the space, seeking fame and fortune from what could be considered the 21st century gold rush.

The problem with this (in most circumstances) is that customers become “guinea pigs” to under-qualified, often unscrupulous people which ultimately end up tarnishing the name of the entire industry. Working with these less-than-qualified companies often comes with the risk of severe health hazards. There are also many different factors which can derail a potentially viable project that, on paper, seemed to be a calculated investment scenario.

Being an electrician does not make one a qualified and experienced engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) partner. Unfortunately, several customers have learned this the hard way, before contacting us to get on board and rectify very shoddy, dangerous, and low-quality work. The question you need to ask yourself is this: who can you trust to help you plan and deploy a strategic energy project from start to finish? From design through to procurement (sourcing the best pricing), onto commissioning, and eventually ongoing maintenance and ensuring long-lasting, ongoing efficiency, benefits, and savings. This is what a professional EPC offers.

Things to consider about using an EPC

It’s difficult to fully comprehend the complexities of solar; it truly is a multifaceted and dynamic landscape. There are a lot of financial and technical intricacies, and the various combinations of hardware and finance options are constantly evolving; there are too many to mention. Nobody expects a manufacturer or a commercial landlord to understand what goes into the engineering, designing and construction of a PV plant in the most economically viable, or most technically competent fashion. Rather allow a reliable EPC to take the potential headaches and pitfalls out of what should be a seamless and highly beneficial project.

Contact Ryan Hendrikz, SolarEPC, Tel 074 577-0777, ryan@solarepc.co.za

 

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