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  • Time to end silence on renewables misinformation – SAPVIA chair
    The new chairperson of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) says the organisation will become more assertive in outlining the benefits of solar for South Africa and in correcting some of the prevailing misperceptions about the role of variable renewable energy in the country’s future electricity system. In fact, Wido Schnabel tells Engineering News Online that SAPVIA was directly involved in the drafting of the South African Renewable Energy Council’s (Sarec’s) recent response to Eskom’s assertion that independent power producers (IPPs) accounted for 25% of its primary energy costs in 2019, while meeting only 5% of the grid’s energy requirements. In a strongly worded rebuttable, Sarec argued that the cost of primary-energy inputs, such as coal, could not be compared with the cost of the finished product, or electricity, supplied by the IPPs to the Eskom grid. It also refuted the suggestion that the tariff paid by Eskom to IPPs was a primary energy cost, highlighting that it was, in fact, an “all-inclusive cost, which includes capital expenditure”. Schnabel acknowledges that SAPVIA has been “too silent” in the past and has allowed misinformation to go uncontested. It has also failed to highlight the positive energy, economic and employment contribution being made by the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry. “We need to communicate more, engage more and educate stakeholders about a generation technology that is now cheaper, quicker and easier to deploy than just about any of the alternatives.” SAPVIA also intends reaching out to those individuals and formations that remain deeply skeptical of solar PV and variable renewable energy more generally. “I think there is still a lack of appreciation of how much cheaper solar PV has become, as well as of some of the technological advances that are being made to improve the efficiency of solar panels,” Schnabel avers. Less than a decade ago, he reflects, a panel was priced at about $7.50/W. Today, the cost is closer to $0.3/W. Likewise, the panels are improving, with those installed following South Africa’s first renewable auction in 2011 having a capacity of only 200 W, while new panels are emerging with capacities of greater than 400 W apiece. Schnabel stressed, however, that SAPVIA is not focusing only on utility-scale projects but is equally excited about the prospects for adding solar PV generation to residential, retail and commercial rooftops. The organisation is convinced that it is feasible for up to 1 000 MW of small-scale embedded generators to be added yearly in South Africa and is optimistic the upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will begin to cater for such installations. Nevertheless, it remains concerned about the slow pace of registration and licensing by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, as well as the prevailing 10 MW cap on the size of installations. “We have ongoing engagement with the regulator and have communicated that we would like the registration and licensing processes to be speeded up. We simply can’t wait years for such processes to be concluded.” That said, the organisation is ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-08-16
  • WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS GETS SUPPORT
    Combining a passion for agriculture, a vision to deliver fresh produce locally and an entrepreneurial spirit, is the winning formula behind Mahlatse Matlakana’s business, Wozilex, a 100% youth-women owned SMME.  Mahlatse is now being mentored and supported to help her further build a sustainable farming enterprise. Renowned in the Limpopo Province as one of the youngest female farmers, who took to farming at the very young age of 15, Mahlatse employs four people from her local community of Ga-Kibi Village in Blouberg Municipality, and farms an 8-hectare green pepper farm. Soutpan Solar Power, in the Vivo area of Limpopo, recently stepped in to provide business development support, by partnering Mahlatse with an established and successful farmer based in Polokwane. Mahlatse and Mr Matthew Ledwaba of Nsete Primary Co-Operative, have visited each other’s farming projects to impart and gain knowledge regarding improvement to planting techniques, methods to ensure adequate fertiliser usage, and other key agricultural and sustainable business practices. “Whilst Mahlatse is passionate about her business she needed assistance to ensure sustainability, which is why this synergy is a perfect example of a skills transfer and how youth and experience can be a recipe for success,” said Harrisinah Theka, Economic Development Officer for Soutpan Solar Power. This project addresses many key drivers in our country, including youth development and employment and food security, which is a complex challenge as it sits amid a myriad of social problems that need to be addressed. ” The World Food Programme (WFP) defines people as being food secure when “they have availability and adequate access at all times to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. To attain this, food firstly needs to be available. “This mentorship programme forms part of Soutpan Solar Power’s Enterprise Development strategy, and is focused on the support of local small and medium black-owned companies, with a particular backing of local black woman-owned enterprises,” added Harrisinah Theka who is also the Economic Development Officer of De Aar Solar Power. The solar farm’s beneficiary communities include:  Vivo, Ga-Mochemi Village, Germark Village, Ga-Maphoto Village, Senwabarwana, Indermark, Avon, Gamachaba, Mohodi, Vienna Village, and Driekoppies. ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-08-16
  • BUIDLING LOCAL SUPPLY CHAINS AND SUPPORTING THE SPIRIT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
    Vuyiswa Lucas, owner of Sebenza Projects, a fledgling SMME in De Aar, has set up business in her home town, with the vision to become the preferred supplier for school clothes in the Pixley Ka Seme District. “My business is still in start-up phase but I know that it will do very well as I believe I’ll be able to meet the need for quality school wear, within my local communities,” enthused Vuyiswa Lucas. Her enthusiasm is no doubt a result of the support that her small business is receiving from the De Aar Solar Power’s enterprise development funded programme, which aims to provide skills, mentoring, training and funding to local businesses, with a specific focus on women-owned community-based endeavours. “Our support is aimed at encouraging sustainable enterprises, in under-resourced communities and we are confident that Vuyiswa’s tenacity along with her solid business plan and dedication, will go a long way to making this a successful enterprise, which once established, will provide local community employment opportunities, thereby further bolstering this community,” explained Hlengiwe Radebe, Economic Development Director for De Aar Solar Power. There is general consensus that to get ahead the South African economy needs more entrepreneurs to boost growth, foster innovation, and aid in job creation. And whilst government programmes supports this, the country needs the private sector to get behind the small businesses entrepreneur, especially in the rural landscape. ‘The National Development Plan looks to small and expanding businesses to create the majority of new jobs, so programmes like ours have the potential to affect real change in rural South Africa,” added Radebe. Vuyiswa aims to provide good quality, affordable and readily available school clothes and has already secured her first order at a local De Aar secondary school. To sustain the business during the months that are off-peak periods for school clothes, she has secured a number of regular customers for general clothing items that are popular and not readily available in her community Once self-sustaining, Sebenza Projects will certainly be able to begin providing local jobs, which will further burgeon once the manufacturing needs expand. “De Aar Solar Power’s Enterprise Development strategy is to assist and accelerate the sustainability of local enterprises by ploughing financial resources into the local area,” concluded Radebe. ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-08-05
  • CHOOSING A SUITABLE FINANCE MODEL FOR A PV SYSTEM
    A Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system can save homeowners and small businesses up to a third of their electricity costs. They are also VAT deductible and qualify for a 12b tax benefit, which can result in additional savings of 28% on cost. This, together with reduced exposure to energy price hikes, have boosted demand. However, the high up-front cost of procurement and installation is a barrier, which has prompted a growing number of banks to offer incentives for businesses and homeowners to install solar PV panels. For a list of accredited solar PV installers visit the PV Green Card website or the SAPVIA website. Financial viability The financial viability of solar PV depends on installation size; modularity; technology choice and exchange rate; location, roof type and roof orientation; client’s present electricity tariff, and client’s consumption patterns. On average, a residential or small business property might require a 3-5kWp solar PV system. For these systems, a price tag of approximately R90 000 (~R22/Wp) can be expected. ‘Additional operations and maintenance costs may also have to be considered,’ explains Green Cape Energy Analyst, Reshmi Muringathuparambil. ‘However, it is highly recommended that EPCs are consulted for an accurate quote or cost estimate based on the property’s unique consumption profile and characteristics,’ she adds. Choosing a suitable financial model depends on the client’s risk profile, and financial standing explains Muringathuparambil. Some considerations include: The CAPEX budget availability to buy the required system   outright. Protection against future electricity tariff increases. Ownership of the property. Tax benefits of owning the system. The business has a building portfolio and wants to consider systems for all of them. We discuss the available finance solutions with SAPVIA members: NEDBANK Nedbank Business Banking offers term loans and asset-based finance solutions with extended terms of up to 10 years for clients requiring direct ownership of the equipment,’ explains Head of Transformation and Sustainability, Mark Boshoff. Nedbank primarily considers photovoltaic equipment and heat exchange (solar geysers) for finance; However, alternative sources of renewable energy are also considered from reputable service providers offering tried and tested solutions. For clients who prefer third party ownership Nedbank offers rental discounting solutions and have developed solutions catering to Independent Power Producers utilising Power Producer Agreements to end-users. ‘Once again the terms are extended to consider payback periods of the equipment,’ explains Boshoff. ‘Each client is credit vetted individually, and the process is confidential as required by the various pieces of legislation affecting banks. We do not make use of suppliers to provide leads at a fee or utilise the supplier as an administrator organising the finance on behalf of the client.’ The Nedbank Renewable Energy Finance Solution includes the cost of the equipment, installation costs and other costs reasonably associated with the installation. ‘Depending on the credit standing of the applicant deposits, security and other risk mitigants are considered,’ explains Boshoff.  In some instances, special notarial bonds are requested over the assets. ‘Deposits are not usually considered although clients are advised on the cash flow implications on ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-07-31
  • SUPPORT FOR TSALA YA BANA DAY CARE CENTRE IN HONOUR OF MANDELA DAY 2019
    In celebration of Mandela Day 2019, Droogfontein Solar Power’s operations team chose to spend their ’67 minutes’ at Tsala Ya Bana Day Care, in Galeshewe, Kimberley. The small day care centre, which looks after 144 children between the ages of 6 months and Grade R, received educational material including reading tools, books, puzzles, an educational laptop, alphabetic blocks and educational posters. The day care centre also received a much-needed microwave and fridge to help in the preparation of warm meals, especially needed in winter. In the spirit of this special day, there was also time for playing games, reading stories and the handover over of gift packs, which brought about smiles all-round. “Our support of Tsala Ya Bana Day Care echoes the recent announcement by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, who will be focusing on Early Childhood Development for the next ten years,” said Hlengiwe Radebe, Economic Development Director for Droogfontein Solar Power. Nelson Mandela believed that early education for our country’s children should take centre stage as it is the best way to could radically change South Africa’s prospects for education and economic growth. “Caring for our young is the most valuable way to bring about sustainable change in celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy,” concluded Radebe. ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-07-18
  • New Cape Town Solar Regulations
    Grid-tied and Off-Grid systems must be registered Avoid grid disconnection - ensure your customer is registered before February 2019By law, all small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) systems must be authorised by the City of Cape Town. The purpose of registering is: To protect the household from electrical fires and electrical shock To minimise risk to electricity staff working on the grid To maintain power quality and load management Given that there are many systems installed already, the City of Cape Town has allowed a grace period up to 28 February 2019 to register SSEG connections, as home and business owners may not have been aware of the registration prerequisite. The City is actively marketing the requirement. Once home and business owners have registered their system, they have six months in which to prove compliance and receive written authorisation from the City. After the grace period, unauthorised SSEG connections will be disconnected at a fee. Grid supply to the home or business will be disconnected and will only be reconnected once the City is satisfied that the SSEG system is either disconnected, decommissioned or authorised and that the service fee has been paid. Home and business owners that took advantage of the grace period to register the PV Systems will be allowed to continue operating their system. Should a system then be found to be non-compliant during the registration and authorisation process, the system will need to be disconnected until such time as it is compliant and the owner has received written authorisation from the city. Both grid-tied and off-grid systems must be registered. Source: businesstech.co.za How to register a PV system with the City of Cape Town Step 1: Download, complete and submit the Application for the Connection of Small-Scale Embedded Generation (GEN/EMB) form and the Application for a New or Modified Electricity Supply Service form. These forms require technical information which the installer should have handy to assist the home or business owner with. The owner should then email the completed application forms to the listed email addresses only.Step 2: The City will then assess the owner’s registration for authorisation. Step 3: After all relevant information has been provided, the City will issue a “Permission to Install” Letter, allowing the owner to have the proposed system installed. No photovoltaic (PV) generating equipment are allowed to be installed until this letter has been issued.Step 4: After the system has been installed and tested your customer will need to submit the following three documents to the City: SSEG Installation Commissioning Report (found in Appendix 1 of the “Application for the Connection of SSEG form), signed by an Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)-registered electrical professional Final copy of the circuit diagram Electrical installation Certificate of Compliance (CoC). Step 5: The City will contact the owner to arrange an appointment to sign the Supplemental Contract for Embedded Generation. A Commissioning Approval Letter will then be issued within ten working days. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-07-31
  • Solar Capacity in South Africa
    With just over 1 450 MW of current solar capacity, opportunities are abundant SA’s National Development Plan calls for the procurement of at least 9 600 MW of solar power by 2030Of the total target of 20 000 MW of renewable energy to be generated by 2030, 5 000 MW of Solar PV will be operational by 2019 and 2 000 MW by 2020. The energy generation infrastructure development plan, developed in 2010, has set a target of achieving 9 600MW of solar power capacity by 2030. The recently signed 27 IPP projects will generate a total of 2,305MW, illustrating the untapped potential that lies ahead. Added to the overwhelming potential, the continuous decline of solar PV prices affirms the prediction that within 10 years, solar energy will become the most cost effective and cheapest form of electricity generation in most parts of the world. Source: www.engineeringnews.co.za R12bn Foreign Investment in SA Renewable Development International players have recognised the opportunity that renewable energy holds in South Africa. Our country is viewed as a very lucrative investment destination as is evident in the recent signing of a R12bn deal with Redstone and ACWA‚ a Saudi Arabian energy company‚ and the Central Energy Fund for renewable for development in this sector. This forms part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s aim to attract $100-billion of investment in the next five years. Source: www.timeslive.co.za ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-07-24
  • Commercial sector sees PV as a low-risk investment that yields significant rewards
    The property sector is taking advantage of the benefits of Solar PV With increasing electricity concerns, efficiency is essential for South African businesses to remain profitableMore and more property owners see the obvious benefits of installing solar PV, such as the South African Corporate Real Estate that plans to invest around than R30-million in rooftop solar in the near future. The profile of energy use by malls is very similar to the daily production profile of solar PV, making the argument for solar PV installation more attractive for this sector, as can be seen in the more than 100 solar plants currently installed at malls across the country. A growing number of shopping mall owners in South Africa are either investing, or considering, solar PV energy as part of their future development. A major advantage is that, by installing solar PV, property owners can protect their future income by containing costs related to utility power supply and this is promoted as an added benefit to current and future tenants. Next to the United States, South Africa has the highest density of shopping malls in the world, and so the opportunity for solar PV in this sector is huge. Source: www.engineeringnews.co.za SegenSolar Commercial Packages - ideal for mall installations With many cost effective Commercial Packages on offer, SegenSolar offers our installers a wide range of solutions suitable for commercial rooftop Installations. Our packages comprise the world’s top inverter brands such as Huawei, SMA, SolarEdge and ABB, and tier 1 modules including Canadian Solar and JA Solar, providing a high quality, bankable option for property owners looking for a great return on their investment. Speak to your Account Manager today for more information. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-06-28
  • BYD offers wide range of configurations for on-grid and off-grid applications!
    Extensive compatibility options available with BYD lithium ion batteries Top-tier inverter brands covered in latest configuration listBYD, winner of the “Top Brand PV Seal 2018” for energy storage, offers installers its widest range of configurations for on-grid and off-grid solar PV storage applications. The latest compatibility list includes single-phase and 3-phase on-grid and off-grid options for all our top inverter manufacturers including SMA, Goodwe and Victron. Segensolar supplies a range of BYD-compatible energy storage options for both grid back-up and off-grid packages. Bespoke site-specific systems can also be ordered using our Design A PV System tool, and all orders will be reviewed by our technical department to ensure compatibility is in line with the manufacturer’s requirements. For customers with existing systems, BYD now offers a purpose-made Data Cable which allows updating of firmware should your system change or be upgraded at some stage in the future. All necessary installation manuals are available under the documents tab on the product page on our portal, and our technical team will assist with the provision of firmware on request. Why choose Lithium Ion? Lithium-ion is regularly chosen as an alternative to lead-acid batteries. Reasons include: Lighter weight Higher efficiency Greater depth of discharge Higher cycle life Better maintained voltage during the discharge cycle Lower lifetime costs Lower impact on the environment Longer warranty available In most cases, it is expected that the lifetime cost of a lithium ion battery would be less than half that of a lead-acid battery bank of equivalent capacity. When comparing options, the usable storage capacity and the power required are critical technical aspects, but the customer's budget for the project is also likely to have an impact on the battery option selected. To aid with your selection, contact our technical support team who can provide information of the benefits of each option. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-06-26
  • New-look REIPPPP Bid Window to boost local economy
    R40 to R50 billion investment for South Africa New round of projects will enhance local manufacturing to ensure economic growthThe previous Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) secured investments of $10.8 billion into the renewables sector. Added to this, the recent signing of the IPP agreements secured a further R56 billion into 27 new projects. The new Bid Window 5’s key focus areas are: Local manufacturing. Black independent power producers. Women-owned business. Special opportunities for the youth. Minister Jeff Radebe commented that if the socio-economic and enterprise development spend is directed in a more coordinated way then - taking into account the different needs of the communities where the projects are deployed - measuring the impact of the program will be easier achieved. Source: www.sanews.gov.za MLT - Local, trusted power solutions Being both based in South Africa and supporting South African manufacturers such as MLT, SegenSolar is in a unique position to offer unmatched local support and services to our customers. MLT’s strong research and development focus results in market-leading innovation and unique, reliable products which are ideally suited to African conditions. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-06-21
  • DoE, together with NERSA, to repeal and amend the Exemption Notice
    Registering projects with NERSA - what has changed? Renaming the notice, and who should register with the regulatorThe proposed SSEG rules related to licensing and registration of projects were published for public comment by the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) on its website on 26 April. On 21 May, the draft rules were withdrawn until the Department of Energy gazetted a revised notice on this. On 8 June the new notice was published. The changes relate to renaming the notice and to determine that any generation facility within the scope of the schedule must register with the regulator. ‘Exemption from Obligation to Apply for and Hold a Licence’, is an annexure to the notice and the changes relate to: The number sequencing, Exemption of back-up and stand-by generation facilities from licencing and registration The regulation of the relationship between reseller and licenced distributor. SAPVIA have engaged the DoE and NERSA and have considered their discussions to be positive and future-thinking for the best of the industry. Source: www.sapvia.co.za Public participation: How to submit your comments Comments on the Draft Licencing Exemption and Registration Notice and/or the annexed Schedule can be submitted to: SAPVIA at kim@sapvia.co.za by 02 July 2018. The Director General, Department of Energy, Private Bag X96, Pretoria, 0001; Matimba House 192 Visagie street, Pretoria or email: joseph.maraba@energy.gov.za (for the attention Chief Directorate: Electricity Policy). You will need to provide the name, telephone number, fax number and email address of the person or organisation submitting the comment within 30 days from the publication date of 8 June 2018. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-06-14
  • MLT now compatible with Pylontech for off-grid applications!
    Updated Pylontech compatibility now includes Oasis and Nomad in off-grid mode MLT-Pylon packages now available with our SegenSolar Assured serviceFollowing a period of extensive and detailed testing, SegenSolar is proud to announce that MLT has now been added to the latest Pylontech compatibility list. This update permits the use of our popular Pylontech US2000B lithium ion batteries with the 48V versions of the Oasis inverter and the Nomad charge controller for off-grid applications. SegenSolar has created 3 MLT-Pylon packages which are ideally suited to the most popular off-grid system sizes: 4kW MLT Oasis with Nomad charge controller and 2 x 2.4kWh Pylon batteries 4kW MLT Oasis with Nomad charge controller and 4 x 2.4kWh Pylon batteries 6kW MLT Oasis with Nomad charge controller and 5 x 2.4kWh Pylon batteries All packages are equipped with accessories including battery cabinet, battery cables, and battery disconnect, and all packages come with our free SegenSolar Assured pre-commissioning service. Choose Pylontech for reliable, affordable lithium ion storage Pylontech, founded in October 2009, is a pioneer for LFP (lithium ion phosphate) batteries deployed in energy storage systems and electric vehicles. Pylontech has also become the first company to receive certification from TUV Rheinland that its lithium battery storage devices are suitable for use in Germany, having been awarded the VDE-AR-E 2510-50 certificate at an awards ceremony earlier this year. In addition to MLT, Pylontech batteries are also compatible with Victron, Goodwe and Omnipower inverters. They are an ideal alternative to lead-acid batteries, coming with a warranty of up to 10 years, and in almost all cases working out cheaper over the lifetime of the system. Contact your technical support advisor for more information. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-06-12
  • South Africa to get its first solar-powered desalination plant
    Desalination – another first for solar power in SA Innovative design uses adaptability of solar PV to solve water crisisSouth Africa is set to commission its first solar-powered desalination plant at the end of October 2018 in the Western Cape. The plant will be located in Witsand on the coast midway between Cape Town and George and is intended to help this drought-stricken village with the provision of 100kl of fresh water per day. The desalination plant is planned to feature an intelligent system of membranes that will enable it to work even with the expected variations in solar power availability. This design is to ensure the best performance and lifetime of the installation and the membranes. The project is co-funded by the Western Cape government through the drought relief fund, and by the French Treasury through a green technology fund. It is also planned for the plant to have the ability to connect to the local electricity grid in order to supply drinking water outside of sunlight hours, and to increase production during busy holiday periods to a daily volume of approximately 300kl. This project has helped demonstrate the versatility of solar PV to planners, developers, installers and users of the technology in South Africa, and is likely to be the first of many such initiatives in the country.Source Choose Canadian Solar Dymond panels for harsh environments Canadian Solar‘s Dymond module is a 60 cell double-glass module with an extended power output warranty. By replacing the traditional polymer backsheet with heat-strengthened glass, the Dymond module has a lower annual power degradation than a traditional module and better protection against the elements, making it more reliable and durable during its lifetime. This is an ideal option for harsh environments where components need to withstand salt corrosion. Explore our full range here. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-06-05
  • Solar energy provides economic growth
    National Development Plan Stipulates The Procurement Of At Least 20 000MW Of Renewable Electricity By 2030 REIPPPP has already created around 35 000 jobs Policy implementation is tripping up the Solar PV growth that all South Africans can gain from, from investors to entrepreneurs and businesses, big and small. Eskom’s original refusal to sign the recently approved 27 renewable energy IPP agreements has created uncertainty, where they should have rather been investing time and money in the industry for collective improvement instead of trying to halt growth. South Africa’s National Development Plan calls for the procurement of at least 20 000MW of renewable electricity by 2030 and the decommissioning of 11 000MW of old coal-fired power stations. Taking into account the existing renewable energy IPPs that are either operational or under construction, as well as the 27 new renewable energy projects, at least 100 000 full-time jobs would have been created through the current private renewable energy projects alone.Source NERSA Withdraws Small-Scale Embedded Generation Rules Draft NERSA announced it’s withdrawal of the proposed rules to administer the registration of Small-Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) below one megawatt. The proposed SSEG rules were published for public comment by the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) on its website on 26 April. NERSA’s executive manager for electricity regulation, Mbulelo Ncetezo, said that the draft rules have been withdrawn until the Department of Energy gazettes a revised notice on this. With many aspects needing clarity, the withdrawal will give all involved time to ensure readiness to implement the regulations. Public comments made on NERSA’s website show consumers are not necessarily opposing regulation, but just require more clarity, although it does seem clear that consumers do not want the proposals to add a further tax on to them. Read more >> ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-05-31
  • ‘Reserving battery capacity’ – A New Feature For Goodwe Hybrid Inverters!
    Goodwe improvements make it an even better choice for hybrid storage systems New ‘SOC Protect’ function allows you to reserve power to suit your needsGoodwe has released an updated version of its user app which now provides the option of reserving battery capacity to a specified level. The new function is called “SOC Protect”, where the battery stops discharging to a discharge depth set by the user when in on-grid mode. This ensures that a minimum battery capacity is always available in the event of a power failure. In order to have access to this option, users simply need to follow these 3 steps: 1. Download, or update to, the latest PV Master app 2. Turn on “SOC Protect” under advanced settings 3. Set the “Discharge Depth” to the required percentage level SegenSolar has successfully tested this latest functionality with BYD and Pylontech lithium ion batteries. For further info, speak to our technical support team. Ensure safe disconnection of your Goodwe storage system Jean Muller has developed the KETO fuse-switch disconnector range which allows the use of a range of fuse sizes from 40A to 250A fuses – an ideal solution to protect your Goodwe hybrid storage system. Features of the Keto include: High safety Excellent value Compatible with Segensolar’s range of lithium ion batteries Certified to DIN EN 60947-3 Made in Germany Jean Muller fuse-switch-disconnectors are available to order now, and come as standard with our Goodwe Segensolar Assured packages. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-05-29

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