Top solar panel companies in South Africa

Top solar panel companies in South Africa

Solar panel (also known as “PV panel”) is a collection of solar cells that are made to absorb light as a source of energy and convert it to electricity that can be used in a range of applications including commercial and residential applications.

The use of solar panels comes with a basket full of benefits. For instance solar power is clean, green source of energy and it is therefore environmental friendly. Use of solar power also reduces over dependence to other sources of electricity which are communally used and not very convenient.   Not to mention that once installed, solar power becomes a free form of energy hence reduction of energy related costs.

For this and many more reasons the demand for solar panels is increasing steadily around the world as well as the product manufacturers and suppliers who offer different service and solar panels quality. The effectiveness and lifespan of any purchased solar product depends a lot upon the manufacturer or supplier it was bought from.

Here is a list of top solar panel companies in South Africa that will help you meet your solar power needs head on and never regret your decision to go solar.

Specialized Battery Systems

Specialized Battery Systems is very qualified and experienced in various designs and types of solar systems. Guided by the company’s motto “THE RIGHT ADVICE, THE RIGHT DESIGN, THE RIGHT PRODUCT” they offer free advice so that at the end of the day the client goes back satisfied and with the right product that shall meet their expectations.

SBS has a large distribution network across Africa that enables the company to supply their products from small systems – such as 20W Solar Home systems for light or larger 10KW systems for whole houses just as easily. The company can also design solar systems to suite most applications.

 From the company, here is Colin Mackay’s, advice to a customer looking to buy solar panels.

Advice number one: always choose a reputable supplier – who has a good track record and experience. Secondly: make sure the product they are offering is of a decent quality – the supplier choice should aid in this and lastly: always note that cheap is more often than not a sign of poor quality – CHEAPER IS NOT GENERALLY BETTER. 

Genergy

Genergy’s core business is engineering, procurement and construction of solar PV and solar thermal plants. Genergy also provides operations and maintenance for all systems installed.

The Genergy is differentiated from other similar companies with its consistent sourcing of best-in-class components and its engineering of each turnkey solution to efficiently maximize the benefit to the client in terms of generation output and return on investment.

Solar thermal hot water systems in the mining sector and large-scale rooftop solar PV systems in the industrial and commercial sectors make up the bulk of the Genergy product portfolio to date.

Currently the company solely operates from South Africa but it has the capability to deliver their products in the broader African market.

”Tier One solar panels have the best conversion efficiency; you should not compromise on the quality of equipment to decrease capital cost as the performance reflects this choice” advises Kimberley Clare Nanson the public relations manager for Genergy, “Regulations surrounding the installation of solar panels varies from city to city, so it is essential to make sure local rules and regulations are followed, as well as health and safety laws when installing solar panels.” she concludes.

Valsa Trading

Valsa have partnered with some of the leading companies operating in the African market and for over ten years the company has been supplier of choice for a comprehensive range of products in the solar energy sector. The company also designs, manufactures and supplies mounting system to the PV Solar Industry on the African continent.

Valsa has Subsidiaries in Kenya and Zimbabwe, Channel partners in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Swaziland, Madagascar Malawi and Mauritius in addition to their ability to export their products in any other country across Africa.

“It is important to only buy panels from tier one companies, those that are recognized by Blumberg with good track records, quality control etc. Potential customers should only buy from well-known brands as the investment is high and the panels are the main component.” says Svilen Voychev, the Managing Director of Valsa Trading adding that solar customers should Stay away from cheap inferior products because “if you make a mistake, the PV Solar installation will generate less power and not provide a durable and sustainable solution.”

Asunim Solar

Asunim Solar South Africa cooperates with the best manufacturers and suppliers of PV solar components in the world. The company also does solar installation.

As an EPC company, Asunim’s main focus is to work with the client to find the best answer to their needs and develop a full engineering solution. For every particular project Asunim solar choses the best solution for the client in terms of PV panels, Inverters, Cabling and Structures that match the technical specifications.

After procurement the company can arrange with the client to fully install the Solar PV System providing the first 2 years of Operations and Management free of charge.

Asunim Solar South Africa is a one of Asunim Group, a multinational group of companies operating worldwide. Asunim Group has footprints in Portugal, Spain, UK, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Chile, UAE and South Africa.

According to JOSE DE FREITAS, Asunim South Africa CEO, the best advice to a customer who has made the decision to go Solar is that they should look for the best brands with an impeccable track record of professionalism and expertise.

“Solar and Storage solutions can be quite tricky and complicated. There are a lot of different solar panels and inverters in the market. There are also a lot of people trying to take advantage of this opportunity and although the entrepreneurial effort it is commendable, a customer needs to realize that experience, know-how and expertize does not happen overnight.”

“For example, when buying a car, one should go for a serious brand, look for an honest dealership, but trusting a stranger with a background in gardening to build you a car is never a good idea, no matter how cost effective this might sound at the beginning, In the long run all the money spent will go to waste.” he concluded.   

Sinetech (PTY) ltd 

Sinetech was established in 1995 and has ever since been South Africa’s leading Solar Energy service provider in PV Solar Power. Battery Backup Power. UPS Systems, Power Protection, Power Conversion, Power Distribution and Renewable Energy products. Never the less the company is one of the largest distributors of inverters and other power products on the African continent, stocking all major brands and components.

 SInetech offers a technology called Individual Module Management (IMM), which allows the customer to monitor their solar array down to the very last solar panel, so no more guessing and time wasting, you can go straight to the fault and repair it. IMM can be retrofitted to most high-end solar panels.

The company also has CIGS thin-film solar panels. This is a thin film of photovoltaic chemicals over a tough traditional solar glass panel. These CIGS thin-film solar panels perform extremely well consistently yielding around 14% more energy per day than the traditional solar panel technologies.

In addition Sinetech’s solar streetlights, with built-in lithium ion battery and security camera as well as a 5 year warranty, are being rolled out in projects across the African continent.

The solar panel brands that Sinetech sells are underwritten by warranties from the manufacturers themselves.  They come with a 25-year linear performance warranty which means that after 25 years in operation, the solar panel will still be producing at least 80% of the energy that it was producing on day one. There are even panels with 35-year linear performance guarantees, and counting, as the panels continue to perform in the field.

Here’s Alex Hattingh from Sinetech sales department advice to solar panel customer, “Do not make your purchasing decision on price alone or be misled by a “price per watt” figure. Lab conditions and real-world conditions are quite different – so are you actually getting the full watts of your panels once it is placed on your roof and once all your cables are in place to create your system?”

Seraphim Solar South Africa

Seraphim Solar South Africa is a world-class solar products manufacturer. Since its foundation in 2011, the company has been specializing in research, development, production, and sales of solar PV products.

Seraphim is accredited as Batch I Smart Manufacturing Plant by Jiangsu Government, the Witness Laboratory Accreditation Certificate (WMTC) by CSA and TMP Laboratory Certificate by TUV SUD in addition to being listed as Tier 1 solar module maker by BNEF

The company’s solar panels are locally produced with up to 80% local Content, superior quality and innovation in order to perfectly match or other be effective in the African continent weather conditions.

The company’s manufacturing Facility is based in East London and their products are present in over 40 countries across the world. They can always be found in major centers.

“If you intend to invest in solar power, always look for Tier 1 manufacturer with solid RND facility and vigorous testing lab and you will never look back and be ashamed of your decision.” says   Mokebe Tutubala, Sales & Business development manager at Seraphim Solar South Africa.

“If you intend to invest in solar power, always look for Tier 1 manufacturer with solid RND facility and vigorous testing lab and you will never look back and be ashamed of your decision.” says   Mokebe Tutubala, Sales & Business development manager at Seraphim Solar South Africa.

Jetion Solar 

Jetion Solar is a state-owned enterprise which is a part of CNBM (China National Building Materials Group Corporation). The company has good reputation and comprehensive strength over the world with over 15 offices worldwide and selling to more than 500 supplier companies.

Jetion has also been a part of many large-scale projects all over the world and the offers cost-effective price panel and EPC cooperation. At present according to Andy ZHOU who is in charge of module panel sales and EPC cooperation at Jetion, the company supply’s Poly 265Wp/270Wp/275Wp/325Wp/330Wp/335Wp about 20 MW and they offer quotation upon request.

Specialized Solar Systems

Specialized Solar Systems supply solar solutions for almost every need – from solar-powering indigent disconnected communities with its remotely managed Smart DC Grid Technology to turnkey renewable energy and water pumping solutions for the agricultural, residential and commercial sectors throughout Africa.  The company has the perfect solar energy solution for every need.

Specialized Solar Systems has distributors across African country’s for example Botswana and Zimbabwe and its head office is based in George, South Africa

“It is a great move you have made to go solar. Buy genuine products from a credible supplier/ manufacturer and Start saving while you enjoy energy security after installation.” Says Andrew Behrens from Specialized Solar Systems

Mustek Energy

As a part of Mustek limited, Mustek energy is a supplies a wide range of solar products in Africa through their distribution partners in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique among others.

Mustek energy is currently the only company in South Africa bringing GCL products into the country. GCL is a tier 1 supplier of solar PV (Photo Voltaic). The company is well entrenched in manufacturing within the energy sector and is reportedly supplying products to the Solar industry. 30% of all solar modules sold from GCL.

Mustek after careful consideration opted to work with GCL because it understands that solar panels are long term investment and it is important to choose a reliable supplier and manufacturer and that is where RenewSys and GCL come in.

Lethu Nxumalo, the Solar Product Assistant at Mustek Ltd, giving her advice to people looking to by solar products says “Typical warranties are 10 years on Solar PV and we all know a products warranty is only as good as the people supplying and offering one, PLEASE check that the manufacturer is still going to be around for the next 10 years. As we already seeing big brands disappearing from the industry and with them the background and the warranty.”

Solar Energy Group

Solar Energy Group is focused and determined to help Africa meet her energy needs in a clean and natural way which is more pocket friendly compared to other forms of energy while making the continent independent of the national grid.

The company is archiving this goal by collaborating with other companies with the same vision in providing turnkey solutions. In simple terms, Solar Energy Group designs, supplies, installs and maintains solar systems. If required the company also supplies or installs single solar related components.

Speaking to solar product customers, Mr. Brown from Solar Energy Group says “Look at it as a long term investment, with the potential of a payback period of five to ten years. Invest in quality durable products. Use reputable solar system installers.”

Canadian Solar

Founded in 2001, Canadian Solar operates as a global energy provider with successful business subsidiaries in over 6 continents. In Africa, Canadian Solar products can be found at South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Nigeria, and Ghana among many more other countries.

The company is a Tier one manufacturer that follows strict quality and standard guidelines like IEC standards and it’s also an implementer of new technologies in regards to solar panels. For this reason Canadian Solar has managed to develop the first poly module exceeding 400 W producing one of the highest poly module power outputs in the solar industry. In addition the module is designed to reduce LCOE and installation costs. The company offers 10 to 30 years guarantee on their products.

“Solar modules have increased in the market due to their high demand and they come in different qualities at different prices. The poorest quality come at the cheapest price. Make sure you are buying high quality products although they are a bit expensive than ordinary products, you find quality assurance.” says Wido from Canadian Solar South Africa.

 

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