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+ How does South African tax laws benefit companies with regards to Solar Installations?
Accelarated depreciation of 100% is allowed for years ending after 1 January 2016 in terms of Section 12 B of the Income Tax act for the installation of Solar PV systems. This means if you install a system at R100,000 you will pay R28,000 less tax for the year in which the system was brought into use. This means your R100,000 Solar Power investment will in fact cost you R72,000 after taking the tax saving into consideration.
For the finer details it is best to contact your Tax practioner. (We are electricians and technies and not tax specialist after all) . Here is good information on this tax benefit on renewables (Including Solar Power): https://www.thesait.org.za/news/269950/Powering-up-A-look-at-section-12B-allowance-for-renewable-energy-machinery.htm
+ I bought an UPS 5 years ago when we had loadshedding. I have not used it since. What is the lifespan on a standard UPS? What maintenance can be done on an UPS to extend it's use?
It depends on the quality of the UPS purchased initially.
+ What electrical maintenance at your average house say in Pretoria East is the most important ?
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+ How many years will your Solar Panels last? What warranties do you offer on your Solar Panels?
+ How much solar power is needed to power the very essentials at my home office? Let's say my wifi router , 3 computers, lights in office, television. (I am a stock broker)
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+ Why or when do I need a CoC (Certificate of Electrical Compliance). My brother is a handyman. Why must I get a qualified and registered Electrician to issue a CoC?
Unfortunately this is the law in South Africa. It's needed when you sell a property or in the unfortunate event that you want to claim from your insurance. Not having a valid CoC will lead to the claim being repudiated. More details are available on our website under our electrical services . https://www.pretoriaelectrical.co.za/p/929988/electrical-coc-certificate-of-compliance
+ I see your website domain is Pretoria Electrical. How far outside Pretoria do you generally offer Electrical services?
We have long standing clients all over South Africa. We are not limited to being Electricians in Pretoria. For small maintenance work and emergency call outs we suggest you get a local Electrician to help you with your Electrical needs. Over the years we have build up relationships with clients who ask us to do routine preventative electrical maintenance. For small emergencies we even suggest to them to use a local electrician. Our preventative electrical maintenace does lessen the occurence of small electrical emergencies / breakdowns.
+ How long will it take for me to recover the initial capital outlay of my investment in a Solar Power Installation?
The period needed to recover your capital investment in your Solar Power System depends on various factors such as whether or not you are a Vat vendor who can claim back the Input Vat on the Solar Power installation, whether you are allowed a 100% section 12 B accelerated depreciation deduction from yopur taxable income. It also further depends on your total current usage and how much electricity your Solar Power System will generate, whether Eskom will give credits for electricity which is fed back into the grid or not. We also do not know what annual increases Eskom will approach Nersa with and how much Nersa will allow. We can do an estimates of all the factors at the outset of Solar Power project and combine it with known facts and arrive at a reasonable estimate of the number of years it will take to recover your investment in Solar Power. Bear in mind also that you will have added benefits of less production stoppages where you for example might have to pay your employees while they are unable to work. These benefits also need to be factored in when determining the ROI on Solar Power Installations.
+ We have a small factory in Pretoria with 3 phase electricity. How does the backup electricity work with three phase electricity?
The backup power will be linked to one of the three phases. We will move all the essentials like your computers, wifi router and phone lines to this phase while the heavy machines (heavy electrical consumption) will be kept on the other phases. Backup Power solutions are usually meant to carry essentials and not to power heavy electrical consumption for your average business.
+ What are the primary components of a Grid-Tied Solar PV System?
The primary components of an Grid-Tie Solar PV system are:
+ What size Solar system should one get for your house?
It depends what you want to run with the system. If it is just a few lights and a computer then we recommend at least a 300W system , perhaps bigger. If you want to run more euipment like a fridge we recommend a 1000W system. It also depends on your budget.
+ What should one consider when looking at the different kind of Inverters ( and the price of Inverters)?
Pure sine Inverters are more expensive but less likely to damage sensitive electronic equipment such as computers or televisions. One wants to buy better quality when investing in a backup power system in order get a product that lasts longer and requires less repairs and maintenance.
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