The Voltex VHS kits provide complete solar energy solutions that make going green easier than ever before
As SA’s pre-eminent electrical and lighting distributor, Voltex supplies the widest range of electrical and related products through its 19 supply divisions and vast distribution network strategically located across Southern Africa.
Through this diverse network, the group services the agricultural, mining, manufacturing, construction, wholesale, electrical and communication sectors with energy-efficient products, cable and wiring, power generation and optimisation, transmission and distribution, motor-control solutions, commercial, industrial and residential lighting applications, and a host of other highly specialised services.
The Voltex Group strives to be at the forefront of technology developments and to harness its breadth of expertise to deliver the latest electrical innovations that are affordable, accessible and sustainable to its customers.
One area of energy efficiency that has advanced significantly in terms of cost and ease of application is solar power. By means of large-scale consolidation in the production of solar panels, which are made from polycrystalline, solar energy has become far more mainstream than it was 10 years ago.
Solar power is without doubt the most sustainable, clean and reliable form of renewable energy and can be used in several forms to help power a home or business. An increase in demand for sustainable energy solutions has been driven by environmental consciousness and the need for greener, more sustainable energy alternatives. SA also has one of the highest solar irradiation levels in the world, so it goes without saying that it is the wise choice to go green.
With no moving parts, solar panels generate electricity directly from the sun’s rays and can last for up to 25 years. The cost of solar power is now far more accessible, with costs dropping significantly to approximately R1 per kWh compared to Eskom’s average domestic tariff, which has risen to R1.92 per kWh.
Recognising this increased demand for complete solar systems, the Voltex Group has launched the Voltex Home Solar (VHS) kit, which offers a complete solution for electrical contractors wanting to provide an efficient domestic installation while being an affordable option for the homeowner.
Typically, a domestic installation requires an assessment by the installer, who then designs the solar power solution. The challenge comes with sourcing the various pieces of equipment that are not always readily available at competitive prices. Ultimately, the client incurs the added costs of this time-consuming process.
The VHS kits have been specifically designed to overcome many of these challenges, making green energy a reality for homeowners. They provide an efficient method for electrical contractors to deliver accurate quotations by eliminating the variable costs of the components.
The 5 kW VHS kit comes complete with 15 x 265W solar panels. This is enough to charge the battery as well as to supply power to some of the equipment during the day. At night, the battery will supply power to a fridge, TV and lights for up to eight hours thereby reducing demand from the current utility provider.
In the event of a power failure, the system will simply continue to provide power from the battery as if there were still a power supply from the current utility provider.
The VHS kits come complete with everything required to provide a complete installation. Voltex supplies the backboard that is prewired with an inverter, AC breakers, transfer switch, DC fuses and a PV isolator. The pre-wired backboard greatly reduces installation time and allows for easy connection to the rest of the system.
The 5 kW VHS kit includes:
260W tier-1 solar panels
Highest grade aluminium mounting structure
Pre-wired combiner box
5 kW inverter pre-wired to battery fuses, PV isolator, AC breakers and transfer switch
WM4 male and female connectors
4 000W LiFePO 4 battery
The PV modules, with power ratings ranging from 265 Wp, come with a 10-year product and 25-year performance guarantee. The high-performance polycrystalline modules are designed for on-grid as well as off-grid applications with a positive power tolerance and highly reliable anti-reflective coated glass.
The VHS kits are also available in standard 3 kW and 4 kW systems and can be custom manufactured to suit individual demands. Regardless of the solar requirements, Voltex has a variety of products to meet a client’s project needs.
The sun provides more energy than we will ever need, making solar power the perfect choice for renewable energy. Using solar in SA, rather than obtaining energy from fossil fuels, offers a number of benefits to the natural environment. With no greenhouse gas emissions being released into the atmosphere, there is less air and water pollution, which in turn is beneficial to both the planet and to people’s health.