A growing problem in South Africa is access to reliable and affordable electricity. This leads to farmers and South African citizens being forced to switch to alternative sources of renewable energy. Solar energy, as well as other renewable sources such as wind and hydropower, enable farmers to continue working if there are interruptions due to load shedding or cable theft, ensuring that productivity is not affected.

The impact that load shedding or power outages can have on farming – especially those that depend on electricity for irrigation, running dairy farms, packhouse cooling systems and slaughterhouse cold rooms – can hit these businesses, as well as the total economy, hard.

What is a solar power system?

A solar power system is installed according to your needs – whether at your home, your warehouse, your pump house, or anywhere else. Solar panels collect solar energy and convert it into direct current electricity that charges the batteries. A converter (inverter) switches the direct current to alternating current, which is connected to the main power supply to supply electricity to the farmer’s pumps, cold rooms and other equipment.

Commercial installation done at Anglo American Platinum distribution centre in Rustenburg. It is a 350 kW system with 844 panels on the ground.

APS’s alternative electricity solutions

Affordable Power Solutions (APS)™ is a privately owned company specialising in the design, supply, and installation of solar power systems to provide affordable and sustainable energy solutions to the general public, small to medium enterprises, commercial customers, and the agricultural sector.

To maintain high standards, Affordable Power Solutions installs only top quality, insurance approved products with long warranties and excellent after sales service.

“We strive to keep the cost of our products as low as possible,” says Ben Janse van Rensburg, Director of Affordable Power Solutions. “We firmly believe in the power and potential of solar energy as a clean and renewable energy source, and our mission is to make it accessible and affordable for everyone, without compromising quality.”

Home installations done by APS.

Reliable suppliers

APS adheres strictly to the standards of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA). APS also belongs to the South African Association for Renewable and Alternative Energy (SAAEA) as well as the Sustainable Energy Association of South Africa.

APS is a member of SESSA (Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa) where both the company and the customers benefit from the peace of mind that the mediation of the SESSA ombudsman can offer in the event of a dispute. In addition, APS is also listed in the SESSA directory as a trusted supplier that adheres to SESSA’s code of conduct.

The systems are easy to install, consumer friendly and also offer a 25 year workmanship guarantee. Need advice on which system to install? Talk to APS’s expert solar technicians and installers about your needs.

For more information on APS’s products and services visit their website at https://affordablepowersolutions.co.za/ or contact them at (+27)61-444-4998 or (+27)10-235-0519, or send an e-mail to info@affordablepowersolutions.co.za.