When my wife and I decided to use Genergy for a backup system, it was to simply get away from the terrible Eskom troubles that were bugging us and messing with our work days and our lives. It was the start of a solar journey that has taken a few turns, and we have discovered quite a lot about renewable energy along the way.

The actual Genergy backup system of inverters, batteries and solar panels took two days to install, but then, as a journalist, I started doing quite a bit of reading and research into renewable energy. It’s a massive field, but here are a few things that I came up with in my reading.

  1. Eskom is very untidy. Whether it be loadshedding, radical tariff increases or massive nuclear deals with Russia, it’s never going to be clear, and we’re never really going to know what they are up to. This leads to uncertainty as a consumer. The only way to rid some of that uncertainty is to personally invest in solar energy. I am now not acutely affected by loadshedding or tariff increases as I have my Genergy system in place. There is less uncertainty, which is a good thing.
  2. There’s something quite fulfilling about using clean energy. My little home system means a little bit less coal usage, and a little bit less damage to the environment. My goal was bypassing the loadshedding problem, and a side affect has been this sense of positiveness. It’s kind of like when you recycle your rubbish. It makes you feel good, that you’re doing your little bit.
  3. The biggest misunderstanding is the costing. The price of electricity is going to increase forever, and with Eskom as our provider it’s going to increase at a higher rate than inflation. When you buy solar panels, the initial cost turns people off, but it only takes a few years and they have paid for themselves. After that – whatever energy you’re sourcing from the sun is free. Genergy solar panels come with a 30 year guarantee, so that’s a lot of years of free power from the Eastern Cape sun.
  4. Genergy provides financing. That’s how I got up and running.

Those are the basic premises of what my simple reading and research has come up with. As mentioned before, this blog is not about the technical side of solar and renewable energy, it’s about how the systems can work for the everyman.