An Interactive Solar PV System or Grid-Connected PV System is essentially a collection of solar panelling and PV system used to power anything from small residential housing to large-scale commercial businesses.
The system absorbs the sun’s solar rays to power the grid system and provide electricity as well as being able to store any excess power to be used at a later stage.
Solar PV Systems are traditionally installed in large-scale solar power fields, or on rooftops in the case of private household use. Solar PV Systems have been gaining popularity since the early 2000s since more traditional fossil fuels have become more expensive, and their detrimental effect on the environment has been discovered.
Solar PV Power In South Africa
South Africa, and most of the African continent, experiences more all-year sunshine than most of the world, making it an ideal location for large-scale and individual Solar PV system installation.
Over the last decade areas of the Kalahari Desert and the Northern Cape province are home to some of the world’s largest Solar PV System installations, which power thousands of homes and businesses every day, and provided jobs during their installation.
Because most areas in South Africa can experience more than 2 500 hours of sunshine per year, and between 4.5 and 6.5 Wh/m2 in a single day, the installed capacity for Solar PV System could reach up to 8 400 megawatts by 2030.
Solar power and Solar PV System grids could play a large role in the development of infrastructure in South Africa in the coming years. Already there are many international firms investing in the development of Solar PV Systems in South Africa due to their previous successes in impoverished and developing areas of the country.