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Choosing ‘cheap’ solar systems could cost you big in the long run

Experts have warned South Africans against choosing cheap solar systems because it may end up costing more than they bargained for.

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Load shedding is at an all-time high in South Africa at the moment and many of the country’s citizens are reaching new levels of desperation. A lot of people are turning towards UPS systems, generators, and solar power to help them win the fight against constant power outages. Buying cheap, however, may cost consumers in the long run – especially when it comes to the kind of solar power systems they choose.

An expert just revealed how much it is likely to cost the buyer if they bought a solar system that needed constant repairing.

Cheap solar systems can cost you in the long run, experts warn

For the past few weeks, Eskom has left South Africans to deal with almost nine hours of load shedding under level five and six stages of power cuts.

The constant outages have left many people feeling angry at both the power company and the government as they cannot afford to pay for energy alternatives.

For those who can afford generators, UPS systems, and solar power, Alumo Energy managing director Rein Snoeck Henkemans shared the following advice with BusinessTech regarding the repercussions of choosing the cheapest options – particularly when it comes to solar power.

According to Henkemans, buying cheap isn’t always the bargain it may feel like. In fact, installing a poor-quality system may cost you up to 50% more in the long run.

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Choosing the best option for your pocket

“As the saying goes, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Simply choosing the cheapest option may mean lower upfront costs, but cost you thousands of rands extra in replacing components, as well as maintenance and repairs over time.”

He also stressed the importance of choosing a provider that will ensure that your system is installed correctly and in keeping with all the relevant regulatory requirements.

“We’ve seen numerous cases of homeowners who have been unable to claim their money back after having a poor system installed by fly-by-night operators who have subsequently disappeared or gone broke, forcing them to contract yet another provider to help fix the problem,” he said.