EP Solar – Small Commercial Team

We supply affordable, clean electricity to small commercial and industrial businesses. Our innovative Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) mean our clients don’t have to invest any capital – they can simply purchase the electricity that comes from our solar modules and save cash immediately.

A PPA means:

  1. Get a solar system installed on your roof that generates power exclusively for your business
  2. No need to invest any capital – Only pay for the electricity that is generated
  3. Always less expensive than grid (i.e. ESKOM or municipalities) power – gauranteed
  4. We take care of all of the maintenance
  5. You can buy the system at any time

As South Africa’s largest supplier of Solar PPAs, we are able to leverage our scale to offer small businesses power at a price that would normally be outside of their reach – typically 20-50% below what they are currently paying for electricity. We’ve gone a step further – our standardized solutions are designed so that your business can start small and add on over time to increase savings.

  • Start as small as a 20kW system – suitable for a business with a current monthly bill of R12,000Add further capacity to your system in modules of 20kW at any time
  • Larger or custom systems can be designed on request

We have a local and international track record of more than 7 years and over R300M of projects already completed.  We commit with our clients for the entire journey, which in the solar industry spans decades.  This commitment is demonstrated in every aspect of our projects:

  • Accurate savings forecasts – backed up with performance guarantees
  • Professional design team that ensure systems are fully compliant
  • Rigorous installation process with multiple quality checks to ensure “first time right” delivery
  • Ongoing maintenance service to keep the system performing

Panorama Vet Clinic

Panorama Vet Clinic installed a solar PV and energy management system that has reduced their grid electricity usage by 17% and solved their overloading problem.

The Challenge

Panorama Veterinary Clinic & Specialist Centre has been servicing the local community of Cape Town for 16 years. The team includes 18 veterinarian staff members as well as administrative and support staff.

Panorama Vet Clinic had a monthly electricity bill of R20 000,00. In addition their consumption often exceeded their breaker limit, tripping their power and causing an outage.

As part of the project, they wanted to look at ways to increase their electricity supply with cheaper, reliable and environmentally friendly energy.

The Energy Partners Solution

On 31 January 2017, the clinic contacted Energy Partners Home Solutions. Our engineers carefully inspected the site & the consumption was logged for 2 weeks.

The system was sized to maximise utilisation of the available roof space while staying within the day time consumption of the clinic, and was installed over the course of 5 days. All components were commissioned by Energy Partners. After a 2-week period set out for commissioning, trial and registration, the system was officially handed over.

Product Description
Modules 17.2KWp (54 x 320 W) polycrystalline solar panels – mounted on the roof.
Inverter 25kW 3 phase SMA Inverter – selected for its quality, reliability and excellent monitoring capabilities.
Panorama Vet Grid Consumption
Financing

The total cost of the system was R306k and although the investment made absolute sense for the clinic it did present a challenge in terms of cashflow. Through Energy Partners’ innovative financing options the practice was able to lease the system for the first 12 months and then purchase it.

The Results

The energy solution installed has effectively reduced the municipal electricity bill with an average of R 3,565 per month.

The electricity supply capacity of the clinic was also increased by as much as 25% during peak solar production effectively avoiding unnecessary power interruptions during critical periods.

Cumulative Savings
Current Consumption of Panorama Vet

The above graph indicates the current electricity consumption profile of Panorama Vet. The green section represents power from the grid and the orange section represents solar power. Overall 25% of the clinic’s daytime usage is now supplied by solar PV.

As an added bonus Panorama Vet Clinic can deduct the full value of the system from their taxable income in year 1 as part of an accelerated tax allowance granted to businesses that install systems smaller than 1MWp. This allowance makes a positive impact on the financial viability of investing in an energy system for any SME.

The Energy Partners Home Solutions team made sure that the communication was clear and we were well informed throughout the entire process.

Erica Kotze, Panorama Vet