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    Default Re: Solar Panel Registration in Cape Town

    Quote Originally Posted by Jola View Post
    OK, I can understand some control over grid-tied systems but not with off-grid systems.

    BTW, what is the situation in other countries, like Germany, where there are many households feeding into the grid ?

    And, where do they draw the line, what happens to the 300w solar panel on your caravan ?

    In theory that has to registered as well.

    This doesn't sound as if it has been well thought out at all.
    I'm still not clear on what the definition of a "very small" system is.
    Is it a calculator solar screen?
    Is it a 100W panel, used to trickle charge a deep cycle battery?
    Where is the dividing line?
    What size of solar system do you need to register?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blixum View Post
    Not really. You will not be able to sell your house without a solar panel certificate of compliance, similar to electrical certificate of compliance, gas, electric fence, bugs, etc. Ditto for boreholes.
    That's a consequence of the regulation, not the reason.

    I have seen some PV Solar installations that will make your hair stand on end.

    When you start playing with DC panel voltages of 500V, mains voltages of 230V AC and power in the 5kVA range you're not playing with matches, you're playing with flame throwers.

    Have a look at those registration documents. 90% of the content relates to Electrical Safety Compliance. So its no different from getting an approved set of plans for that new wall that could fall over and kill your children.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jannieljoubert View Post
    I'm still not clear on what the definition of a "very small" system is.
    Is it a calculator solar screen?
    Is it a 100W panel, used to trickle charge a deep cycle battery?
    Where is the dividing line?
    What size of solar system do you need to register?
    see the attachments to post #24

    I have a "small" 100W off grid system for 12V lights. I will jump through the hoops and register it

    Ironic since my 900W high voltage PV geyser system is exempted ...



    But as Fluffy says, some seriously scary stuff out there. As mine was checked by a registered electrician I am happy that it is safe, and have nothing to hide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    That's a consequence of the regulation, not the reason.

    I have seen some PV Solar installations that will make your hair stand on end.

    When you start playing with DC panel voltages of 500V, mains voltages of 230V AC and power in the 5kVA range you're not playing with matches, you're playing with flame throwers.

    Have a look at those registration documents. 90% of the content relates to Electrical Safety Compliance. So its no different from getting an approved set of plans for that new wall that could fall over and kill your children.
    Agree 100%, that's why I went to MSolar for my system...
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    Okay .... two weeks left to register your PV systems in the Western Cape ....



    Now just before you laugh it off, have a look at your address here - https://citymaps.capetown.gov.za/EGISViewer/

    Select the "Aerial photography" for 2016, or 2017 or 2018. Scary the detail the Council have of your erf !! And this is just the portal open to the public !! When I work with the Local Authority I often see the systems and the access they have ... And this data base of information started a few decades ago !! They KNOW what was approved for your site, and what you added over the years.


    NOTE - apparently Council already have a room full of students going through these aerial photos to identify who has PV installations !!



    Hardly worth the gamble, seems they are intent on dishing out a couple of those R6k fines ....



    DISCLAIMER - I dont work for the City, I am just another homeowner that has taken steps to reduce the impact of loadshedding ... who will spend this weekend filling in the registration documents ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elders View Post
    Okay .... two weeks left to register your PV systems in the Western Cape ....
    Actually extension has been granted to 31 May.
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    Default Re: Solar Panel Registration in Cape Town

    Quote Originally Posted by Elders View Post

    NOTE - apparently Council already have a room full of students going through these aerial photos to identify who has PV installations !!
    Well there's a waste of resourcing - should be very easy to write software to identify panels with today's tech - and probably far more accurate than students who'll get bored.


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