5 Top Tips for Registering your Solar System
Over the past few years, South Africa has seen a considerable increase in solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, both Residential and Commercial. With this growing market comes rules and regulations – all of which are best to research before installing your PV system.
The rules and regulations are referred to as the SSEG (Small Scale Embedded Generation) process. Eskom and nearly every municipality in South Africa require PV installations to be registered, and if you don’t…. well, prepare yourself for a hefty fine.
Here are our top tips:
- Research your municipality requirements.
Municipalities have many different rules and regulations set out for PV systems. You can contact your Municipal Electrical Department for the Regulations as well as Application documents.
These regulations might set out specific equipment you have to use or signs and stickers you must install indicating you have an alternative supply(solar) on your property. Most municipalities follow the City of Cape Town model, especially in the Western Cape but always be ready for a curveball.
- Have your “Single Line Diagram” ready to go.
Municipalities will require a Single Line Diagram, often referred to as an SLD, Site Diagram, Circuit Diagram, etc. This SLD is a specialized drawing showing the PV System (solar system) and the circuits it is connected to in the property. In simple terms, an SLD shows how the solar connects to your current electrical system at home.
Your installer should be able to provide this, and if not, you could ask your engineer.
- Ensure your installer will give you a Certificate of Compliance after the installation.
You will need a Certificate of Compliance to register your PV System – there is no way around this. Ensure that the installer is a registered Electrical Contractor or certified Installation Electrician; otherwise, your Certificate of Compliance will be invalid.
- Source an Engineer.
Municipalities require an ECSA Registered Professional to sign off a Commissioning Report as part of your SSEG application. This aspect might sound intimidating, but trust me, the Engineers’ charges are much lower than that of the fines you might face if you don’t have one.
While Dorman Projects includes an engineer’s cost into our solar installation, many solar installers do not – so make sure to ask your installer!
- Allow for time
The SSEG Application process is not a speedy one. I suggest that you follow up with your Council representative at least once every fortnight. This ensures that you have enough time to prepare any documents that they might request and that the Council or Municipality does not feel rushed.
It is important to remember that choosing a good installer simplifies this process immensely – your SSEG Application will require some technical data that a technician or installer will need to fill in, so keep in touch with your solar installer!
Finding out if your installer is a qualified electrician, can do the engineering sign-off, and provide a Certificate of Compliance after installation is a must-have when making the overall decision.
The rest of the process is relatively easy, and we will cover it in future blogs from Dorman Projects, so be on the lookout if you need more information.
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