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Sparks Electrical News August 2018Improper installation of commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can drive up maintenance costs in later years and severely diminish any potential cost saving benefits for South African businesses. This is according to Manie de Waal, CEO of Energy Partners Solar, who warns that although PV systems have become an attractive option for businesses, experienced installation services are critical to maximising their cost efficiency. 

“In a country like South Africa, installing a PV system is one of the best ways to reduce a company’s energy costs. The international price of PV systems has contracted so much in recent years that the payback period on the average commercial solar installation is currently as short as four to six years.”  He points out, however, that both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance during the years that the system is in operation will have a significant impact on how much value a business can extract from solar power generation.

Personality of the Month

Howard Earley, the new CEO of Major Tech, is a proactive professional executive with in excess of 20 years’ experience in all aspects of financial, general and operational management in multiple sectors. He is now using his vast experience in the corporate world to continue to shape Major Tech into a major player in the segments in which it operates. Sparks Electrical News spoke to him to find out more about his role at Major Tech, and his thoughts on the electrical industry.

Column: Stay out of hidden traps

This month Terry Mackenzie Hoy implores electricians not to do electrical work which does not come through your employer or business. Apart from the legal ramifications, doing electrical work for friends, family and neighbours is a potential minefield of problems – it is a no-win situation, so don’t even try.

What homeowners need to know about electricity

Homeowners are at risk of having their insurance claims rejected if it is found that they are not in possession of a valid Electrical Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for their property. This is according to Marike van Niekerk, Legal and Compliance Manager at MUA Insurance Acceptances, who says that insurers expect their policyholders to prove that they have taken reasonable measures to manage the risks associated with their insured assets.

Buyers Guide

The August Buyers’ Guide lists manufacturers and distributors of products and services for lighting: lamps and control gear.

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Contact Sparks Electrical News

Title: Editor
Name: Gregg Cocking
Email: sparks@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
Fax: +27 11 615-6108

Title: Advertising Manager
Name: Carin Hannay
Email: carinh@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
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