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  • Checking & replaing smoke detectors
  • Checking & cleaning gutters
  • Maintaining your roof
  • Checking for leaks and fixing plumbing

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You are on your way to checking a loadshedding solution off your to-do list. If you're like most people you've got 100 more things on your home to-do list such as:

  • Hanging pictures on your wall
  • Checking & replaing smoke detectors
  • Checking & cleaning gutters
  • Maintaining your roof
  • Checking for leaks and fixing plumbing

Home+ can help you get all those things and more done. Download our app today to connect to vetted and professional tradespeople and fly through your home management to do list.

If you want to get a jump on the next steps towards your loadshedding solution, click the Calendly link below to set a specific time for Wetility to call you back.

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Choosing the right solar solution for loadshedding can be daunting and expensive.

That’s why we’ve partnered with leading providers to bring you simplified solutions from as little as R899 per month, installed in just 2 weeks.

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Wetility Stride

Inverter

300W

Battery

640Wh

Solar

240 Wp

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R 899
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    • 300W ZOLA inverter
    • 640Wh Lithium-ion battery
    • 240 Wp solar (1 panel)
    • R 900 setup fee
    • 9.5% annual escalation
    • 36 month subscription (minimum)
    • Own after 60 months
Pace Mini

Inverter

5 kVA

Battery

5 kWh

Solar

2.5 kWp

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Subscription
R 1,699
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    • 5 kVA GoodWe inverter
    • 5 kWh Lithium-ion battery
    • 2.5 kWp solar (6 panels)
    • R 900 setup fee
    • 9.5% annual escalation
    • 36 month subscription (minimum)
    • Own after 120 months
Pace Medi

Inverter

6.5 kVA

Battery

7 kWh

Solar

3.5 kWp

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R 2,399
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    • 6.5 kVA GoodWe inverter
    • 7 kWh Lithium-ion battery
    • 3.5 kWp solar (8 panels)
    • R 900 setup fee
    • 9.5% annual escalation
    • 36 month subscription (minimum)
    • Own after 120 months
Pace Medi Plus

Inverter

6.5 kVA

Battery

10.2 kWh

Solar

5 kWp

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Subscription
R 3,199
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    • 6.5 kVA GoodWe inverter
    • 10.2 kWh Lithium-ion battery
    • 5 kWp solar (12 panels)
    • R 900 setup fee
    • 9.5% annual escalation
    • 36 month subscription (minimum)
    • Own after 120 months

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What do you want to have working during loadshedding?


How do I know which size I need?

This is the most important question as it will determine the size of the inverter and battery system that you need. For most people, a 5kVA inverter with 5kWh of battery is a good place to start. It covers all of your basics as well as your fridge and even your microwave and/or kettle if they’re around 2,000w each. An insider tip is that renting a 5kVA inverter is often the same price as 3kVA because of volume discounts that the suppliers get.

While 5kVA is great for many, every situation is unique. If you want to dig into this a bit more, keep reading and follow the 3 step process to determine what’s best for you.

  1. Think about the types of things you’d like to have access to during loadshedding. It could be lights, computers, wifi or even an aircon.
  2. Compare your list to our tables below.
  3. Select the best option for your needs. 

<2kVA / <2kWh battery = Group 1 items minus the fridge

~3kVA / ~3kWh battery = All group 1 items including fridge

~5kVA / ~5kWh battery = All group 1 items and 1-2 from group 2.

~7kVA / ~7kWh battery = All group 1 items and up to 3 from group 2 or 3.

>8kVA / >8kWh battery = Even more from groups 2 & 3

With only the basics on, these setups should last about 6 hours of loadshedding, and longer if you have solar and it’s during the day. If you'd like to power your devices for longer, you can always add an additional battery. If none of these feel right for you, click below to have our partners call you back and discuss larger options.


Group 1
(low watts)
<400w
  • LED lights
  • Computers & screens
  • Alarm system
  • Cell phone charger
  • TV & DSTV
  • Fridge*
Group 2
(medium watts -short duration)
~400-2200w
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Hair dryer
Group 3
(medium watts -long duration)
~400-2200w
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Aircon
Group 4
(high watts)
>2,200w
  • Geyser
  • Oven

This table is just a general guide and should be used to get a rough idea for capacity. The actual power usage will vary depending on the specific power needs of your devices and how you use them. To pick the right inverter size, consider the total power used by all devices at the same time even if it isn’t loadshedding. Anything plugged into the inverter will be limited by the inverter’s size, not just when you are on battery power.  That means if you accidentally plug a drill or a hair dryer into a small inverter, the system might trip and you could be left in the dark until you get it going again.


Pro Tip: If money’s really tight a small solution might work for you. With a 3kVA inverter you can power the lights and some plugs in your house, so you can watch TV, use the internet and have lights at night. If you desperately need it, you can even plug in a 2000w kettle or microwave for a few minutes (though we recommend you only plug them in when you need them and don’t leave them in all the time with a 3kVA .)


Final Note: When considering inverter brands it’s important to know if they enable a scalable system. If you get a smaller one today, many will allow you to connect them with another one in the future as your needs change. Make sure you stay future ready.

Package A
<2kVA / <2kWh

Powers only critical lights and a few devices.

  • LED lights
  • Computers & screens
  • Alarm system
  • Cell phone charger
  • TV & DSTV
Package B
~3kVA / ~3kWh

~1 - 2 bedrooms, living room and home office.

Package A

+
  • Fridge
Package C
>5kVA / >5kWh

~2 - 4 bedrooms, living room, dining room and home office.

Package B

+
1 or 2 from below
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
  • Hairdryer
Package D
>7kVA / >7kWh

~2 - 5 bedrooms, living room, dining room and home office.

Package C

+
up to 3 from below
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
  • Hairdryer

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Is a backup inverter / battery enough or do I need solar panels?


I’m not sure, can you help me decide?

To answer this you actually need to answer two questions:

  1. Do you have access to your roof? 

If yes, go on. If no, then it’s easy, you can’t have solar. If you don’t know then ask your landlord or body corporate if you have access.

  1. Is electricity bill savings a priority for you or do you just want to solve your loadshedding problem?  

Many people assume they need a full solar panel solution but that’s not always true. If you just want to stop having to deal with loadshedding, an inverter with a backup battery is likely enough. This setup is cheaper and best if you live in a place where you can’t use the roof like some apartments or rental homes.

Solar panels are helpful if loadshedding gets worse or if there's a total grid blackout as they’ll offer another way to keep your batteries charged. They can give you more power and help you save money on electricity bills. They can even double the amount of backup power hours you get from your system if power fails during the day and cut your charging time in half. However, they cost more up front and you need access to your roof.

Bonus question:

  1. Is your system upgradable?

Good news! You can start with a solar-ready inverter and backup battery and add solar panels later when you have the money. If you're unsure but need a solution now, we recommend starting with just an inverter and backup battery to get started.

Choose what's best for your situation and budget.


Should I buy a system with cash upfront, buy on credit or just rent it?


Which option is right for me?

The main things to consider are your budget and timeline.

Cash: Buying the system in cash up front is the most expensive right now but least expensive over a 20 year period. With the recent tax breaks on solar panels and the increasing Eskom price hikes you are almost guaranteed to save money in the long-term. You’ll own the system but you’ll have to pay for maintenance and repairs yourself once your warranties expire.

Credit / Lease-to-own: Buying a system on credit can be a good option if you can’t pay the full amount upfront but you still want to own it. You’ll pay more over time vs. cash up front because of the interest rate. Don’t forget the maintenance and repair costs once your warranties run out. The biggest question here is how to get the lowest interest rate - it’s likely through the supplier as a lease-to-own option or taking a home equity loan (i.e. adding it to your mortgage). One nuance to be aware of: with a lease-to-own option you don’t get the additional tax breaks as you only own the system at the end. You do get them if you buy on credit. 

Renting / Subscribing: Renting or subscribing to a solar system is the most flexible choice if you only need it for a few years (they typically have a 2-5 year minimum period) or if you don’t want to worry about maintenance as the provider should handle that. It’s got the lowest upfront cost and provides the most flexibility but you never own the system. There will be extra costs for moving it and/or exiting the contract early so read the details carefully. 

Pro Tip: Different providers and different payment options often come with different benefits like warranties, maintenance, upgrades etc. Be sure to ask your provider what services are included with your system and how they differ if you buy or rent it. 

Final Note: If you're really struggling  and aren't sure if you can afford a big expense or long-term commitment right now, we typically recommend going with the subscription or credit / lease-to-own. It gives you a solution immediately and you won't spend all your savings. It's better to have some money saved for a rainy day, just in case.


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Choosing the right supplier can be a daunting task. Here are some important factors to consider:
  1. Trustworthiness: We only choose suppliers that have been vetted and are credible.
  2. Competitive pricing: Price is important, and as South Africans, we understand that. Look for a supplier that offers competitive pricing.
  3. Scalability: Ensure that the supplier's products are scalable to meet your needs now and in the future.
  4. Maintenance and repairs: Find out if maintenance is included in your solar panel system. In case of any repairs, ensure that the supplier has a reliable and efficient repair process.
  5. Warranty: Consider the warranty offered by the supplier.
  6. System components: Check what is included in your system.
  7. Quality: Quality is important when it comes to solar panels. Choose a supplier that offers quality products.
  8. Safety: Ensure that the system is safe.
  9. Payment options: Check if the supplier offers monthly payment plans or cash-only options.

You can make changes to your package, and when you're ready click “Select” below on the option you want. We will send your contact details to the selected partner.


3kVA options currently unavailable

We do not currently offer a package to rent 3kVA inverters. Most providers get economies of scale by only offering the 5kVA version so actually provide the same price as they could offer for a smaller solution. Check out our 5kVA rental options below.

We are currently out of stock of this option. Click "Send my details" below to register your preference for this system and we'll let you know as soon as they are available again. In the meantime, check out our solutions in the 5kVA - 7kVA range.

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  • 9.5% annual escalation
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  • Own after 60 months
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  • 300W ZOLA inverter
  • 640Wh Lithium-ion battery
  • R 900 setup fee
  • 9.5% annual escalation
  • 36 month subscription (minimum)
  • Own after 60 months
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  • 300W ZOLA inverter
  • 640Wh Lithium-ion battery
  • 240 Wp solar (1 panel)
  • R 900 setup fee
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  • 300W ZOLA inverter
  • 640Wh Lithium-ion battery
  • 240 Wp solar (1 panel)
  • R 900 setup fee
  • 9.5% annual escalation
  • 36 month subscription (minimum)
  • Own after 60 months
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  • 300W ZOLA inverter
  • 640Wh Lithium-ion battery
  • 240 Wp solar (1 panel)
  • R 900 setup fee
  • 9.5% annual escalation
  • 36 month subscription (minimum)
  • Own after 60 months
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  • 5 kVA GoodWe inverter
  • 5 kWh Lithium-ion battery
  • R 900 setup fee
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  • 9.5% annual escalation
  • 36 month subscription (minimum)
  • Own after 120 months
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  • 5 kVA GoodWe inverter
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  • R 900 setup fee
  • 9.5% annual escalation
  • 36 month subscription (minimum)
  • Own after 120 months
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  • 5 kVA GoodWe inverter
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  • 2.5 kWp solar (6 panels)
  • R 900 setup fee
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  • 5 kVA GoodWe inverter
  • 5 kWh Lithium-ion battery
  • 2.5 kWp solar (6 panels)
  • R 900 setup fee
  • 9.5% annual escalation
  • 36 month subscription (minimum)
  • Own after 120 months
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  • 5 kVA GoodWe inverter
  • 5 kWh Lithium-ion battery
  • 2.5 kWp solar (6 panels)
  • R 900 setup fee
  • 9.5% annual escalation
  • 36 month subscription (minimum)
  • Own after 120 months
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  • 6.5 kVA GoodWe inverter
  • 7 kWh Lithium-ion battery
  • R 900 setup fee
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  • 6.5 kVA GoodWe inverter
  • 7 kWh Lithium-ion battery
  • R 900 setup fee
  • 9.5% annual escalation
  • 36 month subscription (minimum)
  • Own after 120 months
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  • 6.5 kVA GoodWe inverter
  • 10.2 kWh Lithium-ion battery
  • R 900 setup fee
  • 9.5% annual escalation
  • 36 month subscription (minimum)
  • Own after 120 months
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  • 6.5 kVA GoodWe inverter
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  • 3.5 kWp solar (8 panels)
  • R 900 setup fee
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  • 6.5 kVA GoodWe inverter
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  • 5 kWp solar (12 panels)
  • R 900 setup fee
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  • 6.5 kVA GoodWe inverter
  • 7 kWh Lithium-ion battery
  • 3.5 kWp solar (8 panels)
  • R 900 setup fee
  • 9.5% annual escalation
  • 36 month subscription (minimum)
  • Own after 120 months
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  • 6.5 kVA GoodWe inverter
  • 10.2 kWh Lithium-ion battery
  • 5 kWp solar (12 panels)
  • R 900 setup fee
  • 9.5% annual escalation
  • 36 month subscription (minimum)
  • Own after 120 months
R 2,399 per month
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  • 6.5 kVA GoodWe inverter
  • 7 kWh Lithium-ion battery
  • 3.5 kWp solar (8 panels)
  • R 900 setup fee
  • 9.5% annual escalation
  • 36 month subscription (minimum)
  • Own after 120 months
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  • 6.5 kVA GoodWe inverter
  • 10.2 kWh Lithium-ion battery
  • 5 kWp solar (12 panels)
  • R 900 setup fee
  • 9.5% annual escalation
  • 36 month subscription (minimum)
  • Own after 120 months
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Frequently asked questions


How do I choose between different providers?

When comparing providers, consider the types of services they offer to set themselves apart from the competition. Some providers may offer free consultations, custom system designs, and professional installations. 

When comparing the prices of different suppliers look at what’s included in the offer: many provide ongoing maintenance and monitoring services and extended warranties. There will be differences in set up cost, installation fees, cancellation fees and ability to get the tax breaks. Even electricity bill savings will differ between the different products. Look for a provider that offers a combination of services that best fits your needs and ensures a smooth, hassle-free experience with your solar or backup battery solution.

At Home+ we have already done our due diligence and partnered with providers who we believe offer some of the best services available. We believe that they are top-notch when it comes to your customer experience.


What are the hidden costs I should look out for with backup battery or solar solutions?

Hidden costs to watch out for with backup battery or solar solutions include installation fees, maintenance and repair costs, cancellation, refurbishment, and deinstallation fees as well as replacement costs for batteries or other parts over time.

At Home+ we’ve tried to lay these out for you as best as we can so you can compare the different options we have for you. 


How long will my backup batteries last me during load shedding?

At Home+, we’ve tried to recommend systems that should last, on average, 6 continuous hours at night (non-sunny times), and up to 14+ hours when there is solar or grid to recharge between two stretches of loadshedding.

If you want to get into the nitty-gritty, to calculate more precisely how long your backup batteries will last during a power outage, first find the total capacity of your batteries in kilowatt-hours (kWh). Then, add up the power consumption (in watts) of the devices you plan to use during the outage. Divide the total capacity of your batteries (kWh * 1000 gives you Watt hours which will make this easier) by the total power consumption to get the number of hours your batteries will last.

For example, if you have a 3 kWh battery system and use only devices from bucket 1, which consume around 500 watts on average, your batteries will last for 6 hours (3 kWh * 1,000 / 500 W = 6 hours). If you have a 5 kWh battery system and use devices from both bucket 1 and up to 2 devices from bucket 2, let's say the total power consumption is around 1,000 watts. Your batteries will last for about 5 hours (5 kWh * 1,000 / 1,000 W = 5 hours).

While this seems easy on paper it can actually be rather tricky. Keep in mind that most likely, everything won't be on at the same time all the time. Your fridge for example uses different amounts of power when it’s actively cooling vs. just maintaining its temperature. In general, the more careful you are about your power usage, the longer your batteries will last. By turning off devices when not in use and being mindful of your energy consumption, you can extend the life of your batteries significantly during heavy loadshedding. See if the solar provider offers an app to monitor and manage your battery level in real-time.

Our goal with the recommendations we’ve made is to offer systems that will, on average, last you 6 to 8 hours. In doing this we assume that you won’t turn on everything at the same time and the items in each bucket use an average amount of power (i.e. you don’t have a 3000w fridge).


How long will the batteries take to recharge?

For this one, use similar logic for how long they’ll last during load shedding. First find the charging rate of your power source (solar panels or grid electricity) in watts. Divide the total capacity of your batteries (in kwh) by the charging rate and multiply by 1,000 to get the number of hours it takes to recharge. For example, if you have a 5 kWh battery system and a 1,000-watt charging rate, it will take 5 hours to recharge (5kWh * 1,000 / 1,000 W = 5 hours).

Systems where the household devices are consuming a lot of the power may sometimes leave little power available to charge the batteries, hence, recharge may take longer in some cases. 


What are the best types of batteries for my solar or backup system?

There are two main types of batteries for solar and backup systems: lithium and lead-acid. Lithium batteries are more advanced and have several advantages over lead-acid batteries. They are lighter, have a longer lifespan, and are more efficient. Within the lithium category, Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries are the most cost-effective and reliable choice. These batteries have a higher number of cycles (around 2,000 to 6,000 cycles - that’s over 10 years worth of loadsheddings!) compared to other lithium batteries, which means they can be charged and discharged more times before needing replacement.

Lead-acid batteries, on the other hand, are heavier and have a shorter lifespan. They usually last around 300 to 500 cycles, depending on the quality and maintenance. While lead-acid batteries are less expensive upfront, lithium batteries, especially LiFePO4, are a better investment in the long run due to their longer life and better performance.

At Home+, all of the systems we recommend include LiFePO4 batteries. 


What are the differences in inverters that I should look out for?

Pure sine wave inverters produce a smooth, consistent flow of electricity, similar to what you get from the power grid. Modified sine wave inverters produce a choppier, less consistent flow of electricity. Pure sine wave inverters are important because they are required for sensitive electronics, like some computers and other devices, which need a stable power supply to work properly. When choosing an inverter, also check if it's solar-ready, meaning it can work with solar panels, and if it can be linked in series with other inverters. This allows you to expand your system over time if your power needs grow.

All of the inverters we recommend at Home+ are solar ready, pure sine wave inverters.