We all know it is happening.
The solar industry has taken SA by storm. The cumulative installed solar capacity in South Africa have almost doubled in just over two years (from 2019 to 2022). And according to energy expert Anton Eberhard, South Africa's installed rooftop solar PV capacity increased from 983MW in March 2022 to 4,412MW in June 2023 (Ferris, 2023). This is a staggering 349 % increase in a little over a year.
Furthermore, the South African government has set ambitious renewable energy targets, aiming to reach 18,800 MW of renewable capacity by 2030. This includes both utility-scale solar installations and smaller-scale rooftop solar systems.
A significant drop in solar components prices caused by an influx of solar panels, inverters, and batteries in the first half of 2023, together with rising electricity costs, make rooftop solar electricity generation a wise investment within reach of many a homeowner. This boom in rooftop solar in South Africa not only gives consumers electricity sovereignty in the face of loadshedding, but also reduce dependency on the grid.
Overall, the current solar market in South Africa is expanding and has a bright future as the country continues to embrace renewable energy as a key component of its energy mix. As advocates for sustainable energy, we believe that taking a professional approach is an important consideration for the successful implementation and optimal performance of solar energy systems.
How do we ensure professional installations?
At The Solar Marketplace we invite installers to register and be evaluated to become an TSM Approved Installer. Contrary to many companies that approve installers based on the revenue they spend at the company, through The Solar Marketplace they will become an Approved Installer based on qualifications, experience, and their business model. We believe in Quality and therefor are rating installers in 5 different categories (corporate maturity, regulatory compliance, qualifications residential and commercial installation experience). The star rating they receive will put installers in a position to quote for deals backed by these objective criteria, but also enables the customer to select installers with experience and expertise that they require.
Here is why:
Professional, experienced solar installers possess the knowledge, skills, and expertise required for a safe and effective installation. Solar panels, inverters, and other related components need to be correctly interconnected and appropriately mounted to ensure optimum energy generation. A licensed and experienced solar installer understands the complexities associated with the electrical connections, varying roof types, and local regulations. This expertise reduces the risk of structural damage, fire hazards, and electrical mishaps that could potentially arise from an amateur installation.
And most of all, they are able to support their installation throughout its lifetime. This customized approach ensures that the solar system performs optimally and yields the anticipated energy output, leading to long-term cost savings and greater return on investment.
The involvement of professional solar installers is indispensable for the successful implementation of solar systems. Their knowledge, experience, access to quality equipment, and ability to assess site suitability collectively guarantee the safety, efficiency, and long-term performance of the solar systems. Embracing professional solar installers not only helps SA to transition towards cleaner and renewable energy sources, but also stimulates economic growth and job creation.
Lastly, the warranties from manufacturers of the main components bought through The Solar Marketplace platform are only honoured if they are installed (signed off) by an Approved Installer and a Certificate of Compliance (COC) is issued. We therefore invite customers to use the installers approved through this process to ensure regulatory compliance and peace of mind.
How does the Customer benefit?
There is no doubt in any mind that load shedding has an enormous negative impact on the economy of South Africa. Not only are businesses and industries affected (resulting in revenue losses, job losses and all-over negative impact on the GDP), but the general public feels the effects every day.
The homeowner often seeks ways and advice on how to mitigate load shedding effects. Renewable energy, and specifically solar power, has become a household thing. Unfortunately, to find meaningful information, to identify the right components and to appoint a reliable and experienced solar installer, is not an easy task. With so many options available, how do you decide?
The Solar Marketplace (TSM) was born out of this dilemma. TSM is an exceptional multi-vendor platform that brings together buyers, sellers, installers, and enthusiasts of solar technology in one focused online marketplace.
The Solar Marketplace is an exceptional multi-vendor platform that brings together buyers, sellers, installers, and enthusiasts of solar technology in one focused online marketplace.
What does TSM offer to the buyer?
Access to a wide range of products: At The Solar Marketplace, we accommodate all market segments, from entry- to top level products. Shopping with us, you gain access to a wide array of reliable and top-quality solar panels, inverters, batteries, mounting systems, and other related products.
Professional accredited installation services: We understand that the installation of solar systems can be a complex process. To simplify the journey for our customers, we partner with reputable and experienced solar installers who can assist you in the installation of your solar system. This ensures that the installation is carried out efficiently and in compliance with all safety regulations.
Sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions: By choosing solar energy, you contribute to a cleaner and greener future. At The Solar Marketplace, we prioritize environmentally sustainable solutions and promote the adoption of solar energy as a means to reduce carbon footprint and combat climate change. By supporting us, you join the movement towards a more sustainable world.
Regular promotions and special offers: We believe in rewarding our loyal customers. By shopping at the Solar Marketplace, you gain access to ongoing promotions and exclusive discounts on a range of solar products. Keep an eye on our website and newsletters to stay updated on the latest deals and offers tailored just for you.
Product comparison: Compare the features of the main components (inverters, batteries, solar panels) side by side to help you make an informed decision.
Competitive prices: We understand that budget is an important consideration for our customers. Therefore, we diligently compare prices from various suppliers to offer the most competitive rates available. Our Solar Marketplace provides a transparent platform where you can easily compare prices and products, allowing you to make informed decisions and get the best value for your investment.
Solar Intelligence: Through a series of YouTube videos we give advice to help you with your decisions. In these videos, we answer solar system related questions.
The HOW TO series guide customers on the selection of solar system types, size and component (inverter, batteries and panels).
The DIY customer or installer can learn the finer tricks of installations in our SOLAR DIY series.
Visit SolarintelligenceSA on YouTube to learn more.
Personalized assistance: Our dedicated customer support team is always ready to provide personalized assistance to help you find the perfect solar solution for your specific needs. Whether you require guidance on choosing the right solar panels for your property or need help with technical queries, our knowledgeable team is just a call or email away.
Easy and secure online shopping: Convenience is of utmost importance to us. Our Solar Marketplace offers a user-friendly interface, making it effortless to browse and purchase products online. Many ways to search and compare products make it easy to select the right items. And with a secure payment gateway, you can be confident in the safety of your transactions, ensuring a seamless shopping experience from start to finish.
Nationwide delivery: In partnership with established courier companies, we offer Nationwide shipping. Collection at some of the vendors are also possible.
The Solar Marketplace
We launched this pioneering solar marketplace, believing it will revolutionize the sales processes of the renewable energy industry, to serve as a guide for consumers to safe and affordable solar energy solutions.
The Solar Marketplace (TSM) is an exceptional multi-vendor platform that brings together buyers, sellers, installers, and enthusiasts of solar technology in one focussed marketplace.
TSM creates a community of people that has one thing in common...solar!
There is a desperate need for reliable, safe and professional solar systems and services in South Africa, the reasons for this are obvious.
This desperate need for solar caused frantic buyers to create a demand that the market could not supply, which triggered dozens of retailers and hundreds of installers to rush in and flood the market with products and services.
The result is that the market is fragmented, with every search on the internet revealing so many options and possibilities that even to the seasoned shopper, it seems impossible to make a smart purchase.
The Buyers need for one central place, where products and services can be listed and compared, technically and economically, with reliable and accurate information to guide the buyer in making the right decision.
The Sellers need one central place, where the buyers are, to showcase their products and services to enjoy maximum exposure and offer the market greater variety and price options.
The Solar Installers that offer professional and safe services need to find a means of presenting their experience and expertise to the infantile market, visibly different to the unscrupulous newbie's entering the market.
The need of all 3 parties above gave birth to the idea of The Solar Marketplace. The owners of Polymath Solar, experienced veterans in the renewable energy industry, put their minds together and boldly started TSM, supplemented with a YouTube channel Solar Intelligence to guide and support the buyers that need help.
Sellers (Vendors) get the immediate benefit (detailed here):
TSM also creates Networking Opportunities as partnerships are established with financing-, and insurance institutions as well as accredited installers.
Approved Installers play a critical role in the Warranty Conditions of all the electronic components, as Warranties are only valid if the product is installed by an approved installer. This procedure protects the vendor, the buyer and TSM. Pricing and product availability is also a major benefit to installers (detailed here).
The Solar Marketplace is a national product, shipping its products to all the corners of South Africa.