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Solar Photovoltaic (PV)

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology uses the light energy from the sun to generate electricity that can be used in your home.

The investment case for installing a PV system is strong due to reducing costs and electricity tariffs increase. You can get credit for the excess electricity returned to the grid. To ensure your system is safe and legal, follow the application process on the City’s website. See below and in the FAQs for more information.

See our Guidelines for Safe and Legal PV installation in Cape Town for more information on installing solar PV in your home (or business). This document will guide you through choosing a PV system and design, and includes a helpful checklist for before, during and after installation as well as helping you choose a good service provider.

If you want to connect your PV system to the grid and sell your excess electricity back to the City (which we encourage), please see the Requirements for small scale embedded generation document and the City’s website.