Info Guide

Benefits of Solar

Components of a Solar System

Solar Panels (Photovoltaic Cells):
Capture sunlight and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity through the photovoltaic effect.
Inverter
Converts DC electricity generated by solar panels into alternating current (AC) electricity, which is the type of electricity used in homes and businesses.
Solar Charge Controller
Regulates the voltage and current coming from the solar panels to prevent overcharging and ensure the batteries receive the right amount of charge.
Battery Storage
Stores excess energy generated by the solar panels during the day for use during periods of low sunlight or at night.
Mounting Structure/Racking
Provides a stable and secure platform for mounting solar panels, ensuring proper orientation and tilt for optimal sunlight exposure.
Grid-Tie Inverter (if applicable)
In a grid-tied system, this inverter synchronizes the solar power system with the electric grid, allowing excess electricity to be fed back into the grid.
Off-Grid Inverter (if applicable)
In off-grid systems, this inverter is responsible for converting DC electricity from the batteries into AC electricity for use in the home or business.
Mounting Frames/Rails
Provides structural support and helps position solar panels at the correct angle and orientation for optimal energy capture.
Wiring and Connectors
Transmit electricity between various components of the solar power system, ensuring a secure and efficient flow of energy.
DC Disconnect Switch
Allows for the safe disconnection of DC power from the solar panels, facilitating maintenance or system upgrades.
AC Disconnect Switch
Provides a means to disconnect the solar power system from the building's electrical system for maintenance or emergencies.
Monitoring System
Monitors and displays the performance of the solar power system, including energy production, consumption, and any potential issues.
Understanding the function of each component is crucial for designing and maintaining an efficient and reliable solar power system.

Tax Benefits

Accelerated Depreciation

Businesses may be eligible for accelerated depreciation on solar equipment. This allows for a faster write-off of the initial investment, reducing taxable income.

Section 12B Tax Incentives

Section 12B of the Income Tax Act provides for an allowance for the cost of installing solar energy systems, which can be deducted from the taxpayer’s income.

Section 12L Energy Efficiency Tax Incentive

This incentive provides a tax deduction for businesses that implement energy efficiency measures, which may include solar installations.

Carbon Offset Allowance

Certain businesses may be eligible for a carbon offset allowance for reducing their carbon footprint through the use of renewable energy sources like solar power.

Value-Added Tax (VAT) Benefits

While the supply of electricity is generally exempt from VAT, the supply and installation of solar equipment may qualify for a reduced VAT rate.

It’s essential to keep in mind that these incentives may vary based on factors such as the type of solar installation (residential or commercial), the size of the installation, and the specific regulations in place.