How much are solar panels in Bulawayo?
Blackouts and persistent load shedding in Zimbabwe have made solar panels or a generator a necessary standby. If you don’t want to go up to 8 hours without electricity, you’re going to need a backup power supply.
In this post I’ll look at:
- Solar panel prices in Bulawayo
- Complete solar system and installation price
- The best solar panel brands
Solar panel prices in Bulawayo
Panel prices vary depending on the watt rating, type and brand.
The watt rating is how much electricity (measured as watts) the solar panel produces. Panels with higher watt ratings produce more electricity. The higher the watt rating, the more expensive the panel.
There are two main types of solar panels that are most commonly used for residential systems. These are polycrystalline and monocrystalline. The main difference between them is that monocrystalline is more efficient at converting solar energy into electricity.
Here’s my post on the types of solar panels for a more in-depth look.
Familiar brand names are more reliable in terms of quality. No-name brands are cheaper, especially for a small project. But be aware what you’re buying is highly likely to be of inferior quality.
Here’s a list of the top 5 solar panel brands:
|Brand||What the experts say|
|Panasonic||Outstanding specs with the best heat performance.|
|LG Electronics||High-quality panels backed by a strong reputation.|
|Canadian Solar||Best value for money.|
|Trina Solar||Great all-round performance at the cheapest price.|
|SunPower||Most efficient panels around.|
Let’s put watts, type and brand together to see what you can expect to pay for solar panels.
|$60||No name (Generic)||100W||Polycrystalline|
Solar system prices in Bulawayo
Chances are if you’re looking into solar, you’re looking at not just panels but an entire solar kit. A full solar system includes:
Solar kits come in different sizes depending on the load or number of appliances you want to use. The higher the load, the bigger your solar system. As a rough guide, here’s what you can expect to pay for a full system.
1 KVA solar system
Powers TV, lights, Wi-Fi and phone and laptop charging. Costs between $600 to $1200. Costs include installation.
3 KVA system
Powers TV, lights, Wi-Fi, phone and laptop charging and an upright fridge. Costs between $1500-$2000 including installation.
5 KVA system
Powers TV, lights, Wi-Fi, phone and laptop charging, upright fridge, freezer, electric gate and washing machine. Costs between $2500-$3000 including installation.
Finding solar panels in Bulawayo
Finding and vetting solar companies in Bulawayo requires you do a little research. Here’s a list of registered providers to get started.
|Glancier||Supply and installation||0773040050||Shop Number 5 Second Floor, Haddon & Sly Building.|
|Joamac||Supply and installation||0772232804|
|Number 32 Third Avenue between Herbert Chitepo and Fort Street, Bulawayo|
|Crano||Supply and installation||0782889755||114 George Silundika, 11th and 12th Avenue, Bulawayo|
|Africa at large||Supply and installation||0292270245||18 Plumtree Road, Belmont, Bulawayo|
|Innovative||Supply and installation||029261878 0772241488||603 Charter House Corner Leopold Takawira Avenue & Fort Street, Bulawayo|
|Gemwitts||Supply and installation||0772560128 0292880665||No. 6 Basnic House, 12 Avenue |
Between Fife street & George Silundika, Bulawayo
|Hopenet||Supply and installation||0773285868||35 Jason Moyo Street, Bulawayo|