Is your utility bill keeps going up every month for one reason or the other. You have unplugged all the appliances you are not using, switched off lights when you are out of the room and tried to use less power during peak hours. However, with all these efforts, they still don’t seem to make a dent on the power bill not to mention the reliability issues.

So in your quest for a solution, you thought about solar but you are not sure it can help or maybe you dismissed it too soon without a second thought because of the cost. If any of the above describes you even for the least bit, you may want to read through this entire post. If not, UMEME is your friend.

We design, supply and install high quality solar power solutions. Grid and Off grid electric supply.  24/7 customer service in case of failure to operate normally . we also give some of the basic tips on our you can do it yourself using our Quick installations guide.

 Are you ready to switch off from national grid (UMEME) to Solar energy? … by low efficiency, the prohibitive cost of solar panels and the system at large. … For our 24V system, you will need to connect these batteries in series.

costs required.

How much is this going to cost you.in this cost are based on a supplier of PV systems in Uganda locally, prices may be different depending on the quality and your source of choice)

Batteries  =  ugx 70000 each, but we need 2

Inverter  =  ugx 40000

Panels 28500 each,  we need 4

Charge controller = ugx 200000

Cabling = ugx 100000  (without house wiring)

totally our budget would have amounted to

ugx3,240,000. of which is relatively cheap for an investment on power which will not be paid on a monthly bill basis.

Charge controller, helps control the charging of your batteries so they don’t get overcharged and wear out quickly.

Seeing that figure, you have already written off solar. Rightfully so, this investment is as large as the last wedding budget you saw. In many countries the government has provided incentives and financing options to help people offset this huge initial investment. Utilities have also stepped up in different ways to make this investment very beneficial to owners of rooftop solar home systems.

Maybe in my next post I will talk about how investment in solar systems can be encouraged on a home to home basis or even micro level. The big question I want to address though is, Is this investment worth it?