Welcome to the Clean Volts learning centre. We’re passionate about solar power, wind energy and electric vehicles in South Africa. This free informational resource was created to help expand knowledge about these industries, since renewable energy and clean mobility are vital to the future of South Africa and the growth of our economy.

Please browse the topics below and visit the relevant page to find out more:

Solar Power in South Africa

  1. Introduction to Solar Energy in South Africa
    • Overview of solar energy
    • The potential and current state of solar energy in South Africa
  2. Basics of Solar Panels
    • Types of solar panels
    • How solar panels work
    • Solar panel efficiency and technology
  3. Solar Energy Systems for Homes
    • Components of a home solar system (solar panels, inverters, batteries)
    • Installation process
    • Maintenance and care of solar systems
  4. Solar Energy Costs and Financial Benefits
    • Cost of installing solar panels in South Africa
    • Return on investment and saving potentials
    • Government incentives and subsidies, if any
  5. Solar Power for Businesses
    • Advantages for South African businesses
    • Case studies of successful solar integrations in businesses
  6. Solar Energy Storage Solutions
    • Types of solar batteries
    • Advantages of energy storage
    • Technological advancements in solar storage
  7. Environmental Impact of Solar Energy
    • Reduction in carbon footprint
    • Comparison with traditional energy sources
  8. Solar Energy Policies and Regulations in South Africa
    • National policies regarding solar energy
    • Regulations and compliance for solar panel installation
  9. Future Trends in Solar Energy
    • Technological advancements
    • Predictions for the future market in South Africa
  10. FAQs and Myths about Solar Energy
    • Addressing common misconceptions
    • Answering frequently asked questions

Wind Energy in South Africa

  1. Introduction to Wind Energy in South Africa
    • Overview of wind energy
    • The potential and development of wind energy in South Africa
  2. How Wind Power Works
    • Basic principles of wind energy
    • Components of a wind turbine
    • Wind farms and how they operate
  3. Types of Wind Turbines
    • Horizontal-axis wind turbines
    • Vertical-axis wind turbines
    • Offshore vs. onshore wind turbines
  4. Wind Energy for Homes and Small Businesses
    • Small-scale wind energy systems
    • Feasibility and installation process
    • Grid-tied vs. off-grid systems
  5. Wind Energy Costs and Financial Incentives
    • Investment and maintenance costs of wind systems
    • Financial benefits and payback periods
    • Government incentives and subsidies for wind energy in South Africa
  6. Environmental Impact of Wind Energy
    • Contribution to reducing carbon emissions
    • Comparison with fossil fuels and other renewable sources
  7. Wind Energy Policies and Regulations
    • National policies and strategies for wind energy
    • Compliance and regulatory considerations
  8. Challenges and Solutions in Wind Energy
    • Addressing common challenges such as intermittency and site selection
    • Innovative solutions in wind energy technology
  9. Case Studies of Successful Wind Energy Projects in South Africa
    • Examples of effective wind energy projects
    • Lessons learned and best practices
  10. Future of Wind Energy in South Africa
    • Emerging technologies in wind energy
    • Predictions for the growth and impact of wind energy
  11. Wind Energy and Community Impact
    • Local economic benefits of wind projects
    • Community engagement and development through wind energy
  12. Combining Wind with Other Renewable Energies
    • Integrating wind energy with solar, hydro, and other renewables
    • Hybrid renewable energy systems and their advantages
  13. FAQs and Myths about Wind Energy
    • Dispelling common myths
    • Answering frequent queries regarding wind energy

Electric Vehicles and E-Mobility in South Africa

  1. Introduction to Electric Vehicles (EVs) in South Africa
    • State of EVs in South Africa
    • Benefits of EVs over traditional vehicles
  2. Types of Electric Vehicles
    • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)
    • Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs)
    • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)
  3. Charging Infrastructure for EVs
    • Types of EV chargers
    • Availability of charging stations in South Africa
    • Home charging solutions
  4. Costs and Incentives for EV Ownership
    • Initial costs and long-term savings
    • Government incentives for EV buyers, if available
  5. Environmental Benefits of EVs
    • Impact on air quality and carbon emissions
    • Comparison with combustion engine vehicles
  6. Future Trends in EVs
    • Technological advancements
    • Predictions for the future market in South Africa
  7. FAQs and Myths about EVs
    • Addressing common misconceptions
    • Answering frequently asked questions