Solar Installations, COCs, and Why SAPAC is Your Best Choice in South Africa

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South Africa is rapidly transitioning to renewable energy, and solar installations have become increasingly popular among homeowners and businesses. Solar power is not only environmentally friendly but can also save you money on your electricity bill. However, before you install a solar system in your home or business, there are some important things you need to know about solar installations and COCs in South Africa. In this article, we'll cover what you need to know and why you should consider using SAPAC for your solar needs.

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What is a Solar Installation?

A solar installation involves the installation of solar panels, inverters, and other equipment that allows you to generate electricity from the sun. Solar installations can be installed on residential and commercial properties and can help reduce your dependence on the grid, resulting in significant cost savings.

What is a COC?

A COC, or Certificate of Compliance, is a legal requirement for all electrical installations in South Africa. It is a document that verifies that the electrical installation complies with the safety standards set out in the Electrical Installation Regulations. A COC is required for all electrical installations, including solar installations.

What You Need to Know About Solar Installations and COCs

If you're planning to install a solar system in your home or business, there are some important things you need to know about solar installations and COCs in South Africa:

  1. Solar Installations Must Comply with Regulations: All solar installations must comply with regulations, including the Electrical Installation Regulations, the National Building Regulations, and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). Failure to comply with these regulations can result in penalties, legal action or municipal fines.

  2. A COC is Required for Solar Installations: As mentioned, a COC is a legal requirement for all electrical installations, including solar installations. It verifies that the installation complies with the relevant regulations and is safe for use.

  3. A Solar System Can Affect Your Property's Value: Installing a solar system can increase your property's value, but it can also impact its resale value. When selling your property, you will need to provide a valid COC for the solar installation to the new owner.

Why You Should only Use SAPAC Electricians for Your Solar Needs

Now that you know the basics of solar installations and COCs in South Africa, you may be wondering why you should choose SAPAC for your solar needs. Here are some reasons:

  1. SAPAC Electricians Has Extensive Experience in the Solar Industry: SAPAC Electricians has been providing solar solutions to South Africans for over a decade. They have extensive experience in the solar industry and are well-equipped to handle any solar installation.

  2. SAPAC Electricians Offers Quality Solar Products: SAPAC Electricians offers a range of high-quality solar products that are designed to meet your specific needs. Their products are sourced from reputable manufacturers and come with a warranty.

  3. SAPAC Electricians Offers a Comprehensive Service: SAPAC Electricians provides a comprehensive service that includes the design, installation, and maintenance of your solar system. They also assist with the necessary paperwork, including the COC.

  4. SAPAC Electricians Provides Excellent Customer Service: SAPAC Electricians is committed to providing excellent customer service. They have a team of knowledgeable and friendly staff who are always ready to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

In conclusion, solar installations and COCs are essential for any South African looking to install a solar system in their home or business. By choosing SAPAC Electricians for your solar needs, you can rest assured that you are working with a reputable and experienced electrical solar company that will provide you with quality products and excellent service. 

What to be cautious about with Solar Installations 

What to be cautious about with solar installations. When deciding to install solar you may want to look at different prices and "installers" sometimes there is something lurking that you might be unaware about.  

It is a fact that when navigating "solar installers" there is different prices, systems, and installers. However there is pitfalls and many South - Africans have fallen prey already to these, this often end up with Solar systems being switched of for good reason. 

The best price is not always the best option, the reason for this is that there is short comings and short cuts. It can mean many things and here we list possible issues that you may not be aware off. 

  1. The installer is not a registered VAT company

  2. The installer is not registered with the National Bargaining Council for the Electrical industry.

  3. The installer does not have in his employ an Installation Electrician or Master Installation Electrician.

So what does this mean? In effect this means should you obtain an installation from a "installer" with a very very good price in effect you are going to obtain very possibly an installation that is not adhering towards standards, you are possibly going to obtain a CoC that is provided fraudulently. And your installation very possibly is going to incur a fine from your municipality.  

What is the correct procedure to follow with regards to a Solar installation for your home or business?


When you are looking for a Solar Installation to be performed ensure to check with SAPAC the installers is who they say they are. Or visit the Search Verify bar on the front of SAPAC to verify or search. If the electrician is not on SAPAC contact SAPAC for assistance.

When you partner with a SAPAC Electrician, you will be informed of the following. Availability of stock. Date, time when they will receive stock and what date they can schedule for your installation. Therefore the following is crucial to understand.

  1. Your SAPAC Electrician you choose on the platform will arrange a a consultation with you. They will provide you with the information on the systems that is viable and safe and that is preferred. 

  2. They will request you to have your CoC on hand when they come to do the installation. Reason for this is the following. They need to see that your CoC is correct and that they need to understand if there was any changes or alterations towards your current electrical system. A simple addition like a gate motor or garage motor not on your CoC will warrant that this be included in your CoC.

  3. Once they establish your system, your will be provided with a new CoC and they will take pictures of the installation for recording purposes. Therefore the following points is crucial to understand when you have installed a Solar System. Keep children away from the system or uninformed person. Changing or playing with system settings can cause problems and therefore the Electrician will need to revisit you again.

So in effect, if you use the correct services for a solar system installation from a SAPAC Electrician you are in effect partnering with an Electrician that will service you with the correct information, the correct system and a Valid CoC that will be accepted by your broker or Insurance agent. It is therefore crucial to ensure that you use a valid electrician. And always make sure that the electrician is who they claim to be. Therefore contact SAPAC through

Disclaimer: SAPAC does not sub-contract Electricians or receive any referral commissions from Electricians. SAPAC is a collective of like minded Professionals across the industrial sphere that is working towards the betterment of the industry at large to cancel fraudulent activities by informing the public and assisting the public. If you want to join the collective contact SAPAC. 

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