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On Tuesday I've sent emails to 8 solar energy businesses in Port Elizabeth. I've received read receipts from many of them, but not a single reply from any of them. I'm having a new house built. The deal I have with the contractor is that I'll supply the equipment, but his electrician must do the install. So any advice where I could go in PE to buy the equipment needed for a PV system? Preferably a place willing to communicate online. I have the following requirements:

Daily usage: 2.5KWh

Max draw: 1KW

So I thought the following should fit my needs:

Inverter: 2KW

Solar panels: 700W - 800W total, plus charge controllers as needed. I'd prefer a system with separate charge controller and inverter.

Batteries: 4 x 150Ah or similar to store about 3KWh energy. Plus necessary cables, connectors and switches.

Any recommendations on makes and models also welcome.

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@Horsyatza That's P.E. for you. Experienced similar. Email is not a thing in P.E., they just don't reply. It's phone / whatsapp or nothing.

I dropped into El Nino Solar in Newton Park, gave them my details and what I was interested in, they promised quotes but I never heard another thing.
Google "solar newton park" on google maps... there are quite a few solar shops in Newton Park. Spend an afternoon or three shopping around.
Dixon Batteries in Newton Park has the kinds of batteries you need - deep cycle AGM. 
ACDC in Newton Park is very good, but they are not specifically geared to solar, more general electrical gear.

Rubicon in North End is very good, although they are not solar specific, they do stock a lot of useful stuff like MC4, cabling etc. - highly recommend. Around the corner from them (2 min walk) is Cosmotronics who also do specialised electrical equipment. 
Solar Equipment in North End were actually pretty helpful - maybe give them a call.

Bear in mind re the solar suppliers, that even if you shop in P.E., they will need to retrieve stock from JHB/DBN/CPT. So you may want to be ready to test (batteries etc.) if you don't want to miss the 7-14 day returns window.

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13 hours ago, Horsyatza said:

On Tuesday I've sent emails to 8 solar energy businesses in Port Elizabeth. I've received read receipts from many of them, but not a single reply from any of them. I'm having a new house built. The deal I have with the contractor is that I'll supply the equipment, but his electrician must do the install. So any advice where I could go in PE to buy the equipment needed for a PV system? Preferably a place willing to communicate online. I have the following requirements:

Daily usage: 2.5KWh

Max draw: 1KW

So I thought the following should fit my needs:

Inverter: 2KW

Solar panels: 700W - 800W total, plus charge controllers as needed. I'd prefer a system with separate charge controller and inverter.

Batteries: 4 x 150Ah or similar to store about 3KWh energy. Plus necessary cables, connectors and switches.

Any recommendations on makes and models also welcome.

@Horsyatza you can give Rubicon a call, there Head office is in PE. They stock all the stuff that you need for a setup. https://www.rubiconsa.com/solar-solutions/ Microcare is a bit of n tricky place to deal via email, but a good option is to go down to there office. 

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