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He has his mothers smile and your sense of humour; will he inherit your carbon footprint as well?

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SKYBRIDGE PHOTOVOLTAIC CONSULTING

Skybridge focus on residential and commercial grid tied photovoltaic projects. We manage an engineering team capable of handling 8 new projects per month and choose to remain specialised in a sector where we can achieve predictable results and a reputation for over delivery at a reasonable investment.

Saving

The monthly savings from your solar system can match the monthly instalment on a loan, once settled your energy costs are stabilised for the next 20 years.

Inevitable

Fossil fuel energy costs will double over the next 4-5 years based on socio economic and political factors; your decision to embrace renewable energy is an inevitable one.

Intelligent

Investing in rooftop independent energy is a smart choice. Why continue to invest in a redundant infrastructure when the African sun will do it for free without a political agenda?

Environment

Solar energy is clean energy. No pollution and no exploitation of limited natural resources. You can realistically reduce your carbon footprint by 75%.

Investment

Not only are you investing in your future, you are adding to the value of your property, in some cases up to double the value of the capital costs.

Independence

Your solar system will work year round, irrespective of erratic Eskom supply issues prevalent in our economy. In a failing African state, independence is a necessity.

How much could your roof earn you per month? Click here to find out.

Who we are


We are an intuitive multi-disciplinary Solar Energy Consultancy based in Cape Town with a focus on Interaction and a passion for Simplicity. We specialise in the development of rational Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal solutions for both the residential and commercial sector using the power of the Sun to increase return on investment, reduce energy costs and drive environmental accountability.

We are good at


Communication
Creative Design
Innovation
Implementation

MEET JAMES McCALLUM

We consult with and manage solar projects in the Western & Southern Cape. We are selective about which projects we accept and choose to remain specialised in a sector where we can achieve predictable results and a reputation for over delivery at a reasonable investment.

James McCallum

Founder of Skybridge

With over 12 years of experience in the solar industry, James has an intimate knowledge of the opportunities and challenges within the local sector. After founding Solartech in 2004, James grew that company as the managing director of the largest domestic solar water heating consultancy in Africa. Under his leadership Solartech emerged as one of South Africa’s leading carbon reduction mechanisms offsetting more than 1 million tons of Co2 through the installation of 13,000 domestic and commercial solar water heating systems. In 2012 a German private equity company Trium Investments, acquired a 50% stake in Solartech at which time James relocated to Cape Town and launched Skybridge with a clear strategic focus on commercial and residential photovoltaic projects.

“We consult with and manage solar projects in the Western & Southern Cape. We do not accept projects whereby the delivery expectation is unreasonable and manage a design & engineering team, capable of handling 8 new projects per month. We are selective about which projects we accept and do not aspire to expansion. I have chosen to remain specialised in a sector where we can achieve predictable results and a reputation for over delivery at a reasonable investment.”

How much could your roof earn you per month? Click here to find out.

What we do

We Consult

We look at your energy needs, review electrical usage and evaluate the amount of sunlight received throughout the day. An initial project estimate is generated based on our clients desired project outcomes.

We Design

Every project is unique. Skybridge will custom design your solar system based on your home's architecture, roof space, historical energy usage, the economic boundaries & your required projected energy needs.

We Implement

Skybridge will plan your installation, manage the engineering team & provide a single point of contact & accountability throughout the life of your system. Our attention to detail has made us the emerging industry leader.

We Monitor

The value of your solar system is derived from the amount of energy it produces. Skybridge continuously tracks your system's key performance metrics and displays how much energy your system is producing.

How much could your roof earn you per month? Click here to find out.

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RESIDENTIAL SYSTEMS

The simplest way of engaging photovoltaic independence is with a Skybridge Grid Tied Solution. If your home is connected to the local utility this type of system is the most logical choice. When your solar energy system is not producing electricity during the evening’s electricity is drawn from the Eskom grid to make up the shortfall.

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SKYTECH 2.5


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SKYTECH 3.5


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SKYTECH 4.5


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SKYTECH 6


All quote estimates are subject to final site audit and may be influenced by technical considerations. Skybridge adhere to all related compliance issues in respect to Embedded Energy Generation being used within a consumer’s electricity network whereby the excess may be exported to City of Cape Town Electricity’s distribution network. As policy Skybridge specifically size Embedded PV systems to less than 100% of the Customers peak load consumption to avoid feed in. If and where possible a Grid Tied Limiter is installed to avoid potential illegal feed-in and certificate of compliance is issued to verify this fact.

Download the CCT Guidelines for Embedded Generation Here

SKYBRIDGE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE ACCOUNTING FRAMEWORK

We understand the primary motivation for the majority of our clients is financial return but we would like to introduce you to the bigger picture.

For every system installed we will donate $100.00 to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Kenya. Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. for more information go to https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

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Skybridge Solar C&E shared Skybridge Solar Water Heating's photo. ... See moreSee less

This very simple concept turns solar energy to heat, effectively heating your domestic water to temperatures in excess of 70 degrees, for free. The average home will save minimum R 500.00 p/m. That saving increases every time Eskom hikes the price. How about Eskom take a hike! Go solar.

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Recently I attended a talk on geysers and was blown away when I heard that turning off your geyser actually doesn't save electricity and therefore actually doesn't save you money. Really? These were professionals talking but, still, I thought I'd turn to trusty Google to confirm whether this outlandish statement was the truth.
Turns out they're right - in most cases anyway!

For those of you who, like me, didn't know much about the technical side of the 'ol geezer, here's the quick and dirty:

Your geyser is like a big kettle. It has an element inside that heats the water up to a set temperature.
When a hot tap is turned on, hot water is released from the geyser and cold water rushes in to replace it. As the water temperature in the geyser has now decreased, the element kicks in to heat the water back up to the set temperature.
When no one is using hot water the temperature of the water should remain the same as no cold water is being let in. However, heat will "leak" out of the geyser into the surrounding area and the rate of the heat leak depends on the quality of your geyser's insulation. These heat leaks cause the water temperature inside the geyser gradually to decrease and the element kicks in to reheat the water when necessary.

So, the argument for turning your geyser off when you are not at home is that the element will not periodically kick in to heat up the water and, therefore, you'll use less electricity. But this doesn't take into account that once switched off, the water in the geyser eventually cools down completely and, when switched on again, a huge amount of energy is required to heat the water back up to the set temperature. In most cases, more energy than if the element was periodically kicking in throughout the day.
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David-Hein SchermersHow about turning the temp down? No one cranks the heat up to full on their shower/bath anyway. And then use a geyser blanket as extra insulation?7 days ago

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Everyones emitting Co2....so it must be ok ... See moreSee less

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