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You Can Now Rent Solar Power in SA with MetroWatt & Huawei

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Luis Monzon
Luis Monzon
Journalist. Reach me at Luis@ITNewsAfrica.com

Johannesburg, South Africa-based renewable energy solution provider MetroWatt is now offering simple hybrid solar and battery-powered solutions for rent from as much as R2,800 ($164.51) a month as part of a new partnership with Huawei.

The company says that these solutions are designed specifically to meet the energy needs of suburban households while ensuring continuity of power supply. The launch is timely as South Africa is currently suffering an energy crisis brought about by years of corruption and mismanagement at its state-owned power utility Eskom.


Many private households are keen to fork out more power to pay for renewable energy solutions such as solar.

According to the popular load shedding app EskomSePush, South Africans to date have lost over 56 days (over 1345 hours) of productivity since the beginning of this year due to load shedding. That’s nearly two months of downtime.

However, since most solutions are very expensive to buy, rentals could be the answer to the affordability question still hampering a wider adoption of solar in suburbs.

MetroWatt says it has partnered with Huawei and its FusionSolar Technology to bring added benefits to potential customers through the solutions.

“We offer customers the best of both worlds. Our hybrid solar and battery backup solution comprises state-of-the-art technology owing to our 22 years experience within the IT sector. This is combined with the most advanced equipment because of our strong partnership with technology partner Huawei FusionSolar,” says MetroWatt CEO Laurent Pieton.

“MetroWatt’s partnership with Huawei is unique to South Africa. While they are a global player with extensive research and development capabilities, we can provide local support and tailor our solutions to local needs,” Pieton adds.

The benefits of the MetroWatt-Huawei partnership are several, including:

  •   The solution can be implemented immediately
  •   The combination of solar power with battery backup means continuity of power supply and no disruptions to productivity
  •   MetroWatt’s rental model ensures the technology used remains state of the art and is continually upgraded, with no risk to the homeowner
  •   A complete and integrated solution under one label is assured. This means individual elements can be replaced immediately if required or as technology advances.
  •   Monthly rental payments are offset by electricity savings

“With its regular source of sunshine, South Africa is one of the best countries in the world for solar energy,” Pieton says.

“We believe the market will welcome the simplicity of MetroWatt’s rental offerings, which remove the complexity and huge upfront costs associated with making solar-power and related decisions. Our alternative energy solution is easy to use and install,” he added.

MetroWatt’s customers can also use its smart app to monitor system status and power consumption from their phone.

Two monthly rental solutions are available, including:

The solar and backup 5kW at R2800 ($164.51)/month, comprising:

  •   The 5kW Smart Inverter
  •   11 Smart Panels with Optimisers
  •   5kWh Battery Storage

The solar and backup 5kW at R3800/ ($223.01) month, comprising:

  •   5 kW Smart Inverter
  •   16 Smart Panels with Optimisers
  •   10 kWh Battery Storage

For more information about MetroWatt go to www.metrowatt.co.za.


Edited by Luis Monzon
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