Backup Power System for Your Home

As we continue to grapple with extended load shedding hours, finding reliable backup power solutions has become more crucial than ever. 

Today we delve into the world of alternative power systems with Zulu and Energy experts to help you make an informed choice for your property.

Understanding Alternative Power Systems

An alternative source of power is any backup system you can use when your primary grid energy fails. 

If you rely on the grid for your energy, that’s your primary energy source.  An alternative energy source is the secondary source that you can utilize when you don’t have energy coming from the grid. 

Alternative energy sources are numerous and include solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal or bioenergy  sources like biomass.

Types of Alternative Energy Sources

  • Solar Energy: The most abundant and clean energy source available. Solar panels can significantly reduce your reliance on the national grid especially during daylight hours.
  • Wind Energy: Requires specific wind speeds and locations making it less feasible for all areas.
  • Bioenergy: Uses organic materials like agricultural waste or animal dung to generate energy.  This is most suitable for areas with limited access to other energy sources.

Choosing the Right System for Your Home

In Zambia, where sunlight is abundant, solar energy is particularly effective. It’s not only eco-friendly but can also enhance the aesthetic value of your property.

This means you can charge more rent for your property and increase your Return on Investment (ROI). 

Technological Advancements

Recent technological advancements have improved the efficiency and reliability of solar products. Newer systems like lithium-ion batteries and hybrid inverters offer longer lifespans and greater efficiency compared to older models.

What to Consider Before Investing

Always consider quality over price, remember cheap is expensive!

Investing in quality products is crucial. Cheaper options may seem attractive initially but often come with shorter lifespans and higher maintenance costs.

System Cost

A complete backup system setup including hybrid inverters and high-quality batteries, can range from approximately ZMW60,000 upwards depending on your energy needs. 

While this initial cost may seem high, it’s a long-term investment that can add value to your property.

Portability and Flexibility

Modern backup systems are designed to be portable and adaptable, making them suitable for both urban and rural environments.

People are moving  away from transitional generators and preferring  Hybrid systems due to lower operational costs, minimal maintenance, and reduced carbon footprint.

Installation and Maintenance

Always opt for professional installation to ensure your system is set up correctly and efficiently.

Professionals also ensure your home’s electrical system is compatible with the new technology to avoid issues like blown-out lights or damaged appliances.

Regular maintenance can extend the lifespan of your system. Smart batteries and hybrid inverters can be monitored remotely, reducing the risk of breakdowns.


Investing in a reliable backup power system is a smart choice in the face of Zambia’s ongoing energy challenges.

Whether you choose solar, hybrid, wind or bioenergy the key is to invest in quality products and professional installation.

Watch the video to get more information on the back up power systems available for your home. 

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