Electricity price increase approved

Electricity price increase approved

  "The National energy regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved a 15.63 percent average price increase for municipalities which will be implemented on 1 July 2019," Eskom said. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is urging South Africans to keep paying their electricity but says government needs to control the price increases. Tariffs for water and refuse collection are also increasing in some municipalities.   Outa's Energy Portfolio Manager Ronald Chauke said without users paying for electricity and services, the operators will work at a loss and people will not be able to access the services.   Chauke said the government needs to do a better job.   -- source https://www.enca.com/news/water-and-electricity-rates-increase...
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Next phase of solar geyser roll-out to incorporate greater local content

South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday officially launched the National Solar Water Heating (SWH) programme in Winterveldt, north-west of Pretoria, where some 270 SWH units have already been installed.  The government has the ambition of installing one-million solar water heaters across South Africa by 2014, and is aiming at creating the best policy and legislative environment for this to be achieved. A total of 10 400 units were earmarked to be delivered in the City of Tshwane alone, and residents wishing to take part in the programme would need to register with the municipality if they were willing to participate in the programme.  Local municipalities and the Development Bank of Southern Africa were co-ordinating the programme, with funding coming from a number of sources, such as Eskom's demand side management budget, the proposed National Energy Regulator of South Africa renewable energy feed-in-tariff, and the World Bank's Clean Technology Fund. Similar programmes have also started in Ekhurhuleni, and in the Nelson Mandela Bay...
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SA solar water heater market set to grow rapidly

The Department of Energy (DoE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) believe that the solar water heater (SWH) market is set to grow rapidly in South Africa and aim to install one-million SWHs by 2014. The tariff increase of 24,8% requested by State-owned power utility Eskom, as well as the reincarnation of nongrid technology industries, the repositioning of the South African SWH industry and the opportunities to grow the economy and create jobs and livelihood will all help the installation of SWHs in the country, DoE clean energy division acting chief director David Mahuma said at the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association’s Stainless Steel Solar Water Heat-ing Interest Group Collabora-tion. He pointed out that high- and medium-level households were able to break even by installing SWHs if the increases in electricity in the past four to five years were factored in. He said that the DoE would continue to promote SWHs, as they have significant economic and environmental benefits and...
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Solar heater boom to drive economy

Cape Town - Exponential growth in the market for solar water heaters forms the backbone of the green economy part of the government's new Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap2). The plan's objective is to increase the installation of solar water heaters from the current 35 000 a year to 250 000 a year over the next three years, and to increase domestic production from 20 000 units to 200 000 units a year. The department of energy plans to have one million installed solar water heaters by 2014.  The department is working on a new subsidy scheme for solar water heaters that will be announced in the second quarter of the 2010/11 financial year. By the third quarter of the new financial year, the department of trade and industry must publish amended building regulations to make solar water heating compulsory in new buildings and building renovations from March 2011. By the second quarter the department must ensure that legislation has been introduced to make it compulsory to...
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Eskom’s new-look solar geyser rebate hinges on tariff approval

Funding for the increased rebate through Eskom’s solar water heater (SWH) programme will be derived from the electricity tariff, as is the case with all projects under the utility’s demand-side management (DSM) programme, the utility has confirmed. The Eskom SWH rebate is aimed at incentivising the roll-out of SWHs across the country, and is also aligned with the greater national solar water heating strategy of installing one-million SWHs by 2014, endorsed by the Department of Energy (DoE). The utility announced on January 13 that it would be increasing the rebates for purchasers of systems that were registered under Eskom’s solar water heating programme, and that the increases were in the order of double the previous subsidies. “We are confident that the regulatory support that we have had for our DSM programme over the last six years will continue,” Andrew Etzinger tells Engineering News, when explaining that the subsidy for consumers is derived from the electricity tariff, and that this subsidy could be adjusted from time...
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