Eskom hopes to accelerate SWH roll-out as it doubles rebates

State-owned power utility Eskom is confident that an effective doubling of the subsidy levels for its solar water heater (SWH) rebate programme, coupled with the anticipated increases in electricity prices over the next three years, would lead to a bigger uptake of this technology by the South African public, spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said on Wednesday. The utility this week announced to SWH suppliers that it would be increasing the rebates for purchasers of systems that were registered under Eskom’s SWH programme. Etzinger explained that while the level of subsidies were different for different SWH systems, depending on their size and efficiency, the increases were in the order of double the previous subsidies. This meant that the average subsidy of R3 000 a system previously, would now be moved up to about R6 000 a system, Etzinger said. SWH supplier Selected Energy welcomed Eskom’s announcement, with MD Jim Hickeysaying that this was a confidence booster to all industry players.  "In the solar water heating industry, we know larger...
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So(lar), do you want to save money?

Look on The Supplier page on Eskom's Demand Site website (www.eskomdsm.co.za) to see which suppliers and products are registered with the programme.  A solar water heater can provide you with between 50% and 90% of a home's total hot water requirements, and since solar energy is free, this translates into a saving of up to 70% of your monthly electrical bill. Eskom's Solar Water Heating Programme means even more savings for homeowners – there are massive rebates to be claimed for those who are investing in solar water heating systems. What is Eskom's Solar Water Heating Programme? Introduced at the beginning of 2008, the Eskom Solar Water Heating Programme offers consumer rebates that are paid directly to consumers. The amount of rebate you will qualify for is entirely dependent on how much electricity the system you choose will displace, the rand value of which will be between R1 500 to R5 000. In order to claim this rebate, consumers need to choose...
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