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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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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