Eskom and NERSA Offer Renewable Energy Incentives to Consumers
Renewable energy has become a legal commodity thanks to Eskom and NERSA (National Energy Regulator of South Africa). South Africa’s electricity distributor and regulator are offering separate supplementary tiers to the country’s independent power producer programme that is currently underway. These nation-wide projects have been adopted in order to avoid a repeat of the load shedding initiatives that occurred in 2008.
Renewable Energy Solutions Courtesy of Eskom and NERSA:
Embedded Generations within Municipal Boundaries
As of the 22nd of September 2011, NERSA approved the directive of municipalities to maintain a database of all small-scale (<100kW) embedded generation within their areas. The idea behind this is to bypass licensing problems introduced by allowing individuals to connect their solar panels to electricity grids, thereby reducing their electricity bills (find out more here).
Small-scale Renewable Energy Programme
Eskom has extended its portfolio for funding mechanisms to promote the efficient and sustainable use of energy. Their latest programme, which came into effect as of June 1st, will target 10 Mega Watts from small-scale renewable energy installations (that qualify) to broaden the scope of optimal energy usage. Participants will fall under the Standard Offer, which proposes R1.20 per Kilowatt hour (kWh) to be paid under the contract period of 3 years. In other words, Eskom will pay YOU for your renewable energy.
Adding momentum to Eskom and NERSA’s initiatives, Cape Town’s mayor, Patricia De Lille, recently made the statement that “sustainable sources of energy are essential to the future of major cities throughout the world.” Her thoughts are a preliminary introduction to the Clean Power Africa conference that will commence in September. The forum was called to discuss the best ways in which the advantages of renewable energy solutions can contribute to economic and social development.
In terms of the upfront costs associated with getting involved with the above initiatives, i.e. purchasing and installing solar panels, the payback period for equipment is phenomenal thanks to the monthly savings on electricity. Involved persons can expect to cover their initial investment expenses within 5-10 years, thereafter reaping the benefits of drastically reduced energy consumption.
In our last blog entry we made a simple statement: solar power systems are all designed to harness clean renewable energy. In light of the rebate system being implemented by Eskom and NERSA’s ruling on small grid connections, reduced electricity bills are definitely on the horizon for conscious consumers and small-scale businesses that are standard compliant and equipped for change.
Sustainable.co.za is there to enable you to utilise the sources of renewable energy at your fingertips. Get involved and visit our online store to purchase a range of specialised solar equipment.