Eskom launches solar incentives

2008-05-20 00:00

Eskom is offering homeowners rebates of 15% to 20% on the cost of installing solar water-heating systems.

Announced yesterday, Eskom’s solar-rebate programme means that homeowners can save R1 860 to R4 900 on the cost of installed solar water-heating systems, which typically range in price from R14 000 to R33 000, depending on the make and size of geyser, type of roof and overall complexity of installation.

The programme enables consumers to buy solar water heaters from accredited suppliers and claim a portion of the costs back.

But the system must be SABS-approved, include a functioning timer and be installed by an Eskom-approved installer. A valid claim for the rebate must be submitted, using forms provided by the installer.

Subsidies will vary among accredited suppliers and systems.

Andrew Etzinger, Eskom general manager of demand side management, said South Africa’s climate makes the installation of solar panels a viable alternative to traditional electrical hot-water geysers.

“The systems could use solar energy to produce between 50% and 90% of a typical household’s heated water requirements and save up to 70% of hot-water heating costs.”

He said not all imported solar water-heaters are able to withstand local climatic conditions, such as high temperatures and water quality.

Homeowners seeking rebates must submit a completed rebate claim application to Eskom Deloitte, which undertakes to settle complete and valid claims within an eight-week period, said Etzinger.

Claim application forms will be provided to the customers by the installer of the system. “Rebate programmes such as this one have been running successfully around the world for years and Eskom is optimistic that we can achieve similar benefits in South Africa,” he said.

•Log on to the Eskom website at www.eskom.co.za/dsm or call the Help Desk on 011 800 4744 to get more information.

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