In order to reduce the growing demand for electricity, Eskom is embarking on energy efficiency and alternative energy programmes that promote energy savings. These projects take place on a large scale in order to alleviate system constraints.
The programme is structured around a repayment which reduces the selling price of a SABS approved solar water heating system .Home owners who purchase a solar water heating system from Eskom will receive a rebate. Deloittes are the facilitating auditors of the programme and customers will receive their rebate directly from them.
Some of the conditions pertaining to the subsidy include:
• It must be a high-pressure system with pressure higher than 100kPa.
• The system must have a timer to optimise energy savings and regulate everyday usage. Alternatively, a load management device, i.e. a geyser buddy or ripple relay, must be present to control the usage in crisis situations.
• The system must be appropriate for the household and area in which it is installed, in terms of size, frost protection and water quality compatibility.
• It must have a comprehensive guarantee of at least five years.
• The system must have passed the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) tests, and comply with the South African National Standards (SANS) for thermal and mechanical performance and safety.
• The supplier of the system must be registered with the SESSA (Sustainable Energy Society of South Africa) solar water heating division.
• The system must be installed by a registered installer and the customer will only be able to claim the rebate once facilitating auditors receive a final invoice from their supplier.