In a surprise move, Eskom has terminated the current solar rebate program effective from the 1st
with minimal notice to the public, industry and other stakeholders. This means that all Eskom solar
rebates will fall away, in stark contrast to their public image of endorsing, supporting and subsidizing
more energy efficient ways of heating water and in turn, saving electricity.
Eskom’s major campaigns, which have cost millions, warn us to cut back on our usage and urge us to
turn off pool pumps, geysers and non-essential appliances. Despite this, electricity demand still exceeds
supply during peak periods, and now Eskom are pulling the plug on their endeavor to save power by
subsidizing energy-aware consumers who install power-saving water heaters and geysers.
So it seems that Eskom see the only option of “powering your world” is with hefty, hugely costly and
globe-guzzling coal-powered stations like Medupi, which continue to cost the taxpayer billions in
additional costs. Of course, our grid remains reliant on substandard coal, which by recent events is not
even able to withstand a little inclement weather.
The question remains that with an electricity grid under severe strain, how is it possible that a
programme such as the Load Reduction Rebate Programme* can be discontinued?
SunScan remains acutely aware of the effects that this decision brings to the industry, consumers and
other stakeholders, and hence we continue to lobby Eskom, regulatory bodies and government to
overturn this decision. Until such time as a decision is made, we urge the public to act quickly in order
to still benefit from the Eskom rebate.
We urge all South Africans to join the community for change and sign this petition to make Eskom aware
of how this effects the pockets and shifts mind sets against creating a greener South Africa. Sign the
petition here (Enter the title of petition and highlight as LINK to here)
Load Reduction Rebate Programme* insert link: http://www.eskom.co.za/sites/idm/Pages/Home.aspx
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