Read more about Solar Geysers:
- How to claim
- Eskom and solar power
- Green Power for SA?
How to claim your Eskom rebate
1. Your supplier/installer will give you the claim form, with
their details already filled in
2. Complete your details and attach the required documents
(original invoice, copy of ID and copy of utility bill and/or
3. Post the claim to facilitating auditors; Deloitte, in the
self addressed envelope provided or drop the envelope off in a
designated drop box within 6 months of installation. You will
receive SMS notification when the auditors receive your application,
when your application is processed and queued for electronic
payment or if your application is incomplete.
Payment of the rebate is made within 8 weeks from date of receipt.
Eskom and Solar Power
The South African government is currently on a big drive to allow for renewable energy consumption to be the major source of power to our country.
Eskom says that 23% of this target could be due solely to implementing solar water heating - this is why the rebates that apply on Eskom approved
geysers are so important.
A household geyser contributes the most to energy consumption, so if everyone converted their conventional geysers to solar powered geysers,
a massive saving will be made for the country's electricity consumption.
In Joburg alone, power consumption sits at 3 500 MW, which outweights even that of Paris.
Joburg's electricity powerhouse, City Power has recently embarked on a project that will see 110 000 RDP houses in Lehae receives R800 million worth
of solar heating and geysers. This is over ten percent of the governments 2014 target to install 1 million solar geysers in the country.
Solar Water Geysers, Green Power for SA?
For those who do not know what a Solar Water Geyser is, it is
simply a “solar assisted” water heating system that kicks in now
and again in order to boost the water temperature. Run on electricity,
it uses a solar controller as the “brains” behind the system. The
best thing is that it runs off around 50W, that’s less than an average
light bulb! The pump only operates for short bursts at a time and it is
this that keeps the electricity usage down. This mechanism protects the
geyser from overheating or freezing at night. On top of this, the
controller maximizes performance of the geyser and its output capacity.
The solar controller acts in its capacity by measuring the temperature
of the water in the geyser, when it reaches a certain temperature it
activates a circulation pump which in turn moves heated water into the
geyser. When the temperature in the geyser and the temperature of the
solar collector are the same, the controller stops the pump, allowing
the solar collector to heat up again and so on the process continues.
These systems produce between 50% and 90% of our heated water
requirements, which equates to anything upwards of a 70% saving on
your electricity or heating bill! If this is not incentive enough
to persuade you to walk the path of alternative energy, then you may
be further encouraged to hear that Eskom are offering great incentives
to those who change over.