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October 2016

ESI Africa – Consumers should upgrade to home solar now

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Homeowners should switch to home solar solutions sooner rather than later. The cost savings together with financing options available makes this choice the most obvious one. Cala van der Westhuizen spoke to ESI Africa about the numbers and facts. Read the article below, or on the ESI Africa website here.

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South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years, making it increasingly important for consumers to consider alternative sources of energy for their homes.

This is according to Cala van der Westhuizen, spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, who says that even though the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) is currently reviewing the multi-year price determination methodology and working to prevent high increases, the large investments that Eskom is making in infrastructure are likely to significantly affect consumers’ pockets in the near future.

“The average increase in tariffs in South Africa since 2008 has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years are likely to see between at least 6% and 8% year-on-year increases in tariffs. If a carbon tax is imposed, this figure could be as high as 13%,” van der Westhuizen says.

He says that homeowners need to make a decision whether to upgrade their homes with renewable energy solutions now, if they have not done so yet. “There are affordable systems and other solutions available that enable homes to save large amounts on energy.”

At the same time, Van der Westhuizen advises that completely off-grid solutions are not economically viable yet. “While it is possible to take one’s home 100% off-grid, our research shows that this would definitely not be an optimal solution in most scenarios.”

Such systems rely on a large investment in batteries in order to cater for the worst case scenario, the few times per year when there may be three or four consecutive days without sufficient sunshine to adequately provide for the homes daily energy requirements, he says.

“If enough batteries are purchased to allow the home to operate off-grid during these periods, they will be severely under utilised the rest of the time.”

He adds that converting at least half of a household’s energy consumption to a renewable solution makes financial sense, since users will then often only have to purchase electricity from their provider at the lower usage tariffs further decreasing their average cost per kilowatt hour.

Van der Westhuizen states that efficient lighting and water heating can cost from as little as R25,000 [$1,800] and can easily save users in excess of 30% on their electricity bill.

“It is difficult to know what is likely to happen in future, which why we advocate installing a renewable solution as soon as it is sensible to do so. Homeowners are going to be losing out on savings if they wait,” concludes Van der Westhuizen.

Financial Mail – PSG Group: Building up a head of steam

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Our holding company, PSG Group, was featured in Financial Mail in October 2016, after PSG Group CEO Piet Mouton kicked off an investor presentation. Energy Partners featured amongst the three standout investments. For article excerpts, read below, or find the full Financial Mail article here.

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The three standout investments — which must be candidates for JSE listing in the next two to three years — are Energy Partners (56% owned), Impak (83%) and ITSI (62%).

De Waal says Energy Partners, which offers a variety of energy provision and saving applications, is profitable. Insider talk at PSG suggests Energy Partners could be listed in two to three years.


Renewable energy in South Africa

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What are our alternatives to coal and nuclear energy in South Africa?
How viable are the alternatives?
How can renewable energy help alleviate the electric load in your house?

We’ve made an easy explainer video on your renewable energy choices in South Africa. Have a look at what your options are below:

We focus on first REDUCING your electric load with alternatives such as LED downlighters or heat pumps with super insulated hot water tanks. Our other products utilise solar as the main energy source, inverting the current stream and backing up energy to a battery for later use.

To get a free quote on solutions available to your home, fill in this quick form!

The biggest misconception about renewable energy

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We asked our engineers what, in their experience, is consumers’ biggest misconception about renewable energy in the home. Their answer is not at all what you think! Listen to our engineers busting renewable energy myths and shedding light on going off-grid.


Renewable energy does NOT mean being off-grid!

A combination of alternative energy solutions should be utilised when trying to increase return on investment for your home! Speak to the experts about the best, unique solution available to your home – you might get a friendly surprise when you find out how much money you could be saving!

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IOL – Off-grid more viable as Eskom rates set to soar

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Eskom rates have soared in the Western Cape by an average of 300 percent increase since 2008. The next eight years are likely to see between at least 6 percent and 8 percent year-on-year increases in tariffs. If a carbon tax is imposed, this figure could be as high as 13 percent. Cala van der Westhuizen spoke to IOL to discuss these numbers and the reality of going off-grid in South Africa.

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…He said leaving the grid entirely might become increasingly viable. Using renewable sources for at least half of consumption might already make some financial sense, since users would then be buying their electricity at cheaper lower-usage tariffs.

Van der Westhuizen said efficient lighting and water heating could cost from as little as R25 000 and can easily save users in excess of 30 percent on their electricity bill. Other systems that can save households 70 to 80 percent on their bill can cost between R100 000 and R180 000.

He said the price was affected by factors such as the complexity of the installation, the type of roof the client had, and whether the client wanted a photovoltaic and inverter solution, or a full installation including a battery, water heater and LED (light-emitting diode) lighting.

The initial cost of such a system could be justified over time because the period it took to pay for itself in electricity savings, usually between two and six years, became shorter with every electricity tariff increase.

“It is difficult to know what is likely to happen in future, which is why we advocate installing a renewable solution as soon as it is sensible to do so.”

Gregor Kuepper, managing director of SolarWorld Africa, said there were many benefits to investing in alternative energy solutions such as solar PV (photovoltaic) for residential consumers, including reducing electricity bills every month.

Kuepper said a photovoltaic system enabled consumers to fix their electricity costs.

“For example, a kWh of solar energy can be as low as R0.80/kWh for the whole lifetime of the solar system, while homeowners pay already substantially more for a kWh from the grid.

“As we have seen in the past five years, these costs have been increasing constantly and will do so in the future.

“When you are a homeowner you are aware that every investment you make in your home will provide a return. This investment will provide energy savings during the whole lifetime of the solar installation, which results in increasing the value of the property.”

Kuepper said solar PV could be easily installed in residential homes, but homeowners should bear in mind the quality of the product, the track record of the manufacturers and the warranty offered. A good quality product will produce more than 30 years clean and emission free energy and provide cost savings, he said.

To read the full IOL article, read here.