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March 2017

How To Prepare For Increased Electricity Tariffs

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Cala van der Westhuizen spoke with EE Publishers in March 2017. He discussed looming increased electricity tariffs for home, and particularly business owners. South Africa is still likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years. It therefore makes it increasingly important to consider alternative sources of energy. Finding the light at the end of the Eskom tunnel, we discussed how to prepare for increase electricity tariffs.

Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%. According to our research, the next eight years will likely see a year-on-year tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%.

In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also waiting to find out if the government will introduce a new carbon tax. If this is the case, tariff increases could be as high as 13%.

 

There are, however, opportunities for smaller companies to reduce the impact of power costs and supply on their business. SMEs should take advantage of the incentives provided for the installation of renewable energy solutions.

SMEs need to keep in mind that they can claim a percentage of the cost of solar, and other renewable energy solutions, back from the South African Revenue Service.

 

Some banks also offer financing to their business banking clients for renewable energy solutions.

Alternatively, businesses can consider financing options from certain service providers.

 

The Home Solutions division at Energy Partners provides various financing options for renewable energy systems to SMEs with energy requirements below 50 kW. Energy Partners’ Solar Commercial division also provides a number of bespoke energy saving solutions for larger companies.

Additionally, there are pay-as-you-use and leasing service agreements available for qualifying businesses. This eliminates the upfront cost of installing renewable solutions.

 

A full solar solution can reduce the average SME’s electricity consumption by as much as 30%. This figure is of course dependent on the nature of the business. Custom heating, cooling and energy efficiency solutions have resulted up to 30% reductions in electricity use for a number of our clients.

With this in mind, it is important for business owners to do a proper cost-benefit analysis. This will ensure that they are making the correct business decisions. These should include implementing the right energy solutions and using the optimal financing vehicle to reduce their annual energy spend.

Get in touch for a free energy analysis, or to discuss any questions you might have with our energy experts.

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EE Publishers – EPHS opens regional office

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The EPHS Gauteng regional office has opened in February 2017.  EE Publishers mentioned this in an article in March 2017.

“Energy Partners Home Solutions recently introduced its newly established Gauteng Division at the 2017 Homemakers Expo in Johannesburg. The company was launched in Cape Town last year and has a proven record of reducing electricity costs for homeowners. It has fast become one of the leading residential and small commercial energy solutions company in the greater Western Cape, and has already started installation at a few houses in the Gauteng area.

The company provides a full range of solar and energy saving solutions for the consumer market, including the Energy Partners Home Solutions ICON system, which incorporates energy efficiency, renewable generation and backup solutions to reduce a home’s reliance on the grid by more than 50% and often UP to 90%. South Africa is one of the countries with the highest potential for solar energy generation in the world, with approximately 2500 hours of sunshine per year. Yet there is still a relatively small percentage of the country’s residents who are actually taking advantage of this low-cost alternative. In addition to their range of products and solutions, the company  also offers various funding options for homeowners looking to reduce their energy spend.”

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Wimpie from Bok Radio saves with EPHS

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All across South Africa people rely on electricity every day – from making a morning cup of coffee, to cooking dinner. Therefore, when it comes to the rising cost of electricity year-on-year, the whole country is feeling the heat.

Exorbitant electricity tariffs are especially true for Western Cape Northern Suburbs residents.

 

As part of the City of Cape Town, these residents are paying one of the highest electricity tariffs in the country. When Energy Partners Home Solutions heard Bok Radio DJ, Wimpie van der Sandt, complaining about his hefty electricity bills, we stepped in to help.

Bok Radio Wimpie & Le-Lue

During the month of February 2017, we proved to Wimpie that an affordable, efficient, home energy solution could save him up to 70% on his electricity bill.

First, we sent one of our energy experts to Wimpie’s home to give him a free energy assessment. Everyone’s home and electricity needs are different – making each installation a custom exercise. That is why it was necessary to determine exactly what Wimpie’s requirements were, and pinpoint where the bulk of his electricity usage was coming from.

Basically, anything that warms up when you switch it on, is wasting energy.

 

In regular households with more than two members, the geyser is almost always the main culprit. It will account for more than 50% of the electricity use. This was no exception at Wimpie’s home.

The first thing we did was to replace Wimpie’s electric geyser with an energy-efficient water-heating system – comprising of a heat pump and an integrated water tank.

 

Heat Pump

We have run various trials, and if you take an annual look at efficient water heating, heat pumps make the most sense in the Western Cape if you have the capital available.

Lights are also heavy electricity users. Replacing yours with energy-efficient LEDs is another simple, affordable way to save on your monthly electricity bill. An energy-efficient LED light bulb will cost you less than R100, but could save you ten times that in the long run.

Energy Partners Home Solutions also installed solar PV and our state-of-the-art Icon™ home energy system.

ICON Energy System

Solar PV puts the sun to work and enables Wimpie to generate his own electricity, while the Icon™ inverter and battery combo stores energy for use at night, and on cloudy days.

 

Solar PV Panels

We checked in with Wimpie a month after the installation.

After checking his monitoring app installed on his phone, he was able to confirm that he had already saved R1 600 in the short month of February.

 

Depending on the size of your home and your energy requirements, you don’t need a large, expensive solution to enjoy big electricity savings. You can start small, and add different components as you start saving on your bills. Your solar energy investment will also increasing the value of your property.

To save on your electricity bill like Wimpie, get in touch for a free home energy assessment.

Want to win a cash prize as big as Wimpie’s electricity saving in March 2017?

Stay tuned to Bok Radio and guess how much energy Wimpie is going to save during the month of March 2017. SMS your answer, name and email address to 45989. The first person with the closest correct guess, will walk away with the same amount of cash Wimpie ends up saving on electricity in March. Entries close 31 March 2017 (T’s and C’s apply).

South Africa vs. New Zealand: The Sustainability Challenge

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South Africa often faces its long-time sporting rival, New Zealand, on the field and that made us wonder… If the two countries had to compete an energy challenge, who would be the champion of renewable energy resources?

Team SA

South Africa doesn’t have a long-standing track record when it comes to renewable energy production. Our efforts, however, have gained momentum over the last few years. The country’s struggles with Eskom, have motivated us to get in the renewable energy game. This drive was also powered by the global movement to find cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels.

The government is rolling out 79 renewable energy projects across the country through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPP). In 2016, 42 of these projects had already seen the light and supplied 2,000 megawatts of power.

sa sus challenge

South Africa enters the energy game with an advantage. Boasting over 2,500 hours of sunlight a year, our country is geared for solar energy production. This is something many home and business owners are benefitting from. The Eastern Cape’s Cookhouse Wind Farm Development is one of the biggest wind systems in Africa. These projects are creating jobs and cleaning up South Africa’s power supply. Currently, about 4.5% of our total energy is generated through renewable resources.

Unfortunately, coal still captains South Africa’s energy supply. Our reliance on Eskom far outweighs our renewable energy production. Although the state-owned utility has committed to a number of renewable energy projects, the country is still low on the global clean energy rankings. We’re eleventh in the world for total CO2 output from energy use. We also rank as the fifth-largest producer of climate-changing fossil fuel.

Team NZ

The Kiwis are going for gold when it comes to clean energy production. Their country is endowed with an abundance of renewable energy resources in the form of especially wind and geothermal energy.

nz sus challenge

They’re definitely making the most of it! New Zealand is aiming to shut down their last two remaining coal power plants in 2018. The aim is to generate 90% of their energy from renewables by 2025. Seeing as they already receive about 80% of their electricity from renewables, this goal is as good as in the bag.

How is the rest of the world doing?

Sweden is gunning for the title of energy world champion and aiming to become the world’s first country to use 100% renewable energy. They’ve challenged the rest of the world to beat them to it, but they’re close to scooping up the title by making huge investments in clean energy.

Denmark is also top of the ranks. In 2015, they broke the world record when 42% of the country’s power came from wind farms.

Germany is performing equally well in the clean energy challenge. As the global front-runner in solar PV capacity, the country has been able to meet as much as 78% of their daily electricity demand through solar power. Not bad for a country with more cloudy days than most!

Closer to home in Africa, Kenya is making great strides with geothermal energy and has been able to supply as much as 51% of its energy through this resource. The country is also betting on wind power and is close to completing one of Africa’s largest wind farms. It’s estimated to supply an additional 20% of renewable energy.

Upping our game

Unfortunately South Africa is not quite ready to play in the big leagues. Not if we compare ourselves to how New Zealand and the rest of the world are doing in terms of their clean energy endeavours. That, however, doesn’t mean we can’t be a strong contender in the future.

Even if we start small, at home, each of us can contribute towards making South Africa a top player in the renewable energy game. For example, a state-of-art home solar energy solution from Energy Partners could provide as much as 70% of your monthly household electricity needs. This would put you on par with the top players in the world – as well as help put SA on the renewable energy map.