If you are an individual home owner, game lodge or bed and breakfast operator, a metro buying in bulk or a corporate organisation, you can take advantage of Eskom's heat pump rebate programme!
Heat pumps sold by SaveEnergy are already rebated by Eskom, so you don't have to apply for a rebate personally. You get the rebate upfront, without any delay.
Rebates only apply when you are retrofitting or replacing existing electrical element geysers. Customers who already have an electrical element geyser with a capacity of between 100 litres and 500 litres are eligible to purchase rebated heat pumps.
Download PDF: The Solar Water Heating Rebate Programme
Eskom will pay your organization to save electricity!
Eskom has various rebate programs available for different situations and size of projects.
Typically rebates cover between, 40% and 80% of your capital outlay.
Rebates are available on all energy saving equipment and solutions, such as:
Suppliers have the option of claiming the rebate from Eskom on behalf of a buyer. As a customer, you cede the rebate to the supplier you buy from – and in return you pay the rebated/discounted price. Suppliers who wish to do this must have agreed this with Eskom first and will submit their customers claim forms.
You pay the full installation price and claim back the rebate amount from Eskom.
To claim your rebate all you need to do is submit a claim form, provided to you by your registered supplier/installer. Note that in order to claim a rebate you must install a registered system and use a registered installer. Both you and the supplier must complete the claim form and it must be signed off by a qualified electrician. You must then submit it to a facilitating auditor that overseas payments. You can then either post or drop it into one of the designated drop-boxes.
You will receive your rebate within 8 weeks of receipt of your completed claim.
The size of the Eskom rebate used to be determined by the efficiency of the solar water heating system. This is no longer the case. Eskom has recently revised the model that is used to calculate rebates.
The new rebate system came into effect on 29 April 2011. Eskom rebate values are now be based on “savings per market segment” and the “degree of local content in manufacturing”. The savings per market segment relates to the storage capacity of the solar water heating system, e.g. 150L, 200L, 300L, while the degree of local content depends on whether the system is imported or manufactured locally.
Each system tested by the SABS receives a system rating (Q-factor), which indicates the kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity it is expected to save on a typical day (as determined by the SABS test). All solar water heating systems included in the programme have a SABS thermal test report indicating the system’s ability to produce hot water. The rebate is calculated based on these test results – but it also takes into account the affordability of systems and attempts to provide consumers with a five year payback period.
Solar water heating systems that qualify for rebates on the Eskom Solar Water Heating Rebate Programme must pass SABS testing, adhere to South African National Standards (SANS), offer a minimum 5 year guarantee and (if using electrical backup) must have a timer installed. Suppliers of registered solar water heating systems must themselves be registered with Eskom and must be members of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA).