Eskom small-scale renewable energy rebate launched

Submitted by: Amanda Botes, Wednesday, June 13, 2012

<p>Tidal and wave energy projects can also benefit from Eskom's small scale renewable energy rebate. Image source: Margaret McKenzie</p>

Tidal and wave energy projects can also benefit from Eskom's small scale renewable energy rebate. Image source: Margaret McKenzie

Eskom has added a rebate for small-scale renewable energy projects in the commercial/industrial sector under its Integrated Demand Management (IDM) Programme effective from 1st June. The programme will start off with a three year pilot phase and will target a total of 10MWs from small-scale renewable energy projects including wind, hydro, solar, biomass waste, and tidal power. 

The rebate will be offered under the Standard Offer Programme at a rate of R1.20 per kWh over a three year period.

Who can apply for the small-scale renewable rebate?

The small-scale renewable energy rebate is targeted at individual renewable energy projects between 10KW and 1 MW in the commercial/industrial sector.  

In order to qualify for the rebate, the following is required: 

  • Only equipment that is installed on the applicant’s side of the meter will qualify for the rebate. Renewable energy sold to another body cannot be included in the rebate.
  • Systems must be new and the installation of the systems must comply with performance and safety standards as set out by Eskom. The list of specifications can be viewed here.
  • Stand-alone systems (systems that are not grid-tied) must replace an existing connection and thereby substitute energy that would have been drawn from the grid.
  • Systems that are grid tied must comply with existing regulations and embedded generation interconnection requirements. A letter from the electricity supplier may be required to confirm their acceptance of the connection.  

Making an application

To benefit from the rebate, an application must be made to Eskom under the Standard Offer Programme. Eskom has made available a Standard Offer Toolkit, an online excel tool that provides guidance to applicants on the application process and gives the applicant an idea of the rebate amount that could be obtained. This toolkit can be downloaded on the Eskom website.

In addition applicants of the small-scale renewable energy rebate programme need to ensure that the following documents are included in their application.

  • An electrical design certified by a qualified engineer
  • A structural design certified by a qualified engineer
  • A letter from the electricity supplier that confirms their acceptance of the proposed connection

For more information visit the Eskom IDM website

 

Amanda Botes