COMMERCIAL SOLAR POWER PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLUTIONS
HOW CAN YOUR COMPANY PROFIT FROM SOLAR POWER?
PV SYSTEMS FOR SELF-CONSUMPTION ARE A WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT FOR ENTREPRENEURS, SECURING THEIR COMPETITIVENESS AND INDEPENDENCE – LONG-TERM. PHOTOVOLTAICS ARE ESPECIALLY REWARDING IN COMBINATION WITH A STORAGE SYSTEM.
Good reasons to install a photovoltaic plant on your premises
- Reducing electricity bills through pure grid connected solutions for direct self-consumption
- Security in the event of short-term blackouts through PV solutions for supplying back-up power
- Reducing fuel procurement costs through hybrid solutions or storage in form of thermic energy
- Securing 24h drip irrigation supply in farming through solar-powered storage tanks
- Increasing self-consumption share through storage solutions
- Promoting a positive corporate image by installing PV as environmentally friendly power generation
THE TRUTH ABOUT ESKOM
ESKOM THE MOST OBJECTIVE MEASURE OF ESKOM’S PRODUCTIVITY IS ITS TOTAL ENERGY PRODUCTION,
which has remained relatively static over the past 10 years. In 2007 the power supplier produced 218GWh, and it peaked in 2012 at 225GWh before dropping back to 214GWh in 2016. However, the electricity price over the same period increased astronomically from 20c per kWh in 2006 to over 80c per kWh in 2016. The impact of these increases has been significant on business and society as a whole, and an analysis of the underlying factors behind the rising tariffs is cause for great alarm.
The drop in productivity at Eskom has been staggering. Yet, over the last decade we’ve seen Eskom’s salary bill increase from R7,2bn in 2006 to over R27bn in 2016. During this period, Eskom’s staff compliment increased from 31 458 employees (2006) to over 47 978 currently. One has to ask where the extra 17 000 employees are being employed within Eskom if the company is producing less electricity than ten years ago.
When using state (and thus taxpayer) guaranteed debt, squander is terrible, but squandering borrowed – and therefore interest bearing – funds, is exponentially worse. This seems to be exactly what is happening at Eskom. The power supplier’s debt increased from just over R30bn in 2006 to over R322bn currently. More worrying is the fact that Eskom has publicly indicated this debt may increase by another R350bn in the next 5 years.
A debt of R700 billion attributed to a single state-owned entity is an astronomical amount, and poses a serious risk for the shareholders of that entity. The fact of the matter remains: the public are ultimately the shareholders who will be held hostage by repaying the debt run up by Eskom.