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The urgency to get off the grid-step-by-step has never been more pressing

There are many important reasons to start your journey to grid independence as soon as possible in South Africa – not least of which is the rocketing costs of electricity and load shedding and power outages which wreak havoc with your safety and productivity.

The transition to a greener, reliable energy solution for your home and business is driven by a number of crucial factors:

  • Eskom is broken and catastrophically indebted to the tune of R488 billion. The company has NO WAY to repay that from its operations. To say that SA’s electricity monopoly is in a death spiral is an understatement.  There is no short or even medium-term fix to the trouble that South Africa is in with Eskom’s threatened collapse. And as more people defect from the grid and go with renewable solutions instead, Eskom’s crisis and declining income becomes that much more dire.
  • Load shedding is the result of three things: lack of maintenance, Medupi and Kusile not coming online, and lack of political will to bring new generating capacity online. In a presentation to parliament in September, Eskom stated that “deep maintenance” will be completed by March 2022. Until then, plants will be taken out of commission for proper maintenance, which can lead to load shedding.  Furthermore, the cooling towers at Medupi and Kusile are 12m too short and must be lengthened to enable full capacity. The current completion dates for this repair is 2021 for Medupi and 2023 for Kusile.
  • Our economy is in deep trouble and bottom line is, there is no money to fix our broken electricity infrastructure at a national or local government level. At a municipal level, the recent Auditor General’s report reveals a dire picture of the state of municipalities in terms of governance, financial controls, service delivery and a dearth of competent, skilled people.  This is already having catastrophic consequences in term of service delivery – including electricity supply and the costs to homes and businesses.  How much do you trust your local council to provide your services effectively?
  • Criminality, cable theft and illegal connections are destroying our electricity infrastructure, causing sub-stations and transformers to blow up, leaving entire suburbs and communities without power for days, sometimes weeks. This trend will only get worse as South Africa shed a further 2 million jobs in the COVID-19 fallout, which will see criminality and social unrest increase exponentially. Expect more damage and vandalism of our infrastructure, more strikes, and more decay of council infrastructure.
  • The cost of electricity has skyrocketed, increasing by almost 400% in the last ten years, and set to increase again by an average of 15-20% per annum for the foreseeable future. The brunt of the Eskom/Nersa tariff disputes is going to be borne by ordinary South Africans. Consider what you will be paying for the next 3-5 years with annual combined Eskom and municipal escalations of at least 15-20%, compounded year-on-year.  This year, you’re paying R400 more on a R2000 bill, next year that’s R880 more than this year, in the third year it’s R1 456 more – every month! Keep doing those sums for the next 10 years – it’s entirely unaffordable and unsustainable.
  • We simply cannot continue to burn coal and fossil fuels to generate electricity – something has to change in the current trajectory of global warming and climate change. Solar energy is that solution. For a sunny country like South Africa, the time required to recover the money invested in your PV system at the current electricity costs is around five years or less, versus a system lifetime of 25-30 years.  When the world is solar powered, the energy required to power homes and businesses is non-polluting. It’s a huge win for the planet and our children.

But by far, the most compelling reason is the fact that while the average cost of grid electricity (residential) is now teetering at R2.50/kWh and facing massive annual hyper-inflationary increases, the cost of solar is dropping all the time and now comes in at around 90-100c/kWh.

It’s time to take concrete action and grab hold of your power to protect your safety and security, as well as your productivity and ability to work from home or the office.

There is every reason to turn to a quality Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system to generate your own electricity and radically reduce your electricity bill every month, and get the battery back-up you need to carry you through any power outages.

Start your journey with One Energy to get off the grid step by step, and say goodbye to the frustration, the graft, the incompetence and power outages – in fact when Eskom does load shed or your suburb is hit by outages, you won’t even know about it.