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The cost of doing nothing is unthinkable

Have you considered what a 20% increase, year-on-year will do to your electricity bill in the next five years alone? Take a look at what 20% more means for you:

  • In less than 4 years, your current electricity costs will more than double! Consider what this will mean for your living costs, and what will be eating the bulk of your retirement savings down the line!
  • On a current bill of R2000, the money spent in 5 years on grid electricity could put your child through private high school or fully cover the cost of a three-year degree at a top university with considerable spare change.
Current Bill 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Total spend over 5 years
R 2 000 R 2 400 R 2 880 R 3 456 R 4 147 R 4 976 R 214 318
R 3 000 R 3 600 R 4 320 R 5 184 R 6 220 R 7 464 R 321 477
R 4 000 R 4 800 R 5 760 R 6 912 R 8 294 R 9 953 R 428 636
R 5 000 R 6 000 R 7 200 R 8 640 R 10 368 R 12 441 R 535 795
R 8 000 R 9 600 R 11 520 R 13 824 R 16 588 R 19 906 R 857 272
R 10 000 R 12 000 R 14 400 R 17 280 R 20 736 R 24 883 R 1 071 590

South Africans turn to PV as Eskom prices itself out of the market

One Energy has seen a significant uptick in the number of consumers and businesses turning to Photovoltaic electricity generation (Solar PV).  There are many benefits:

  • It hedges against rapidly rising electricity costs for at least the next 20-25 years (expected lifespan of your solar panels)
  • Greater self-sufficiency and grid independence
  • What you would have spent on grid electricity now goes towards funding your PV investment and boosting the value of your own property asset. By adding PV generation to your home/business, you not only slash your electricity costs, you also add around 15% to your property value – it’s one of the savviest things a property owner can do right now with their money.
  • Here’s some serious food for thought: Expert analysts have warned that Eskom’s latest request for a 20% tariff hike has dire implications for municipalities. The latest Eskom tariff rate application is seeing a switch by consumers to own power generation though solar PV and the poor are finding ways to circumvent payment.  Higher electricity prices are likely to lead to a drop in sales and cash-strapped municipalities will emerge as the biggest losers, as users cut down on their electricity, eating into the municipality’s revenue. Electricity theft is at a record high in some of the big metros like JHB.  Municipalities generate significant income from reselling Eskom’s electricity.  According to Statistics South Africa, around 30% of total municipal income came from electricity sales in 2015. But last month municipalities begging for a tariff hike of their own told Nersa that electricity sales were decreasing, largely due to Eskom’s tariff hikes. Cape Town said its sales were the lowest since 2006.  The rapid rise in Eskom tariffs have seen the municipal margin shrinking, which places a lot of pressure on municipal finances and the ability to deliver other services.  Municipalities are highly vulnerable to price shocks from Eskom. The time to become more self-sufficient is a necessity.

For those who get it right and invest in solar and PV with the right renewable energy provider, the savings and results are radical.  Getting off the grid has never been more within your reach, or more important than now.