Winter is coming, and so are electricity tariff hikes, along with the prospect of more load shedding. Municipal electricity tariffs are set to go up on 1 July, and Eskom electricity costs have just increased by 9.61%. While this is not nearly the 20.5% tariff increase for which Eskom applied, we are all feeling the pinch keenly. And that’s not even taking skyrocketing fuel costs into account!
South African consumers are looking for ways to save money on their energy bills and mitigate the effects of load shedding. A Decentral Energy solar power purchase agreement (PPA) can help with both.
Energy security in a time of loadshedding
As we face the onset of colder weather in the coming winter months, we must also recognise the gloomy prospect of further load shedding. In a sunshine-rich country like South Africa, solar power seems like the perfect defence against the insecurity and costs of Eskom’s rolling blackouts.
But a solar PV system alone is not enough to safeguard you or your business. This is because solar is an intermittent source of energy. That is, it is not continuously available or predictable because it is only generated during the day and when the sun shines.
However, we can solve the problem of intermittent supply through the addition of battery storage or supplementary diesel generators to your system. The former provides a means of storing energy generated in the daytime for later use. The latter adds a backup form of energy generation to the system. This is how Decentral Energy can offer its customers true energy security.
Decentral Energy PPAs offer impressive electricity cost savings
In addition to energy security, Decentral Energy’s PPAs provide customers with significant savings on their electricity bills.
Our PPAs are “no take no pay” or “pay as you go” agreements. This means you pay only for the power that you use. And our tariffs are competitive: we offer customers targeted savings of 5–50% on their current electricity costs.
What’s more, our PPAs require zero capital expenditure. In other words, you don’t have to pay anything upfront: no deposit, no installation or insurance costs, and no fixed monthly fees. We also handle the complexities of the EPC contract.
Ultimately, whether you’re in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, or the Western Cape, we can help you to reduce your reliance on Eskom.
Tariff savings on recent Decentral solar projects
Bronberg Retirement Village
Carport and rooftop panel mounting
Over 40% energy tariff savings
Rooftop panel mounting
Approximately 15% energy tariff savings
IHS Little Manhattan
Pretoria West, Gauteng
Rooftop panel mounting
Approximately 25% energy tariff savings
If you’re interested in pursuing a Power Purchase Agreement, get in touch with us today. We’ll assess your needs and the suitability of your property for solar energy generation, and put a proposal together so that you can start benefitting as soon as possible from the financial and environmental savings that solar power provides. Take a look at some of our other recent projects.