EDITORIAL: Wanted, incentives for supporting off-grid initiatives
The government should offer financial inducements, rebates, and tax credits to encourage more homeowners to take up solar energy systems
There is a multitude of reasons one might want to defect from the national power grid. For environmentally conscious consumers, there is a growing social imperative to rightly move away from polluting coal-fired power, which governments and industries worldwide are coming under pressure to do to reduce the risks of climate change.
Sadly, in SA more specifically, there is additional motivation. The monopoly power utility, Eskom, is simply unable to meet the country’s power needs as maladministration and corruption have gutted the institution. While hard at work to get back on its feet, Eskom has warned the public to expect at least another 18 months of load-shedding at the same time that electricity prices continue to rise. ..