This, the entity said on September 1, enables customers to source a blended electricity supply with up to 100% of their electricity from one of the utility’s renewable sources.
It also allows customers to have a 24-hour blended renewable supply to their facility and allows them flexibility to relocate premises without needing to move renewable energy assets.
However, the Renewable Energy Tariff pilot programme is initially limited to renewable electricity generated from the Sere Wind Farm and will only be available to Eskom customers.
During the pilot programme, Eskom offers a maximum of 300 GWh/y to customers supplied directly by Eskom, on a first-come-first-served basis.
“It further provides flexible, convenient and short-term power purchases for when you move your facilities. It will be available to Eskom-supplied customers whose electricity accounts are up to date,” Bala noted, adding that the tariff would be available to Eskom business customers who have green targets and would like to use renewable power in their facility or production processes.
All participating customers will have an option to select any percentage of their current electricity use to be green.
The tariff is designed as a declining block tariff, which means the greener the energy a customer buys as a percentage of total consumption, the lower the rate will be.
Eskom customers therefore have an option to select an affordable contract, which is charged monthly, based on the percentage of renewable energy they consume, and this percentage will be charged monthly as specified in the contract.
At the end of 12 consecutive months, Eskom will evaluate the amount of renewable energy consumed in kilowatt-hours against the contracted percentage, and if the actual capacity is less than the contracted capacity, Eskom will adjust the Renewable Energy Tariff based on the actual percentage.
The renewable energy charge payable by the customer will be adjusted accordingly, and the customer’s next electricity account will be adjusted to reflect the difference.
Eskom’s Renewable Energy Tariff pilot programme will last for a two-year period ending March 31, 2023, after which the company will make a decision as to whether to take the tariff for formal approval.
More detail on the tariff pilot is available from the Eskom website: https://www.eskom.co.za/eas/renewable-energy/