Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
5 minute read
8 Feb 2021
3:03 pm

Eskom ‘not the bad guy’ in raising solar power customers’ tariffs

Nica Richards

There is method to the power utility’s madness, with tariffs restructured in the name of fairness and efficiency. Experts are, however, questioning if the price they named is the right one.

Solar panels on a rooftop in Cape Town. Picture for illustration: iStock

A changing environment, decreased sales and an uptick in photovoltaic (PV) solar technology has prompted a change to power utility Eskom’s tariff structure.  Last week, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) conceded that Eskom be allowed to recoup an additional R6.04 billion from customers through tariffs during the 2021-2022 financial year.  This has translated into an estimated 10.95% tariff hike.  But Eskom's precarious business operations, necessitating government bailouts in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, and continued bouts of load shedding, have raised alarm bells from experts and consumers alike.  ALSO READ: Eskom blames rain for load shedding rather than its...