Premier’s 10 Energy Digicon looks at financing options for solar energy
Media release: Premier’s 10 Energy Digicon looks at financing options for households turning to alternative energy sources as blackouts worsen
With the country stuck in stage 6 blackouts and as loadshedding records keep tumbling, many residents have had enough and will be seriously considering their options to free themselves from power interruptions or at the very least limit their impact on their daily lives. This could include installing solar power systems or inverters, to navigate their way through the power crisis, especially as winter sets in.
Much-needed tax breaks for businesses and homeowners, incentivising solar energy installations, are on offer until early next year. “Incentivising the move to alternative energy sources is one of the most effective ways to escape the grip of loadshedding,” said Premier Alan Winde. He added, “We must make it worthwhile for residents to invest in the likes of solar energy systems.”
Colin Strumpher, Sales Manager at bond originator BetterBond, was this week’s special guest. He took the digicon through the various financial services options available to homeowners who are considering investing in solar energy solutions, which include:
- If you have a property and an existing home loan, you can opt to increase your existing loan to cover the cost of installing solar panels. Typically for a R100 000 bond over a 20-year period, you are looking at around R1000 to R1200 a month in installments.
- For new homeowners who want to invest in a solar energy system upfront you can apply for the financing from the beginning of the process. In other words, you apply for the purchase price of the property, and you add an additional amount to that home loan, provided you qualify, for the solar installation.
- If one applies for a loan certain service providers will register an additional amount for the applicant, which is usually 20%.
- There are also financial institutions that offer rental options for solar systems.
Mr Strumpher pointed out, “Some banks consider solar energy systems as adding value to properties.”
The Premier said, “Those who are able should take the initiative to install a solar energy system to play their part in being the solution to addressing the energy crisis. While I cautiously welcomed the tax breaks when they were announced earlier this year, I still believe national government could have gone further to allow households’ rebates on a wider basket of energy-producing and saving products, not just for solar. This would include LED bulbs, ripple control geysers, and LPG gas for stoves, and increase the tax break incentive for households from R15 000 to R40 000;
In the digicon, Premier Winde also gave an update on the Western Cape Government’s (WCG) move to enable several towns in the province to end or ease loadshedding. “This process is moving ahead nicely. We will approach municipalities soon to ask them to inform us within the next 10 to 14 days on whether they will be able to implement measures, in keeping with specified criteria, to become loadshedding-free.”
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