An increasing number of South African consumers are attracted by the idea of living independently from the electric utility, also know as going 'off the grid'.
Recent reports claim that Eskom managers expressed concern over the potential loss of consumers who are spending more money on solar and other forms of power supplies.
As electricity users turn to solar power and battery systems in greater numbers, the business model of the power plant may need to be re-evaluated.
CapeTalk and 702 presenter Redi Tlhabi spoke with Ryan Beech, head of go green portfolio with the Parkhurst Residents and Businesses Association and Dr Anthony Keen, a Cape Town-based pensioner living off the grid.
Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:
Experts suggest that if the costs of renewable energy and more efficient battery systems continue to fall, more middle-class South Africans will realise that a once-off investment in independence from the grid makes financial sense in the face of sharply increasing Eskom tariffs and the inconvenience of load shedding.
@RediTlhabi pretty soon we wont need Eskom or Telkom.— Kevin Swanepoel (@KevSwanepoel) October 13, 2015
The residents of Parkhurst are industrious 1st they started their own FTTH broadband project now their own off-grip power plan @RediTlhabi— Bernard Bergstedt (@OnPoint_B) October 13, 2015
This article first appeared on 702 : Eskom's business model could be threatened by consumers living ‘off the grid’