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The Department of Energy incentive program was administered by Eskom from 2008 to April 2015.

During the period some 120,000 HP SWH benefited from rebates, which were linked to the performance of each SWH.

There is no clarity as to whether rebates or incentives will ever be reoffered, and if they are on what terms. The reason to embrace solar water heaters should never have been because of a rebate, rather it should always be on the basis that the end user will save electricity, save money, and reduce carbon emissions. Any rebate or incentive should be viewed as a bonus rather than the reason to go solar.

With the inevitable ongoing price increases in electricity in South Africa, waiting for rebates or incentives (which may never occur) should not be the reason to delay embracing energy efficiency today.