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Apr 16, 2009

Demand for subsidised energy-efficient motors rising - Eskom

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State power utility Eskom had claimed that its programme to subsidise energy efficient motors, as part of a broader demand-side management (DSM) initiative with South African industry, appears to be gaining traction.

The utility this week officially listed motors manufactured by ABB South Africa as eligible for the scheme and energy efficient motors programme manager Oren Prato said that industry’s appetite for such motors was on the rise.

He said that stockholdings of so-called EFF1 motors, which were more efficient, had increased by about 30%.

Prato further explained that the Eskom subsidy scheme , which applied to registered suppliers of energy efficient motors, enabled the cost of these motors to be reduced. Any added costs were amortised by the significant savings that could be achieved by running energy efficient motors in plants.

But companies taking advantage of the offer were required to return their old EFF2 or EFF3 motors (with all components intact) to the suppliers when making the transition. The old motors were then scrapped.

Eskom stated that motors that qualified for the subsidy range from 1,1 kW units to 90 kW motors. The 1,1kW units will qualify for a subsidy of R400.

At the top of the range, the 90kW unit subsidy would be an estimated R3 500. Added to this direct subsidy must be the significant operating savings that are achieved.

A 22 kW energy efficient motor will include a R1 400 once-off subsidy on the catalogue price and produce energy savings of 9 056 kWh/y or R5 071/y.

Eskom furthere stated that commercial and industrial criteria would apply to all suppliers wishing to participate in the programme. Once approved, a supplier’s details will appear on Eskom’s Demand Side Management website.

Edited by: Terence Creamer
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