Nersa to withdraw plans to register rooftop panels

For now….
The rules proposed by Nersa at the beginning of May were met with objections by those invested in power self-generation. Picture: Bloomberg

Energy regulator Nersa will soon withdraw proposed rules that would have required private owners of rooftop solar panels and stand-by generators to register these installations with it.

Read: Nersa shows hand on small-scale embedded generation

It might however return at a later stage.

Nersa on April 26 published for public comment draft rules for the registration of small-scale embedded generation with a capacity of less than 1MW. The rules would apply to residential rooftop solar panels, stand-by generators, co-generation by industry and commercial or industrial power generation whether they are connected to the grid or not, as long as it does not exceed the 1MW cap.

This has been met with widespread resistance with comment that government is over-reaching.

Individuals, who have invested heavily in alternative energy in an effort to become more independent from Eskom or municipal power, objected to perceived government control over their systems and potential levying of tariffs on self-generated power.

The consultation paper containing Nersa’s rules proposal followed a notice by the Minister of energy published in the Government Gazette late last year that gave exemption to these small-scale generators from the obligation to require a license to generate electricity from Nersa. Such licenses are required for all power stations and obtaining it is a lengthy and costly process.

The rules proposed by Nersa would have given effect to the notice by the Department of Energy.

On Friday Nersa however issued a press release stating that the minister “has recently amended the gazetted Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice”.

The regulator did not clarify what the amendment entailed. It merely indicates that it would review its proposed rules, since the two documents have to be aligned.

Neither the Department of Energy nor Nersa would supply Moneyweb with a copy of the amendment.

Eventually Moneyweb determined that while Nersa has had sight of the proposed amendment, it has not yet been published in the government Gazette and therefore does not yet have any official standing.

Moneyweb has been told that the minister will now first invite public comment before finalising the notice. Only once this has been finalised, will Nersa embark on a process to finalise the rules.

Nersa, in the meantime, will have to go through a governance process before it can officially withdraw the current consultation paper with proposed rules. Once that has been done, the paper will be withdrawn, to be aligned with the notice, once that has been finalised, Moneyweb has been told.



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Since Eskom became unreliable, disgustingly plundered and misused Tax payer money, the masses of citizens looked for alternatives.

Now we have Solar, Gas and Wind.

Solar and Wind are free and should remain free.

First registration. Then taxation. Same with rainwater.

And it’s the DA taxing rainwater….

DA/ANC … two sides of the same coin.

Taxation does not get decided by a provincial or city government. I am no DA supporter, but give credit where credit is due: this is the ANC’s mess.

Also, this is no new phenomenon. Rainfall tax has been in effect for at least the last decade across all the provinces. All part of ANC’s grand scheme to squeeze tax paying citizens to breaking point.

Greed and incompetence.. classic combo.

First you get penalised for using to much energy now you will get penalised for using to little. Instead of focusing on your job you waist millions on unpractical laws. Rather focus on municipalities that owe you Billions!!!

Awaiting the next proposal!! Tax on the air that we breath.

The Department of water affairs registered all farm dams about 15 years ago. Dams built by us no help financially and maintained by us. Tax us too on ground irrigated.
They were going to maintain the outlets, clear alien veg etc. Received one account years ago never seen or heard of them since. Totally incapable of carrying it out.

Maybe I have missed it but I see no explanation from Nersa setting out their reason for proposing this idiotic rule. My standby generator is on my side of the municipality’s electricity meter. Everything on my side was installed and paid for by me. I have certificates reflecting that everything on my side complies with regulations issued by qualified electricians. What harm could my standby generator possibly cause beyond the area occupied by my house? Why do they need to poke their noses into my business? It is common knowledge that the reason for my standby generator is caused by their blatant incompetency and inefficiencies. Eskom, focus on getting your house in order before worrying about mine. If someone knows please enlighten me.

Instead of creating obstacles create incentives for private individuals and business to actually help solve the problem.
In Switzerland and Germany(and elsewhere) one can install solar and sell it to the grid at a premium and use state power when needed at a discount.
When driving through Bavaria one sees many farms have barns covered in panels
This alleviates the the strain on the state having to finance these projects and decentralizes generation.
But no, Africans they want a PREZENT before anything can be done.

Tying into the grid must be controlled. I’d agree that all devices that connect to the grid and exchange power to the grid (even potentially accidentally) should be registered. It is only overreach to extend this to pure off-grid systems. Embedded generators like with grid-tied solar panels are NOT independent from the ESKOM distribution network, even if they generate more net energy than they consume.

does making a donation to a church count as tax on rain water?

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