No Project Developer should start with implementation on any project before receipt of written notification from Eskom confirming approval. Rebate will not be paid for projects implemented without approval
The objective of this letter is to set out the Eskom perspective with respect to LED technologies and how these will form part of the Eskom Integrated Demand Management (IDM) Programme.
The lighting industry and, particularly, the LED technologies provide promising opportunities for energy efficiency and demand management and will form a significant component of the IDM Programme into the future. However, this is a fairly new technology, and Eskom needs to be assured of its maturity and sustainability.
With respect to its IDM Programme, Eskom does not endorse any particular product. For a product to be considered part of the IDM programme, Eskom requires compliance with national quality standards. The standard requirement from Eskom is for products to be tested by accredited laboratories according to SANS specifications and for products to have the necessary SABS and NRCS certifications. Thereafter, Eskom only tests products to verify performance of the product as specified by the supplier.
For LEDs, there are no national specifications available yet. However, given the potential of LEDs in the IDM Programme, Eskom has been engaging regulatory organisations and the lighting industry to develop an Eskom specification, focusing on downlights, as an interim mechanism to expedite the implementation of this technology. The LED downlight minimum specification was discussed at the lighting industry workshop on 31 March 2011 and was subsequently finalised.
Eskom has a number of IDM product offerings, including the ESCO process, standard offer, standard product, and performance contracting, details of which are available on the IDM website. Where Eskom contracts for sustainability, that is, the standard offer, performance contracting, and also the ESCO process, compliance with specifications is not always a requirement, but sustainability is the accountability of the project developer and/or consumer.
However, for the standard product and the proposed downlight mass roll-out programme, Eskom will only consider products that comply with the Eskom downlight specification.
Should a supplier wish to be considered for the mass roll-out of downlights or the standard product programme, the supplier will need to have its products tested by Eskom and provide necessary testing certification in terms of safety compliance either from SABS or IEC. Should you wish to submit your LED products for testing, please contact Colin Openshaw (tel. 031 792 8612). In addition, for the mass roll-out, the supplier may be required to provide sustainability guarantees in support of the contractual sustainability commitments that will be required from project developers.
LED downlights will only be the first phase of the broader LED technologies considered by IDM. It is Eskom’s intention to also embark on future initiatives that will target other LED technologies and applications.
Click below to download documents for more information on LED Downlighters specification and initiative:
Your business can achieve energy efficiency by making energy conservation an integral part of the way you do business. Not only will you be helping to save power and reduce environmental impact, you’ll also see cost savings on your bottom line.
It can be a simple matter of carrying electricity-saving behaviour from home to the office.
There are several questions you can ask yourself when beginning to make plans to save energy in your business:
- How much electricity does the business presently use?
- How much does it cost the business monthly?
- What are the best ways to save energy in everyday business operations?
- How can these savings plans be integrated into strategic business planning?
- How can the business to raise general awareness across the company?
- What can be done to make staff energy conscious and part of the daily drive to save energy?
Please see below for the Energy efficiency in commercial offices presentation:
How staff can help achieve energy efficiency
Office equipment HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) – retrofit
HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) – control
HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) – thermal energy storage
Below is a selection of informational pamphlets containing energy saving advice for commercial users.