WWF SA and CRSES have received funding from the WWF Nedbank Green Trust to support municipalities with strategy development in support of the integration of electricity from household rooftop solar PV. There is widespread consensus that an increase of rooftop PV at household level has climate benefits and holds the potential to reduce municipalities’ dependence on Eskom. However, these benefits will need to be balanced with the operational, technical, and financial challenges related to these installations. Examples include registration of privately owned systems; balancing the grid; maintenance; and, even more challenging, developing a tariff regime that serves both electricity users, as well as the municipal mandate to deliver electricity. Responding to this challenge, CRSES has developed a tool that demonstrates the consequences of tariff decisions (sometimes unexpected and unintended), with emphasis on how it affects investment decisions, and how investment decisions, in turn, affect tariff decisions.

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