The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) is a mandatory carbon reduction scheme set out by the SA Government and managed through ESCOSA.
The aim of the scheme as set out by the SA Government is to reduce the carbon emissions of SA through electricity retailers with over 5000 customers in SA. These retailers subsidise the cost of replacing inefficient commercial lighting with highly efficient LED lighting. The scheme started in 2009 with free showerheads, standby power controllers and CFL lighting. It progressed to commercial lighting in 2015.
Most businesses who consume less than 160mW/h (approx. 440-550kW/h per day) of electricity per year qualify for a free lighting upgrade however if the rebate is not enough to cover the cost of the upgrade, a nominal fee will be quoted which is usually paid back through the savings on your first or second bill (3 to 6 months payback). The whole process with Esena Energy Consultants takes approximately 30 minutes and only 10 minutes of your time.
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For more information please visit the ESCOSA website
What if my business consumes more than 160mw/h per year?
The scheme will still apply to your business but a small co-contribution will be required. The payback on your investment is likely to be between 3-12 months depending on your usage habits, electricity rate and products swapped.
Then enjoy the ongoing electricity and maintenance savings for the next 10+ years!