Eskom allows self-build connections to the grid

by Ofentse Sefolo
Eskom allows self-build connections to the grid

In a bid to facilitate faster connections, Eskom has announced an option that allows new and existing business customers to self-build an electricity connection to the national power grid with the help of Eskom-approved contractors, service providers and suppliers.
The self-build option aims to enable customers to more effectively manage their electricity requirements by controlling the timing and, to a greater extent, the cost of their connection, as well as to get faster access to electricity.

“The self-build option is available to any business in the commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors. Customers should apply to self-build connection infrastructure at the time when they apply for a new electricity connection, an upgrade in supply or a change in connection, such as a line deviation,” comments Eskom spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe.

How does it work?
Business customers need to sign a self-build agreement in addition to an electricity supply agreement with Eskom. They then appoint an Eskom-accredited contractor to ensure that the correct equipment is used and the quality of work adheres to Eskom standards and specifications. This is very important as the installation needs to meet all safety criteria.

Detailed information on self-building an electricity connection is available at www.eskom.co.za – click on “Customer care”, followed by “New and additional power supply” in the drop-down menu.

The following documentation can be downloaded:
•    Eskom’s self-build standard document.
•    Application form.
•    Steps to complete the application form.
•    Steps to commence and complete a self-build project.

Eskom considers all business applications for self-build projects, irrespective of the size of supply requested.

Acknowledgement is given to Eskom for the information provided.

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