Eskom asks shopping malls to use generators

JANUARY 21, 2015

Eskom on Wednesday called on shopping malls to turn on their back-up generators instead of relying on the national grid to supply demand.

The power utility is currently engaging the SA Property Association in an effort to contract their member's stand-by generator capacity.

"Eskom is speaking to Sapoa (South African Property Owners Association) with the aim to engage malls to use generators.

“What we are asking is to reduce their consumption of electricity and at times to also run there generators so that they will not be dependent on the electricity supply from Eskom," Eskom Deputy Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.

Eskom said that it is prepared to pay the owners of the generators R3 per kilowatt an hour to run the generator when called upon.

This offer will not be limited to members only and any generator above the minimum capacity of 1MW will be considered.