"Scammers and Thieves Targeting Solar Power as South Africans Turn to Alternative Energy Solutions"

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In South Africa, many households and businesses are turning to solar as a means of relief from load shedding. However, scammers and criminals are also taking advantage of the growing interest in solar power.

Recently, the City of Tshwane issued a warning to its residents about scammers posing as city representatives and approaching homeowners under the guise of a new solar initiative. These fake contractors take pictures of houses and request identity documents from homeowners.

The city has confirmed that there is no such solar installation drive taking place and has advised residents to report any suspicious behaviour by these fake contractors.

The solar scam has emerged at the same time as an increase in solar panel thefts. Private security group Fidelity ADT has reported that as more homeowners purchase alternative power supplies, criminals are finding ways to take advantage. Solar panels are increasingly being stolen from properties during the day while homeowners are at work. Fidelity ADT has urged homeowners to keep up with security trends to prevent such thefts.

Despite these concerns, South African households have imported over R5 billion worth of home solar equipment in the past year. The National Treasury has announced tax rebates for private households and businesses that invest in solar projects.

Individuals who pay personal income tax can claim a rebate of up to 25% of the cost of new and unused solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, up to a maximum of R15,000 per individual.

The rebate only applies to new and unused solar PV panels with a minimum capacity of 275W per panel (design output) and does not include other components of a system, such as batteries, inverters, fittings, or diesel generators.

The rebate will be effective from March 1, 2023, to February 29, 2024, and can be claimed by individuals who have a VAT invoice that indicates the cost of the solar PV panels separately from other items, along with proof of payment and a Certificate of Compliance showing that the solar PV panels were brought into use for the first time during the specified period. PAYE taxpayers can claim the rebate on assessment during the 2023/24 filing season, while provisional taxpayers can claim the rebate against provisional and final payments.

Home Owners and the Business sectors who want to install Solar is strongly advised to make use of Registered Electricians. If you are unsure you may contact the SAPAC Help Line to assist you effectively. 

Or search for Electricians that may install Solar here Press this link. https://bit.ly/SAPACElectricians

If you require assistance and cant find an Electrician contact the SAPAC Help centre through this Link https://bit.lySAPACHelp

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