CENTLEC warns of solar scam

CENTLEC warns of solar scam

CENTLEC is warning residents and the business community about unregistered scammers masquerading as suppliers of free solar energy targeting unsuspecting victims.

According to the Spokesperson of CENTLEC, Lele Mamatu, the utility has noted with concern messages making rounds on social media where the unregistered suppliers promise people discounts and savings on their electricity bills.

Mamatu says in the voice message making the rounds; the alleged supplier claims to offer free solar energy packages/solutions that can assist potential customers to minimise their consumption and ultimately be off the grid and further guarantee a stable supply without experiencing any load-shedding and power outages.

“As CENTLEC, we would like to state it categorically that these malicious messages are false and misleading. We would like to warn the residents of Mangaung and business undertakings in all our supply of area that any installation of Small-Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) systems are subjected to approval by CENTLEC.

This is to ensure that all the requirements laid down by the National Regulatory Standards, applicable legislations, and bylaws in terms of the embedded generation are complied with,” said Lele Mamatu.

“To apply for SSEG approval under CENTLECS’ area of supply, interested residents or businesses should appoint a qualified SSEG designer and installer to apply on their behalf for the consideration and approval of their proposed installation. The application form for the SSEG installations can be obtained at our Customer Care offices located at the Power Station building in Fort Street. Only written applications will be considered,” he continued.

For any inquiries or assistance, residents and businesses can contact Mr. Mxolisi Radebe at 051 409 2392 or email at: mxolisi.radebe@centlec.co.za


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