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  • 52,982,000
  • 1,221,037 km2
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Residential Mass Rollout Programme (RMR )

  • Location:
    South Africa

  • Type of policy:
    Financial Incentives for ULEB and deep retrofits

  • Implementation period:
    2012 to 12014

  • Title in original language:
    Residential Mass Rollout Programme

The Residential Mass Rollout Programme (RMR) operating between 2012 and 2014 was a strategic component of South Africa’s national utility Eskom to lower overall energy demand and peak demand, in particular. This was to be realised by distributing energy-efficient building equipment to the residential sector through selected private companies, which pay upfront for equipment and installation works and are reimbursed by Eskom.
In several ways, the RMR design stands out from other energy saving measures. Among other things, it offers the opportunity to reach a large target group and thereby may generate spill-over effects such as a more rational use of energy. Second, by using a wider range of products that can be installed, Eskom reduces the risk of lost opportunities. Thirdly, by selecting capable companies for respective works, Eskom increases the likelihood of proper installation ensuring that energy savings are indeed realised.


  • Covary, Theo (Lead author)
  • Adisorn, Thomas (Reviewer)

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