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Power

Electricity is supplied by Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). is committed to making electricity available to as many people as possible and this improving the nation standard of living. It is also committed to an efficient and effective organisation that makes electricity available to its customers at the lowest possible price.

Procedure for obtaining a power connection

New Installations

  • a)Complete an application form obtainable from any BPC office nearest to you or BPC website: http://www.bpc.bw

    b) Completed forms with a sketch plan or layout showing the location of the premises to be electrified must be submitted to any BPC office, regardless of the location of the premises where power is required.
  • Where an application is made by letter, the customer's full details as well as those of the installation to be supplied, complete with the size of supply required, should be given.
  • If a tenant applies for power, the landlord's written consent should be provided.
  • On receipt of your signed application, BPC will send you acknowledgement card with your reference number.
  • From date of receipt of your application, you will within 21 days then be sent a Quotation/Proforma Invoice which details the fees to be paid and payments terms.
  • The Quotation remains valid for 90 days from the date of issue.
  • Title to the property to be electrified is required in all cases. Except as covered in 3.
  • On receipt of payment, BPC undertakes to provide supply, within 21days for a direct service connection and 90 days where an element of capital work is involved.
  • Wiring of the customer's installation is the customer's responsibility; however, care should be taken to liaise with BPC during the installation wiring process.
  • For villages still using conventional meters provision should be made for an approved meter box. A roof entry box and a shackle are needed where an overhead service is required.
  • When BPC has installed the service, an appointment must be made with the BPC Inspection Department for testing of the installation. Such appointments should be made at least 2 (two) working days before the required test date. The first test will be carried out at no charge.
  • When the installation passes the inspection test, a certificate will be issued. The presence of the person who will have wired the premises is required during the test.
  • Certificates issued by the Department of Electrical and Management Services, for government projects or by one BPC approved consultants on behalf of the Corporation are acceptable proof of the installation having passed an inspection.

To have supply switched on:

  • Present your stamped Inspection certificate to the nearest BPC Commerce Office.
  • Complete a Supply Agreement form with copies of the following documents attached;
  • Omang/Passport
  • landboard Certificate/ Lease agreement or
  • Chief's letter of tenant
  • Companies will require;
  • Company registration number
  • Date of registration
  • Company Stamp
  • Pay or confirm payment of the Security Deposit for supplies taken on conventional meters.

Customers taking supplies on payment meters do not pay a Security Deposit.

Tariffs

BPC customers are categorized into (6) six classes based on the use and size of supply taken. Each tariff grouping has particular rates assigned to it as given in the table below: (TOU means Type of User)

Tariff Category Description of Tariff Category Security Deposits
Home (T.O.U.4) Domestic Single Phase P300.00
Home (T.O.U.4) Domestic Three Phase P600.00
Small Business
(T.O.U.6)
Small Scale Business - 60 Amps Single Phase P800.00
Small Business
(T.O.U.6)
Small Scale Business - 60 Amps Three Phase P1,700.00

Medium Business
(T.O.U.7)

Medium Scale Business
More than 60 Amp Three Phase

P80.00 per Amp

Large Business (T.O.U.8) Large Scale Business Connected at or more than 11 kV P80.00 per Amp
Government (T.O.U.2) Government, Municipal and Street Light 0
Water Pumping (T.O.U.1) Water Pumping P80.00 per Amp

Type of Charge Other Charges
All

Reconnection fee

P90.00 (VAT inclusive)
All Dishonoured Cheque
Administration Fee
P40.00 (VAT inclusive)
All Meter Check Charge P40.00 (VAT inclusive)

BPC tariff guide - Rates effective from December 2006

 

Fixed charge (Pula per month)

Energy charge (Pula per kWh) Demand charge (Pula per kW per month)
Home (TOU 4) P10.19 P0.3670 Nil
Small Business (TOU 6) P26.09 P0.4017 Nil
Medium Business (TOU 7) P26.09 P0.2060 P49.31
Large Business (TOU 8) P26.09 P0.1857 P46.41
Government (TOU 2) P26.09 P0.5206 Nil
Water Pumping (TOU 1) P26.09 P0.4096 Nil

Electricity Bill Calculation

  • The monthly electricity bill payable in cases of TOU 4,6,2 & 1, is obtained by adding the fixed charge for a given customer group to the product of the energy (kWh) used and the tariff rate.
  • For businesses 2 and 3 customers, the maximum demand charge kWh x rate is added to the fixed and energy charge.

Example for TOU 4,6,2 & 1 (This includes VAT)

Your meter reading for the previous month was 19600kWh
The current meter reading is = 20 000kWh
Then; 20 000kWh - 1 9600 = 400 kWh
Energy used = 400kWh x 0.3367 = P134.68
Add Fixed Charge = P 9.35
Total BillĀ  = P144.03

Meter testing

  • If a customer or owner has reason to believe that his meter is not registering correctly, the charge for the meter test is P40.00
  • The fee is refunded if the test proves the meter to be malfunctioning. Correct meter reading registers within the statutory limits of 2.5% fast and 3.5 % below.
  • If the meter reading is not reading correctly a reasonable estimate will be made and the account for that month will based on the estimate.

Categories

Botswana Power Corporation customers are categorised into six classes based on the use and size of supply taken. Each tariff grouping has particular rates assigned to it as illustrated by the Tariffs table.

Domestic [TOU 4]

  • This category is reserved for supplies used for domestic purposes only. It does not include institutional customers such as Boarding houses.
  • Common sizes of supply offered are 60 Amps 230 volts and 60 Amps 400 volts, where the security deposit is a standard P300.00.
  • In exceptional cases domestic supplies in excess of 60 Amps 400 volts have been made available. Security deposits required in such cases are generally higher than for standard supplies.
  • Contact should be made with the Commercial Engineer (Services) at Tel: 09267-2413939 (North), Tel: 3607000 (South), Tel: 4900242 (Central) for determination of an appropriate value of deposit, which would normally be higher than P300.00 or P80.00 per Amp of supply.
  • Consumers in this category pay a fixed charge plus energy rates only.

Small Business [TOU 6]

  • This category applies to commercial, industrial or institutional consumers supplied with electricity not exceeding 60 Amps 400 volts and in respect of loads not exceeding 35kW.
  • Security deposits payable under this category of consumer are P800.00 for supplies taken at 230 volts and P1700.00 for supplies taken at 400 volts.
  • Similar to the domestic category only fixed and energy charges are applicable.

Medium Business [TOU 7]

  • The category applies to commercial, industrial and institutional customers supplied with electricity not exceeding 400 volts and in respect of loads that exceed 35kW.
  • Security deposits are payable at the rate of P80.00 per Amp of supply.
  • Charges payable monthly for this customer grouping are fixed charge, energy charge and maximum demand charge.

Large Business [TOU 8]

  • This category applies to all business consumers supplied with electricity at or above 11000 volts.
  • The structure of the rates as well as Security deposit are as per Business 2 customers.

Government [TOU 2]

  • This category applies to all Government, Municipal and Street Lighting installations, regardless of the size of supply taken or the use to which the supply is put.
  • No Security Deposit is required from this class of customers. Charges applicable are fixed charge and energy charge only.

Water pumping [TOU 1]

  • This is a special category reserved for water pumping applications, regardless of the size of supply taken.
  • It is advisable however that where an installation's load factor exceeds 33% ordinary business tariffs be requested as they tend to be more economic for the customer.

Maximum Demand Charges

  • Currently, these charges ar ekW based and not kVA. Whereas the corporation encourages efficient energy utilisation, there is no immediate benefit to the customer, in the installation of Power Factor correction.
  • It is a statutory requirement however that all installations maintain a power factor higher than 0.85.

Contact :

MOTLAKASE HOUSE
Macheng, Industrial Sites, Gaborone, Botswana
P. O Box 48, Gaborone
Tel: 3607000
Website: www.bpc.bw

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