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South Africa: Planned Rollout with 650,000 Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 4, 2013

Solar water heater manufacturers in South Africa are being kept busy answering to public tenders, which may not be awarded in the end. This is the impression one gets when reading through the publications of national utility Eskom and the Department of Energy (DoE). The reason behind it: The announcement by the government to start a mass rollout of low-pressure solar water heaters in designated areas. Completely subsidised solar water heaters for low-income households are to reduce the electricity demand of the national grid and to create jobs. The photo shows a housing area for the elderly with a typical non-pressure 110 litre vacuum tube collector systems, which should also be used for the rollout.
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