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South Africa: Solar Thermal Technology Platform Launched in Pretoria

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 3, 2013

South Africa's electricity network is under constant pressure and blackouts are always looming. The state-owned electricity provider Eskom finally urged its clients in mid-May to cut 10 % off their normal electricity consumption to prevent future outages. The problem hasn’t just been there since yesterday: The South African White Paper on Renewable Energy was already published in 2003 and aimed at 10,000 GWh from renewable energies in 2013, of which 23% was to come from solar water heating. And in 2009, Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, current Minister of Energy, announced her plan for one million solar water heaters in private households and commercial buildings until 2014.

Namibia: Cabinet Directive Pushes Solar Water Heater Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 28, 2013

Namibia is – besides Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe – one of the partner countries of the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN). The project, which is sponsored by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), supports the implementation of solar thermal technology in the four above-mentioned countries. In Namibia, the project coordinator is the REEEI, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute, at the Polytechnic of Namibia. The photo shows the university’s student accommodations, which are equipped with thermosiphon systems.

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