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South Africa: Invitation to Tender Comes Several Months Later than Expected

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 4, 2016
South AfricaSouth Africa is back to the tender season. At the beginning of December, the Department of Energy (DoE) published its Invitation of Bids for the Manufacturing and Supply, Delivery and Warehousing of Solar Water Heater Systems for financial years 2015/2016, 2016/2017 as well as 2017/2018. It will end on 15 January 2016. The current tender was announced and expected since spring 2015. In her budget speech on 19 May 2015, the Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, promised an improved solar water heater programme operated by the DoE already within the 2015 budget. But nothing happened until the beginning of December. The industry was not at all amused about the delay, as several publications of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA) show.

South Africa: Industry Cluster MANCOSA Calls for Quick Action

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 17, 2015
MANCOSAMANCOSA, the Solar Water Heating Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa, is raising its voice in the interest of the local solar thermal industry which has been left in a precarious situation following the termination of the Eskom rebate programme in April 2015. “The Department of Energy has let pass the self-announced deadline of July 1 without any announcement of a successor programme and has not even published any new time frame yet,” said Mike Breckenridge, Chairman of MANCOSA and Managing Director of collector manufacturer and system supplier GAP Holdings. “The industry needs a reliable framework for future investments.” 

South Africa: Incentive Programme Nears Government Approval

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 28, 2015
SESSAUntil recently, the solar water heater (SWH) rebate programme of state-owned power provider Eskom had been a key element in South Africa´s endeavour to cope with continually unstable power supply and become a more environmentally friendly society. Eskom granted refunds to customers replacing conventional geysers in households and commercial buildings with solar thermal ones. The result: 85,000 high-pressure solar water heaters funded by the rebate programme since 2008, according to estimates by the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA). The non-governmental organisation representing the local solar thermal industry wrote in its weekly newsletter, Energy Fix – Week 21, that 330,000 low-pressure systems were installed from 2010 until the end of 2012. 
Figure: SESSA

Measurement and Verification Standard Guidelines and Procedures for Domestic Solar Water Heating Systems (2013)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 11, 2015

This presentation was given during a lecture at the Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa and provides information on the measurement and verification standard guidelines and procedures applied to calculate the energy

South Africa: Companies Wait on New Eskom Rebate Scheme Requirements

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 21, 2014
Nelson Mandela BayShortly after Jacob Zuma was sworn in for his second term as South Africa’s president at the end of May, he delivered his state of the nation address, during which he presented his views on the further development of the national energy sector, promising new nuclear power capacities and shale gas utilisation. But he also underlined the need for “a sustainable energy mix of wind, solar, biomass and other technologies that increase the opportunity for rural development.” On 23 June 2014, the newly appointed Energy Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, confirmed South Africa´s continued determination to promote solar thermal energy for heating and cooling and bring relief to the country’s overstrained power grid (see the attached document). “The ANC Government has set a target of an additional 1.3 million solar water geysers to be installed in households in the next five years,” she said. The photo shows subsidised housing with low-pressure solar water heaters in the municipality of Nelson Mandela Bay.
Photo: Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

South Africa: Rollout Delay Due to “70 % local production”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 19, 2013

Five years ago, the South African government launched its National Solar Water Heating Programme (NSWHP), aiming to install one million domestic Solar Water Heating (SWH) systems by 2014. Relief needed to come soon to South Africa´s overburdened power grid, which is why state-owned electricity provider Eskom implemented the NSWHP in form of a grant scheme. According to a presentation from 28 August 2013 by Mokgadi Modise, Chief Director of Clean Energy at the Department of Energy (DoE), the programme had led to the installation of 375,650 solar water heaters until 9 August 2013. The pie chart shows the distribution of subsidised solar systems across the South African provinces. The government had recently allocated an additional South African Rand (ZAR) 4.7 billion (ca. EUR 337 million) to speed up SWH installation, as mentioned in the presentation (see the attached document).
Source: Department of Energy

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.
Photo: Maxlite

South Africa: High Demand from the Tourism Sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 1, 2013

With South Africa’s sunny climate and its population at 52 million, the country’s solar thermal market has a promising future ahead. This is why German market research agency solrico carried out a survey among South African collector and tank manufacturers, as well as importers in May/June 2013 to analyse the nation’s business climate and the trends of its market. One third out of 26 system suppliers responded. With a current ISOL Business Index of 35 points, their business satisfaction ranks in the upper half compared to selected new emerging markets worldwide (see the chart on the left). The ISOL Index shows a wide spread between best scores in Thailand with 55 points and the lowest scores in Argentina and Russia with 17 points. The ISOL Index is a point-based indicator ranging from 0 to 100 points, indicating the satisfaction of the national solar thermal industry with current and expected market development. The figures in brackets show the number of questionnaires considered for a particular country.
source: solrico survey May/June 2013

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.

Business Case for a Special Funding Application to NERSA (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 21, 2012

This report by the Sustainable Energy Society Southern Africa (SESSA) presents an indicative business case in support of Eskom's application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) for large-scale residential solar water heating (SWH) installation and implementation as part of the DSM funding mechanism.


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