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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

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

USA: Solar Heating and Cooling R&D Renewed

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 26, 2011

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In policy lobbying even a single sentence included in a bill is, in some cases, already a huge success. This is exactly the case for the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that has recently passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives. “The Committee supports ongoing Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) research and development activities within the Building Technologies Program”, is the key sentence in the report that accompanies the bill.

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