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South Africa: Roadmap Sets 21 GWth target for 2030

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 17, 2015
Roadmap South AfricaAround 21 GWth (30 million m² of collector area) are to be installed in South Africa by 2030 – half a square metre per inhabitant. More than 200,000 additional jobs could be created by then. These are the ambitious targets of the South African Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap, SA-STTRM. It is a challenging target when compared with the only around 2.3 million m² which were installed in the country by 2014, but a realistic one when compared with the current deployment rates of countries such as Cyprus with 0.6 m²/head or Israel with 0.54 m²/head at the end of 2013. The chart shows the projected total solar thermal collector area between 2014 and 2030 based on the aim of reaching 0.5 m² of installed collector area per inhabitant by 2030. 
Chart: Roadmap draft from March 2015
 

South Africa: University of Pretoria’s 672 m² Solar Thermal System

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 12, 2012

 Onderstepoort campus The University of Pretoria is extending its Onderstepoort campus and this extension also includes a 672 m² solar thermal system. The system provides warm water to the new energy-efficient flats accommodating a total of 550 students. Onderstepoort - or OP, as it is commonly known - is located in Pretoria North and is home to South Africa´s only Veterinary Institute. Holms and Friends, formerly Omnibus Engineering, has recently completed the university project. With it, the member of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA) has just set up one of the currently largest glazed installations in Southern Africa.
Photo: Holms and Friends

South Africa: Solardome closes SWH manufacturing facility

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 12, 2012

 South African solar thermal pioneer Solardome SA After 42 years in the business, South African solar thermal pioneer Solardome SA had to shut down its manufacturing operations at the end of last year. The name Solardome - formerly Mikado - stands for more than four decades of collector manufacturing in South Africa (see www.solarthermalworld.org/node/1346). Managing Director Tertius Lindenberg holds ESKOM’s rebate programme responsible for the trouble that his company and some other local manufacturers are in at the moment. The rebate scheme of South Africa’s main power supplier had resulted in a flood of cheap imports, which compete with local production.
Photo: Solardome

South Africa: Eskom convenes Solar Industry Workshop

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 5, 2011

 NP monthly installations” In early August, South Africa's national utility, Eskom, convened a workshop for solar water heating manufacturers, suppliers and installers. The primary objective of the workshop was to advise the industry on what to do about the remaining budget for the solar water heating rebate scheme, as well as which immediate steps to take until the end of the 2011-2012 financial year. Quality issues of currently installed systems were also discussed (see the attached presentation). The chart shows the strong increase in the number of applications for non-pressurised (NP) solar water heaters.
Source: Eskom

South Africa: Clarity sought on Future of Rebate Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 29, 2011

 South Africa utility Eskom” There has been no decision yet regarding the future of the national residential incentive programme by South African utility Eskom: As of 12 July 2011, the utility counted a backlog of all in all 53,208 applications. This is more than half of the number of all applications approved since the beginning of the programme in 2007 (84,214 application). 76 % of the applications that are still pending approval deal with open loop systems. Closed loop systems make up the smaller proportion, with 12,644 still pending applications.

South Africa: Eskom´s Incentive Programme shows a Steep ramp up

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 8, 2011

 monthly installed and subsidised solar thermal installations in South African households” The number of monthly installed and subsidised solar thermal installations in South African households increased significantly towards the end of 2010. According to Eskom, energy utility and administrator of the national residential subsidy programme, 4,914 claims were paid in December. This compares favourably to the approximate 250 systems that were installed in the same period in 2009, and represents a significant increase as can be seen from the graph. Eskom is not updating the above chart anymore with monthly figures.
Source: Eskom/SESSA

South Africa: Freezing Cold destroys several 100 Solar Thermal Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 19, 2010

 Logo WM 2010” In the middle of June, during the World Cup in South Africa, the significant drop in temperature around Johannesburg did not only cause some football players to catch a cold in the meantime, but one of these frosty winter nights also destroyed several hundred solar systems in the region.
Source: http://de.fifa.com

South Africa: Eskom increases Rebates

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2010

 Solar thermal installation in Soweto” Solar thermal installation in Soweto: Eskom's Renewable Energy Portfolio Manager, Cedric Worthmann, said that, “Our aim is to encourage as many South Africans as possible to move away from using electric geysers and replace them with solar heated systems instead”.
Source: www.solarheat.co.za

South Africa: The Resolution of the ISES Solar World Congress

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 2, 2009

 ISES World Congress” Hosting the next ISES Congress: The 30th ISES Solar World Congress will be held in Kassel, Germany, from 28 August to 2 September 2011. This year´s resolution recommends that governments worldwide should establish a law to increase the use of renewable energies in the heating and cooling sector.
Photo: ISES

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