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South Africa: Support Project for Commercial Solar Water Heating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 18, 2009

The Renewable Energy Market Transformation Project (REMT), established in November 2008, was developed to help South Africa address some of the barriers within the renewable energy sector. It is funded through the world bank by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and endeavours to fulfil the 2013 renewable energy target of 10,000 GWh, set out by the South African government.

Combined Solar Power and Desalination Plants: Update on the MED-CSD Project (2009)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 14, 2009

This presentation from 2009 provides an update of the MED-CSD project. The main aim of this project is the assessment of the technico-economic potential of CSP for electricity and desalination in the Mediterranean region. The presentation first gives a global overview by linking the regions suffering from water scarcity with the global potential for concentrating solar power.

Assessment of the World Bank/GEF Strategy for the Market Development of Concentrating Solar Thermal Power (2006)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 11, 2009

This report from 2006 gives a detailed assessment on the approach of GEF towards concentrating solar power development. In particular it looks into the GEF's Operational Programme 7 (OP 7) which deals with the development of technologies with low greenhouse gas emissions that are not yet commercial, but which show promise of becoming so in the future.

Emerging Technology Option for Clean Power Generation - Concentrated Solar Power (2009)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 5, 2009

This 2009 paper underlines the overall benefits of solar power especially when considered as part of a country or region's energy generation options mix. In addition to listing the available technologies, the document also looks into the economics of solar thermal and provides a summary comparison among parabolic through, central receiver and parabolic dish technologies.

South Africa: Workshop Discusses Market Barriers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 5, 2009

Solar water heaters possess a huge potential in South Africa. “Some 100,000 houses are built every year, 30,000 homes are renovated, and about 400,000 electric geysers are replaced,” Thulani Gcabashe, head of Head of Energy Building Africa Holding, explained at the national solar water heating workshop in Midrand, South Africa, this February.

Interbuild Africa, Johannesburg

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 21, 2009

The Star Interbuild Africa, together with co-locating shows Plumbdrain Africa, Sani’ter, Frigair, Glass Expo Africa and Woodpro Africa, is the largest building services, construction, plumbing, drainage, water and sewerage, HVAC/R, glass and aluminium, and woodworking exhibition in Africa hosting the full spectrum of related industries in residential, commercial and industrial development.

Kuyasa - South Africa’s first Clean Development Mechanism project

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 16, 2009

 solar water heater in KuyasaOver 6,300 solar water heaters are planned in Khayelitsha, the biggest informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: City of Cape Town

Cape Town: Draft of Solar Water Heating Bye-law

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 25, 2009

Thermosiphon system in Cape townCurrently, solar water heating systems have hardly penetrated in Cape Town, South Africa. Only 2 % of city’s 906,000 households use solar energy. The planned bye-law should boost the market to 76,000 newly installed system in the next two years, but has been delayed due to continuous legal obstacles. Photo: Sustainable Energy Africa

South Africa: Rebates up to 30 %

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 23, 2009

90 % of South Africa’s electricity is generated by coal-fired power stations. The fourth quarter of 2007, however, started with massive power cuts as electricity supply fell behind demand. Eskom, the largest electricity supplier in Africa, the South African Government and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), began to implement alternative and renewable energy programmes a year later. Among these is a rebate programme for solar water heaters.

ISES Solar World Congress 2009, Johannesburg

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 21, 2008

The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) together with the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA) invites renewable energy supporters to Johannesburg om October 2009 to the 29th Solar World Congress. SESSA has been long looking forward to hosting the event and after 22 years away from Southern Africa this event is coming home for SESSA. The exciting and comprehensive Congress program being developed will include the latest findings in renewable energy research, technology, applications, education and good policy initiatives.

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