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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.
 

Sasec 2016, Stellenbosch

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 15, 2015
The 4th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC 2016) will be held from the 31st October to the 2nd of November 2016 at the Conference Centre at the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This conference will focus on both Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Energy technology systems and applications. The conference will provide the opportunity for researchers, engineers, technologists and individuals to share and discuss recent developments in the field. The Conference will focus on research and development projects and results completed by universities and other institutions over the last five years. Engineers, researchers and scientists are encouraged to share their research results and knowledge at the conference.

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: 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

Local Employment through the Low-Pressure Solar Water Heater Roll-out in South Africa (2013)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 18, 2015

This study has been conducted by the Energy Research Center of the University of Cape Town and aims at demonstrating how developing low-pressure solar water heaters (LP SWH) can have an impact on reducing poverty and inequality and creating employment possibilities in South Africa.

South Africa: Building Regulation Not Applied as Intended

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2015
SOLTRAIN stakeholder meetingExtended South African National Standard SANS10400 XA, Energy Usage in Buildings, is the big hope of the country’s solar thermal system suppliers. Part XA 2, which was added to SANS 10400 in September 2011, reads: "A minimum volume fraction of 50 % of the annual average heating requirement for hot water shall be provided by means other than electric resistance heating or fossil fuels.” The regulation applies to all new buildings with hot water consumption, as well as refurbished ones if the refurbishment requires planning approval from a local authority (for more details, see the attached architectural guide). After a transition period and a broad discussion among those affected by the new regulation, XA officially became law on 9 September 2014. The photo shows one of the stakeholder meetings within SOLTRAIN, the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative.
Photo: SOLTRAIN
 

National Building Regulation in South Africa

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2015
Since September 2014 the extended South African National Standard SANS10400 XA is in force that stipulates that a minimum volume fraction of 50 % of the annual average heating requirement for hot water shall be provided by means other than electric resistance heating or fossil fuels. The regulation applies to all new buildings with hot water consumption, as well as refurbished ones if the refurbishment requires planning approval from a local authority. For further details read news.

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