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South Africa: Santam Insurance offers Replacement Service for Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 25, 2010

Short-term insurer Santam confirmed at the beginning of March that its residential clients would be able to replace damaged electrical geysers with solar water heaters, following a partnership with national power utility Eskom. When replacing a damaged geyser, the South African insurer allows its clients to choose between different solar-heated alternatives during the claim process. It is actually the first South African insurance company to promote renewable energy in that way.

South Africa: Harvesting the Sun with Western Cape’s Housing Project

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 11, 2010

 thermosiphon systems” Thermosiphon systems on the roofs of social housing blocks in South Africa: Almost all of the 210 flats that are part of the newly built housing project in Steenberg, a suburb of Cape Town, have been equipped with a solar water heater of local system supplier Hotmix (Pty) Ltd.
Photo: Bruce Sutherland / City of Cape Town

South Africa: SEG Solar Energy Offers Training and Marketing Support to Suppliers and Plumbers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 24, 2010

 training day in Randburg” A training day in Randburg: SEG Solar Energy, the newly founded solar system provider in South Africa, provides trainings and free marketing for its dealers and plumbers.
Photo: SEG Solar Energy

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”.

South Africa: Solar Water Heating Strategy & Implementation Plan

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 28, 2010

 household with solar water heater” Last November, South Africa's Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) published the draft of an “Overall Recommended Strategic Framework”. The framework is to come into effect in April 2010. This strategy should help to equip 1 million households with solar water heaters by 2014.

A Desk Top Study to Investigate the Global Best Practice for Solar Water Heating Manufacturers (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 20, 2010

This study was commissioned by Central Energy Fund (CEF) to Palmer Development Consulting (PDC) and Synopsis to report to the South African public and private sector of the best practices for SWH technologies, warranty periods, pricing, and standards.

The methodology of the report consisted on a questionnaire sent to worldwide manufacturers inquiring about exports of SWH systems into South Africa. Results showed a similarity in the systems and technologies, when compared to national manufacturers, but a big difference in terms of prices was registered.

Eskom Solar Water Heating Rebate Programme: Claim Process Guide (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 18, 2010

This guide was made to help consumers applying for a Eskom Solar Water Heating Rebate Programme. This rebate programme was set-up by the South African Government to increase the share of renewable energies on the final energy consumption to 10 000 gigawatt hours by 2013.

The guide includes a series of steps that should be taken into account applying for the Eskom rebate scheme, the documents necessary for the application, the systems that are qualified for the rebate and other practical information.

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

Large-scale Rollout of Concentrating Solar Power in South Africa (2009)

Submitted by Hans Craen on November 5, 2009

This 2009 paper is a follow-up from the CSP workshop which took place in May 2009. This document looks into the large-scale rollout of concentrating solar power (CSP) based upon the modelling of long-term mitigation scenarios (LTMS) of South Africa.


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