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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.

“Bringing the Industry Closer Together”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 3, 2009

 SESSA Dylan Tudor-Jones” Dylan Tudor-Jones was a founding member of the Solar Water Heating Division of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA). Solarthermalworld.org spoke with him at the International Solar Energy Society Solar World Congress 2009 in Johannesburg in October.
Photo: Hanna Schober

Assessment of Feasibility for the Replacement of Electrical Water Heaters with Solar Water Heaters in Namibia (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 26, 2009

This study, commissioned by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, provides an overview of the solar water heating (SWH) industry in Namibia in 2005, comparing it with electric solar heating. Other African countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana and their SWH development are also mentioned to help comparing the evolution of Namibia.

South Africa: First Solar-Powered Air-Conditioning System

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 14, 2009

solar cooling plant in South Africa” Showcasing solar cooling in South Africa: The Netcare Moot Hospital in Pretoria has installed the first cooling system based on a solar thermal powered absorption chiller. Photo: Voltas Technologies

Report CSP Workshop, South Africa (2009)

Submitted by Hans Craen on October 13, 2009

This is the report of a CSP workshop, which took place in South Africa on 22 May 2009. The workshop results from the necessity to gather project developers, the government, NGOs and research centers to start a discussion on scaling up CSP.

In South Africa, the development of CSP infrastructure has been boosted by the government which policy is to encourage renewable energy projects via financial measures and incentives such as the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) or the Clean Development Mechanism.

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