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

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. The study shares the results of two SWH projects (Kuyasa CDM Project and Zanemvula SWH Project) which have had a positive impact on households, not only for health and safety reasons but also from a financial perspective.  The development of LP SWH has also created training and job opportunities for local residents. Projections say that over 100.000 jobs could be created in the SWH industry by 2020, ranking second in terms of direct employment after biodiesel technology. 

Author: Holle Linnea Wlokas, Charlotte Ellis

Date of publication: 2013

Pages: 12

 

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