Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa

  • South Africa: Roadmap Sets 21 GWth target for 2030

    South Africa: Roadmap Sets 21 GWth target for 2030

    Around 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...
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  • South Africa: University of Pretoria’s 672 m² Solar Thermal System

    South Africa: University of Pretoria’s 672 m² Solar Thermal System

    The University of Pretoria is extending its Onderstepoort campus and this extension also includes a 672 m² solar thermal system. The system provides warm water to the new energy-efficient flats accommodating a total of 550 students. Onderstepoort - or OP, as it is commonly known - is...

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  • South Africa: Solardome closes SWH manufacturing facility

    South Africa: Solardome closes SWH manufacturing facility

    After 42 years in the business, South African solar thermal pioneer Solardome SA had to shut down its manufacturing operations at the end of last year. The name Solardome - formerly Mikado - stands for more than four decades of collector manufacturing in South Africa (see...

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  • South Africa: Eskom convenes Solar Industry Workshop

    South Africa: Eskom convenes Solar Industry Workshop

    In early August, South Africa's national utility, Eskom, convened a workshop for solar water heating manufacturers, suppliers and installers. The primary objective of the workshop was to advise the industry on what to do about the remaining budget for the solar water heating rebate...

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  • South Africa: Clarity sought on Future of Rebate Scheme

    South Africa: Clarity sought on Future of Rebate Scheme

    There has been no decision yet regarding the future of the national residential incentive programme by South African utility Eskom: As of 12 July 2011, the utility counted a backlog of all in all 53,208 applications. This is more than half of the number of all applications approved since the...

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  • South Africa: Eskom´s Incentive Programme shows a Steep ramp up

    South Africa: Eskom´s Incentive Programme shows a Steep ramp up

    The number of monthly installed and subsidised solar thermal installations in South African households increased significantly towards the end of 2010. According to Eskom, energy utility and administrator of the national residential subsidy programme, 4,914 claims were paid in December. This...

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  • South Africa: Freezing Cold destroys several 100 Solar Thermal Systems

    South Africa: Freezing Cold destroys several 100 Solar Thermal Systems

    In the middle of June, during the World Cup in South Africa, the significant drop in temperature around Johannesburg did not only cause some football players to catch a cold in the meantime, but one of these frosty winter nights also destroyed several hundred solar systems in the region....

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  • South Africa: Eskom increases Rebates

    South Africa: Eskom increases Rebates

    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”....

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  • South Africa: The Resolution of the ISES Solar World Congress

    South Africa: The Resolution of the ISES Solar 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...

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  • South Africa: Unit Standards and the Need for Training

    South Africa: Unit Standards and the Need for Training

    When it comes to installing solar thermal systems, skilled workers are still rare in South Africa – a fact that the training centre WaterSmith tries to change. The training facility is offering its first solar water heater courses.
    Photo: Zingaro

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  • “Bringing the Industry Closer Together”

    “Bringing the Industry Closer Together”

    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.
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  • South Africa: Workshop Discusses Market Barriers

    South Africa: Workshop Discusses Market Barriers

    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...
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