South Africa

  • Region with high solar ambitions joins IEA SHC

    Region with high solar ambitions joins IEA SHC

    One of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme’s new sponsors is SACREEE, the Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, set up by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), an intergovernmental organisation. SADC represents a dynamically developing solar thermal region...
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  • Ups and downs in the 20 largest markets 2019

    Ups and downs in the 20 largest markets 2019

    China again led the ranking for new installations of glazed and unglazed collectors – accounting for 73% of the total – followed by Turkey, India, Brazil and the United States. Additions in the largest solar heating and cooling markets besides China remained stable, with noteworthy growth...
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  • Solar cooling concepts for hot climates

    Solar cooling concepts for hot climates

    The just started international research platform Solar Cooling for the Sunbelt region is very popular among research institutions, manufacturers and consultancies around the world. Already more than 50 organisations from the green-marked countries on the map have signed a letter of...
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  • Absolicon to build SHIP demonstration plant at AB InBev brewery

    Absolicon to build SHIP demonstration plant at AB InBev brewery

    Renewable solutions company Greenline Africa, based in South Africa, was one of 17 businesses chosen to join the 100+ Accelerator programme launched by brewing group AB InBev in mid-February in New York. At the kick-off event, it presented the benefits of using the T160 parabolic trough...
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  • National Treasury

    Carbon tax in force but few have to pay

    The South African carbon tax was finally implemented on 1 June 2019 after there had been several public consultations and delays over the last years. According to the new Carbon Tax Act, the rate will be South African Rand (ZAR) 120 per tonne of carbon dioxide in the first phase, until...
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  • Production line for Solar Keymark-certified parabolic trough collectors

    Production line for Solar Keymark-certified parabolic trough collectors

    At the beginning of May, parabolic trough collector manufacturer Absolicon inaugurated a new, automated production line at its headquarters in Härnösand, Sweden. After the town’s mayor, Andreas Sjölander, had cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony, attendees watched as a glass cover was...
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  • SASEC 2019, East London

    The University of Fort Hare will host the 6th Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC), which will take place from 25 to 27 November 2019, at Mpekweni Beach Resort, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. The conference will focus on both Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Energy technology...
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  • First SDH system in Sub-Saharan Africa

    First SDH system in Sub-Saharan Africa

    On 15 May, the Austrian Ambassador to South Africa inaugurated two landmark projects that had received support from SOLTRAIN, the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative, during planning and installation. One became the first solar district heating plant in Sub-...
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  • Building regulations and electricity prices drive market

    Building regulations and electricity prices drive market

    Budget constraints have cast considerable doubt on plans by the South African government to restart its solar water heater support scheme. Despite the setback, the solar thermal industry is optimistic in outlook because the country’s building regulations have been driving demand for SWH...
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  • South Africa: Greatest SHIP potential in food and beverage

    South Africa: Greatest SHIP potential in food and beverage

    Food and beverage is the most important industry for solar process heat in South Africa, according to new research. Not only does it have by far the most demand for steam among all industries (see the chart), but it also showed a rise in production output over the last 15 years. It...
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  • Southern Europe: A good place for SWH companies to do business

    Southern Europe: A good place for SWH companies to do business

    In 2018, solar water heater suppliers headquartered in Europe were more satisfied with sales than those not located on the continent. In all, 78 % of the former saw a strong or slight increase in sales volume last year compared to 2017. Elsewhere, the same was true for only 51 % of all...
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  • Solar air-conditioning training for energy professionals

    Solar air-conditioning training for energy professionals

    Around 40 attendees from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe benefitted from a three-day training course on Solar Cooling and Air Conditioning at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, late last November. The course, aimed at solar energy professionals,...
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