South Africa

  • SOLTRAIN: Free Solar Heating Systems for Social Institutions

    SOLTRAIN: Free Solar Heating Systems for Social Institutions

    Two solar water heating systems – one at an old people’s home and the other at an orphanage (photo) – started operating this March thanks to an initiative by SESSA members Holms and Friends, and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). Together with another system completed last year, the...

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  • The South African Water Heating Industry (2011)

    Presented by Dominic Goncalves at the Renewable Energy Africa Conference on July 28 2011, this presentation surveys the potential for the market development of the South African solar water heating industry. Because 18% of South Africa’s national electricity supply is allocated towards the...

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  • CSP Feed-in Tariffs Guide (2011)

    Written to support CSP Today’s 2011 concentrated solar power (CSP) event in Seville, this report provides an overview of the regulatory incentives schemes that exist to support the concentrated solar thermal industry around the world. It summarises the incentives and targets for CSP in nine...

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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: SAIA Examines Green Geyser Replacement Project

    South Africa: SAIA Examines Green Geyser Replacement Project

    The South African Insurance Association (SAIA), a body representing the short-term insurance industry, has completed phase One of an assessment related to the Green Geyser Replacement Project. In a press release from 3 April, the association said that four working groups have taken a look at...

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  • First Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC), Stellenbosch

    The First Southern African Solar Energy Conference will be held from the 21 to the 23 May 2012 at the Protea Hotel in the Technopark, Stellenbosch. This conference will focus on both Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Energy technology systems and applications.
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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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  • Germany: Solar Thermal Experts Discuss Cost-Cutting Strategies

    Germany: Solar Thermal Experts Discuss Cost-Cutting Strategies

    The solar thermal industry is facing major challenges: Costs of storage and collector components have to be reduced even further if large solar plants are to offer investors competitive prices for heating. Hence, 170 industry representatives and scientists from all around the world came...

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  • Interbuild Africa 2012, Johannesburg

    The Star Interbuild Africa will take place from 15 to 18 August 2012 in Johannesburg. The International Building and Construction Exhibition focuses on the latest developments in the extensive building services and construction arena. From affordable housing products to civil engineering equipment...
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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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