South Africa

  • South Africa: 140 m² of Collector Area on ABB Building in Johannesburg

    South Africa: 140 m² of Collector Area on ABB Building in Johannesburg

    Paulo Davids, Head of solar thermal projects at ABB South Africa, says that, “The payback period of the 140 m2 system will most certainly be achieved within ten years and possibly even shorter if projected energy price increases are taken into account”.
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  • South Africa: Harvesting the Sun with Western Cape’s Housing Project

    South Africa: Harvesting the Sun with Western Cape’s Housing Project

    Thermosiphon systems on the roofs of social housing blocks in South Africa: Almost all of the 210 flats that are part of the newly built housing project in Steenberg, a suburb of Cape Town, have been equipped with a solar water heater of local system supplier Hotmix (Pty) Ltd.
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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: Solar Water Heating Strategy & Implementation Plan

    South Africa: Solar Water Heating Strategy & Implementation Plan

    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.

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  • Eskom Solar Water Heating Rebate Programme: Claim Process Guide (2008)

    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...

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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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