South Africa

  • TREE seminar on financing Projects in Abu Dhabi and South Africa

    TREE seminar on financing Projects in Abu Dhabi and South Africa

    The three speakers for the two-day workshop in Abu Dhabi (from left): Riadh Bhar (Ecofys Germany), Uli Jakob (Solem Consulting) and Rainer Schmidt (TST-C Thomas Schmidt Consultants GmbH) had extensive discussions with the participants about project design and financing of renewable energy...

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  • More than 41 years of Collector Manufacturing in South Africa

    More than 41 years of Collector Manufacturing in South Africa

    Collector panel from the year 1969: This 41-year old collector is one of the very first units that South African company Mikado (PTY) Ltd. (since 1997 called Solardome SA) produced in South Africa. Today’s Managing Director Tertius Lindenberg looks back at 4 decades of solar thermal...

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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: 2009 Study of the Solar Water Heater Market

    South Africa: 2009 Study of the Solar Water Heater Market

    Commercial systems are gaining importance in South Africa: A recent market survey by national energy provider Eskom estimates that 15% of the installed collector area in 2009 were part of large-scale solar thermal systems.
    Photo: Solar Beam

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  • 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”.
    Photo: ABB...

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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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