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Questions Around Eskom’s Solar hot water Subsidy

THE Eskom subsidy for solar water heaters should be used to support the local industry and create local jobs, said Mr Michael Bagraim, the new President of the Cape Chamber of Commerce. At present Eskom subsidises all SABS-approved solar geysers, but many of them are made in Europe, Israel and Australia.

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Eskom sees 1 000-MW shortfall in 2012

South African power utility Eskom calculates that South Africa’s electricity shortfall could peak in 2012 at 9 TWh, the equivalent of 1 000 MW, having confirmed that the first Medupi unit will only be fully introduced into the system by the end of that year. CEO Brian Dames said that it was, therefore, urgent to […]

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Solar Can Be A Marketable Home Improvement

As the U.S. housing market continues to stall, homeowners looking to sell their homes need to identify the best steps they can take to make their property stand out.  The right home improvement projects can increase property value and help homes sell faster, but the impact of home improvements on property value varies widely. This […]

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BMW South Africa invests in solar water heating system

Automotive manufacturer BMW South Africa (BMW SA) has invested in a 6 500 l/day solar water heating installation, as it continues to progress with energy efficiency and cleaner production initiatives. The system provides hot water for the main canteen at the company’s plant in Rosslyn. The installation, which was designed by Voltas Technologies and installed […]

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Higher rebates spur interest in solar water heating – Eskom

Electricity utility Eskom has seen a dramatic increase in interest in installing solar water heater (SWH) systems since the rebate was increased earlier this year, the utility’s acting senior GM for integrated demand management Corrie Visagie said on Wednesday. Eskom has received expressions of interest from energy services companies, municipalities and SWH installers indicating aspirations […]

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Solar Power Myths

Solar power myth busting I’ve been working in the renewable energy industry for a couple of years now and while I’m still by no means a technical expert, I’ve picked up a decent working knowledge along the way. In the time I’ve spent talking with people about solar power, the same sort of myths and […]

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Hybrid solar system for heat and electricity funded

PVT Solar is entering the solar-panel market with a twist: its system generates electricity as well as heat. The San Francisco area-based start-up today said that it has raised a series B round of $13.7 million from Sigma Partners and named a former SunPower executive, Vikas Desai, as CEO. The money will be used to […]

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Solar Water Heating in South Africa

Whoever said that change is the only constant knew what they were talking about. On the one hand I realise that this is a time of heightened activity in the solar water heating industry, which puts South Africa in a perfect climate for many people to make sound economic savings on their electricity bills. On […]

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How to Finance a Home Solar Energy System

When one looks at the initial cost of solar powering a home, many of us cringe at having to fork out to install the solar items that get us off grid either partially or completely. A solar power system is an expensive home addition but it’s an extremely beneficial one, particularly given ESKOM’s price hike. […]

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