Solar water heating systems and rainy Cape Winters

Solar water heating systems and rainy Cape Winters

If you have had a solar water heating system installed in an area with rainy/cloudy winter months, you may need to make seasonal adjustments to the timer that controls the system's electrical backup.   Now that the Western Cape has started experiencing its typical Winter rainfall again, this has meant less hours of sunshine for solar water heating systems to achieve the desired water temperature.  Those of you who have installed a solar water heating system in recent months have probably been enjoying solar heated water every day without much need for electrical backup.  You may need to adjust  the backup settings now that winter is here.   Most solar water heating systems have an electrical backup that is controlled by a timer to switch on at certain times of the day if the solar water heating system has not achieved the desired temperature.  Typically the timer would be set to switch on twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon/evening,...
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Charcoal black colour coded solar water heating systems now available

Charcoal black colour coded solar water heating systems now available

Aquasolar now offers the popular Chromagen range of solar water heating systems in Charcoal Black. The new charcoal black range of solar water heating systems blends in well with most darker roof tiles and other roofing materials like tin and asbestos.  This is an attractive alternative for home owners who prefer a more discreet look, as well as housing estates that prescribe that solar systems should be finished in black. Aquasolar's Chromagen range of solar water heating systems consists of a solar geyser and either one or two solar panels, depending on the size of the system.  Both the solar tank and the panels are made out of chromadek, powder-coated to either a Graphite Grey or Charcoal Black finish. The colour of the solar water heating system is purely an aesthetic choice.  There is no difference in efficiency between the grey and the black solar water heating systems.  Please check whether your preferred choice of colour is available when placing your order, so...
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Claiming your Eskom rebate – it’s easy, we do it for you

Claiming your Eskom rebate – it’s easy, we do it for you

The first thing a lot of clients ask us is how to claim their Eskom rebate.  We always tell them not to worry because we do the claim for them.  And we have never had a rebate claim rejected, ever.   But many people still want to know how the process works.  So we have prepared a crash course on the Eskom Rebate system and what to expect every step of the way.       What is the rebate?   The rebate is essentially an incentive or subsidy, which you can claim from Eskom after you install a solar water heating system that qualifies on Eskom's solar water heating rebate programme.   What is a ceded rebate?   A ceded rebate is an Eskom rebate that is paid to you upfront, instead of after the fact.  From time to time, Aquasolar offers special deals and promotions whereby the Eskom rebate is paid to you at the time of installation.  In this case there is no need for you to claim the...
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Next phase of solar geyser roll-out to incorporate greater local content

South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday officially launched the National Solar Water Heating (SWH) programme in Winterveldt, north-west of Pretoria, where some 270 SWH units have already been installed.  The government has the ambition of installing one-million solar water heaters across South Africa by 2014, and is aiming at creating the best policy and legislative environment for this to be achieved. A total of 10 400 units were earmarked to be delivered in the City of Tshwane alone, and residents wishing to take part in the programme would need to register with the municipality if they were willing to participate in the programme.  Local municipalities and the Development Bank of Southern Africa were co-ordinating the programme, with funding coming from a number of sources, such as Eskom's demand side management budget, the proposed National Energy Regulator of South Africa renewable energy feed-in-tariff, and the World Bank's Clean Technology Fund. Similar programmes have also started in Ekhurhuleni, and in the Nelson Mandela Bay...
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SA solar water heater market set to grow rapidly

The Department of Energy (DoE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) believe that the solar water heater (SWH) market is set to grow rapidly in South Africa and aim to install one-million SWHs by 2014. The tariff increase of 24,8% requested by State-owned power utility Eskom, as well as the reincarnation of nongrid technology industries, the repositioning of the South African SWH industry and the opportunities to grow the economy and create jobs and livelihood will all help the installation of SWHs in the country, DoE clean energy division acting chief director David Mahuma said at the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association’s Stainless Steel Solar Water Heat-ing Interest Group Collabora-tion. He pointed out that high- and medium-level households were able to break even by installing SWHs if the increases in electricity in the past four to five years were factored in. He said that the DoE would continue to promote SWHs, as they have significant economic and environmental benefits and...
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Solar heater boom to drive economy

Cape Town - Exponential growth in the market for solar water heaters forms the backbone of the green economy part of the government's new Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap2). The plan's objective is to increase the installation of solar water heaters from the current 35 000 a year to 250 000 a year over the next three years, and to increase domestic production from 20 000 units to 200 000 units a year. The department of energy plans to have one million installed solar water heaters by 2014.  The department is working on a new subsidy scheme for solar water heaters that will be announced in the second quarter of the 2010/11 financial year. By the third quarter of the new financial year, the department of trade and industry must publish amended building regulations to make solar water heating compulsory in new buildings and building renovations from March 2011. By the second quarter the department must ensure that legislation has been introduced to make it compulsory to...
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So(lar), do you want to save money?

Look on The Supplier page on Eskom's Demand Site website (www.eskomdsm.co.za) to see which suppliers and products are registered with the programme.  A solar water heater can provide you with between 50% and 90% of a home's total hot water requirements, and since solar energy is free, this translates into a saving of up to 70% of your monthly electrical bill. Eskom's Solar Water Heating Programme means even more savings for homeowners – there are massive rebates to be claimed for those who are investing in solar water heating systems. What is Eskom's Solar Water Heating Programme? Introduced at the beginning of 2008, the Eskom Solar Water Heating Programme offers consumer rebates that are paid directly to consumers. The amount of rebate you will qualify for is entirely dependent on how much electricity the system you choose will displace, the rand value of which will be between R1 500 to R5 000. In order to claim this rebate, consumers need to choose...
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Eskom wants solar heating

Johannesburg - State-owned power utility Eskom is looking to solar water heating to relieve pressure on its overloaded power grid. On Wednesday, Eskom published an advertisement in the business section of The Star newspaper, in which it asked for proposals to investigate possible funding sources and strategies for its solar water heating project. The programme, which takes the form of an incentive scheme, is one of many Eskom is implementing in the residential sector. At present, the residential sector in SA consumes 17% of the country's electricity. This is according to the Community for Energy Environment & Development (Commend), which says solar water heating may reduce energy consumption by "more than half". Eskom wants to conduct a feasibility study on solar water heating "as a result of the increased demand for electricity in SA", in an attempt to meet the renewable energy target set by government in 2008. Government has set a target for renewable energy to contribute 10 000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of final energy...
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