Overhauled solar-geyser incentive to focus on industrial spin-offs

Engineering News 16 October 2012.

The South African government and Eskom have revised the contracting and funding models for the mass roll-out of solar water heaters (SWHs). In future, the programme will be funded by the taxpayer, rather than the electricity consumer, and will focus heavily on stimulating local manufacture and supporting small and medium-sized installers.

Currently, the deployment is incentivised through a rebate programme, funded from electricity tariffs. This rebate support has facilitated the deployment of 285 000 SWHs, which Eskom claims have delivered power savings equivalent to 46 MW…

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