Solar geyser rollout to be accelerated

2011-08-25 14:04

Cape Town - Cabinet on Wednesday approved the implementation of "key tasks" to speed up the solar water geyser (SWG) rollout programme, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Thursday.

Briefing the media following Cabinet's regular fortnightly meeting, he said these included developing guidelines for the SWG rollout programme, engaging with potential funders, and establishing a steering committee.

Eskom was granted R1.15bn by the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) through the multi-year price determination (MYPD2) process to install 259 000 systems.

To date, 144 141 systems had been installed at a cost of over R750m.

MYPD2 had already been approved and would enable Eskom to increase installations to 446 000 units by the end of the 2012 financial year, he said.

  • elbrooks777 - 2011-08-25 14:18

    I hope this is not another opportunity for corrupt tender deals.

      daaivark - 2011-08-25 14:27

      Of course it is, much as we would like to believe otherwise.

      makana shandukani - 2011-09-26 11:08

      neh...they want 'em to b stolen ...they r so exposed

  • AniB - 2011-08-25 14:22

    I also want one :(

  • t04st3d161 - 2011-08-25 14:28

    So our tax funds are paying for this, yet we cannot afford them in our own houses? I can see most of these "going" missing during the evenings and sold for other goods.

      Willie Els - 2011-08-25 14:43

      Wonder how long it will take to get it as spare parts

      John Jameson - 2011-08-25 15:25

      It's either that or subsidising more of their free electricity.

  • Exoteric - 2011-08-25 14:42

    It is so easy to install a low pressure Solar geyser, all the government has to do is import 10's of thousands, landed cost is about R2,000 after vat and import duties.Then you have mass training onsite in the poor areas, the skills passed on could get some people employed to do for others (old people etc) total cost about R3,900 installed.Its really a no-brainer, let the poor pay it off over 3-5 years at about R100 a month. we really could do this job quickly and cheaply with the right amount of political will.

      Jack - 2011-08-25 15:44

      Except that the chinese imports are crap and won't last more than a few years and we will be investing public money in the Chinese rather than our own economy.

  • Ollie - 2011-08-25 15:37

    Houses in the poor community!!!! - they have houses and now free solar geysers compliments of my tax money - What about the really poor who don't have houses how are they been helped??? @exoteric - let the poor pay it off LOL like that would ever happen,it's easier to keep on taxing the workers every way possible!!!

  • DW - 2011-08-25 16:01

    You know, I am all for lambasting the government for thieving and corruption. But this intiative is a good one. It gives electricity to people who would otherwise not have it wihtout straining our electricity grid. And it is a green initiative too. Well done on this one. It might be too much to hope that there are no corrupt tender deals involved, but at least the people are benefitting here. I have seen these all over the country and I think they are an exceptionally good idea.

  • Andrew - 2011-08-25 17:53

    At Genadendal I saw a lot a similar new houses with solar geysers. Only problem is that almost half of them are facing SOUTH away from the sun which totally defeats the purpose.

  • ecoecho - 2011-08-26 08:40

    I wish they allowed one to pay for these through your Eskom account. I am a pensioner and I battle along anyway, certainly cannot afford to buy and have installed any of these things.

  • will294 - 2011-09-20 16:48

    The public would go for this in a big way if the government could somehow control the rapacious solar installation companies. The savings in electricty are usually far less that the cost of a solar installation (and bear in mind that they don't last forever) - therefore it doesn't pay to install

  • ecoecho - 2011-09-26 09:04

    I wish there was some way of purchasing this stuff through Eskom and paying it off monthly with one's bill. Many of us cannot afford to take loans to buy the solar stuff - even with the rebate that was in place. - 2011-09-26 10:56

      Acouple of things come to mind about this project ; - Who is going to pay for the maintanance later - What is Eishkom doing for the average man in the street in an effort to sort out their own incompetence and greed. - Why should we pay VAT if we purchase solar energy appliances - its the govt. and their parastatals that screwed this one up - why should they benefit?

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