State misses solar geyser target
Cape Town - The government has not managed to meet its targets in rolling out solar water heaters.
Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters has said that to date 115 000 solar water heaters have been installed by the government.
“This is 57.5% of the target of 200 000 per the set goal in the departmental strategy for the 2010/11 financial year,” she said in a reply to a parliamentary question released on Wednesday.
She said the target was missed “due to financial constraints”.
The solar water heater programme began in the 2010/11 financial year and is financed by a combination of a National Treasury
allocation and an electricity tariff rebate.
The departement of energy has set a target of 1 million solar geysers to be installed by 2013, hoping this will help Eskom by reducing electricity demand by 3 000 MW.
More poor planning.
Lead by example and install these on all governement buildings and official homes
Those financial constraints are your over inflated salaries...
The problem is installing them on RDP houses that never had geysers in the first place does not reduce the demand on the grid... the rebates should be focused on making conversion more affordable for homes with existing geysers! Or else Eskom rebates turn into a developement fund without benefit to our national grid...
The reason for this is clear, despite governments best efforts, the price of these solar installations are still unreasonably high. The benefactors here are the solar installation companies, in my humble opinion, there prices are 40%higher than they need to be, enabling them to simpy pocket the extra 40 percent offered by eskom and leaving the homeowner with a still unaffordable conversion to solar, despite a real will from their side