27 Jun '11, 1pm

South African Utility Plans 1 Million Solar Water Heaters by 2015

South African Utility Plans 1 Million Solar Water Heaters by 2015

South Africa already hit the headlines for its ambitious plan to build a huge 5GW solar thermal power plant that could single-handedly provide 10% of the nation's electricity needs, and for pioneering promising solar power breakthroughs . But that is just one part of the country's efforts to ease pressure on a beleaguered power grid. Eskom, South Africa's power utility, is also planning on installing 1 million solar water heaters in the next few years. And for many, they will be free. Because South Africa provides a basic supply of electricity to poorer households—enough to power lights, but not necessarily to heat water—many households use dangerous and polluting paraffin heaters, while wealthier households still often use electricity for their hot water needs. News 24 reports that Eskom's solar water heater program has already seen 30,000 free solar water heaters install...

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