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Solar water heater installations are part of the RSA government's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage local content in the sector.              Pic credit: isolarindia

Medium to long term solar water heater (SWH) installation targets are considered a reflection of South Africa's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and electricity demand; encouraging job creation and access to hot water as well as more local content and production. In order to show this commitment, the government has set a cumulative target of 1.75 million SWH installations by 2019 - further increased to 5 million by 2030 in the National Development Plan.

As the Department of Energy (DoE) is now effectively the custodian of the  programme, the Department is calling for a panel of service providers to undertake social facilitation for the DoE under the national solar water heater programme for the period 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years (Bid No: DOE/005/2015/16).

The DoE believes that the successful implementation of this kind of programme can only be done is it is  based on community involvement. This kind of approach should encourage community participation, facilitate community buy-in, capacity building and empowerment. The department is therefore seeking service providers who can conduct the social facilitation needed as set out in the bid documents.

The service providers must be able to demonstrate "an understanding about indicators of successfully mobilised communities. These providers will be listed on the DoE panel and appointed to undertake this function on an as and when required basis. All selected service providers will be given a fair chance to compete for the work as and when the need arises."

Closing Date
23 October 2015 at 11H00

The social facilitation background and objective documentation can be read here: TOR_SWH social facilitiation

Technical feasibility studies

The Department is also inviting bids for the appointment of a panel of service providers to undertake technical feasibility assessments for the Department of Energy under the national solar water heater programme for the period 2015/16, 2016/17 And 2017/18 financial years (DOE/004/2015/16).

Closing Date
22 October 2015 at 11H00

More details of the request can be found here: http://www.energy.gov.za/files/tenders/t_open.html

All technical enquiries to be directed in writing to: Mr Khanyiso Zihlangu

Tel: 012 406 7651  |  Email: Khanyiso.zihlangu@energy.gov.za