22 November 2012 – Changes have been announced to South Africa’s the national solar water heating (SWH) programme. The model will move from a rebate model to a government funded fiscus model that will involve a R4.5 billion spend over three years to achieve the national target.

The rebate programme for low pressure SWHs will end on the 31st of December 2012. The high pressure rebate programme will continue for the time being.

The South African department of energy will choose the beneficiaries in which the roll-outs will take place. Various technical aspects will be taken into consideration including water quality and extent of water reticulation. National electricity utility Eskom will undertake formal tender processes to appoint manufacturers of systems and installers of systems in the designated communities.A maximum amount of local content in SWH systems will be used.