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State fails to reach solar water heater target

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Cape Town, South Africa — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 02 November 2011 – The South African government has not managed to meet it’s target in rolling out solar water heaters in the country.
A Fin24 report quotes minister of energy Dipuo Peters as saying here that to date 115,000 solar water heaters had been installed by the government.

“This is 57.5% of the target of 200 000 as per the set goal in the departmental strategy for the 2010/11 financial year,” she stated in a reply to a parliamentary question here. She added that the target had been 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 Department 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 3000 MW.