4 Feb 2015: Solar geyser rebate has been extended!!

DoE extended the rebate – Media release, dated 4 Feb 2015

Eskom notified the SWH (solar water heating) industry on 7 January 2015 that their rebate comes to an end on 31 January 2015 and would be handed over to the Department of Energy (DoE).

The DoE notified the SWH (solar water heating) industry via their media release, dated 4 Feb 2015, that the rebate is now extended by the Department of Energy (DoE) for another 5000 systems to be installed in South Africa with the same rebate amount per system as with the Eskom rebate programme. DoE will provide more information about their future rebate programme soon. 

Extract from the DoE letter:
“With effect from 2 February 2015 the Department has availed subsidies (up to a cap of 5,000) buy sildenafil citrate 100mg. The number of subsidies is informed by past performance of the partial rebate programme under Eskom (about 2,000 monthly installations over the past nine months). No further subsidies will be available under this programme once this cap is exceeded.
1.2 The latest Eskom rebate levels, together with the payment services offered by Eskom (through Deloitte), will remain unchanged subject to (1.1) above”.

A new rebate s200-liter-geyser-retrofit-to-solar-at-Stellenboschcheme will be introduced by DoE soon:

Extract from the media release:

Going forward a new rebate scheme will be introduced and subsidies will be offered with considerations regarding local content.

You are welcome to contact Leon at 083 384 3840 for quotes or kindly visit our “request quote” page.

Surprise agreement between world’s top 2 carbon creators brings hope for Global Climate Agreement in Paris

“This should inject a jolt of momentum in the lead up to a global climate agreement in Paris.”  (Andrew Steer, the CEO of World Resources Institute)

With an agreement between China and US,  more nations will feel comfortable climbing aboard.

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President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China, with their delegations, met inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. CreditMandel Ngan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

U.S. and China Reach Climate Accord After Months of Talks

BEIJING — China and the United States made common cause on Wednesday against the threat of climate change, staking out an ambitious joint plan to curb carbon emissions as a way to spur nations around the world to make their own cuts in greenhouse gases.

The landmark agreement, jointly announced here by President Obama and President Xi Jinping, includes new targets for carbon emissions reductions by the United States and a first-ever commitment by China to stop its emissions from growing by 2030.

Administration officials said the agreement, which was worked out quietly between the United States and China over nine months and included a letter from Mr. Obama to Mr. Xi proposing a joint approach, could galvanize efforts to negotiate a new global climate agreement by 2015.

 It was the signature achievement of an unexpectedly productive two days of meetings between the leaders. Mr. Obama and Mr. Xi also agreed to a military accord designed to avert clashes between Chinese and American planes and warships in the tense waters off the Chinese coast, as well as an understanding to cut tariffs for technology products.

A climate deal between China and the United States, the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 carbon polluters, is viewed as essential to concluding a new global accord. Unless Beijing and Washington can resolve their differences, climate experts say, few other countries will agree to mandatory cuts in emissions, and any meaningful worldwide pact will be likely to founder.

“The United States and China have often been seen as antagonists,” said a senior official, speaking in advance of Mr. Obama’s remarks. “We hope that this announcement can usher in a new day in which China and the U.S. can act much more as partners.”

As part of the agreement, Mr. Obama announced that the United States would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. That is double the pace of reduction it targeted for the period from 2005 to 2020.

China’s pledge to reach peak carbon emissions by 2030, if not sooner, is even more remarkable. To reach that goal, Mr. Xi pledged that so-called clean energy sources, like solar power and windmills, would account for 20 percent of China’s total energy production by 2030.

Administration officials acknowledged that Mr. Obama could face opposition to his plans from a Republican-controlled Congress. While the agreement with China needs no congressional ratification, lawmakers could try to roll back Mr. Obama’s initiatives, undermining the United States’ ability to meet the new reduction targets.

 Still, Mr. Obama’s visit, which came days after a setback in the midterm elections, allowed him to reclaim some of the momentum he lost at home. As the campaign was turning against the Democrats last month, Mr. Obama quietly dispatched John Podesta, a senior adviser who oversees climate policy, to Beijing to try to finalize a deal.

For all the talk of collaboration, the United States and China also displayed why they are still fierce rivals for global economic primacy, promoting competing free-trade blocs for the Asian region even as they reached climate and security deals.

The maneuvering came during a conference of Pacific Rim economies held in Beijing that has showcased China’s growing dominance in Asia, but also the determination of the United States, riding a resurgent economy, to reclaim its historical role as a Pacific power.

Adding to the historic nature of the visit, Mr. Obama and Mr. Xi were scheduled to give a joint news conference on Wednesday that will include questions from reporters — a rare concession by the Chinese leader to a visiting American president.

On Tuesday evening, Mr. Xi invited Mr. Obama to dinner at his official residence, telling his guest he hoped they had laid the foundation for a collaborative relationship — or, as he more metaphorically put it, “A pool begins with many drops of water.”

Greeting Mr. Obama at the gate of the walled leadership compound next to the Forbidden City, Mr. Xi squired him across a brightly lighted stone bridge and into the residence. Mr. Obama told the Chinese president that he wanted to take the relationship “to a new level.”

 “When the U.S. and China are able to work together effectively,” he added, “the whole world benefits.”

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By MARK LANDLER

Lithos Wine Farm showing the way with solar water heating!!

Location: Somerset West – Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road – Wedderville Country Estate

We like to share our experiences when installing solar for other businesses and also to share information about the service provided by these businesses. The mutual interest is caring for the environment and taking the necessary steps towards a lighter carbon footprint. Today, we share information about Lithos Wine Farm. ‪#‎Solargeyserinstallation‬

You start being impressed with Lithos Wine Farm by first visiting their website (their story, their theme, their soil preparation, …) at www.lithos.co.za.  The second impressive part is driving towards this wine farm which offers you amazing views of the mountains, trees, fynbos vegetation and the sea. The third and most impressive part is their hospitality, award winning wines and amazing environment.  Be warned you won’t be able to resist acquiring some of their divine award winning wines after the cellar tour and wine tasting.

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I first visited Lithos Wine Farm during last year’s Helderberg wine festival and was so impressed with their hospitality, beautiful views and their award winning wines.  I simply had to purchase some of their wine and we keep it for special occasions – and life really offers so many special occasions!!

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You will notice the solar water heating panels on the roof which we installed for them during October 2014.  The solar geysers are hidden inside the roof and the benefit of solar geysers is that they are well insulated against temperature loss.  Both of these installed systems qualify for the Eskom rebate.

 These solar accessories on roofs are excellent indications of a home owner’s commitment towards using more environmentally friendly ways to heat their geyser water. Most of South Africa’s electricity is produced by burning coal, which has a major environmental and health impact.

Kindly contact Lithos Wine Farm at Tel: 021 858 1851 or info@lithos.co.za to book a wine tasting, so that they know to expect you.  Wine tasting can be arranged during the week from 9am to 4pm sildenafil 100mg price.

If you want more information about the solar geyser system installation, kindly contact Leon Needham at Cell: 0788933486, Email: Leon.Needham@SolarJuice.co.za or browse this website for more information.

Solar Juice services include the installation of:

As well as the following services:

  • Service of existing systems (solar geyser, ITS heat pumps, pool heating) ….…. more info
  • Adapt the settings on your geyserwise controller & also show you how to do to it yourself ….

To request a service or quote from us:

Kindly visit https://solarjuice.co.za/request-quote/ or email: Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za or call 083 384 3840

Solar Juice: Service area

Western Cape (Cape Town ,Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay, Kleinmond, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Malmesbury,Piketberg, Montagu,  …)  Please ask if unsure

Installing a solar geyser system for Fred tree services in Somerset West

Installing a solar geyser system for Fred’s tree services in Somerset West has been a highlight for us.  We like to share our experiences when installing solar for other businesses and also to share information about the service provided by these businesses. The mutual interest is caring for the environment and taking the necessary steps towards a healthier environment.  

You can call Leon from Solar Juice at C:083 384 3840   Web: https://solarjuice.co.za/request-quote/  email: Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za 

#‎Solargeyserinstallation‬

Today, we share information about Fred’s tree services.

Fred Lewis (also known as Dr Tree) is no stranger to heights and shows his satisfaction after inspecting his newly installed solar water heating system with the Helderberg Mountain forming a beautiful background.

Installing a solar geyser system for Fred tree services in Somerset West

About Fred and Fred’s Tree Services:

Fred is well-known for his compassion and work with trees under his company name:  Fred’s Tree Services.  They specialise in the pruning, felling and chipping of trees.  Fred is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture and boasts with German qualifications.

Fred has registered various trees as national monuments in order to save the beautiful trees from being cut down.  That is a brilliant showcase of his commitment towards the environment and also with this step to move from a coal-based water heating solution to a solar based heating solution.

This solar water heating system is a natural flow (thermo siphon) system, where the geyser is located higher than the panel.  The investment in a solar water heater (geyser) system is one of the best investments, since you save considerably on your monthly electricity bill and it reduces pollution.  Electricity load shedding won’t bother Fred after a long day at work, he will be able to relax with a hot shower.

You can contact Fred at Fred’s Tree Services at Cell: 083-264-5442 or landline: 021-851-0497.

Solar Juice services includes the installation of:

As well as the following services:

  • Service of existing systems (solar geyser, ITS heat pumps, pool heating) ….…. more info
  • Adapt the settings on your geyserwise controller & also show you how to do to it yourself ….

To request a service or quote from us:

Kindly visit https://solarjuice.co.za/request-quote/ or email: Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za or call 083 384 3840

Solar Juice: Service area

Western Cape (Cape Town ,Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay, Kleinmond, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Malmesbury,Piketberg, Montagu,  …)  Please ask if unsure

Solar Juice installs at Eskom Sere Wind Farm

We (Solar Juice) had the privilege to install 2 solar water heating systems on the building at Sere Wind farm, outside Koekenaap (near Vredendal) which is about 350km from Cape Town. (The Sere Wind Farm is Eksom’s first large-scale renewable energy project and this is the first major step in a drive to reduce SA’s heavy reliance on coal to generate electricity). 

This was quite an exciting project to be involved in.  The work safety measures are very strict and well communicated beforehand. It is great to see that the first 7 of the total 46 wind turbines came into action on 10 Oct. 2014. These 7 turbine generators produces close to 16MW power.  This is enough to light up about 30,000 households. An excellent start for this project.

Solar Juice installs at Eskom Sere Wind Farm

Solar Juice installs 2 solar geyser systems at Eskom Sere Wind Farm

Eskom lowers its carbon footprint with this project:

The 2 Solar Geyser systems will help Eskom by storing the sun’s energy in the geyser water (heat) for utilisation when required.  A 200 liter electrical geyser would have resulted in the burning of at least a 1000kg of coal annually to generate electricity and would have resulted in 4.5 tonnes of harmful CO2 and other gasses to be released into the air every year.  This way, and especially with the wind turbines, Eskom is lowering their carbon footprint in this amazing new project.

Sere Wind farm connects to national grid in South Africa

Posted by: ESI Africa October 17, 2014

The construction of the Sere wind farm reached new heights this week with the energising of the transformers of the first string of seven wind turbine generators, a move that paved the way for Eskom to commence with the final commissioning of these turbines.

“I am sure that the team will continue with the same drive and commitment until all 46 wind turbines are in operation,” said Eskom Chief Executive Officer, Tshediso Matona, chief executive officer of Eskom, South Africa’s utility.

Sere wind farm is Eskom’s first large-scale renewable energy project, and forms part of the utility’s commitment to renewable energy and reducing its carbon footprint.

Eskom’s senior general manager for renewables, Ayanda Nakedi, said: “Last Friday (10th October 2014) we synchronised the first seven wind turbines to the national grid, adding 4.4MW as part of the final testing and commissioning process. The achievement of this milestone is in line with our target date of December 2014 and we remain on track to be in full commercial operation by end March 2015”.

Once completed, the plant will add 100MW to the national grid and contribute to saving nearly 6-million tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the 20 years expected operating life, with average annual energy production of about 298 000MWh, enough to supply about 124 000 standard homes.

“Wind conditions have been favourable, and this past Monday, the Sere wind farm was contributing 15.7MW to the national grid,” said Nakedi

The R2.5-billion wind farm will also help diversify Eskom’s energy mix and contribute to South Africa’s objective of meeting 42% of the country’s power demand with renewable energy sources by 2030.

Matona expressed his appreciation for the work and progress achieved, “My thanks go out to the entire team for enabling us to reach this most significant of milestones. This milestone has been achieved through close co-ordination between various departments in Eskom and our contractors. This is evidence of what we can achieve as an organisation when we work together.”

Describing Sere Wind Farm

Sere Wind Farm is Eskom’s first full scale renewable energy project, situated on the Western Cape Province of South Africa, located north-west of Vredendal, approximately 350 km north of Cape Town. It sits on a 3 700 hectare plot of land in Skaapvlei near the town of Koekenaap Eskom’s Sere Wind Farm will comprise 46 Siemens 2.3-108 wind turbine generators. The project includes construction of a new substation and 44 km of 132 kV distribution line linking the new Skaapvlei substation to the existing Juno substation.

Solar Juice services include the installation of:

As well as the following services:

  • Service of existing systems (solar geyser, ITS heat pumps, pool heating) ….…. more info
  • Adapt the settings on your geyserwise controller & also show you how to do to it yourself ….

To request a service or quote from us:

Kindly visit https://solarjuice.co.za/request-quote/ or email: Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za or call 083 384 3840

Solar Juice: Service area

Western Cape (Cape Town ,Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay, Kleinmond, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Malmesbury,Piketberg, Montagu,  …)  Please ask if unsure

Nice weather, cold pool water!? Heating your swimming pool – how does it work?

Nice weather, cold pool water!? Heating your swimming pool – how does it work?

Heating your swimming pool

The cold water from your swimming pool is pumped through the solar pool heating panels which are installed on the roof of your house (on the north facing side of the roof). The heated water from the panels is redirected through a closing valve back into the existing piping leading back to your pool. The water is circulated for the whole time while the pump is running. Your existing pool pump is used, therefore no additional cost is incurred.

You want to have your solar pool heating panels installed on the roof of a double storey house…. please note!

We recommend a 1,1 kWh pool pump for best results. This is not to say that the 0,75 kWh pump will not work but rather that the solar system efficiency will be reduced by using a 0.75 kWh pump.

How many panels do you need for solar pool heating?

Measure the length and width of your pool. For example (4 meters x 8 meters = 32 meters) divided by 3.6 will indicate that you would need a north facing area for 9 panels of 1.2 meters in width and 3 meters in length.

If your pool pump is faulty and needs to be replaced?

Hint: Keep in mind that the higher the watts, the more electricity your pump will use. A 0.75kW pump is sufficient for most swimming pools (for both the pool cleaning/filtering and circulating the water through the solar heating panels).  If you are unsure, you are welcome to give us a call.

We also offer heat pumps for swimming pool heating:

We also offer heat pumps as a solution where the solar pool heating won’t suffice (where a much higher temperature is required during winter months).

Solar Juice services include the installation of:

As well as the following services:

  • Service of existing systems (solar geyser, ITS heat pumps, pool heating) ….…. more info
  • Adapt the settings on your geyserwise controller & also show you how to do to it yourself ….

To request a service or quote from us:

Kindly visit https://solarjuice.co.za/request-quote/ or email: Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za or call 083 384 3840

Solar Juice: Service area

Western Cape (Cape Town ,Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay, Kleinmond, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Malmesbury,Piketberg, Montagu,  …)  Please ask if unsure

 

A myth? Saving with solar water heating or heat pump

A myth? Saving with solar water heating or heat pump

Air polution vs clean energy solutions

It is believed that the earth receives more energy each hour from the sun than the world can use in a full year. In spite of this, South Africa generates 77% or more of our electricity by burning millions of tonnes of coal each year …. imagine the pollution effect on our natural resources: air, water, soil and ……the resultant health effect!! Continue reading

Eskom rebate : Major shift awaits in 2014/2015

Eskom rebate : Major shift awaits in 2014/2015

Solar panels heating the geyser water with the sun’s energy

We have seen various changes since the inception of the rebate (money paid to the consumer by ESKOM) since 2008 and the latest change is expected to have quite an impact on the solar water heating industry. Continue reading

Solar water heating at Tre Donne Estate (near Somerset West / Sir Lowry’s Pass Village)

A second opportunity!!

A big THANK YOU to our dedicated clients of the past 6 years and new future clients. It is so great when your clients call on you to be of service for a second or third time.

Today’s repeat service: We are installing a solar geyser system near Somerset-West (Tre-donne Estate) for a client who made use of our services first in 2012.

Extract from our client’s previous email: “Dear Leon, You installed a solar geyser at our home in July 2012 and your service was great!! We are now ready to get a quote and discuss the details of a new system for my mum’s house that we are building on the same property”.

Water heating system design: What and how?

The system design depends on:

  • the requirements of the client (hot water consumption, whether the geyser must be outside on the roof or inside the roof, etc) and on
  • the structure of the building (whether the geyser can be located higher than the panels; if there is enough roof space, etc.).
  • Some clients prefer a heat pump while others prefer a solar water heater. 

In this instance, the geyser is located higher (inside the roof), than the panels (outside on the roof). This enables a natural water flow and does not require with a pump.

Solar water heating at Tre Donne Estate (near Somerset West / Sir Lowry's Pass Village)

Solar panel optimally capturing the sun’s energy to store in the geyser water

 

 

 

 

Solar Juice services include the installation of:

As well as the following services:

  • Service of existing systems (solar geyser, ITS heat pumps, pool heating) ….…. more info
  • Adapt the settings on your geyserwise controller & also show you how to do to it yourself ….

To request a service or quote from Solar Juice:

Kindly visit https://solarjuice.co.za/request-quote/ or email: Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za or call 083 384 3840

Solar Juice: Service area

Western Cape (Cape Town ,Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay, Kleinmond, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Malmesbury,Piketberg, Montagu,  …)  Please ask if unsure

Are you building a new house and need a quote for a solar geyser/heat pump or pool heating?

During constructionLet us help you in this regard – it is what we love to do.

Your architect will make you aware of the following legislation:

Extract from Government Gazette: 9 September 2011.

“New Building Regulations (for new buildings) – with effect from 10 November 2011.

XA2 At least 50% (volume fraction) of the annual average hot water heating requirement shall be provided by means other than electrical resistance heating including but not limited to solar heating, heat pumps, heat recovery from other systems or processes and renewable combustible fuel.”
 

You are welcome to email your building plans to us at Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za so that we can provide you with a quotation. We’ll consult with you to get all the necessary information in order to give you a quote which is suitable for your home.

In this picture, the geyser is colour coded and will match the roof at the back when completed. You can also choose whether you want the geyser on the roof or inside the roof.  We can discuss the various options with you – this will help you to make an informed decision.