The utility has confirmed the power stations have less than three weeks of supply left and some even have less than 10 days in their reserves.
Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says: “We don’t want to mislead people and create unnecessary panic. At the time, we also don’t want to create a sense of comfort. All we can say is that the risk of load shedding is always there, but we’re managing it.”
An electrical geyser can contribute between 40% and 60% towards your monthly electricity bill, depending on your household’s hot water consumption. We at Solar Juice can retrofit your existing electrical geyser with solar and enable you to help lower the pressure on Eskom’s coal crisis. Many households use only the sun to heat their geyser water from October to March (depending on the weather).
Converting your electrical geyser to solar is definitely contributing towards lowering our country’s carbon footprint one solar geyser at a time and it releases the pressure on the much needed coal resources during this time of crisis.
Solar Juice would love to help you make the best of the sun’s amazing energy. Our service delivery area: Western Cape (Helderberg, Boland, Cape Town, Overberg, Winelands, Breede Valley, Swartland).
A new client contacted us to do a Solar geyser installation in Somerset West. This is in the Rome Glen area for a separate section of their house. We also *serviced their existing solar geyser system. Our client indicated the exact positions where he wanted the solar panel and geyser to be installed. He definitely did his homework to get the optimal benefit from the sun.
Beautiful indigenous garden at our solar geyser installation site
Solar geyser installation Somerset West
Installation of a thermosiphon system
We installed this solar geyser system as a thermosiphon system. A thermosyphon system is when the geyser is installed higher than the solar panel and therefore ensures natural water flow. (The system doesn’t need a pump to circulate the hot water from the panel to the geyser). A thermosiphon system requires the lowest maintenance of all the systems – we advise our clients to contact us after 4 to 5 years to service the system.
We definitely cherish the view from this indigenous garden in Rome Glen.
This family has an indigenous garden and all their household’s hot water needs are met by the installation of solar water heaters (geysers). This combined action ensures low electricity consumption as well as low water consumption (indigenous gardens requires little extra water). These actions ensures savings on both water and electricity bills.
Our view during the solar geyser installation.
Solar panel for solar water heating system
Indigenous garden at solar geyser installation site
Indigenous garden at solar geyser installation site
*More about he service of an existing solar geyser system:
Our work includes:
Check if geyser and solar panel(s) are still working correctly. If we find problems and it is still under guarantee, then the suppliers are contacted. If outside guarantee period, we’ll quote on repairs where possible;
Clean the surface of the solar panel (for more efficiency);
Flush the solar panel to drain possible build-up of mineral and other deposits;
Check and reseal where pipes enter the roof;
Check that the element is working correctly and that the timer is set correctly.
Explain the settings of the timer if needed (clients may want to alter the settings for winter and summer months or for when they have guests).
Work excludes: (can be included after discussion with solar geyser owner)
Replacement of lagging around the pipes (as you know lagging helps to prevent heat loss). If the lagging needs to be replaced, we’ll contact you while on site and discuss.
Any extra work to be done (we’ll contact you when on site and discuss).
Time at your house: 60+ minutes
Cost: Somerset West area: R750 (incl VAT) for 2016.
Many of our clients are now ready for their pool heating installation to extend their swim season.
This solar pool heating installation has just been done in Franschhoek. This town is probably one of the favourite places to work or stay or to visit as a tourist – especially during this time of year when spring is in the air and all gets excited about new life with so many trees covered in blossoms and their fragrances being so welcoming and exciting.
Extended swim season in Franschhoek
This family is looking forward to their heated pool and Jacuzzi. We installed 12 solar panels to heat their swimming pool and this enables them an extended swimming season and getting a nice tan in time for the summer holidays!! Yay!!
For a FREE quote, kindly complete an online quote request at www.solarjuice.co.za or CALL: 083 384 3840
“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.
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.”
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 →
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 →
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 panel optimally capturing the sun’s energy to store in the geyser water
If your geyser’s size is too small/big for your household’s needs, Professores it will impact negatively on your potential Jesus monthly electricity savings. We at Solar Juice visit your house/premises (Cape wholesale mlb jerseys Town and surrounds) for a near free on-site discussion and cheap nfl jerseys quotation as was the case with this Kuils installation outside Wellington.
During the installation, we had visitors!! Small and cute and friendly.
Our Solar Juice team saw live crocodiles for the first time in their lives today when we installed a solar geyser system at Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm near Klapmuts. It was definitely a day to remember. Lots of activities www.lebonheurcrocfarm.co.za