keyboard_arrow_upSESSA Applauds Queen’s Research Into Solar
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The Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA) has applauded two researchers from Queen’s University in Canada, who have made a significant breakthrough in solar technology. Their research has led to a new solar photovoltaic thermal (PVT) system that generates both electricity and heat.

keyboard_arrow_upSchools benefit from solar energy
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Selected Energy, a member of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA), has installed Solahart solar water heating systems at the Martie du Plessis School in Bloemfontein in the Free State and at the Save the Children Centre in Tjakastad, Mpumalanga.  Martie du Plessis School, established in 1985, caters for schoolchildren with special needs, from Grade R to Grade 12. The school was looking for a solar water heating solution that would provide sufficient hot water to meet the requirements in its three boarding houses, which accommodate about 150 pupils, and nine flats, which house school personnel. Selected Energy supplied and installed 26 solar water heaters to the school. In the first phase of the project 21 systems were installed, delivering a total of 6 069 litres of hot water, daily, for the boarding houses. A further five systems were installed in the second phase, to supply hot water to the flats.

keyboard_arrow_upSolar water heating for Qunu Clinic
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Sunwater for Life, an initiative of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA), has provided two solar water heating systems to Qunu Clinic in the Eastern Cape. The new solar water heating systems will help to free up funds the clinic needs to better serve the 800 to 1 000 people it treats every month.  SESSA launched the Sunwater for Life programme to give organisations and industry donors the opportunity to improve the quality of life for those without access to hot running water by providing for the installation of solar water heating systems.

keyboard_arrow_upHeat pump industry joins sustainable energy forum
keyboard_arrow_downHeat pump industry joins sustainable energy forum

Following meetings of key heat pump industry stakeholders hosted by the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA) in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban during June, SESSA has been given the mandate to establish a national heat pump division.  A non-profit organisation dedicated to the creation and continued growth of renewable energy and energy efficiency, SESSA already represents more than 500 members through its solar water heating division and an additional 120 through its solar photovoltaic division. Other SESSA initiatives include opportunity builders like Young SESSA, solar cooking and Sunpower for Life.  Establishing a heat pump division will create a voice for the industry and facilitate the expansion of more energy-efficient technology as well as supporting SESSA’s endeavours to create a low carbon society.

keyboard_arrow_upCape Town office for solar water heating
keyboard_arrow_downCape Town office for solar water heating

The Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa: Solar Water Heating (SESSA SWH) has opened an office in Cape Town to help achieve its vision of installing one square metre of solar collector per person by 2020, among other goals. SESSA was founded in 1974 as a non-profit organisation dedicated to the creation and continued growth of an authoritative renewable energy hub in Southern Africa. It is the appointed Africa office of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), which is regarded as the premier body in solar energy worldwide with members in over 100 countries.

keyboard_arrow_upAn ombudsman for the solar water heating industry
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The appointment of an ombudsman for the solar water heating industry marks a big step forward in ensuring that the industry delivers on consumer expectations and meets stringent quality standards. The new ombudsman, Colin Bain, who represents the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa’s Solar Water Heating division (SESSA SWH), is responsible for investigating complaints against companies operating in the solar water heating sector as well as those against consumers. SESSA SWH is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the creation and continued growth of an authoritative renewable energy hub. With about 500 solar water heating divisional members across South Africa, it strives to enhance the growth of the renewable energy sector in Southern Africa and to attract investment to the industry, for the benefit of all South Africans and the environment.

keyboard_arrow_upRevised rebates for solar water heating
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SESSA, the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa, has highlighted Eskom’s recent review of the rebates available to customers installing solar water heating systems. Eskom started its solar rebate programme in 2008, as an incentive for South African citizens to switch to solar water heating. From the outset, the Solar Water Heating division of SESSA (SESSA SWH) worked with Eskom to ensure that standards of equipment and installation were upheld. One of the criteria for eligibility for a rebate was that the installer of the system be a member of SESSA SWH.