keyboard_arrow_upBelgotex install largest array of roof-mounted solar panels in SA
keyboard_arrow_downBelgotex install largest array of roof-mounted solar panels in SA

Installation of 12 000m2 (1.2 hectares) of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels commenced at the Belgotex Floorcoverings factory in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal in July and upon completion is expected to generate around one megawatt hour of electricity.

keyboard_arrow_upFirst acoustic simulation tests to determine noise impact of Tsitsikamma Wind Farm project
keyboard_arrow_downFirst acoustic simulation tests to determine noise impact of Tsitsikamma Wind Farm project

Cennergi conducts Continent’s first acoustic simulation tests to determine noise impact of its Tsitsikamma Wind Farm project.

keyboard_arrow_upHeat pumps deliver energy savings
keyboard_arrow_downHeat pumps deliver energy savings

Specialist in energy solutions, Thermowise, has launched a range of environmentally friendly air-to-water heat pumps which meets the requirements of Eskom’s specifications to enable users to qualify for various rebates.  Bronwynn Fine, Thermowise sales director, says, “Although heat pump technology has been in existence for over 50 years, Thermowise has implemented new features that set these pumps apart from conventional heat pumps. The heat pumps offer an energy-efficient water heating system that is gentle on the environment and uses about a third of the electricity normally required with standard electric-resistance water heating systems.

keyboard_arrow_upSchools benefit from solar energy
keyboard_arrow_downSchools benefit from solar energy

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
keyboard_arrow_downSolar water heating for Qunu Clinic

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_upTraining in solar water heating technologies
keyboard_arrow_downTraining in solar water heating technologies

The third SOLTRAIN technical training course was held in Pretoria in February. The objective behind SOLTRAIN (Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative), which is sponsored by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), is to contribute to the switch from a fossil fuel-based energy supply to a sustainable energy supply system based on renewable energies by building up training capacities and improving the quality, performance and lifetime of solar thermal systems.