Government pushes need for solar energy

As part of its drive to ease the national grid by 10,000 Kilowatt-hours, government wants one million solar water heaters installed throughout South Africa. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG – As part of its drive to ease the national grid by 10,000 Kilowatt-hours, government plans to install a million solar water heaters throughout South Africa.

In 2008, government set a target of installing one million solar heaters in homes throughout South Africa by 2015.

So far, only 306,000 have been installed, forcing officials to push the deadline back another 18 months.

Now it wants 694,000 installed by 2015.

A neighbourhood in Alexandra had several hundred solar water heaters installed by the City of Johannesburg.

Over 242,000 were installed in parts of the country over the past five years.

Residents of RDP homes in Alexandra say that the geysers are already making a difference to many lives, compared to two years ago when the residents were paying electricity bills they couldn't afford or simply went without power.

James Shirley, chairman of Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa said that it still had a long way to go but government is making an effort.

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