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Combined legislative and financial mechanisms for solar water heater mass rollout

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A solar water heater (SWH) project funded by REEEP and run by Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) has already made progress towards establishing SWH businesses throughout South Africa. However one of the main barriers to these businesses upscaling is the lack of supportive legislation which would help minimise their risk. Following input from the previous REEEP project the City of Cape Town SWH bylaw process is on track again. This legislation will require new buildings and alterations to install SWHs. The City of Ekurhuleni is also planning to develop similar legislation.


To support South African provincial and local governments in moving SWH legislation forward and to continue the development of a combined framework of legislation sound business models and additional government support to promote the large-scale rollout of SWHs in South Africa.


Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA)