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R500m approved for solar water heaters

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has recently agreed upon a sum of R500 million to install low pressure solar water heaters to homeowners that have already reaped the benefit as a result of government’s low cost housing programme.

The three-year roll out programme will most likely commence in the first quarter of this year and is particularly geared towards bringing down poverty levels by dramatically assisting homeowners save money on energy expenses, as well as at the same time leading to the lowering of carbon emissions.

Ekurhuleni executive mayor, Mondli Gungubele stated the particular programme was in fact an element of the National Solar Water Heating programme, unveiled in April this past year to have one million solar-water heaters placed in households throughout South Africa by 2014.

“The actual roll out of low pressure solar water heaters to low cost homeowners speaks to the core of our initiatives in order to save costs in respect most typically associated with the buying of electricity, as a consequence do something about poverty and underdevelopment,” said Gungubele.

Mayor of Ekurhuleni Municipality Mondli Gungubele

Simply by attempting to reach the 2014 intended target, Gungubele explained he was in fact self-assured and confident this will certainly greatly assist when it comes to achieving an additional national target of making sure that by 2013, 10 000 gigawatt-hours of final energy usage is supplied as a result of renewable energy.

The individuals and their families to reap the benefits because of the programme are in Daveyton, Etwatwa, Duduza, Kwa-Thema and Tsakane.

“Through process of moving over to solar water heating, every one of the houses within these regions could easily significantly help in reducing carbon emissions, a 150-litre solar-water heater, which is certainly sufficient for two to three people, can help to conserve 4.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity per day, and also 1.6 tons of carbon dioxide,” he was quoted saying.

At the same time, Gungubele stated that the metro is going to be placing a great deal more effort and hard work to bringing down the 121 000 number of households within proclaimed areas, that happen to be without electricity.

“All of us really should try to speed up the entire process of getting most of these households connected. This predicament necessitates that we operate differently and smarter,” he said.

The main focus areas include Palmridge Phase 2, Tinasonke, Eden Park, Extension 4 and Esselen Park.

Source: BuaNews