Solar Water Heaters for the Poor South Africa

by Magnus De Jongh
(Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa)

My organisation received a contract for the supply and installation of Solar Water Heaters to the poor of Hessequa Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa. We did a proper analysis and registered 5140 households.

We started training 6 youths and as part of the training they installed 60 units for Aged, identified by the Municipality (see attached pictures)

We have proposed a 100L low pressure solar geyser available for established low cost houses. The geyser comes with a 5 year guarantee, has no electrical back-up element and is SABS and ESKOM approved.

We also suggested to the municipality to identify from their established database, a workforce that we will train and remunerate to install the systems.

We will endeavor to train and equip individuals from the local community to perform the installation of solar water geysers and to remain as an active business in the area to oversee maintenance on these systems.

In order to proceed and make this project a success, we urgently need grant funding.

Sounds like a good project.

You may like to try the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

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