Condor Solar News Blog

End of the road for Eskom Solar Geyser Rebate Programme

Eskom has given notice to consumers that it will no longer be responsible for the future implementation, funding and management of the solar geyser and water heating rebate programme (both high and low pressure).

Eskom is in the process of handing over the responsibility for the solar rebate programme to the Department of Energy (DoE).

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Forget Santa, give yourself a present.

Use that hard-earned bonus for a Condor Solar Geyser and get a 10% discount for any Solar Water Heating System ordered before the end of February 2015.

This will save you between 30 and 50 percent of your electricity bill every month and will pay for itself within 3 years.

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Global solar pv installed capacity to more than treble by 2020

The global cumulative installed capacity of solar PV modules will more than treble from 135.66GW in 2013 to 413.98GW by 2020, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The company’s latest report states that emerging economies in Asia-Pacific, South and Central America and the Middle East and Africa are expected to be the major markets in the future, due to an increasing focus on renewable energy proliferation to fuel economic growth.

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Reducing Costs in Cape Town Retirement Villages with Solar Water Heating

Condor Solar, in conjunction with Cape Town Solar Energy system supplier SunScan, have been installing SunScan 150 litre evacuated tube solar water heating systems on cottages in Pinewood Village.

Pinewood Village consists of almost 200 1, 2 and 3 bedroom cottages situated in the heart of the “Garden City” of Pinelands Cape Town.

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Solar water heating for guesthouses

Condor Solar in conjunction with Future Comfort have installed 5 x 150 litre SolarMAX retrofit solar water heating systems at a guesthouse in Tamboerskloof Cape Town.

This features a pumped, flat plate, retrofit solution where the solar collectors sit unobtrusively on the roof, while the kwikot solar geysers are hidden inside the roof.

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Reducing the high cost of living with solar water heating

Westridge Estate in Mitchells Plain is the site of the latest collaboration between Future Comfort and Condor Solar.

The first 3 of potentially 145 new houses were fitted with 150 litre high pressure thermo syphon flat plate hot water heating systems in November 2014.

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Everything you need to know about Solar Water Heating in Cape Town

Solar Water Heating Systems (SWH) are a renewable energy technology that heats cold water using the sun’s energy. The solar energy is absorbed by the panels or collectors, usually installed on top of the roof, and heats cold water.

Solar water heaters are a form of thermal heating, which relies on the direct energy emitted by the sun.

This is in contrast to other Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems which convert the sun’s energy into electricity.

Solar Water Heating Systems are a good investment, especially for households with a monthly electricity bill exceeding R1200. 

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Electricity supply security - Solar electricity generation versus Eskom dependence

In 2008 rolling blackouts became part of the South African reality.

Compounding this, recent failures in the Eskom infrastructure and supply have added to an already critical electricity supply situation.

It is also emerging that even with new power stations in the pipeline, Eskom will be unable to overcome critical power supply constraints for at least the next 10-15 years, and the cost of power will have to increase dramatically in order for the country to be able to do so.

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Is your roof suitable for a Solar PV installation?

There are a few considerations when deciding whether your roof is suitable for a solar PV installation.

This is one of the reasons why it it important to have a solar energy professional provide a thorough assessment of your roof.

- Roof size
- Structural integrity of the roof
- Roof orientation and shade
- Correct angle depending on the latitude

The above factors must all be considered.

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Solar Water Heating Systems - Savings Case Study

We shall reduce your electricity bill with a customized solar water heating solution tailored to your particular needs and budget.

Each installations’ savings and ROI (return on investment) differ, but we shall calculate and advise you of your savings forecast before commencing your job.

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