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Detail of GEF Project #805

GEF Project ID805
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameSolar Water Heaters (SWHs) for Low-income Housing in Peri-Urban Areas
CountrySouth Africa
Focal AreaClimate Change
Operational Program6
Approval Date2000-01-07
GEF Agency Approval Date2003-12-03
Project Completion Date2008-06-30
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyDepartment of Minerals and Energy, Government of South Africa
DescriptionThis project aims to provide parallel support to a Solar Water Heater business plan in South Africa in order to overcome market barriers for widespread use of SWHs. The plan was designed and negotiated as part of the application of the FINESSE strategy in South Africa where 9000 solar water heaters are to be installed over 5 years in a low-income housing peri-urban upgrade. The parallel activities, contingent on the business plan, provide specific support to the business plan but predominantly engineer a change in the market environment for SWHs nationally.
Implementation StatusThe South African Solar Water Heating (SWH) market has considerable potential to leverage electricity savings, increase employment opportunities, improve electricity demand management and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Although a wide range of products is available on the market, the industry is faced with severe limitations in terms of SWH standardization, awareness, affordability and financing, which ultimately prevents widespread technology adaptation. The project is aimed at addressing the barriers to the solar water heater market in South Africa. The target of rolling-out 500 systems has been accomplished and, most importantly, ESKOM (the sole SA power utility) has set a target which involves the installation of 1 million solar water heaters in the country within the next five years – to which they are prepared to contribute 2 billion ZAR approximately US$ 300 million). Preparations are underway for the Terminal Evaluation for the project.
GEF Project Grant
727,500 USD
GEF Grant
727,500 USD
Cofinancing Total
4,702,500 USD
Project Cost
5,430,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
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