Solar Water Heaters (SWHs) for Low-income Housing in Peri-Urban Areas

Project Summary

This 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.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
South Africa
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Department of Minerals and Energy, Government of South Africa
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
727,500 USD
Co-financing Total
4,702,500 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
Total Cost 5,430,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
22 Sep 1999
Project Approved for Implementation
07 Jan 2000
Project closed
31 Dec 2010