Freeman Razemba Senior Reporter
The government is considering formulating a legislative framework that would prohibit the use of electric geysers in homes and institutional buildings as it urges citizens to adopt solar thermal technologies. According to the government, it will help save and reduce the current energy import bill.
When the Energy and Energy Minister Dr Joram Gumbo said yesterday in an interview on the launch of the STTRIP Plan and Solar Technology Implementation Plan (STTRIP) in the agriculture sector, the use of solar driers to maintain revenue can help to increase the shelf life of the food, the nutrient concerned.
"The hotel industry can also use solar water heating and solar heating," he said. "Solar water heaters can also be used in a number of applications, including preheating of water in the industrial sector.
"It is our choice: either to continue paying huge electricity bills simultaneously polluting the environment or taking solar water heaters to reduce operating costs and save the environment.
"My ministry is considering formulating a legislative framework that would prohibit the use of geysers in homes and other institutional buildings, which can help the ministry achieve its intended goal of installing at least 250,000 solar geysers by 2030, as stated in the Renewable Energy Policy."
Dr. Gumbo said STTRIP was initiated by the South African Initiative for Solar Thermal Preparation and Demonstration (SOLTRAIN) and the Ministry of Energy and Energy Development.
Soltrain is funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
Dr. Gumbo in Sadci said that the project was run with partner countries, including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia.
He said that STTRIP supported the government's vision of reaching the target by 2030, and to achieve this goal it was necessary to raise the standard of living of citizens and gross national income per capita, and energy plays a key role in this respect.
"Delivering solar thermal energy for heating and cooling through this travel map will help the government achieve its goal as well as energy savings that can then be directed to other industries in the economy," Dr. Gumbo.
He said there was a difference in demand and supply in the country and that the deficit is a threat to the vision of the middle-income economy.
Dr. Gumbo has said that energy supplies are also predominant fossil fuels, which are environmentally unsustainable with accompanying global warming and the effects of climate change.
He said that when the country is heading for cleaner energy sources, it has been necessary to decarbonise energy supplies by adopting renewable energy sources that include solar thermal energy.
Dr. Gumbo has called on educational institutions to meet the challenge of supporting research and development of solar thermal technologies that can be produced locally while the industry manages commercialization and production while financial institutions provide support through different funding models.