TECHNOLOGY: These Hospitals Are Sunning
Recent Western Cape Business News
SUNTANK, the solar heating company, in partnership with architects, consulting engineers and building contractors has completed two commercial size solar heating installation for government hospitals.
Hospitals consume large amounts of thermal energy and are normally ideally suited for solar thermal installations. The solar hospitals are in Worcester and Germiston.
The solar energy systems are designed to achieve a significant reduction in the energy consumption of the hospitals and enable them to reduce peak electricity load.
Yoram Gur Arie, SunTank’s managing director commented: “Government’s commitment to the rollout of solar water heating installations is showing gradual improvements with visions slowly turning into programs.”
“The rebate scheme for domestic solar geysers largely failed to spark the demand hoped for, with the majority of the installations going as a once-off low-cost giveaway rather than sustainable demand. However, sustainable demand is also on the rise and we hope that lessons have been learnt and that future policies will prove more successful and sustainable.”
As higher electricity prices start sinking in, government and private sector institutions are starting to deal with conversions from electric power into solar power with a noticeable sense of urgency. The bottom line is starting to hurt in a way that can no longer be ignored.
Lack of awareness is still playing a negative role, with Eskom and other operators sending confused messages to the market-place concerning heat pumps, making some decision makers believe that heat pumps are an alternative to solar heating rather than presenting them as what they really are, an efficient alternative to electric elements and a reasonably good backup option for solar heating systems.
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