Innovative Israeli renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions to come to South Africa in MarchFebruary 14, 2012 at 10:39 am | Posted in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Israel, Renewable energy, Solar Water Heaters, South Africa | Leave a comment
Tags: demand side management, energy efficiency solutions, energy efficient lighting, Power and Electricity World Africa, solar water heater, Solar Water Heaters
South Africa continues to face a variety of challenges in terms of energy sustainability. Israel is a world leader in renewable energy and demand side management solutions. Israel has a 95% penetration with regards to solar water heaters.
The Embassy of Israel is proud to announce that we will be hosting 2 pavilions at Power & Electricity World Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre on 27 and 28 March 2012. The Renewable energy pavilions will be located on the renewable energy floor and the energy efficiency pavilion will be located on the power generation floor. The renewable energy pavilion will contain vendors in the solar technology field, consultants in wind and solar water heater manufacturers. The energy efficiency pavilion on the power generation floor will host a variety of energy efficiency solutions ranging from smart metering to energy efficient lighting solutions and other power saving solutions.
For more information or to schedule meetings please contact:
+27 11 783 9605
Never Too Late to Tell a Good Story:Israeli Energy Companies dominated Energy Conference in Johannesburg in MarchMay 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Posted in Africa, concentrated solar power, Energy, Environmental Technologies, export, Israel, Renewable energy, Solar Water Heaters, South Africa | Leave a comment
Tags: Israel, NERSA, Renewable energy, Sharon Kedmi, South Africa
My apology for the delay. It just has been a hectic period. too much work and too much public holidays – dangerous combination.
Just a week before a visit of 10 Israeli energy companies, the South African energy regulator, NERSA, decided to publish a consultation paper that aims at the slashing of the feed-in-tariffs by 20% to 40%. That was a blow to the efforts that we made and lots of companies did – not only from Israel. It seems to me that South Africa does the same mistakes Israel did, just few years ago (Israel is ahead than South Africa and has published the tenders for renewable energy generation).
The main two mistakes of the South African government are that they do not understand the importance of an aggressive promotion of the renewable energy projects in their first steps. Another problem is that different South African government entities do not speak in one voice. Israel did the same 2 mistakes at the beginning. But – as we gave it the necessary resources and government entities coordinated their efforts, the projects started running.
The Director General of the Ministry of Industry Trade and Labour of Israel, Mr. Sharon Kedmi, headed the delegation and spoke at the Cleantech day of Power & electricity World Africa said to his South African and African fellows: : you can make your own mistakes, but do not repeat ours – there is no point doing that!”.
The Israeli delegation included 10 companies in the areas of concentrated PV, PV panels, PV generators, solar water heating and more.
Tags: alternative energy, feed-in-tariff, Israel, Renewable energy, renewable energy technologies, Solar Water Heaters, solar Water Heating (SWH), South Africa, Southern Africa, the Trade Office of the Embassy of Israel
Due to its lack of oil reserves, Israel is completely dependent on expensive oil imports. In light of the country’s rapid economic and population growth, it has become challenging to supply its own peak electricity demands. These challenges are inspiring Israeli researchers and entrepreneurs to work on cutting-edge renewable energy technologies. It has led the government to introduce feed-in-tariffs, for large-scale solar power plants and for PV systems up to 50 kWp. That is in addition to the very successful use of solar water heaters by 95% of the households in the country. Full article.
Tags: Energy, Israel, Renewable energy, Solar Water Heaters, South Africa, Technology
Few days ago I visited the installation site of 117 solar water heaters on the roof of the Legacy hotel in Sandton. The Israeli-South African company Kayema installed equipment of the Israeli company Rand and has shown to everybody that it is possible! The Legacy hotel (still under construction) would be able to save about 16% of its energy costs. Full article.