The deployment of solar water heater (“SWH”) systems was identified in the South African National Energy Efficiency Strategy of 2005 as integral to improving energy utilisation in South Africa. Following the closure of the previous programme delivery model, the Department of Energy (DoE) has subsequently initiated a strategic revision of the programme rollout methodology.
In pursuit of the 2030 SWH target contained in the National Development Plan, the national SWH programme envisages the procurement, supply, installation and maintenance of up to 1.25 million SWHs by 2019 in residential dwellings throughout South Africa. These SWH systems are to be supplied, installed and maintained on a free-issue basis whilst provision is also made for accelerated deployment of partially-subsidised SWH systems as contemplated hereunder.
The nation SWH programme therefore comprises three (03) broad streams.
The objectives of the NSWH Programme include, but are not limited to:
Through a competitive bidding process, DoE is implementing separate procurement processes for the supply, installation and related services under the SWH programme. Bidders and potential bidders can participate in the Bid Submission Phases that are communicated through a Request for Bids (RFB) and associated schedules. Bid documents are available for free from the national SWH programme website.
No hard copies of the bid documents are available at DoE.
The programme implementation approach enables DoE to amend and/or review the RFB as and when the need arises. In this regard announcements are made through issuance of Briefing Notes that are accessible on this website. Interested parties (bidders and potential bidders) are encouraged to continuously monitor Notices and Alerts section of this website.