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Electric geysers will have to incorporate solar heating by 2010 in all new houses valued at over R750 000, or larger than 300 square metres, Parliament heard on Wednesday.
This would also apply to commercial buildings, hostels, resorts and shopping centres, the Department of Minerals and Energy told Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Energy.
Additional geyser insulation was also required for such structures, said the department's chief director for electricity, Ompi Aphane.
These regulations would be in place "no later than 2010".
All electric geysers also had to be fitted with a switch enabling Eskom to remotely turn them off.
Department of Public Enterprises director general Portia Molefe said it was looking at replacing about two million electric geysers in the country with solar ones, which would save about 1 300 MW.
Additional information: Read the full story at EngineeringNews website
News date: 05/03/2008