Cape Town - Eskom is in talks with the insurance industry in a bid to get the industry to replace clients’ broken hot water geysers with solar water geysers.
If successful, the move could see the uptake of solar water geysers increase substantially, as the insurance industry replaces on average 200 000 to 300 000 broken electric geysers every year.
The insurance industry would then make use of Eskom’s rebate programme for solar water geysers, launched in 2008, which aims to install one million partially subsidised solar water geysers in the country by the end of 2013.
Andrew Etzinger, senior manager at Eskom, said to date they had installed 360 000 solar water heaters. This fell far short of the utility’s goal.
“The geyser replacement uptake of solar is not on a level we want. There are a lot of issues to be sorted out with the insurance industry, but we are in the final stages of discussion,” Etzinger said.