NMMU to conduct social survey on solar home system project

NOVEMBER 10, 2014

The metro has signed an agreement with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) to conduct two surveys at sites selected for non-grid solar home systems in informal settlements.

A report to the Infrastructure, Engineering and Energy Committee says that the first survey will be conducted before the solar home systems have been installed and the second six months after installation.

The report says the main aim of the survey is “to determine the knowledge and understanding of a 12 volt photovoltaic system as well as the impact that the system has on residents”.

Nelson Mandela Bay has been selected as one of the first municipalities in the country and has been allocated R22 million for non-grid solar home systems in informal dwellings as a pilot project.

The first phase of the project is expected to consist of approximately 3 000 installations with the basic PV system consisting of one PV panel, a battery, charge controller, four LED lights with switches and a 12V car cigarette lighter socket mobile for use as a phone charger. If additional funding becomes available cooking appliances such as GEL stoves could possibly also be provided.

The report says that in addition approximately 50 solar power street lights/floodlights will be installed.

The contract will run for three years from the date the tender for the project is adjudicated and the first phase should be completed within seven months. - metrominutes


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