South Africa 'to benefit from solar water heater manufacturing plant'
29 November 2010
Energy infrastructure is to be improved in South Africa with the announcement that a 40 million rand (£3.6 million) manufacturing facility for solar water heaters has been launched.
The project will lead to the creation of between 80 and 110 jobs for the area, while it is the first renewable energy sector investor to be located in the East London Industrial Development Zone.
It will be called Matla Solar Water Heating and the machinery developed will be for both domestic and industrial usage.
Andy Bin-Chi Lu, general manger of the location, said: "With the technology and expertise we have based on our current partnerships, we will be able to produce on a large scale locally which will lower the costs for customers."
It comes after it was announced a renewable energy scheme has been launched in Nigeria - with the African Development Bank giving its backing to the plan and pledging $250 million (£156 million).