Solar Water Heating 521.
(photo credit:M.O. Stevens)
Old water boilers will now join aging refrigerators, air conditioners and light
bulbs in the Energy and Water Ministry’s ongoing effort to subsidize the
replacement of electricity-guzzling machinery.
The ministry published a
tender on Wednesday seeking water heater providers to supply the replacement
models that will both be cost-effective and energy-efficient. The selected
suppliers will replace about 14,500 old electric water boilers throughout the
country with their solar counterparts.
The project will cost NIS 13
million, and the ministry will be subsidizing about 35 percent of the price of
the new systems.
Suppliers participating in the exchange project will be
responsible for providing installation and maintenance according to an
eight-year warranty, and will dismantle the old boilers and transfer them for
“We continue with consistency in an unprecedented process, in
which the government continues to assist its citizens in purchasing
energy-efficient appliances, with the goal of reducing consumption in favor of
the energy market security of Israel,” said Energy and Water Minister Uzi
“In this case, in addition to the double profit to the citizen –
once by a large subsidy in the price for purchasing a new solar boiler, and once
through annual savings on electric bills – we are advancing another step toward
the expansion of solar energy utilization.”
The project is intended for
apartments located within four floors from the roof, in buildings with no legal
impediment against installing solar heaters, the ministry stressed. Replacing
the boilers is expected to lead to energy savings of about NIS 26m.
kilowatt-hours per year, for a total savings of about NIS 260m. over the lives
of the products, estimated at eight to 10 years, according to the
Individually, customers should save about NIS 1,000 annually on
their water bills.
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