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USA: SHC Alliance Board to Represent all Technologies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 11, 2016
Ed MurrayThe Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance within the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has had an extended board since February 2016. Five industry representatives declared their candidacy and were subsequently elected: Bill Guiney from Artic Solar, Bob Leckinger from FAFCO, Les Nelson from IAPMO and Victoria Hollick from Conserval will join Mick Humphreys from Apricus until the end of this year. “We need to have representatives across all technologies of SHC,” Ed Murray explains the decision to extend the board (see photo on the left). Murray has been chair of the SHC Alliance since November 2015 as well as CEO and President of California-based system supplier Aztec Solar. His vice chair is Adam Chrisman, Vice President of Manufacturing & Engineering at SunEarth. The outreach officer/treasurer is Eileen Prado, Executive Director of the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation.

Great Britain: Can the UK solar thermal market recover from its terminal decline?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 4, 2013

For almost a year now, the UK government has been recording statistics on all the subsidised renewable heating and electricity installations. It is now possible to compare the success of the subsidies for different technologies using the peak power rating. The chart shows the cumulative peak power for non-household projects within the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Solar thermal has had a poor performance with only 1 MW installed capacity since 2010, which represents less than 1 % of all RHI-subsidised renewable heat installations. This is no surprise because the number of UK sales by square metre of collector area has been in decline since mid-2011.
Source: Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)

USA: Watts to Introduce Solar Station for Collector Fields of up to 400 m²

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 29, 2012

US-American manufacturer Watts, a Watts Water Technologies Company, is planning to extend its solar product range. Among other things, the company is going to offer a new solar pumping station for larger commercial systems. The FlowBox Solar for collector fields of up to 100 m² (FBS 1000NA), which entered the European market two years ago, will be available in the US through Kingspan Solar in early 2013 and will also be shown at Solar Power International in Orlando, Florida. “We want to increase our visibility in the growing commercial segment,” Alex Green, Solar Technical Manager at Watts in North America, explains. Watts is the second solar component supplier after German supplier PAW GmbH & Co KG which will offer a German solar station development for larger systems on the US market. The photo shows the LCD plus controller – developed in Europe and produced in France - which has been available in the USA for four years.

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