Theoretical Economic Potential of the Spanish Premium Tariff for Solar Thermal Power Plants (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 23, 2009

The Spanish legislation for the regulation of renewable energy (Royal Decree 661/2007) foresees two options for the plant operators to sell their electricity: either based on a flat-rate price or a premium tariff. The latter means that the operators will participate directly on the electricity market. This study from 2008 assesses the theoretical potentials of the premium tariff compared to the flat feed-in tariff.

Manufacturer Founds Air Collector Association SAHWIA

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 23, 2009

solar air collectors of Solarwall” Air collector companies exist very much in the shadows of the manufacturers of water collectors. Therefore a Solar Air Heating World Industry Association (SAHWIA) is necessary. But not all manufacturers are pleased with the procedure that lead to the association’s founding. Photo: Solarwall

Basel-Country: At Least 50 % Solar Share in Domestic Hot Water in New Buildings

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 23, 2009

 Solar water heating systems in the city of Hedingen, Switzerland” More and more Swiss cantons approve mandatory laws or requirements for a solar share in the domestic hot water supply of residential, public or commercial buildings. These solar water heating systems were built on a voluntary basis.

“We Were Clearly in Need of the Incentive Programme”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 22, 2009

 Manuel Collares-Pereira from Aosol” Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Manuel Collares-Pereira,  R&D director of the Portuguese collector manufacturer Aosol, about the development of his company and the Portuguese solar thermal incentive programme. Photo: Aosol

Emerging Industry & Occupations Report (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2009

In 2008 the Centers of Excellence (COE) conducted a survey of 212 solar and solar-related businesses throughout California, which enabled to identify the regions within California that exhibited the greatest need for workers: the Bay Area; the Greater Sacramento area; Southern California; and Los Angeles County.

Tokyo: Green Power Certification System Pushes Solar Thermal

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 19, 2009

 facade installation of Chiryu Heater” Japanese apartment house with flat plate collectors in the balcony: Is this the solar thermal future of Tokyo? In the next two years the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office (TMG) wants to implement 40,000 solar thermal and photovoltaic plants. Photo: Chiryu Heater

“China is a Very Good Market for Flat Plate Collectors”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 18, 2009

 Jiao Qingtai  of Sunrain” Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Jiao Qingtai, vice president of the Chinese collector manufacturer Sunrain Solar Energy Co., at the Intersolar in Munich at the end of May about the advantages and disadvantages of vacuum tube versus flat plate collectors. Photo: Bärbel Epp

Small-scale Solar Thermal Energy and Traditional Buildings (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 17, 2009

This 2008 guide from English Heritage (the UK Government's Adviser on the Historic Environment within England) looks into the small-scale generation of solar thermal energy. The emphasis of the document lies on the practicalities that need to be taken into account for the installation of the solar thermal collectors on a historic building. It lists the different aspects that have to be taken into consideration in the planning stage (i.e. orientation, shading, wildlife). The guide also sets out the different installation options.

Solar Water Heating Fee-for-Service Programmes in the Caribbean Region (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 16, 2009

This 2006 guidebook, prepared with the support of several institutions (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP); Blue Moon Fund; Oak Foundation; Green Markets International; Caribbean Solar Technologies Limited; Vitae Civilis Institute) provides electric utility companies substantial information about solar water heating fee-for-service programmes with a view to boost its development on residential, commercial, and industrial applications, without using government subsidies.

Austria: Solar District Heating on the Rise in Graz

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 16, 2009

 inauguration S.O.L.I.D plant” On the 15th of May, the city of Graz saw the inauguration of another large-scale solar thermal installation (from left): Dr. Wolfgang Messner (Graz AG), Andrea Pavlovec-Meixner and Sonja Grabner (municipal councillors), Christian Holter (S.O.L.I.D) and Wolfgang Malik (Graz AG). Photo: Graz AG

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