Economic Impact of Solar Thermal Electricity Deployment in Spain (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 25, 2009

This study from 2008 assesses the economic impact of solar thermal electricity in Spain. In particular, the economic analysis is done for three solar thermal technologies: parabolic trough, central tower and parabolic dish. The objective of the conducted study is to estimate the socio-economic impacts coming from the construction of solar thermal power plants in Spain.

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Source: CIEMAT

Antarctic Polar Station with a German Solar Thermal System

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 23, 2009

 vacuum tubes in Antartic” Producing heat in the cold climate of the Antarctic: The vacuum tube collectors from the German manufacturer Consolar cover the entire heating demand of the first emission-free polar research station, called Princess Elisabeth. Photo: Consolar

Australian RECs: An Overview after 8 Years of Certificate Trading

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 22, 2009

As a purchaser of a solar hot water system in Australia, you not only benefit from a federal or state rebate, but are also able to sell so-called Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). After these certificates had been introduced in 2001, they became a key factor for the 30% annual growth of the Australian solar thermal market until 2004. The following two years market growth dropped because of the declining value of RECs.

Eco-labelling Threatens the Solar Thermal Industry

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 20, 2009

The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) raises the alarm: “The new plans of the European Commission for energy-labelling requirements with respect to 'dedicated water heaters' include highly problematic testing requirements for entire systems.”

Namibia: Solar Water Heaters at Educational Institutions

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 18, 2009

 Solar water heaters at Polytechnik Namibia Showering with energy from the sun: the new built hostels of the Polytechnic of Namibia are equipped with 87 solar water heaters with a capacity of 300 litres each. Photo: Namibian Engineering Corporation

South Africa: Support Project for Commercial Solar Water Heating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 18, 2009

The Renewable Energy Market Transformation Project (REMT), established in November 2008, was developed to help South Africa address some of the barriers within the renewable energy sector. It is funded through the world bank by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and endeavours to fulfil the 2013 renewable energy target of 10,000 GWh, set out by the South African government.

Victoria: Every Second New Building Heats Its Water with the Sun

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 14, 2009

Solar water heaters and rainwater tanks become common place in Victoria´s homes nowadays. The reason for this development is a building code named 5 Star, which was implemented in the Australian state in 2005. The regulation affects all new houses and single storey units designed after the 1st July of that year.

Nepal: Using the Sun to Purify Drinking Water

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 14, 2009

 Solvatten - purification of waterPilot phase among women groups in Nepal: By harnessing solar thermal energy, the water purification system Solvatten can be a very useful tool in rural areas with contaminated water. Photo: ENPHO

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