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Solar Thermal Power

Resource/Cost Estimates For Solar Thermal Space/Water Heating (2010-2020)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 25, 2015

The Solar heat resource is dependent in the first instance on the insolation falling on the surface of Ireland. The usable power generated by solar panels will vary depending on latitude, time of year and weather conditions. According to the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, current technology produces per square metre of solar panel between 300 and 450 thermal kWh/year.  The resource area is based on the roof area of existing and future dwellings.

Solar Energy Virgin Islands Energy Office (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

Every day the sun radiates an enormous amount of energy.  The sun radiates more energy in one second than people have used since the beginning of time.  Solar Thermal power is heat energy obtained by exposing a collecting device to the rays of the sun.  A solar thermal system makes use of the warmth absorbed by the collector to heat water or another working fluid, or to make steam.  Hot water is used in homes or commercial buildings and for industrial processes. 

Solar Energy in Spain (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

The solar potential in Spain is the highest in Europe because of its privileged location and climate.  Solar energy offers many advantages with respect to conventional energy, since it deals with a stream of energy that is free, clean and limitless. 

SOLARGENIX ENERGY, LLC Proposed Guidelines for Implementing California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS). (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

Solar thermal generation (with gas assist) has been shown to be cost competitive when compared to other similar fossil technologies providing comparable products, i.e. firm on-peak capacity and energy.  The recently published CEC Cost Comparison Report concluded that, essentially, solar thermal generation with gas assist is cost competitive to combustion turbine technology when used in the same application (firm peaking).  

Solar Thermal Mayo Energy Agency Ltd. (Date no Specified)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

Since the beginning of time, the sun has been the source of energy and life on earth. It is a huge nuclear reactor, at 6,000 ºC, which provides our planet with heat and light. A solar water heater is an efficient and reliable technology that converts sunlight into heat to produce your hot water.  Solar thermal technology is for water heating. Active space (or air) heating for large buildings can also be achieved by solar ventilation systems.

Consideration of Impacts on Water Quality and Quantity in the WREZ Process (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 29, 2015

Throughout much of the Western U.S., water is a scarce resource. Growing cities and power plants often compete directly with the agricultural sector - and environmental needs - for limited water supplies. Developing new, renewable energy supplies will have varied impacts on water resources. It is important that, in the process, renewable energy development does not contribute to or exacerbate water supply and quality challenges.

Maine Solar Energy Rebate Program 2007 Annual Report (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 29, 2015

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) is pleased to present the second Maine Solar Energy Rebate Program Annual Report for the time period July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2007. The two primary goals of the Maine Solar Energy Rebate Program are to: Increase the use of solar photovoltaic, solar hot water, and solar air systems by Maine residents; and promote the development of trained and certified renewable energy installers throughout the State of Maine.

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