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USA: SRCC Improves Process Efficiency and Works on Standard for Combi Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 9, 2011

 Eileen Prado, Executive Director of the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation SRCC Since Eileen Prado has become Executive Director of the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation SRCC in summer 2010, the average time for the testing and certification process has been cut in half. Although there are new programmes coming up next year, Prado is confident that certification periods can be reduced further.
Photo: SRCC

USA: Florida Power & Light starts Solar Support Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 19, 2011

 Florida” Utility company Florida Power & Light (FPL) has just started a solar rebate programme on 21 June. FPL supports both PV and solar thermal plants run by private home owners, as well as companies. The programme is part of a five-year pilot programme the Florida Public Service Commission authorised to promote solar power and reduce energy consumption. The funds for PV were exhausted within minutes. For solar thermal, there was still a lot of subsidy money remaining as of 16 July: USD 3 million for private customers and USD 447,000 for business customers. According to FPL, up to USD 15.5 million per year are planned to be spent on the solar rebate programmes. Once funding for the current year is exhausted, the programme will be halted; customers can apply again the following year.
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Solar Domestic Hot Water System and Component Test Protocols (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 30, 2011

This document, issued by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation, includes a series of test protocols addressing specific requirements for the testing of solar water heating systems and their auxiliary components (e.g. heat exchangers).

Site Inspection Check List (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 19, 2010

This checklist was produced by the Florida Solar Energy Center and it is an example of the most important aspects to take into account while performing an inspection exercise of a solar system.

The checklist covers the following order: solar access inspection; roof inspection; water heater inspection; electrical inspection; plumbing inspection and occupant questionnaire (WAP forms).

European Facilities Testing Products for the US Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 31, 2009

 SPF Institute Switzerland” Accredited for SRCC testing: The SPF Institute for Solar Technology from Switzerland is one of six European testing institutes being able to test collectors according to quality standards by the US-American Solar Rating & Certification Corporation.
Photo: SPF Rapperswil

Solar Swimming Pool Heating in Florida – Collector Sizing and Economics (1994)

Submitted by Hans Craen on July 13, 2009

This document was put out by the Florida Solar Energy Center in 1994. At the time, there were over 200,000 swimming pools in Florida, and this document presents a simple method that can be used to determine the solar collector area needed to heat a swimming pool to comfort conditions.

This gives you formulas to calculate your collector area and the heat energy output to properly select panels that produce the appropriate Btu. It includes the cost and savings for different fuels compared to solar pool heating.

Enlarging Testing Facilities for SRCC in the USA

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 15, 2009

The extension of the federal tax credits by eight years and the election of Barack Obama have suddenly made the U.S. market for solar thermal energy far more attractive. The importance of imports of collectors and systems is growing. The number of flat plate and evacuated tube collectors has increased more than tenfold within three years according to the statistics of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) from 3,000 m2 (2005) to 36,000 m2 (2007).

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