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India: Government Presents 102 Awards for Solar Process Heat and Solar Cooking

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 11, 2016
India Award 2016(1)Piyush Goyal, Indian Minister of State for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, awarded prizes to 102 institutions, companies and agencies for their achievements in high-temperature solar process heat and cooking. The photo shows the minister calling on the manufacturers to share their innovative ideas and make India a unique place for the demonstration of solar process heating technologies. The Concentrated Solar Technology Excellence Awards 2016 ceremony was organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in cooperation with the GEF-UNDP programme for concentrating solar thermal and took place in New Delhi on 29 April 2016. This was the first time in the history of India’s solar thermal industry that so many awards were presented at only one event. Additionally, 37 projects from all over the country received sanction letters for the MNRE capital subsidy and GEF-UNDP support scheme.
Photos: MNRE
 

Egypt and India: UNIDO Supports Industrial Solar Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 22, 2015
UNIDOThe United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) started two projects in the first quarter of this year with the aim of increasing the deployment of solar process heat: January of 2015 marked the launch of a 5-year programme in cooperation with the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to promote business models for an increased market penetration and scale of concentrated solar thermal heating and cooling applications. Three months later, UNIDO launched the 5-year programme Utilizing Solar Energy for Industrial Process Heat in Egyptian Industry together with the Egyptian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprises. Both projects are funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). 
Figure: UNIDO
 

Lebanon’s First National Survey Study of the Solar Water Heaters Market (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 19, 2014

This survey study on Lebanon’s solar water heaters market, conducted by the company Amer Nielsen, was funded by the Global Environment Funds under the Global Solar Water Heating and Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative project, and was supervised by the United Nations Development Programme and the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation.

Regional Market Assessment Report in the Mediterranean Countries

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 28, 2014

The purpose of this regional market assessment report is to help overcome some relevant barriers which currently prevent solar water heating (SWH) systems from providing a larger share of energy supply in Mediterranean countries, i.e. the lack of knowledge and trust on the technology, as well as the lack of systematic statistics on the solar thermal market and industry, and the very limited return on experiences.

The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Lebanon NEEAP 2011-2015

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 16, 2014

This report presents the national energy efficiency action plan (NEEAP) for Lebanon for the years 2011-2015. The action plan is presented in two different formats: Section 1- including the 14-initiative narrative NEEAP, and Section 2- including the tabulated format. The proposed NEEAP is also developed in accordance with the different points mentioned in the declaration of the Lebanese Government relating to energy efficiency and renewable energy, namely the set strategic target of 12% renewable energy by 2020.

India: Concentrating Solar Thermal Test Centre and Website

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 23, 2014
India test labTwo milestones were reached in the second quarter of 2014 within the initiative Market Development and Promotion of Solar Concentrator Based Process Heat Applications. On 16 April, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) invited stakeholders to the stone-laying ceremony of a testing centre for concentrating solar thermal technology at the University of Pune (see photo). And on 19 May, Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary for Solar at the MNRE, launched www.cshindia.in, a website explaining the basics of concentrating solar thermal technologies and featuring videos of prominent installations for every possible application, i.e., for cooking, process heat and cooling. 
Photo: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy
 

India: Quarterly Sun Focus Magazine Presents Concentrating Solar Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 19, 2013

The Project on Concentrated Solar Heat by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and India´s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has published the first issue of Sun Focus (see the attached document). The English-language magazine offers statistics on the market and showcases concentrating solar heat projects to make the technology more popular in India. According to the new publication, India has 145 concentrating solar thermal systems producing steam across the country, with 111 of them built over the past five years (see the table below). The dish is the country’s most popular design for concentrating solar heat and cooking is its most widespread application.

Market Assessment Report and Solar Thermal Action Plan for the Mediterranean Region

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 26, 2013

“The Mediterranean region is endowed with a significant market potential and could become a frontrunner in the development of solar water heating and cooling technologies in several application areas.” This is one conclusion of the study “Solar Thermal in the Mediterranean Region - Market Assessment Report” published in September 2012. The association Observatoire Méditerranéen de l'Energie (OME) worked on both the report and a “Solar Thermal Action Plan” for the Mediterranean Region, which was published in December 2012, on behalf of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (see the attached documents).

MNRE Congrats for Winners of UNDP GSWH Project

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 13, 2012

India has been one of the great beneficiaries of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project). The initiative, which was financed and implemented by the UN organisations UNDP/UNEP and GEF, has sought to speed up the growth of the solar water heater market around the globe. To reach its aim, the GSWH project has chosen a variety of options: generate demand, strengthen the supply chain, adopt quality measures and establish a supportive regulatory environment. The UNDP team has already pointed to India as the most successful example among the benefitting countries. To honour valuable contributions, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) organised a National Workshop on 23 August 2012 in New Delhi. At the workshop, the Energy Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, presented a total of thirteen awards to State Nodal Agencies, municipal corporations and Channel Partners. The GSWH project started in September 2008 and will end by December 2012.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

Regional Workshop for the Transformation and Strengthening of Solar Water Heating in Latin America and the Caribbean

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 9, 2012

This workshop report summarises the regional meeting held in Chile from 22-23 June 2011 as part of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project). Organised by the Latin American Energy Association (OLADE, and regional partner for the project) together with the Chilean Ministry of Energy, the Regional Workshop looked to strengthen the network for SWH in Latin America and the Caribbean, with expert speakers and participants from nine Latin American countries.

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