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India: New Energy Building Regulations to Boost Solar Heating Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 24, 2017
Jaideep MalaviyaThis June, the Indian Ministry of Power published an updated version of the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) developed by the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The ECBC has established energy efficiency standards and a solar share of hot water demand for newbuilds and refurbished homes and commercial buildings across India. But it will be the task of municipal corporations to issue notifications which mandate compliance with ECBC 2017 regulations in the construction sector in their area. The ECBC was launched in 2007 based on the Energy Conservation Act from 2001. The photo shows a vacuum tube installation for solar process heat at automotive manufacturer JBM Group. Solar industry stakeholders have said that it was regrettable that industrial buildings and applications are not covered by the ECBC 2017.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya
 

Germany: Second Tax Rebate Attempt to Make Buildings Energy-Efficient

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 22, 2014
German Action PlanThe third of December 2014 was a historically sunny day for the German solar thermal sector: On this date, the government approved the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency, NAPE, which had been drafted by the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The document lists a number of short-term measures to help reach the national target of 14 % of renewable heat by 2020 (see the attached document in German). The key measure is a tax rebate for the energy-efficient modernisation of buildings, worth EUR 1 billion annually. The German renewable associations welcomed the plan, but called on politicians to find a compromise with the state governments as soon as possible because their refusal blocked the implementation of a similar measure two years ago. 
 

REPAP2020: Roadmap Fixes 2020 Targets for the Solar Share in the Heating and Cooling Sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 2, 2010

 Share of solar heating and cooling” Some countries in Europe have made plans for using solar energy to cover between 1 and 4% of their gross final demand of heating and cooling by 2020. The states with the most ambitious targets regarding their national sector are Portugal, Germany and France.
Source: National RES Industry Roadmaps

India: Solar Water Heaters Obligatory in All New Governmental Buildings

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 19, 2010

 User Guide” The Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) mandates solar water heaters in residential facilities, hotels and hospitals. It is a voluntary code, which has recently been made obligatory for new governmental buildings.

India: Efficiency Labelling for Solar Water Heaters under Discussion

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 23, 2010

 star label” The Indian government is thinking about the implementation of a kind of “star label” for solar water heaters. The institution responsible for the national Standards & Labelling Programme scheme is the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The national solar industry, however, has some reservations about this plan.
 

Germany: Solar Thermal Should Cover 2.6 % of the Total Heat Demand by 2020

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 15, 2009

 German renewable Roadmap” Ways into a modern energy industry: This is the title of the German roadmap for all renewable energy technologies published by the German Renewable Energy Federation BEE in mid-December. The document states that Germany's policies will not be sufficient in utilizing the full potential of solar heating and cooling technology by 2020.

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