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USA: Still no Solar Water Heaters on the White House

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 20, 2011

 In summer 2010, three students from Maine brought one of Carter’s old solar collectors back from Maine to Washington” In October 2010, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu and CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley announced plans to install solar PV panels and a solar water heater on the White House by spring 2011. Until now, however, none of the systems has found its way on the President's roof. And, the Department of Energy has refrained from making any more commitments regarding the time schedule. “Meet Your Solar Deadline,” reminds the initiative 350.org the USA administration and continues collecting signatures for a petition through its website act.350.org/sign/solar/.
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USA: Utility Networking for Solar Thermal Energy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 16, 2011

 Logo USH2O” A unique network promoting solar thermal energy has developed in the USA: The Utility Solar Water Heating Initiative (USH2O) launched in 1994 offers utilities, as well as companies related to the solar thermal sector, the opportunity of concerted advocacy initiatives, and exchanging knowledge and experiences. The aim of USH2O is to facilitate the successful implementation of utility solar water heating programmes and educate stakeholders about the potential of solar heating and cooling technologies.

Solar Decathlon Comprehensive Energy Analysis Report (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 26, 2010

This document was prepared by the University of Colorado Solar Decathlon Team.
The Solar Decathlon challenge is organised by the U.S. Department of Energy and calls for 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.

This document goes through the solar house built by the University of Colorado, making an in-depth energy analysis. The house combines different technologies, including solar thermal energy.

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