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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.

USA: New Solar Service Model Introduced in Florida

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 21, 2011

 Logo Lakeland Electric Solar Hot Water Service” In late October 2010, utility Lakeland Electric in Florida and California-based renewable energy service company Regenesis Power launched a new programme for the promotion of solar water heaters. The Lakeland Solar Hot Water Service offers homeowners the possibility to purchase the energy a system generates for a monthly fee, which is comparable to the monthly electricity costs for a family of four. The 2011 target is to install 1,500 solar water heaters.

Cold-Climate Solar Thermal Systems (2003)

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 2, 2009

This document from 2003 compares two solar domestic hot water heating systems in cold climates to compare the differences. The two locations that were used were Wisconsin and Massachusetts. They used the same type of solar hot water system and broke down their findings and how specific variables affected average hot water use, average solar fraction and overall performance of the systems.

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Confident Newcomers in the U.S.

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2008

After almost 20 years of stagnant markets, since 2005 the U.S. solar thermal market is exploding. According to the official governmental statistics (www.eia.doe.gov) the market rose by 77 % in 2006 to 111,480 m2 (78 MWth). After many years of winter sleep the local industry is waking up. Interesting and self-confident newcomers enter the stage.

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