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Monitoring and Modeling Hot Water Consumption in Hotels for Solar Thermal Water Heating System Optimization (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 11, 2015

This thesis paper was written by Eric Joseph Urban at Appalachian State University. It concerns how to properly model hot water consumption in hotel lodgings in order to accurately optimize solar thermal installations.

Guidelines for Determining the Tax Credit for Investing in Renewable Energy Property (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 7, 2014

This document provides information and guidelines on tax credits resulting from investing in renewable energies in North Carolina. It provides a legislative background of the issue dating back to 1999 as well as punctual information on credit ceilings, definitions, eligibility, requirements, frequently asked questions and tax credit amount for each type of renewable energy considered.

USA: Contractor Runs 7,804 m² Collector System at Prestage Foods Factory

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 19, 2012

 FLS Energy project There is now one more solar process heat installation in the US – and it is one of the country’s largest, too. Since October 2011, more than 50 people were working onsite, 7 days a week, to put the system in place. 84,000 ft2 of collector area (7,804 m2) are going to supply an estimated 100,000 gallon (378,541 litres) of hot water (160-180 °F = 71 to 82 °C) per day. The water will be used in the turkey processor´s company in St Pauls, North Carolina. Contractor and owner of the solar thermal system is FLS Energy, one of the major developers of commercial solar thermal installations in the US. The commissioning of the new system was officially announced at a press conference at the beginning of April.
Photo: FLS Energy

USA: Solar Thermal SRECs traded in Washington D.C. and North Carolina

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 27, 2011

 RPS Policies with Solar/DG Provisions” More and more state governments in the USA approve Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) with a certain share of solar energy. An RPS requires utilities to retrieve a certain percentage from renewable sources every year. For example, in the District of Columbo (D.C.), utilities will have to get 20 % of their energy from renewable sources, with 0.4 % of that from solar. The map shows all states with an RPS policy including solar or Distributed Generation (DG).
Figure: dsireusa.org

Solarhot: New Collector Production in the US

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 10, 2010

 Solarhot collectors on a cold winter day” Solarhot collectors on a cold winter day: The solar system supplier from Morrisville, North Carolina, ships his collectors to all parts of the US. The company started its collector production in March 2010.
Photo: Solarhot

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