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Bard College Shines (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 8, 2015

This case study was written by Gerhard Klier of EarthKind Solar. It details an installation project at Bard College in New York that was undertaken with funds from the Recovery Act.

Two solar thermal hot water heating systems were installed in residential dorms on campus, along with an advanced monitoring system. The grant from New York and the Recovery Act covered 90% of the installation costs. This installation is part of a larger commitment by Bard College to use utilize sustainable energy resources.

New York: Map of solar thermal Installers eligible for the NYSERDA subsidy scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 28, 2011

 interactive online map” New York is the third most populated state in the USA. 19 million people live in the large East-American state - many potential customers for the NYSERDA Solar Water Heating Program that launched in December 2010. Residential and commercial clients can apply for a performance-based incentive if they replace an existing electric water heater with a solar water heater. While the majority of the program incentive funding targets electric hot water systems, the programme also has a small amount of funding available for projects that use fossil fuels to heat domestic hot water. NYSERDA has 50 approved eligible installers in the program. To help customers quickly find an eligible installer, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) published an interactive online map (such as the one above) where the contractors are listed according to the counties where they are active.
Source: NYSERDA

USA: Each Month a new Subsidy Programme in a Northeastern State

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 29, 2011

Northeast of the USA” During the last months, the states in the Northwest of the US have enjoyed one incentive programme after another. Since October 2010, there has been a new or improved incentive programme announced each month, beginning with Connecticut last October. New Hampshire followed in November, New York State in December and Massachusetts in January.
Figure: Christine Griebel & Nancy Chaplin

New York State: Electricity Replacement Grants for 13,000 Solar Thermal Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 13, 2010

The first financing measure in the framework of New York's Solar Thermal Roadmap is about to be implemented: Very soon, solar thermal technology will be the next technology to profit from the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), which were introduced in the State of New York in 2005. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is responsible for administering the RPS funds, which are collected via the electricity bills of individual clients – residential and commercial ones – in the service areas of investor-owned utilities. A total of USD 25.8 million was allocated to subsidise solar thermal installations replacing electric water heaters. Combi systems are also eligible for the incentive scheme if the rooms in question were previously heated with electricity.

New York Roadmap: 24,000 new Jobs and 83,000 Systems annually by 2020

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 10, 2010

 Title of Solar Roadmap ” The New York Solar Thermal Roadmap is ready for implementation: 130 stakeholders teamed up to form The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC), which was to develop a state-wide solar vision and an action plan to realize it. The consortium's objectives are ambitious: The installed solar thermal capacity is to increase from today's total of 8 MW (11,400 m2) to 2 GW (28.6 million m2) by 2020. This corresponds to an annual growth rate of 57%.

Solar Thermal Roadmap for New York State

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 18, 2010

 New York Solar Thermal Consortium” Stepping out of the shadow of photovoltaics: A New York Solar Thermal Consortium (STC) launched plans to draft a Solar Thermal Road Map for New York State, which aims to set up solar thermal technology in New York equalling 2 GWth (2.86 million m2) by 2020. Photo: Paul McGinniss

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