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Germany/Belgium: Container Solutions to Standardise Commercial Solar Thermal Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 2, 2016
Aschoff SolarStandardisation and prefabrication of solar thermal systems remains key to the delivery of high quality, cost-optimised solutions. Solar pumping and refilling stations attached to and insulated with the storage tank have already been standard in residential systems in Central Europe. Current developments from German system supplier Aschoff Solar and Belgium system supplier Sunoptimo show that prefabricated solutions are also possible for large-scale, commercial systems between 50 m² and 2,000 m² of collector area. Both companies use containers equipped with a storage tank and all other hydraulic components. The photo shows the most current installation of Aschoff Solar at the Severin Sea Lodge in Mombasa, Kenya. The 260 m² vacuum tube installation on the roof provides hot water for the guest and staff lodges, with one container including the storage tank and the hydraulic.
Photos: Aschoff Solar

Frontrunner in Solar Obligations in Africa

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 28, 2015
The government of the East-African country approved the so-called Energy (Solar Water Heating) Regulations 2012, which were gazetted on 25 May that year. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is implementing a number of measures to support the implementation of the ordinance. 
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Kenya: Financial Scheme Attached to Solar Obligation

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 28, 2015
Solimpexs AfricaKenya is the frontrunner in solar obligations in Africa. The government of the East-African country approved the so-called Energy (Solar Water Heating) Regulations 2012, which were gazetted on 25 May that year (see the attached PDF). The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) confirmed that there “has been significant growth in solar thermal” since the solar obligation came into force. The financial institutions have also jumped on the solar bandwagon recently and are creating asset finance solutions to make solar water heating systems affordable. One of them is Housing Finance, a firm quoted on the Nairobi Stock Exchange. The company started the SolaPawa programme in March 2015 to focus “primarily on the provision of financing for solar water heating systems for both domestic and commercial entities,” Achieng Oluoch, Head of Marketing at Housing Finance, explains. “Our objective is to enable individuals and institutions to comply with this law in a convenient manner.”
Photo: Solimpexs Africa
 

Cost-Effective Use of Solar Energy in East African Horticulture (2013)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 3, 2015

This brochure was published by the Consortium Green Farming, which consists of 25 Dutch companies active in the horticulture technologies and provides support to development projects in East Africa.

Kenya: Regulation Increases Solar Water Heater Uptake

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 17, 2012

 Solar Water Heater in KenyaAlthough Kenya’s Energy (Solar Water Heating) Regulations 2010 have not yet come into force officially, they have already had an effect on the market. The draft of the regulation says that, “within a period of five years from the date of when these regulations come into force, all owners of existing buildings that require more than 100 litres of hot water per day shall install and use a solar water heater”. “This requirement has retroactive effect,” confirms Bernard Osawa, former Director Renewable Energy at the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). “It is cheaper for a house builder to include a solar water heater during the construction of the building today than it is to retrofit the system in five years.” The regulation applies mainly to urban areas, because rural households do not use hot water at all.
Photo: Center for Alternative Technologies Kenya Ltd

Canada: Solarbeam replaces up to 15 Flat Plate Collectors

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 21, 2011

 Solarbeam Concentrator collectors” The Canadian company Solartron Energy Systems installed the first nine Solarbeam Concentrator collectors. The subsidiary of the Canadian company EG Energy Controls was founded two years ago, to launch and market the medium temperature parabolic collector that provides solar hot water up to 98 °C.
Photo: Solartron Energy Systems

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