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SOLTRAIN Lesotho: Small Country, Big Accomplishments

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 17, 2017
In July 2013, the small country of Lesotho in southern Africa joined the SOLTRAIN project. Between then and the end of phase II of SOLTRAIN – the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative – in February 2016, training courses were held, demonstration projects realised and awareness campaigns carried out. The Bethel Business and Community Development Centre (BBCDC), a commercial and technical school which is in a remote district of Lesotho and has 125 full-time students, has been the main partner organisation supporting these activities. Two solar water heaters at BBCDC, one thermosiphon and one pumped system, were installed during training courses (see photo). Obviously, this has raised awareness of the technology among all students learning and living at BBCDC, who use the solar-heated water every day. The efforts of the BBCDC won the school the Energy Globe Award Lesotho in 2014, 2015 and 2016. 
Photo: BBCDC
 

Trainenergy Project. Module 9. Renewable Energy Systems (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 21, 2011

The Trainenergy project ran from September 2009 to September 2011, with the objective to produce a training programme about the EU Energy Performance of Building and the Energy End-Use Efficiency and Energy Services Directives for tradesmen in the construction industry. The project was run in Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Spain and Denmark. This module presents the best renewable sources that offer heating at virtually zero carbon emissions, solar water heating being the first technology to be assessed.

Scholarship:'Solar thermal for hot water and space heating' in Berlin.

Submitted by Nigel Cotton on November 1, 2010

Spaces are still available to participate in the seminar ‘*Solar thermal for hot water and space heating*’ taking place from the *08.11- 12.11.2010* at the Renewables Academy in Berlin Germany under "*TREE - Transfer Renewable Energy & Efficiency"* scholarship project .

Solar Thermal Energy Scope in Chile (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 16, 2009

Rubén Muñoz Bustos, from the Chilean National Energy Commission, prepared this presentation for a training workshop on solar heating and cooling, which took place in July 2009 in Santiago, Chile.

The training workshop, organized by different local entities in co-operation with the Spanish Association ASIT and the Spanish Institute IDEA, was addressed mainly to technical staff from public governmental bodies and focused on boosting the use of solar thermal applications in the country.

Solar Energy for Heating Water in Urban Areas of Egypt (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 30, 2009

This document provides an overview of a project financed under UN GEF Small Grants Programme to boost the use of solar thermal water heating in remote areas of Egypt. The project resulted on the installation of 164 water heaters, reaching 3,790 people, in poor villages and neighborhoods surrounding El Menia, a city in Upper Egypt.

Albania National Strategy of Energy and Plan of Action (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 14, 2009

This document from the Albanese National Ministry of Industry and Energy and the National Agency of Energy provides an overview of Albania’s energy situation, together with an analysis of the necessary investments, actions and improvements to increase the security of the energy supply and the optimization of the energy resources with a view to achieve a sustainable economic development in the future.

Handbook for the Solar Water Heating Pilot Programme in California (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 27, 2009

The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) developed a Solar Water Heating Pilot Programme, following the launch of the California Solar Initiative (CSI) in 2006, intended to promote the greenhouse gas emissions reduction by lowering the usage of natural gas and electricity for water heating.

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