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Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.: Solar Water Heating Study (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This study reports on the results of monitoring done to a sample of 70 solar thermal water heating systems installed across four cooperatives. Data loggers were installed in 30 of the solar water heating system homes, to monitor both the solar system and the energy usage of the conventional water heating systems. The systems had been installed with grants administered by the state of South Carolina. The final results of the study were positive. Solar thermal water heating homes were able to use solar heated water in the later afternoon and evening.

Eastern Oregon Sunshine Pays Off for Correctional Institution (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This case study was created by the Oregon Department of Energy. It looks at the case of the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution and how they are saving money on their energy bills with a solar thermal system that was installed partially with money from the stimulus.

California Solar Initiative – Thermal, Program Handbook (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This is the Handbook for the Thermal Program of the California Solar Initiative. The Handbook covers the background and purpose of the program, what consumers and organizations can participate, and what kind of equipment and technology falls under the purview of the program. More information on incentives for solar thermal can be found on the website here.

Keys to Successful Solar Water Heating Programs (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 7, 2015

This presentation was created by the solar thermal water heating coalition US H2O. It features information on solar thermal water heating incentive programs from throughout the country, and highlights the elements that have made them successful. More information on solar thermal water heating incentive programs can be found here.

Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Commercial Program (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This document was created and published by Zapotec Energy, and provides information on MassCEC’s solar thermal water heating incentive program for commercial applications. It is emblematic of how private companies are utilizing incentives to further develop the market for solar thermal. More information on other solar thermal incentive programs can be found here.

EISG Final Report: Solar Thermal Heat Pump/Chiller (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 18, 2015

This is a report on the Solar Thermal Heat Pump/Chiller the “Helisorber” that was done at the conclusion of a research project on the product funded by the Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program, administered by the California Energy Commission.

The “Helisorber” heat pump when coupled with a low-concentration solar collector is capable of providing chilling and heat pumped hot water.

A Guide to Buying Solar Water Heating (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 28, 2011

Because of the climatic conditions of New Zealand and the positive impact of solar water heating technologies the country’s authorities encourage the use of this type of installations. This resulted in the issuing of a free guide by the country’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Spanish Decree on Grants for Solar Thermal Projects (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 8, 2009

This document, from the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning, is an example of legislation setting rules for grants to boost the development of renewable energies, biomass and solar thermal in the Spanish Region of Murcia.

This piece of legislation goes through all the details of the grant: its recipients (local corporations, businesses, households and nonprofit institutions), the requirements, the target areas of intervention, the characteristics of the installations covered, the procedures and documents necessary to get the funds, among others.

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