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“The Slowdown has Forced us to Increase our Efforts“

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 25, 2009

 Termicol¬_Julio Castro_Angel Martínez” Solar thermal businessmen from Spain: Julio Castro (right) and Angel Martínez founded the collector manufacturer Termicol Energía Solar, S.L. eight years ago and invest even in times of crisis.

Photo: Termicol

Solar Obligation for Public Buildings in Namibia (2007)

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 2, 2009

Namibia has successfully implemented a directive in 2007 which requires SWH on all new public buildings, on existing public buildings without water heaters and existing public buildings with electric geysers. Namibia could reduce its peak electricity demand by almost 20 MW thanks to this directive. Find more details about the solar obligation in the following table.


Namibia: Solar Water Heaters Mandatory for Public Buildings

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 30, 2009

 solar water heaters in Namibia A recoupment period of two years: The University of Namibia in Windhoek replaced an oil boiler that had reached the end of its life cycle with 109 solar water heaters.
Photo: Namibian Engineering Cooperation/Solahart

Cape Town: Draft of Solar Water Heating Bye-law

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 25, 2009

Thermosiphon system in Cape townCurrently, solar water heating systems have hardly penetrated in Cape Town, South Africa. Only 2 % of city’s 906,000 households use solar energy. The planned bye-law should boost the market to 76,000 newly installed system in the next two years, but has been delayed due to continuous legal obstacles. Photo: Sustainable Energy Africa

Maharashtra State Leading the Way to Solar Bye-laws

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 18, 2009

Maharashtra state in IndiaMaharashtra state and its 35 districts: ten major cities approved solar bye-laws, others will follow soon

India: Building byelaws in Chandigarh City with far-reaching Rules

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 2, 2009

logo of Chandigarh cityThe Open Hand is one of the landmarks of Chandigarh city, the capital of the two Indian states Punjab and Haryana in the north of India.
Photo: City of Chandigarh

Portugal: Solar Obligation since 2006

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 12, 2008

To increase the use of renewable energy sources is one of three goals in the Portuguese National Strategy for Energy. One instrument is a solar thermal obligation which entered into force in 2006. Its introduction has been prepared by a market stimulation programme.

Israel: The World’s first Solar Thermal Legislation

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 1, 2008

Israel has been the first country to pass a legislation on solar thermal installations. With the second oil crisis end of the 1970s members of parliament searched for ways to make their country more independent of imported energy. The result was a law on solar water heating to be used in new residential buildings up to 27 metres. The legislation came into effect in 1980.


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