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Germany: Solar Heating and Cooling Created 11,400 Jobs

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 17, 2015
The solar thermal industry created about 11,400 jobs in Germany in 2013, according to a comprehensive job study called Employment by the renewable sector in Germany. Development and operation, today and tomorrow financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, BMWi, and published by the German Institute for Economic Research, DIW, in March 2015 (see the attached PDF in German). Its authors find that direct and indirect employment in the solar thermal subsector had then diminished by 6.6 % compared to 2012. Only 3.1 % of all jobs created by renewable energies in Germany, e.g., 371,400 jobs, showed a relation to solar heating and cooling. The study is based on two former job studies on the German renewable energy sector in 2006 and 2011. The Working Group on Renewable Energy Statistics, AGEE, which was established in 2004, contributed a large portion of the data. 
 

Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians in California (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This is a California Occupational Guide produced and published by the The California Employment Development Department - Labor Market Information Division with a grant from the United States Department of Labor. It provides potential solar thermal installers and technicians on what a career in solar thermal installation would be like.

DOE Solar Water Heating Market Expansion Workshop (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This document was created and published by Jane Weismann of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. It reports on different efforts focused on expanding the workforce and accreditations of solar thermal and solar energy installers. The North America Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) was one of the first and most established organizations to offer solar thermal certifications, starting in 2006.

U.S. Solar Market & Federal Policy Update (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This presentation was created by Justin Baca and Scott Hennessey of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). It provides an overview of the current state of the US solar market, with a focus on solar thermal on pages 13-17; and an overview of US Federal Policy towards solar thermal.

Solar Trends in Canada: Linking Demand to the Supply Chain (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This document was created and published by David Eisenbud of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA).  It reports on Canada’s energy situation and how solar thermal fits into the mix. Canada does not have a comprehensive national renewable energy plan, due partially to the fact that Canada is rich in oil and gas resources, according to the presentation. However solar does work in Canada, and is both scalable and growing domestically.

Solar Thermal Education and Training (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This presentation was created by Nick Hylla, Executive Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. It takes a look at the current solar thermal market and how more and better solar thermal training initiatives could speed market deployment. Thanks to recognition of the need for energy efficient appliances in the home and the opportunities solar thermal provides for combined systems, the solar thermal market is expected to grow over the coming years, according to the presentation.

NABCEP Solar Heating Programs (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This presentation was created by Tehri Parker of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). It provides information on a few of their programs which train workers for solar thermal heating installation.

Solar Heating Entry Level Learning Objectives (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This following is a document from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) that lays out potential “Learning Objectives” for an entry level solar thermal installer certification course. The document identifies 6 main areas of learning, and gives an outline on how to possible grade an exam based on these criteria.

Beacon Solar Energy Project (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 8, 2015

This brochure is an overview of a solar thermal project undertaken by Next Era Energy Resources, which is a solar energy company operating in the United States of America and Canada.

This proposal presents the company’s plan for the Beacon Solar Energy plant. It will be located in Kearn County, California.

Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This document presents a roadmap and strategy for developing the solar thermal market in Colorado and positioning the state as a leader in the research and development of solar thermal hot water heating technologies. It was developed by the Solar Thermal Alliance of Colorado.

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, solar thermal technologies perform better than any other state in the nation.

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