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Green Institute Issue Brief on Solar Energy (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This report was issued by the Green Institute in 2008 and discusses the option of a “solar carve-out” to build Minnesota’s solar future. To develop Minnesota’s renewable sources beyond 25 percent, development of additional renewable energy will be necessary, specifically solar technology. A carve-out is an addition to a renewable energy standard (RES) that specifies a portion of the RES needs to be met with a particular technology – solar.

Best Practice Policies to Develop Renewable Heat Markets (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 17, 2010

This document is one the deliverables of the REACT Project (renewable energy in action). The project aimed at developing innovative, nationally adapted policies and programs for a faster and more cost effective market introduction of renewable energies.

The report goes through the main RES technologies used for heating: solar thermal, biomass, geothermal and environmental heat. In 2002, biomass was the RES technology used for heating with higher penetration rate in the EU 15 (42%).

Renewable Energy in Malta (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 29, 2010

This presentation made by Antoine Riolo of Malta Resources Authority provides a general overview of the renewable energies used in Malta, including solar thermal and the existing support mechanisms to this technology.

Solar thermal applications for water heating are actually the renewable energy source with higher penetration rate in the country, with an estimated capacity of 16,700kWth in 2006. Space cooling, according to the presentation, has considerable potential, but needs further improvements as to what regards the commercialisation of small units.

ASIT Presentation on RES Directive (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 15, 2009

Mr Pascual Polo, Secretary General of the Spanish Solar Thermal Association - ASIT - gave this presentation during a Workshop organised by ESTIF on 2nd December on the implementation of the RES Directive.

The presentation goes through the Spanish solar thermal market and the implementation of the RES Directive.

Holland Solar celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 3, 2009

 Holland Solar Amersfoort” Celebrating 25 years of Holland Solar: Amersfoort won the award for the best solar thermal community in the Netherlands. The picture shows Pauline Sparenburg from the climate and energy administration of Amersfoort accepting the award at the celebration.
Photo: Holland Solar

Solar Thermal: “Potential Massively Underestimated”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 1, 2009

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has recently published its Renewable Energy Strategy (RES) which includes solar thermal. This has provoked a strong response from the UK Solar Trade Association (STA) stating that DECC has “massively underestimated the potential of solar thermal technologies and completely missed a huge opportunity”.

Renewable Energies Sources in Finland – OPET Report (2002)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 22, 2009

In 2000, 25% of Finland’s energy consumption resulted from renewable energy sources, which makes Finland share of RES in the total energy consumption the third highest in the EU.

Nonetheless, the government launched a National Climate Strategy and Action Plan for Renewable Energy in 2001 with a view to meet the Kyoto commitments for Finland. The long-term objective is to increase the competitiveness of renewable energies and to ease the development of an open energy market without continuous support measures.

Market Study on Solar Collectors in Chile (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 14, 2009

In 2004, the consumption of primary energy sources in Chile was still very significant (oil 39%; natural gas 19%; hydroelectricity 18%; coal 10% and wood and other fuels 14%).

Given this high dependence on fossil fuels, the Government of Chile has set a target of supplying 15% of the new electric generating capacity with renewable energy sources between 2006 and 2010. With this in mind, the Chile Energy National Commission commissioned this study in order to help developing a national plan for the promotion of solar thermal energy in Chile.

60 Solar Cities in India

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 3, 2009

orange city NagpurNagpur city in central India – one of 60 solar cities in India supported by the government.

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