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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.

Solar Power for Tomorrow's World (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This presentation was created by Ken May of Abengoa Solar, and was published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). It explains the potential of solar thermal hot water heating to displace conventional electric use and create long term utility savings.

Solar Thermal Energy Production: The Next Generation (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This presentation was creating by Jeff Curry of Lakeland Electric, and was first presented at the 2007 Southeast Solar Summit hosted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It focuses on a solar thermal hot water heating utility offered to residential homes in Florida. A Lakeland Electric utility in Florida offers area homeowners the choice of solar thermal hot water heating for their homes. Offered to homeowners is a separate line item on the bill to see how much they are spending, the option of green pricing and free installation and maintenance.

Understanding Rebates for Solar Water Heating Systems - CSI (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This brochure was created by the Center for Sustainable Energy California. It provides information on the rebates for solar thermal water heating systems available to Californian consumers through the California Solar Initiative (CSI). More information on solar thermal incentives can be found here.

CSP Deployment in Mexico (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This presentation was created and published by Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electricidad. It provides information on the current state of utility development in Mexico, and how Comision Federal de Electricidad is planning on using solar thermal power to fill in existing gaps.

The Lakeland Electric Business Model for Solar Water Heating (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This presentation was created and published by Lakeland Electric. It provides information on their business model and approach to providing their customers with solar thermal water heating.

Utility Solar Water Heating Initiative and Energy Star (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This letter was written by Chip Bircher of USH2O, a solar thermal water heating industry group, to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It answers questions that the EPA had regarding solar thermal water heating and its eligibility for the Energy Star Program.

USH2O makes the argument that solar thermal water heating should remain eligible for the Energy Star labeling program. Solar thermal sales have shown consistent growth, and so it is important to maintain the relationship as the use of solar thermal becomes more widespread.

Financing Solar Energy in Costa Rica: Case Studies (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

This document provides information on the Costa Rican Institute for Electricity’s (ICE) efforts to bring modern energy resources to the, largely rural, 2% of the Costa Rican population whom live off the grid. An essential component of these efforts involved brining solar thermal technology to indigenous communities.

USA: Utility Networking for Solar Thermal Energy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 16, 2011

 Logo USH2O” A unique network promoting solar thermal energy has developed in the USA: The Utility Solar Water Heating Initiative (USH2O) launched in 1994 offers utilities, as well as companies related to the solar thermal sector, the opportunity of concerted advocacy initiatives, and exchanging knowledge and experiences. The aim of USH2O is to facilitate the successful implementation of utility solar water heating programmes and educate stakeholders about the potential of solar heating and cooling technologies.

Delivering on Earth's Solar Potential (2009)

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 30, 2009

This 2009 document sees concentrating solar power (CSP) as a solution to the world’s energy challenges. The document states that CSP is one of the few available low carbon technologies which can provide a solution over the next 40 years in view of limiting greenhouse gas emissions and addressing the concerns of energy security.

The report comes to this conclusion based on the CSP performance in Spain and the US and the maturity of the existing technology. The report anticipates in the short to medium term a greater grid connectivity in both Europe and the US.

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