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Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project)

Investing in Solar Heat: Financing & Business Models for Mainstream Market Deployment.

Submitted by Amr Hai on November 12, 2015

Achieving greater SWH market growth will require increased access to low-cost private-sector capital, which can fuel large-scale international market expansion. This, in turn, will require the creation or expansion of financing and business models that address persistent SWH market risks and barriers – including high upfront costs as well as real or perceived technology, design, operational, and maintenance risks. Policymakers and industry leaders have a role to play in creating the business and policy structures necessary for success.

This report focuses on the need for both “enabling policies” and “financial de-risking instruments,” which are essential to fostering creation of business and financing models that can attract investors and scale the Solar Water Heating (SWH) market. Enabling policies includes a variety of public and private initiatives that mitigate market barriers such as incentive programs, government regulations, and education and training programs.

Report on Solar Water Heating in the Tourism Industry (with a focus on the Caribbean Region)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 29, 2015

Tourism is one of the main economic drivers in the Caribbean region. For many islands in the region, tourism is a major source of GDP and employment. Like all companies, tourism businesses seek to reduce operating costs and increase revenues. In the Caribbean region, tourism businesses face high and fluctuating energy prices because most islands rely almost entirely on imported liquid fossil fuels for energy generation.

In addition, Caribbean tourism businesses are facing increasing pressure to improve their environmental performance to meet the growing demand for greater sustainability in the travel and tourism industry. By implementing sustainability measures, the tourism industry can contribute to the region’s ambitious targets to reduce fossil fuel consumption and increase the share of renewable energy to total electricity generation. There are a wide range of sustainability strategies tourism businesses can pursue to minimize their environmental impact including adopting renewable energy technologies.

This report provides a starting point for tourism businesses that are interested in exploring the opportunity of Solar Water Heating (SWH), specifically, for small to medium sized hotels.

Solar Water Heating TechScope Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reductions Calculator

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 16, 2015

The Solar Water Heating (SWH) TechScope Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reductions Calculator is an Excel-based evaluation tool integrated as an additional module into the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Analysis Tool.

The SWH TechScope GHG Calculator provides complementary functions designed to help policymakers quantify GHG emissions reductions associated with increased development of SWH systems.

Solar Water Heating TechScope Market Readiness Assessment for Eight Caribbean Countries

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 16, 2015

This regional assessment report applies the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessments Methodology in eight Caribbean countries: Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican Republic Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. It is recommended that the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment Report be read in parallel with this report.

The assessment report highlights that solar water heating (SWH) systems can be highly cost-effective across the Caribbean, taking advantage of the region’s abundant solar resource. The report remarks that persistent barriers to SWH adoption remain across many Caribbean countries, such as financial barriers, weak enabling policy environments, lack of public awareness, and small and fragmented SWH industries.

Technical Study Report on Measuring, Remote Monitoring and Remote Controlling for Solar Thermal Systems

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 15, 2015

Solar thermal suffers in the market, the media and the policy arena, because solar thermal energy is seldom accounted for, and the amount of solar thermal heat supplied is neither measured nor displayed in a transparent way. This also results into problems/malfunctions not being spotted quickly.

This technical study report on measuring, remote monitoring and remote controlling for solar thermal systems aims at contributing to making measuring, monitoring, and remote controlling more mainstream for smaller systems. It also intends to make use of some information from larger systems, where measuring, remote monitoring, and remote controlling are already common.

Technical Study Report on Solar Thermal Technology LCIA Methods and LCC Models

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 15, 2015

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) Analysis are powerful tools to determine the impact of a product not only by its use but also its whole life cycle from cradle to grave. In order to establish reliability and comparability of Life Cycle Assessment, a comprehensive set of rules has been defined within international standards regarding LCA.

This technical study report on solar thermal technology Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) methods and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) models, aims at contributing to the demonstration of the advantages of solar thermal systems, taking the life cycle into account. This means assessing both environmental and economic benefits of the systems over their operation period. These methods allow to exemplify the diverse benefits of this technology during the life cycle of a system, in spite of its high upfront investments costs.

Six Solar Thermal Application Factsheets

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 14, 2015

These six solar thermal application factsheets provide a quick insight into different uses of the solar thermal technology, including possible ranges of use, energy saving effect and GHG, with perception of the competitiveness, investment cost and economic value. They include examples of implementation and success stories.

Solar Water Heater Market Assessment in South-East Asia

Submitted by Amr Hai on April 16, 2015

This report provides the existing status of the Solar Water Heating (SWH) industry in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The report contains an overview of different aspects of a country’s SWH market, such as the solar energy availability and applicability for water heating applications, the achieved or installed capacities, the supply chain mechanisms, investments in SWH technology and the existing supportive institutional and policy frameworks.

Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative Booklet and Readiness criteria for SHAMCI Certification bodies

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on February 12, 2015

This booklet on the Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative (SHAMCI) provides an overview of the current situation in the field of solar thermal heating in the different Arab countries, and gives explanations on the procedure to follow in order to obtain a solar water heating certification. It also explains which products are eligible for certification and what type of tests need to be undertaken.

Integrating Solar Thermal in Buildings – A quick guide for Architects and Builders

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on February 5, 2015

This guide for Architects and Builders aims at promoting SWH systems to architects and builders from developing countries and help them consider integrating SWH applications in their designs and projects. Intending to be a useful handbook, this “Guide” provides a compact overview of the technology and its main characteristics; as well as the main requirements to be considered for its application in different types of construction projects and in different geographical locations.

It was elaborated in order to increase awareness about SWH among important stakeholders, such as architects and builders; and encourage the use of this type of solar systems. Hence, it gives a synopsis of the technology and general requirements for integration in buildings. 

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