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

Solar Water Heating Techscope Market Readiness Assessment Report and Analysis Tool

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 12, 2015

 The Solar Water Heating TechScope Market Readiness Assessment Report (SWH TechScope Report) was developed under the Global Solar Water Heating (GSWH) Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative, a joint initiative undertaken by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), with co-financing by the International Copper Association (ICA).

This report was developed to support the growth of the global solar water heating market (SWH) by providing a replicable, high-level, and publicly available Methodology to evaluate the solar water heating policy, finance and investment, business, and quality control infrastructure across countries: the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment Methodology. The report is intended to be used in concert with two Excel-based evaluation tools, the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Analysis Tool and the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reductions Calculator.

Solar Thermal Action Plan for the Mediterranean Countries

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on November 10, 2014

The Mediterranean region is endowed with significant, yet largely untapped solar resources. Solar water heating (SWH) systems are already commercially viable and, in some cases, already cost competitive. In particular, domestic solar water heating applications are the most well-known and widespread. A great potential is still to be tapped in other niches. Thus, promising future applications include process heat, district heating, cooling and desalination.

Regional Market Assessment Report in the Mediterranean Countries

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 28, 2014

The purpose of this regional market assessment report is to help overcome some relevant barriers which currently prevent solar water heating (SWH) systems from providing a larger share of energy supply in Mediterranean countries, i.e. the lack of knowledge and trust on the technology, as well as the lack of systematic statistics on the solar thermal market and industry, and the very limited return on experiences.

Design and Implementation Report of New Financing Mechanisms and Instruments for Promotion of SWH systems in India

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 17, 2014

This report covers relevant aspects of financing mechanisms for the promotion of SWHS in India, such as: segmentation of market for SWHS, assessment of financing needs of user segments, identification of financing instruments and proposed financing mechanisms. The report was prepared by ABPS Infrastructure Advisory Private Limited (ABPS Infra) by the mandate of the Indian Ministery of New and Renewable Energy. Given the huge untapped market, Ministry of New and Renewable (MNRE) under the ‘Global Solar Water Heating Project’ is exploring the possibility of developing promotional schemes, which will enable large-scale deployment of SWH in the country.

Guidebook for the Development of a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action for Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 13, 2014

Reflecting the changing balance in global greenhouse gas emissions, NAMAs embody the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. In addition to developed countries’ commitments to make quantitative reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, developing countries are invited to contribute with voluntary actions that are ‘nationally appropriate’ deviations from ‘business as usual’ emissions scenarios. Such deviations may be captured in low-carbon (or low-emission) development strategies, and then implemented as NAMAs

This guidebook provides an introduction to designing government-led interventions to scale up investment in solar water heating (SWH) markets, showing how these interventions can be packaged as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAS).

Reflecting the changing balance in global greenhouse gas emissions, NAMAs embody the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. In addition to developed countries’ commitments to make quantitative reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, developing countries are invited to contribute with voluntary actions that are ‘nationally appropriate’ deviations from ‘business as usual’ emissions scenarios. Such deviations may be captured in low-carbon (or low-emission) development strategies, and then implemented as NAMAs.

Technical Guide for Architects and Designers: Forced Circulation Systems for Single Family Houses.

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 1, 2014

This technical guide provides explanations for architects and designers on the preparation and installation of forced circulation solar thermal systems in single family houses.

It provides information and technical criteria to privilege the installation of certain types of small solar thermal systems over other ones. It also investigates the architectural conditions, technical variables and technical specifications required for the correct integration of a Solar Thermal System in a conventional installation of domestic hot water. The document includes a glossary providing explanation on different terms and techniques.  

Study on Good Practices for Solar Water Heating in Multifamily Housing

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 22, 2014

This study analyses technological and social barriers against the use of solar water heating (SWH) systems and compile the best practice to select and take decisions on the design of a SWH system. Possible barriers are divided into 5 groups (hydraulic installations, entitlement to sunshine, current regulation, community collaboration, new businesses), as well as best practice (concept selection, equipment selection, control systems, operation and maintenance, general considerations).

The study highlights how the main barriers to the development of SWH are social, while aware community collaboration is fundamental for the best use of SWH systems.

Technical Guide for Architects and Designers: Centralized Systems for Multi-Family Houses- Chile

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 19, 2014

This technical guide provides explanations for architects and designers on the preparation and installation of centralized solar thermal systems in multi-family houses. It also investigates the architectural conditions, technical variables and minimum technical specifications required for the correct installation of a centralised solar thermal water heating the system. The document includes a glossary providing explanation on different terms and techniques. 

Study on Mexican Legislation on Renewable Energy Impacting the Solar Water Heating Market (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 17, 2014

The study analyses and proposes improvements to Mexican legislation to expand the use of solar water heating (SWH) and its application at local and national level. The document is divided into four sections: identification of current laws on renewable energy, identification of existing local and national instruments to promote SWH, development of a three-level action plan to promote the use of SWH and preparation of an implementation guide.

The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Lebanon NEEAP 2011-2015

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 16, 2014

This report presents the national energy efficiency action plan (NEEAP) for Lebanon for the years 2011-2015. The action plan is presented in two different formats: Section 1- including the 14-initiative narrative NEEAP, and Section 2- including the tabulated format. The proposed NEEAP is also developed in accordance with the different points mentioned in the declaration of the Lebanese Government relating to energy efficiency and renewable energy, namely the set strategic target of 12% renewable energy by 2020.

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