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Solar Water Heating Regional Market Assessment Report on Latin America

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 3, 2012

This regional market assessment report focuses on six countries: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua and Peru.

After analysing the solar water heating (SWH) market status (demand, supply, costs and economic and financial incentives) in the respective countries, this report gives a detailed account of the political and institutional framework for the SWH market. It subsequently offers an analysis of the gaps and barriers in each country, alongside a set of suggestions that would improve present conditions.

India: New national Helpline for Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 28, 2011

 Helpline

As part of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project), the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has started a voice-activated National Helpline on Solar Water Heaters to raise awareness of the technology and answer the questions of consumers. The service, which has been operating since 15 September 2011, is managed by the Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI). It has a toll-free number (1800 2 33 44 77), with service hours from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM between Monday and Friday, and 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Saturdays. The two employed call centre agents offer help in both Hindi and English.

Chile: Solar Energy Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 15, 2011

 Amr M. Abdel Hai (left) and Eduardo Noboa” Amr M. Abdel Hai, Programme Officer for the Energy Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (left), and Eduardo Noboa, Renewable Energy and Environment Coordinator from the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE), organised a two-day workshop with the aim to strengthen the solar water heating markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. A total of 46 solar thermal experts from several countries (Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay) exchanged information, knowledge, lessons learned and successful experiences.
Photo: OLADE

Solar Water Heating Applications : Assessment of Country Successes- South-East Asia

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 9, 2011

The objective of this report is to provide an overview of successful projects on solar water heating technology implemented by several organizations in five selected countries : Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The report presents detail discussion on solar water heaters system components, design and installation practices and life cycle cost evaluation for five successful nationwide projects/initiatives that helped in catalysing the uptake of Solar Water Heating technology in each the five Asian countries.

Regional Workshop Presentation on the Situation of Solar Thermal Energy Market in Latin America and Caribbean (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 28, 2011

This is a presentation made during the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Regional Workshop of Solar Thermal Water Heating in Chile in June 2011. This presentation of Eduardo Noboa from OLADE, the Latin American Energy Organisation, passes in review the solar thermal market of different countries in South America: Brazil, Argentina, Barbados, Colombia, Nicaragua and Peru.

User’s Technical Handbook on Solar Water Heaters (India, 2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 16, 2011

This handbook was prepared in the framework of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project), - a project co-executed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNEP), funded by Global Environmental Fund with co-financing of the International Copper Association. It was done in collaboration with the Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).

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