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Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Program (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This factsheet comes from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. It provides information on the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Program, and is targeted at residents and homeowners in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts has a rebate program for those who install a solar hot water heating system in their residence. The fact sheet provides basic information on how solar thermal works, what size system a consumer will need and what the costs and benefits are. From there, the fact sheet then explains how to partake in the program.

Solar Thermal Energy Technology and Market Trends (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This presentation was created by Frank Proske, the Market Development Manager for Renewables at A.O. Smith Water Products Co. in Pennsylvania, USA.  The focus of the presentation is on the evolution and current state of various solar thermal technologies and the maturation of their market.

The presentation identifies a few key factors as the driving trends in the solar thermal market.

Introduction to Thermal Solar Solutions (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This presentation was created by American Water Heaters, a manufacturer of water heater products. It explains the current state of the solar thermal market and American Water Heater’s reasons and tactics for entering the market.

The presentation is broken down into five sections. The first section, “Market Transformation”, looks at the reasons why the solar thermal sector currently looks promising, such as the high price of gasoline, increasing demand for renewables and government incentive programs.

Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This document presents a roadmap and strategy for developing the solar thermal market in Colorado and positioning the state as a leader in the research and development of solar thermal hot water heating technologies. It was developed by the Solar Thermal Alliance of Colorado.

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, solar thermal technologies perform better than any other state in the nation.

Solar Thermal Industry National Status and Projections (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

This presentation discusses the current status of solar thermal energy in the United States and its projected future for the next 5-10 years. Focusing on solar water heating (SWH) systems and solar pool heating (SPH) systems, this presentation touches on both residential and commercial uses for solar thermal energy. It also delves into the different renewable energy programs from each state including which states provide rebates and incentives for using solar thermal energy.

Case Study: Solar Energy Solutions For Commercial Laundromats (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 22, 2015

This case study was created by solar energy company KU SOLAR. It explains the benefits of solar thermal water heating system and uses a commercial installation to demonstrate the energy savings associated with solar thermal.

Solar thermal can be used for air heating or solar cooling, but one of the most popular applications is water heating. At a laundromat in Kansas, KU SOLAR installed a $50,000 system that after incentives were applied to it cost roughly $20,000.

Middle East and North Africa Region Assessment of the Local Manufacturing Potential for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Projects

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 11, 2012

Commissioned by the World Bank and carried out by Ernst and Young and the Fraunhofer Institute, this report assesses the local manufacturing potential for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) components in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

On the Sustainable Development of Solar Thermal Obligations in Buildings in the Framework of the Portuguese Case (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 12, 2011

This paper was presented by a group of researchers of the INETI (National Institute of Engineering, Technology and Innovation), during the EUROSUN Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2008.

The paper explains the steps given to prepare a solar thermal obligation (STO) in the country. It passes in review the existing legislation and incentives for the development of solar thermal in Portugal. A regulation for thermal performance of buildings was created in 2006 to comply with the European Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings (2002/91/CE).

Spanish Decree on Grants for Solar Thermal Projects (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 8, 2009

This document, from the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning, is an example of legislation setting rules for grants to boost the development of renewable energies, biomass and solar thermal in the Spanish Region of Murcia.

This piece of legislation goes through all the details of the grant: its recipients (local corporations, businesses, households and nonprofit institutions), the requirements, the target areas of intervention, the characteristics of the installations covered, the procedures and documents necessary to get the funds, among others.

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