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Study on Solar Thermal Municipalities in Italy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 20, 2009

 Italian Solar Thermal Municipalities” The Italian “Renewable Municipalities Report 2009” is very likely the most comprehensive European study about renewable activities on a municipality level. It lists 2,996 Italian municipalities that are currently using solar thermal technology.
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Difficult Task: Implementing Solar Building Codes in Italy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 1, 2009

solarordinances.eu” Orientation in the solar obligation jungle in Italy: The website of the EU-Project ProSTO gives advice and support to municipalities in Italy and other European countries to successfully implement solar building codes.

Basel-Country: At Least 50 % Solar Share in Domestic Hot Water in New Buildings

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 23, 2009

 Solar water heating systems in the city of Hedingen, Switzerland” More and more Swiss cantons approve mandatory laws or requirements for a solar share in the domestic hot water supply of residential, public or commercial buildings. These solar water heating systems were built on a voluntary basis.

Solar Obligation by the Municipality in São Paulo

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 2, 2009

The huge city of São Paulo, with its approx. 19 million inhabitants, approved the first solar obligation on a municipality level in July 2007. Solar water heaters have since become mandatory in a wide range of new residential and non-residential buildings.

Victoria: Every Second New Building Heats Its Water with the Sun

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 14, 2009

Solar water heaters and rainwater tanks become common place in Victoria´s homes nowadays. The reason for this development is a building code named 5 Star, which was implemented in the Australian state in 2005. The regulation affects all new houses and single storey units designed after the 1st July of that year.

Swiss Cantons leading Energy Policy Efforts

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 29, 2009

Switzerland is finally taking on a broader approach to climate protection. The majority of the 26 cantons have adopted a regulation placing the maximum share of non-renewable energies in new heating systems at 80 %. This decision can be traced back to an initiative of the Conference of Cantonal Energy Directors some years ago.

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