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Experiences, Challenges and Barriers on Solar Thermal Energy in Ghana (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on April 17, 2015

This document was presented at the ECOWAS Solar Thermal Energy Capacity Building and Demonstration Programme conference held on 13 and 14 June 2014 in Praia, Cape Verde. The document, presented by Atsu Divine of the Koforidua Polytechnic of Ghana, explains why Ghana needs solar thermal technology for its development.

Belo Horizonte's Steps Towards a New Solar Energy Legislation (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 9, 2015

This case study was written by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. It focuses on the city of Belo Horizonte, which is the capital of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, and recaps their experience in passing a solar thermal hot water heating system mandate for their city.

Belo Horizonte is a major city in Brazil and will host World Cup events in 2014. There are currently 2,600 buildings in Belo Horizonte which the case study claims have resulted in 22,000 tons of CO2 displaced.

Solar Thermal Energy in Cape Verde – State of Development (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on November 20, 2014

This document was presented at the ECOWAS Solar Thermal Energy Capacity Building and Demonstration Programme conference held on 13 and 14 June 2014 in Praia, Cape Verde. The presentation provides an overview of the usage of solar thermal energy in the touristic sector of Cape Verde.

Guidelines for Determining the Tax Credit for Investing in Renewable Energy Property (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 7, 2014

This document provides information and guidelines on tax credits resulting from investing in renewable energies in North Carolina. It provides a legislative background of the issue dating back to 1999 as well as punctual information on credit ceilings, definitions, eligibility, requirements, frequently asked questions and tax credit amount for each type of renewable energy considered.

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.

Evaluating the Potential of Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic Energy in Compliance with the Technical Building Code (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 18, 2011

The study published by the Spanish Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE) presents an in-depth analysis of the solar thermal energy potential for domestic hot water and swimming pool water heating, as well as the benefits of the solar photovoltaic energy feeding into the grid. A key reference for the study has been the text of the Spanish Technical Building Code (CTE) in force.

Solar Thermal Energy Act: Implications, Obligations and Benefits for Application (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 10, 2011

This presentation was done during the Montevideo Construction Fair by Mesa Solar, the organization promoting solar thermal energy in Uruguay. It aims at informing the participants about the legal and policy background that Uruguay is offering in order to support investments in the solar thermal sector.

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).

Public-Private Partnership for the Promotion of Solar Energy in Uruguay (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 30, 2011

This publication includes information about the creation of Mesa Solar in 2007 with the support of UNESCO. Mesa Solar has been created to support the development of solar water heating in Uruguay. Mesa Solar gathers different public and private organisations, from government, civil society and companies.


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