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Harnessing the Power of the Sun: Future of Solar Energy (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 14, 2011

Owing to the significant potential that the country is offering, New Zealand’s Solar Industry association tries to promote the use of solar technologies in different sectors. The presentation comprises an outline of the available solar technologies – passive, photovoltaic and solar thermal – and gives a more in-depth description of the latter given its multiple advantages and spread within the country.

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.

5 Star Standard: Western Australia Adds the “Plus”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 27, 2009

The Government of Western Australia aims to increase the efficiency of water heating systems in new residential buildings.  The 5 Star Plus energy and water efficiency requirements stipulate that new home builders install either an energy efficient gas water heater, a solar water heater or a heat pump (see table below). “We give homeowners the choice”, says Angela Heymans from the state’s Department of Commerce. All three types of hot water heating systems are approved as being highly efficient by the Sustainable Energy Development Office in Western Australia.

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