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Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.: Solar Water Heating Study (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This study reports on the results of monitoring done to a sample of 70 solar thermal water heating systems installed across four cooperatives. Data loggers were installed in 30 of the solar water heating system homes, to monitor both the solar system and the energy usage of the conventional water heating systems. The systems had been installed with grants administered by the state of South Carolina. The final results of the study were positive. Solar thermal water heating homes were able to use solar heated water in the later afternoon and evening.

Solar Water Heater (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report was written by Jean Cariou of the Global Energy Network Institute. It is a comprehensive study of the technology, the economics, and the feasibility of large scale solar thermal installations. According to the report, solar thermal water heating has the potential to reduce electricity use and subsequent energy costs by up to 75% annually.

Savings from Heating with Solar Air (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This document was created and published by Gerald van Decker of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). It provides information on what kind of savings can be expected from installing solar thermal air heating systems. For more information on solar thermal incentives please visit here.

Solar Thermal Air Conditioner: Method Of Operation (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This diagram was created by IceSolair. The diagram explains the methods and modes of how solar thermal air conditioning systems operate, it also looks at the various parts and technologies that allow the system to work, and it shows how the system works in reverse for heating purposes.

Wright State Solar Tour Event (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 8, 2015

This presentation was created by Wright State University. It provides information on the “Solar Tour” of their campus, focusing on their newly installed solar thermal hot water heating system for the campus swimming pool. Wright State University is committed to renewable energy, and has a number of various sources on campus. In 2010, the campus installed a solar thermal hot water heating system for their Olympic sized swimming pool on campus.

City of Victoria: Solar Hot Water Ready (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 7, 2015

This document was created and published by the city of Victoria, Canada. It provides information on solar thermal water heating and its benefits for new home builders in the area of. According to the document, electric water heating in a home accounts on average for about 25% of the home’s carbon footprint. Since a solar thermal water heating system can reduce a home’s electric bill by 50% on average, this represents a huge opportunity to lessen a home’s energy cost and carbon footprint.

Unparalleled Life Cycle Savings: Solar Thermal Technology and Condensing Boilers (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 7, 2015

This white paper was written by Sutherland D. Junge of Unical/Lattner. It presents the case for using the combination system of solar thermal and condensing boiler technologies (STaCB), and focuses on the cost savings of these systems. STaCB systems can be used for a wide variety of applications, including in-floor radiant heating, swimming pools, snow melting and domestic hot water systems. The presentation concedes that the upfront capital costs of installing a STaCB system is greater than the initial price of installing a more conventional solar thermal system.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Initiative of the Month: Town of Okotoks (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This report was created and published by the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP). It highlights an important and successful greenhouse gas reduction project from the town of Okotoks, the Drake Landing Solar Community.

CSP Deployment in Mexico (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This presentation was created and published by Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electricidad. It provides information on the current state of utility development in Mexico, and how Comision Federal de Electricidad is planning on using solar thermal power to fill in existing gaps.

Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Commercial Program (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This document was created and published by Zapotec Energy, and provides information on MassCEC’s solar thermal water heating incentive program for commercial applications. It is emblematic of how private companies are utilizing incentives to further develop the market for solar thermal. More information on other solar thermal incentive programs can be found here.

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