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California: San Francisco Passes First Mandate with Solar Thermal Option

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 14, 2016
LuminaltAfter Lancaster, Sebastopol and Santa Monica, San Francisco is now the fourth – and the largest – US American city to mandate the use of solar energy in residential and commercial newbuilds. It also has the first mandate in California which can be complied with by using either solar thermal or photovoltaics. The other three cities stipulated the installation of a PV generator at newly developed premises. The mandate in San Francisco aims at owners of new residential and non-residential buildings who apply for a building permit on or after 1 January 2017. The photo shows the typical multi-storey building structure and density of San Francisco. 
Photo: Luminalt
 

USA: SRCC Expands Solar Thermal Services

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 20, 2013

The US Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) is extending its list of services for the solar thermal sector. In a press release from 31 January 2013, the organisation announces the successful accreditation as a certification body by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Consequently, the SRCC is now able to award both OG-300 and Energy Star certificates. “We thought it was in our participants’ best interest to be able to get both OG-300 and Energy Star certifications from the same organisation and save time and money,” explains Eileen Prado, Executive Director at the SRCC. Because an Energy Star listing requires an SRCC OG-300 certificate, manufacturers had been forced to first get certified by the SRCC only to go through the certification process again at an another institute accredited through ISO17065 (formerly Guide 65) as an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognised certification body.

USA: Solar Thermal SRECs traded in Washington D.C. and North Carolina

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 27, 2011

 RPS Policies with Solar/DG Provisions” More and more state governments in the USA approve Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) with a certain share of solar energy. An RPS requires utilities to retrieve a certain percentage from renewable sources every year. For example, in the District of Columbo (D.C.), utilities will have to get 20 % of their energy from renewable sources, with 0.4 % of that from solar. The map shows all states with an RPS policy including solar or Distributed Generation (DG).
Figure: dsireusa.org

USA: SRCC tackles Backlogs in Solar Thermal Testing and Certification

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 16, 2010

 Logo SRCC” The US-based Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) is on the fast lane. Within only one and a half years SRCC has increased the number of accredited test labs from two to fourteen. Collector and system suppliers that want to enter the US-market can now address test institutes in Australia, Spain, Canada, Germany, China and Switzerland, as well as the US.

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