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Brazil: Rising Electricity Prices Put Spotlight on Solar Thermal

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 27, 2014
Logos BrazilBecause Brazil has been using hydropower to generate more than 75 % of its electricity, constant droughts have increased average electricity costs tremendously. What seems to be bad news for the end customers could turn into an opportunity for the solar thermal sector. DASOL, the Solar Heating Department of the association ABRAVA, expects to reach an agreement with the government on the development of new incentive schemes, mainly for social housing programmes.
 

Brazil: New Requirements for Solar Installations on Social Housing

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 23, 2011

 My Home My Life programmeThe Brazilian social housing programme 'My Home My Life' has now entered its second phase (2011/2014). Despite new rules, installing a solar water heater remains mandatory for all single-family houses whose owners have a wage lower than Brazilian Real (BRL) 1,600. The sector had to wait until 27 September for the government-owned bank CAIXA to release the technical requirements for solar thermal systems. Now, the new projects are ready to begin. Each solar water system, including installation, is subsidised with up to 2,000 BRL/residential unit. For newly built multi-family houses, the low-income solar system is optional.
Source: EPA

Intersolar Speakers present latest figures of key Solar Thermal Markets

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 17, 2011

 Market figures from key solar thermal markets” Several well-known speakers shared their market figures from key solar thermal markets worldwide with the audience of the Global Solar Thermal Markets session at the Intersolar Conference at the beginning of June. Whereas India and Brazil maintain high growth rates, the European solar heating and cooling sector has to again cope with a decline of now 13 % in 2010 compared to the previous year. The chart shows the developments of markets with a volume of 200,000 and 500,000 m2. It is part of the 16-page brochure “Solar Thermal Markets in Europe”, which the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) presented at the Intersolar.
Figure: ESTIF

Brazil: low Income Multi-family House with individual Solar Water Heaters and Gas Back-up

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 12, 2011

 Thermosiphon systems in Rio de Janeiro” The cooperation project between the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the federal housing bank CAIXA bears first fruits. A multi-family house in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro with 496 units was equipped with one thermosiphon system each. This installation serves as a showcase for this kind of technology, as it is the first in Rio de Janeiro which uses gas instead of electricity as an auxiliary heating source.
Photo: GIZ

Brazil: Social Housing Programme mandates Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 10, 2010

All new houses built within the framework of “My Home My Life” (Minha Casa Minha Vida), a Brazilian housing programme for families with an income of a maximum of three times the minimum wage in the South, Southeast and Midwest region, will have to be equipped with solar water heaters. The regulation was announced by Inês Magalhães, the National Secretary of Housing, on 5 November in a news article on the Ecodebate website. The mandate will come into force at the beginning of 2011, during the second phase of the housing programme.

Brazil: My Home My Life Programme requires Qualisol certified Installers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 7, 2010

 Brazilian installer label Qualisol”


The Brazilian installer label Qualisol has recently gained greater visibility in the market. Not only does CAIXA, the national mortgage bank for the housing sector, now require installers to provide a Qualisol label to take part in the social housing programme My Home My Life (Minha Casa Minha Vida), but also some of the energy utilities' efficiency programmes accept only installers which are Qualisol certified.

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