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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.

Renewable Energies for Remote Areas and Islands (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 11, 2014

The Renewable Energy Technology Deployment, a sub-group of the International Energy Agency with the mandate to accelerate the market introduction and deployment of renewable energy technologies, issued in 2012 a report on the possibility of deploying renewable energy technologies into remote islands and regions. The communities studied in the report live in different climate conditions and latitudes, from Alaska to Spain, from Japan to Ecuador, but face similar problems in terms of distance from more populated areas. The report shows technical, economic and energy issues facing remote areas; it provides examples, perspectives and inspiration on how to develop sustainable energy strategies, ultimately reducing long-term costs of energy.

The REN21 Renewables 2011 Global Status Report (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 17, 2011

This publication was commissioned by REN21 and produced in collaboration with a global network of research partners. The report includes interesting data about the use of renewables.

Energy Revolution: A Sustainable Latin America Energy Outlook (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 29, 2011

This report, produced by Greenpeace International and EREC (European Renewable Energy Council), explores possible scenarios of energy use in Latin America.

The report develops a sustainable energy pathway up to 2050, including energy technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, among others.

Nowadays, renewable energy sources account for 27% of Latin America’s primary energy demand. Biomass is used for heating and constitutes the main renewable energy source, followed by hydro power.

Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 17, 2011

This is a comparative study conducted by a consulting company Lazard about the levelized cost of energy for various conventional and alternative energy generation technologies. The objective is to understand what is the most cost-effective energy technology for a given application, taking into account different factors such as location, dispatch characteristics, among others.

Potential for Solar Heat in Industrial Processes (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 7, 2009

This paper from 2008 wants to highlight the potential use of solar thermal plants to provide heat for industrial applications. It reports on studies which have been carried out accross the world: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Spain.

The report states that the main focus of solar thermal today is on the residential sector, which, as is acknowledged, has a lot of opportunities. However, the report also shows that the potential for industrial applications may not be ignored due to its share in primary energy consumption.

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