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Solar Water Heater Project: Design for Sustainable Communities (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report was written by Professor Ashok Gadgil of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at the University of California. The professor and a team of student researchers set out to design a solar thermal water heating system for use by native populations in Guatemala, and the document reports on their success.

DIY Serpentine Solar Water Heating (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This design manual was created by the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group, which focuses on fostering sustainable growth in developing countries. This specific project is the serpentine solar water heating system.

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.

Belo Horizonte's Steps Towards a New Solar Energy Legislation (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 9, 2015

This case study was written by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. It focuses on the city of Belo Horizonte, which is the capital of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, and recaps their experience in passing a solar thermal hot water heating system mandate for their city.

Belo Horizonte is a major city in Brazil and will host World Cup events in 2014. There are currently 2,600 buildings in Belo Horizonte which the case study claims have resulted in 22,000 tons of CO2 displaced.

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