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Solar Water Heating TechScope Market Readiness Assessment for Eight Countries in the Arab Region

Submitted by Amr Hai on December 4, 2015

This regional assessment report applies the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessments Methodology in eight countries of the Arab region: Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, UAE and Palestine. It is recommended that the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment Report be read in parallel with this report.

The assessment report highlights different opportunities and the current status of solar water heaters in the eight countries mentioned above for which the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Methodology/ Assessment has been conducted. It conclude that although most of Arab countries are located in the solar belt, the penetration rate of solar water heaters in the region still remains low.

India Launches International Solar Alliance: Light up lives and power their future

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 30, 2015
Narendra ModiIndia´s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has invited the sun-rich countries between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn to join an International Solar Alliance (ISA). Modi’s aim is to create a collaborative platform for an increased deployment of solar energy technologies, which will enhance energy security as well as sustainable development, improve access to energy and opportunities for better livelihoods in rural and remote areas and increase living standards. The prime minister will use the gathering of the head of states at the Climate Change Conference in Paris to establish ISA. The photo shows Modi in discussion with African delegates during the India-Africa Forum Summit in October 2015. “When the sun sets, tens of millions of homes in India and Africa become dark. We want to light up the lives of our people and power their future," Modi said during this meeting, according to Indian media.
 

Costa Rica: Rising Energy Prices to Benefit Solar Water Heating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 25, 2015
Swissol Costa RicaCosta Ricans currently spend up to 40 % of their electricity bill on hot water supply. With an average annual increase of 5.3 %, the demand for electricity has quadrupled over the last 20 years and prices have more than doubled during the same period. Therefore, one should assume solar water heaters to be popular in a country where solar irradiation is as high as 2,100 W per m² and year. Unfortunately, the Costa Rican Statistical Office does not provide any figures on the total collector area installed across the country. 
Photo: Swissol
 

Austria: One World Solar Collector Receives Solar Keymark

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 20, 2015
SunlumoThe One World Solar Collector developed by Austrian company Sunlumo finally received a Solar Keymark certificate in October 2015 (see the attached PDF). This is a milestone in the long design and development process, which started in 2009. “We designed a completely new collector model optimising weight, performance, logistics and raw materials,” Robert Buchinger (left), Managing Director of Sunlumo, says about the long term R&D project. The photo, which was taken at machinery supplier Fill’s booth at the 2014 edition of Fakuma, the international trade fair for plastics processing, in Germany, shows Buchinger and Wilhelm Rupertsberger, Head of Competence Center Polymer Technology at FilI, holding up the pilot collector with a gross collector area of 0.95 m² and a weight of only 8.1 kg. Sunlumo is looking for investors who want to purchase a complete production line as well as the license and produce the polymer collector locally. The One World Solar Collector is the third 100 % polymer collector with a Solar Keymark certificate. The other two are Eco Flare 3M by Israeli manufacturer Magen Eco Energy and a collector from Norway’s Aventa. 
Photo: Sunlumo
 

Brazil: Impact of São Paulo Solar Obligation

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 13, 2015
Velp Mais BrazilSão Paulo’s around 30,000 new building permits per year and a municipality bylaw (Number 14449/2007) which has required construction companies to make solar water heating part of almost every newbuild since 2008 have created expectations for a flourishing solar thermal sector in this Brazilian city. Independent consultancies estimate that the local solar obligation has led to 110,000 m² of collector area installed at residential buildings.
Photo: Velp Mais
 

Austria: Mysolar Offers to Replace Old Solar Thermal Collectors

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 9, 2015
DünhofenIn a country with a high market penetration of solar water heaters and a decline in new installations, companies have to look for new business opportunities elsewhere. For example, Austrian installation company Mysolar specialises in replacing old solar water heaters which have been losing efficiency because of aging collectors. At a fixed price, the company will replace old collectors by new ones. 
Photo: Mysolar
 

Report on Solar Water Heating in the Tourism Industry (with a focus on the Caribbean Region)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 29, 2015

Tourism is one of the main economic drivers in the Caribbean region. For many islands in the region, tourism is a major source of GDP and employment. Like all companies, tourism businesses seek to reduce operating costs and increase revenues. In the Caribbean region, tourism businesses face high and fluctuating energy prices because most islands rely almost entirely on imported liquid fossil fuels for energy generation.

In addition, Caribbean tourism businesses are facing increasing pressure to improve their environmental performance to meet the growing demand for greater sustainability in the travel and tourism industry. By implementing sustainability measures, the tourism industry can contribute to the region’s ambitious targets to reduce fossil fuel consumption and increase the share of renewable energy to total electricity generation. There are a wide range of sustainability strategies tourism businesses can pursue to minimize their environmental impact including adopting renewable energy technologies.

This report provides a starting point for tourism businesses that are interested in exploring the opportunity of Solar Water Heating (SWH), specifically, for small to medium sized hotels.

European Energy Labelling: Solar Manufacturers Have Doubts

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 27, 2015
Solrico energy labellingThere is great scepticism among Europe’s solar thermal collector manufacturers about whether or not the energy labelling will increase demand for solar thermal systems. In a survey carried out by German agency solrico, more than 50 % of the European solar thermal manufacturers disagreed with the statement “The energy labelling will foster your solar sales”. All in all, 158 solar collector and solar tank manufacturers in Europe answered the multiple-choice question (Do you agree with the following statement – The energy labelling will foster your solar sales?) by ticking one of five answers: strongly agree, agree, tend to agree, disagree and strongly disagree. The chart shows the results at national level. The figures in brackets display the number of valid answers from each country.
Chart: solrico
 

Solar Water Heating TechScope Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reductions Calculator

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 16, 2015

The Solar Water Heating (SWH) TechScope Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reductions Calculator is an Excel-based evaluation tool integrated as an additional module into the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Analysis Tool.

The SWH TechScope GHG Calculator provides complementary functions designed to help policymakers quantify GHG emissions reductions associated with increased development of SWH systems.

Solar Water Heating TechScope Market Readiness Assessment for Eight Caribbean Countries

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 16, 2015

This regional assessment report applies the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessments Methodology in eight Caribbean countries: Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican Republic Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. It is recommended that the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment Report be read in parallel with this report.

The assessment report highlights that solar water heating (SWH) systems can be highly cost-effective across the Caribbean, taking advantage of the region’s abundant solar resource. The report remarks that persistent barriers to SWH adoption remain across many Caribbean countries, such as financial barriers, weak enabling policy environments, lack of public awareness, and small and fragmented SWH industries.

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