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SOLTHERM Europe – Campaign Guidelines (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 23, 2010

This report was prepared on the framework of the Soltherm Project. It aims to provide recommendations and guidelines for any party (local authorities, energy utilities, consultants and energy agencies) involved or interested in market enlargement actions for solar heating products in Europe.

The document is based on experience and best practices from previous campaigns and market stimulation activities. It also included promotion and publicity opportunities for both demand and supply side.

California Solar Rebates, Tax Credits and Other Incentives (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 15, 2010

This short document from SFEnvironment, a department of the City County of San Francisco, provides information on different incentive programmes carried out in California USA, like the San Francisco’s GoSolarSF Incentive Programme, the California Solar Initiative, Single Family Low Income Programme, the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing, the Solar Water Heating, among many others.

The document includes a short description of each scheme and links to official website.

Solar Energy in Barcelona. The Solar Thermal Ordinance (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 12, 2010

This report prepared by the Polytechnic University in Catalunya gives the reader a complete overview of the Barcelona solar thermal ordinance, created in 2000, and the role of the Barcelona City Council in this regard.

Overview of RES-H/RES-C Support Options (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 22, 2010

The present report was prepared in the framework of the RES-H Policy project (Policy development for improving RES-H/C penetration in European Member States (RES-H Policy)). The aim is to provide an overview of possible policy instruments to support the development of renewable heating (RES-H) and cooling (RES-C) technologies in the different EU Member States.

Combined Heating, Cooling and Power Generation in the Small Capacity Range (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 5, 2010

This brochure explains the objectives of the PolySMART Project (POLYgeneration with advanced small and medium scale thermally driven air-conditioning and refrigeration technology), an integrated project partly funded by the European Commission under 6th Framework Programme.

The project started in 2006 and lasted four years and had as objective to promote and facilitate the market penetration of these technologies, by demonstrating the cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions it provides.

Stirling Engine, Solar & Efficient Heat for Eco-village in Hjortshøj (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 13, 2010

Mr Gunnar Boye Olesen from INFORSE-Europe made this presentation during the INFORSE-Europe European Sustainable Energy NGO Seminar Artefact held in Germany in November 2009.

This short document explains the concept of the eco-village "Andelssamfundet i Hjortshøj", near Århus, Denmark, created in 1991, where solar heating systems were installed.

Until 2002 the heating was provided by a wood pellet boiler, but in 2002 it was decided to increase the heating station with a wood-chip boiler and a stirling engine for combined heat and power production.

Great Britain: Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) under Public Review

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 8, 2010

The UK Government is currently seeking views on the introduction of a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme to start in April 2011. Responses to the consultation are invited by Monday 26th April 2010. Details can be accessed here.

The key proposed aspects of the RHI are as follows:

Solar Thermal Energy Solutions (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 8, 2010

As heat accounts for almost 50% of the final energy demand in the EU, the use of solar thermal technologies should be considered as a very valuable option for EU member States when drafting the national renewable action plans, resulting from the so-called RES 2020 Directive (2009/28/EC).

Morocco Country Paper in the Field of Certification and Standardization of SWHs (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 2, 2010

Two representatives of the CDER (Moroccan Centre for the Development of Renewable Energies) gave a presentation during the Regional Workshop on SWH Certification and Standardization organised by RCREEE (Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency).

The presentation provided an overview of the certification and standardisation processes and authorities in Morocco. The local governments are trying to increase the use of the renewable energy sources. It is expected that 42% of electricity will be generated from renewable energy sources, from which 14% solar, by 2020

Yemen: Framework to Promote Domestic Solar Water Heaters (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 29, 2010

This presentation was made during the Regional Workshop on SWH Certification and Standardization organised by RCREEE (Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency) in Tunisia in autumn 2009.
The presentation shows the results of a study on the framework needed for the introduction of domestic solar water heaters in Yemen.

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