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Handbook for the Solar Water Heating Pilot Programme in California (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 27, 2009

The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) developed a Solar Water Heating Pilot Programme, following the launch of the California Solar Initiative (CSI) in 2006, intended to promote the greenhouse gas emissions reduction by lowering the usage of natural gas and electricity for water heating.

Pilot Project for the Installation of Solar Collectors on Easter Island (2006/2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 23, 2009

These two reports provide a technical and economic evaluation of a Pilot Project on Easter Island, integrated in the Chile National Plan to promote the use of Solar Collectors. The Easter Island was selected as pilot region for the implementation of this national plan due to its favourable weather conditions. The preliminary conclusions of this initial report confirm the potential of solar thermal energy for sanitary water heating in Chile.

Renewable Energies Sources in Finland – OPET Report (2002)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 22, 2009

In 2000, 25% of Finland’s energy consumption resulted from renewable energy sources, which makes Finland share of RES in the total energy consumption the third highest in the EU.

Nonetheless, the government launched a National Climate Strategy and Action Plan for Renewable Energy in 2001 with a view to meet the Kyoto commitments for Finland. The long-term objective is to increase the competitiveness of renewable energies and to ease the development of an open energy market without continuous support measures.

Solar Thermal in Spain (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 16, 2009

This document produced by the Spanish IDAE (Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía) in 2007 explains what is solar thermal energy, its benefits and applications, providing at the same time practical information like for instance the incentive programmes existing in Spain (for both single family houses and hotels) and the prices of solar thermal equipment.

Commercial combined Solar and Pellet Heating Systems (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 14, 2009

Electrical heaters are often used as the auxiliary heat source for solar thermal heating systems, but the use of wood pellets in pellet stoves and pellet boilers is becoming more and more popular.

In Sweden, which is the most developed European market for pellet heating systems for one-and two-family houses, an estimated 30000 pellet heating units had already been installed by the end of 2001.

Market Study on Solar Collectors in Chile (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 14, 2009

In 2004, the consumption of primary energy sources in Chile was still very significant (oil 39%; natural gas 19%; hydroelectricity 18%; coal 10% and wood and other fuels 14%).

Given this high dependence on fossil fuels, the Government of Chile has set a target of supplying 15% of the new electric generating capacity with renewable energy sources between 2006 and 2010. With this in mind, the Chile Energy National Commission commissioned this study in order to help developing a national plan for the promotion of solar thermal energy in Chile.

Emerging Industry & Occupations Report (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2009

In 2008 the Centers of Excellence (COE) conducted a survey of 212 solar and solar-related businesses throughout California, which enabled to identify the regions within California that exhibited the greatest need for workers: the Bay Area; the Greater Sacramento area; Southern California; and Los Angeles County.

Solar Water Heating Fee-for-Service Programmes in the Caribbean Region (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 16, 2009

This 2006 guidebook, prepared with the support of several institutions (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP); Blue Moon Fund; Oak Foundation; Green Markets International; Caribbean Solar Technologies Limited; Vitae Civilis Institute) provides electric utility companies substantial information about solar water heating fee-for-service programmes with a view to boost its development on residential, commercial, and industrial applications, without using government subsidies.

Austria: Solar District Heating on the Rise in Graz

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 16, 2009

 inauguration S.O.L.I.D plant” On the 15th of May, the city of Graz saw the inauguration of another large-scale solar thermal installation (from left): Dr. Wolfgang Messner (Graz AG), Andrea Pavlovec-Meixner and Sonja Grabner (municipal councillors), Christian Holter (S.O.L.I.D) and Wolfgang Malik (Graz AG). Photo: Graz AG


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