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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

Business Prospects for Solar Water Heating in Brazil (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 11, 2009

This study from 2006 published by Vitae Civilis analyses technical and financial alternatives to traditional water heating systems with a view to boost the development of new business models using solar thermal energy in residential, commercial and services sectors in South American countries.

A Solar Field of 7,350 m2 - and a Heat & Power Plant

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 1, 2009

 installation of 14 m2 Sunmark collectors” The quickest installation possible: It took only one month to set up the 525 flat plate collectors, each with a 14 m2 surface, in the open countryside. The 7,350 m2 solar thermal system feeds the district heating system of the Danish town of Tørring. Photo: Sunmark

Transition to Solar Thermal – Roadmap of Holland Solar (2007)

Submitted by Hans Craen on April 9, 2009

With this 2007 roadmap, the Dutch solar thermal association Holland Solar, sets out a future perspective for solar thermal market development in the Netherlands based on three timeframes i.e. 2015, 2030 and 2050. The document has to be seen in the discussion on the energy transition process and underlines that a change in cultural behaviour is needed to which all stakeholders, especially companies, authorities and research institutes, have to contribute.

May in Europe: Four Solar Thermal Events Within One Month Alone

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 3, 2009

There are a lot of places in Europe during the month of May where you can listen to highly regarded solar thermal speakers. Four solar thermal conferences will then take place in three different countries: Germany, Italy and Poland.

Solar thermal symposium

6th to 8th of May 2009 in Staffelstein, Southern Germany

50 % Growth and Other Achievements in the USA

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 1, 2009

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) estimates in its latest publication, “U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review 2008”, that the solar thermal market in the United States has grown by 50 % last year, to almost 229,000 m2 (160 MWth). The state with the biggest share of the market is still Hawaii. The number of solar water heaters that the three public utility companies Heco, Helco and Meco rebated even grew by 55 %, to 8,207 systems in 2008 (2007: 5,295 systems).

Barriers to Technology Diffusion: the Case of Solar Thermal Technologies (2006)

Submitted by Hans Craen on March 27, 2009

This joint paper from the OECD and IEA (October 2006) looks into the different barriers that exist which prevent solar thermal technologies to deliver its real potential. Next to listing the barriers, the document also looks into means to overcome these, the existing technologies & markets and identifies best practices which can be used by policy makers in both industrialised and developing countries.

Three barriers to diffusion are analysed in more detail:

(1) Technical barriers,

(2) Economic barriers and

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