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Assessment of Feasibility for the Replacement of Electrical Water Heaters with Solar Water Heaters in Namibia (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 26, 2009

This study, commissioned by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, provides an overview of the solar water heating (SWH) industry in Namibia in 2005, comparing it with electric solar heating. Other African countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana and their SWH development are also mentioned to help comparing the evolution of Namibia.

EU Project: Introducing Solar District Heating to the Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 24, 2009

 EU project SDHtake-off” 18 experts from twelve different institutions and associations met in Stuttgart, Germany, to launch the EU project SDHtake-off. This team is to develop and introduce a new approach and new instruments for a Europe-wide market introduction of solar district heating.
Photo: Solites

Spanish Decree on Grants for Solar Thermal Projects (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 8, 2009

This document, from the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning, is an example of legislation setting rules for grants to boost the development of renewable energies, biomass and solar thermal in the Spanish Region of Murcia.

This piece of legislation goes through all the details of the grant: its recipients (local corporations, businesses, households and nonprofit institutions), the requirements, the target areas of intervention, the characteristics of the installations covered, the procedures and documents necessary to get the funds, among others.

Solar Thermal in China (2002)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 1, 2009

This document of the Zhejiang Energy Research Institute, from 2002, provides an overview of the evolution of solar thermal use in China, since its start in early 50s until recent days, emphasising the resolutions of both the 2000-2015 Development Plan and the five -year Plan for the New and Renewable Energy Industry Development of China.

Austria: a Key Solar Thermal Market in Europe (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 14, 2009

This presentation provided by Austria Solar in 2007 offers relevant information about the Austrian solar thermal market, its evolution, the existing subsidies, publicity campaigns, training courses, together with the key figures that proof the remarkable development it has achieved in the last years.

Large-Scale Solar District Heating in Denmark

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 3, 2009

solar district heating in Gram” 802 collectors mounted in only three months: the inauguration of the latest solar district heating system by the Danish collector manufacturer Arcon Solvarme took place in the town of Gram in June this year. Photo: Arcon

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.

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