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Solar Water Heating Calculation Tool

Submitted by Amr Hai on May 15, 2015

This Calculation Tool was developed by the National Country Program of Albania under the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative. 

Applying UNEP’s Solar Water Heating TechScope Market Readiness Assessment in Mauritius and Seychelles

Submitted by Amr Hai on March 20, 2015

Islands face particular energy challenges. Costly imports of fossil fuels, for one, can burden island budgets and inhibit investment in socio-economic development. SWH systems are highly cost effective in an island setting with high electricity prices. Further attempts to increase SWH uptake in islands will need to address the lack of information on system options and how to install them, upfront financing cost, and difficulty in obtaining loans.

REPAP2020: Roadmap Fixes 2020 Targets for the Solar Share in the Heating and Cooling Sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 2, 2010

 Share of solar heating and cooling” Some countries in Europe have made plans for using solar energy to cover between 1 and 4% of their gross final demand of heating and cooling by 2020. The states with the most ambitious targets regarding their national sector are Portugal, Germany and France.
Source: National RES Industry Roadmaps

Great Britain: Drafting of NREAP without consulting the Public or Stakeholders

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 27, 2010

Great Britain is a country with a fair number of governmental initiatives intended to save carbon emissions. Two major documents are the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan and the Renewable Energy Strategy (RES) published in July 2009, which cover all industries and renewable technologies. There is no doubt about the country taking its responsibility of reducing greenhouse gas emissions seriously, with RES 2020 targets calling for a reduction of 15 % in such emissions.

Malta: Solar Water Heaters used by half of the Households by 2020

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 19, 2010

The Malta Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energies Association (M.E.E.R.E.A.) has taken on the drafting of the roadmap to ensure the future development of renewable energy sources on the sunny island in the Mediterranean Sea. M.E.E.R.E.A. is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation established in June 2001.

France already set Targets in 2007: Great efforts to reach them

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 18, 2010

France is the frontrunner in Europe in terms of implementing political frame conditions for solar thermal technology. The government already approved the country's energy law, the so-called “Grenelle de l’Environnement“, in 2007. Richard Loyen, Secretary General of the French Solar Energy Association Enerplan, explained that the law, “more or less anticipated the implementation of the RES Directive” when he spoke during an association workshop organized by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) in Brussels last December.

Austria: Solar Thermal Roadmap 2020 (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 13, 2010

In order to reach the goal of 34% renewables in 2020, Austria needs to increase significantly the share of renewable heating and cooling in its energy mix. Solar Thermal can deliver an important contribution to that goal.

Read document below (only available in German)

Romania: Solar Heating and Cooling in its political Infancy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 23, 2009

Romania is a good example for a country that is still only beginning to establish a policy for solar heating and cooling – not merely on the side of the government, but also on the side of the industry and its suppliers. As of 21 December 2009, there has not yet been a date announced for the first draft of the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP).

Greece: A newly founded and independent Energy Ministry heads the drafting of NREAP

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 23, 2009

Some recent personnel changes taken by the new Greek government makes you optimistic about the future of renewable energy policy in Greece. First, the government appointed Prof. Arthouros Zervos, long-term President of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) and the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), CEO of state-controlled Public Power Corporation (PPC), the country’s biggest electricity provider.

Poland: Ambitious Industry versus Conservative Government

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 18, 2009

The Polish solar thermal industry exudes confident. It reached one of the highest growth rates of all European countries in recent years. Average growth has meant around 43% annually since 2001, according to Grzegorz Wisniewski , head of the Polish Institute for Renewable Energy (IEO). In 2009, the newly installed collector area amounted to an estimated 200,000 m2; the target for 2010 is 350,000 m2.


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