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U.S. Solar Market & Federal Policy Update (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This presentation was created by Justin Baca and Scott Hennessey of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). It provides an overview of the current state of the US solar market, with a focus on solar thermal on pages 13-17; and an overview of US Federal Policy towards solar thermal.

2009 Updates and Trends – IREC

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This report was from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Annual Meeting in October, 2009. The report is broken down to cover state incentives & policy trends, solar installation trends, net metering & interconnection updates & trends, and workforce development and training. For current policies that are mentioned to withstand solar growth, they mention the Energy Improvement and Reinvestment Act (part of the federal “bailout bill” in 2008) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (part of the “stimulus bill” in 2009).

Current Status of Solar Thermal Power in California (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This presentation from San Diego State University reviews the status of solar thermal energy in California. Parabolic troughs, linear Fresnel, central tower receivers, and parabolic dishes are all discussed as the present solar thermal methods in California. The Rankine, Stirling, and Brayton Cycles are visually represented and discussed in the presentation as well.

Utility Solar Water Heating Initiative – Call for SWH (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This is a letter written by the Utility Solar Water heating Initiative (USH20) to the Florida Public Service Commission in 2008. USH20 is a coalition of utilities and the solar thermal industry that focuses on implementing cost-effective solar thermal solutions for utilities and customers. Their industry members supply nearly all the SWH equipment being installed today.

Green Institute Issue Brief on Solar Energy (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This report was issued by the Green Institute in 2008 and discusses the option of a “solar carve-out” to build Minnesota’s solar future. To develop Minnesota’s renewable sources beyond 25 percent, development of additional renewable energy will be necessary, specifically solar technology. A carve-out is an addition to a renewable energy standard (RES) that specifies a portion of the RES needs to be met with a particular technology – solar.

Solar Water Heating as a Climate Protection Strategy: The Role for Carbon Finance

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 8, 2015

This report was arranged by Green Markets International. The document discuses small-scale renewable energy applications such as solar water heating that can help to protect the global climate. Solar heating offers the least expensive way in providing renewable energy and cutting back on greenhouse emissions. There are some setbacks involved; carbon trading can be the key to overcoming these setbacks. Despite the environmental and economic benefits that can be achieved from solar heating systems, there are still some barriers that are hindering its adoption in the U.S.

City of Victoria: Solar Hot Water Ready (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 7, 2015

This document was created and published by the city of Victoria, Canada. It provides information on solar thermal water heating and its benefits for new home builders in the area of. According to the document, electric water heating in a home accounts on average for about 25% of the home’s carbon footprint. Since a solar thermal water heating system can reduce a home’s electric bill by 50% on average, this represents a huge opportunity to lessen a home’s energy cost and carbon footprint.

Keys to Successful Solar Water Heating Programs (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 7, 2015

This presentation was created by the solar thermal water heating coalition US H2O. It features information on solar thermal water heating incentive programs from throughout the country, and highlights the elements that have made them successful. More information on solar thermal water heating incentive programs can be found here.

Present and Future: Solar Thermal in the US (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This presentation analyzes the state of the solar thermal market in the US in 2008. It was first presented at the 2009 Solar Thermal Roadmap Symposium hosted by the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Solar Water Heating with Low-Cost Plastic Systems (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This document was published by the Federal Energy Management Program of the US Department of Energy. It focuses on how federal buildings can meet their renewable energy targets laid out by federal law with cost effective solar thermal water heating systems, included new plastic low cost systems.

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