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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.

Solar Trends in Canada: Linking Demand to the Supply Chain (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This document was created and published by David Eisenbud of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA).  It reports on Canada’s energy situation and how solar thermal fits into the mix. Canada does not have a comprehensive national renewable energy plan, due partially to the fact that Canada is rich in oil and gas resources, according to the presentation. However solar does work in Canada, and is both scalable and growing domestically.

Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Commercial Program (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This document was created and published by Zapotec Energy, and provides information on MassCEC’s solar thermal water heating incentive program for commercial applications. It is emblematic of how private companies are utilizing incentives to further develop the market for solar thermal. More information on other solar thermal incentive programs can be found here.

Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Program Residential Performance Monitoring Interim Report (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This report was created and published by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). It provides a preliminary analysis of the monitoring that had been done to judge the efficiency of select water heating systems which were installed under the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Program.

Lebanon: Municipalities of Tyre Discuss Solar Obligation Pilot Project

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 28, 2015
Lebanon workshopThe Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) has organised a consultation meeting with the Union of Tyre Municipalities (UOTM) to discuss the implementation of a solar ordinance in the south of Lebanon. The workshop took place in the Platinum Hotel in the city of Tyre on 9 May under the patronage of Abdel Mohsen El Husseini, President of the UOTM. This consultation meeting was a follow-up to a series of bilateral talks with individual municipalities to introduce and promote the implementation of a solar obligation at municipality level. With its 60 municipalities, the UOTM is committed to adopting a solar obligation in the framework of a pilot project. 
Photo: LCEC
 

Solar Hot Water Pilot Program Evaluation (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 26, 2015

This report comes from The Electric and Gas Program Administrators of Massachusetts. It is an evaluation of the successes of the National Grid’s Solar Hot Water (SHW) Pilot Program in brining solar thermal water heating to low-income residential neighborhoods in Massachusetts.

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