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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.

Life Cycle Considerations for Solar Energy Technologies (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This document was created and published by Maxwell K. Micali of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). It provides an overview of various life cycle considerations as they apply to the use of solar energy technologies.

Frontrunner in Solar Obligations in Africa

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 28, 2015
The government of the East-African country approved the so-called Energy (Solar Water Heating) Regulations 2012, which were gazetted on 25 May that year. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is implementing a number of measures to support the implementation of the ordinance. 
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Kenya: Financial Scheme Attached to Solar Obligation

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 28, 2015
Solimpexs AfricaKenya is the frontrunner in solar obligations in Africa. The government of the East-African country approved the so-called Energy (Solar Water Heating) Regulations 2012, which were gazetted on 25 May that year (see the attached PDF). The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) confirmed that there “has been significant growth in solar thermal” since the solar obligation came into force. The financial institutions have also jumped on the solar bandwagon recently and are creating asset finance solutions to make solar water heating systems affordable. One of them is Housing Finance, a firm quoted on the Nairobi Stock Exchange. The company started the SolaPawa programme in March 2015 to focus “primarily on the provision of financing for solar water heating systems for both domestic and commercial entities,” Achieng Oluoch, Head of Marketing at Housing Finance, explains. “Our objective is to enable individuals and institutions to comply with this law in a convenient manner.”
Photo: Solimpexs Africa
 

Building a Solar Future – Recovering America’s Homes, Businesses and Industry with Solar Energy (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 22, 2015

This report was put out in 2010 by Environment America Research & Police Center. The basis of this report is America’s potential and how the goal should be set to obtain 10 percent or more total energy consumption from the sun by 2030 using solar technology.

Ithaca Park & Recreational Facility (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 21, 2015

This case study was created by plumbing equipment manufacturer Frank P. Langley Co. It reports on a solar thermal installation for the Parks and Recreational Facility of the city of Ithaca, NY.

Eight collectors connected to two 240 gallon tanks were installed for use on the facility. The project was funded by the Recovery Act, and the equipment was eligible under the Buy American rules.

Taitem Engineering was the design engineer for the project, and SunSky Energy served as the installation contractor.

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