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Arizona Solar Energy and Economics Outlook (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 14, 2015

This report was arranged by William P. Patton, Ph. D., Economic and Business Research Center, University of Arizona. The document discusses the need for the United States to make the switch from fossil fuels to solar energy as a more reliable and environmentally sound energy source.A study was conducted in Arizona in order to discover the potential for solar electric generation in Arizona and also to figure out the economic and environmental impacts on the increased use of solar power.

Experiences with the Renewable Heat Law (EWärmeG) Baden-Württemberg (2015)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on March 6, 2015

This presentation, prepared by Dr. Volker Kienzlen of Climate and Energy Agency of Baden-Wurttenberg (KEA), was presented at the EU Conference "Heating and Cooling in teh European Energy Transition", held in Brussels on 26-27 February 2015. 

South Africa: Building Regulation Not Applied as Intended

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2015
SOLTRAIN stakeholder meetingExtended South African National Standard SANS10400 XA, Energy Usage in Buildings, is the big hope of the country’s solar thermal system suppliers. Part XA 2, which was added to SANS 10400 in September 2011, reads: "A minimum volume fraction of 50 % of the annual average heating requirement for hot water shall be provided by means other than electric resistance heating or fossil fuels.” The regulation applies to all new buildings with hot water consumption, as well as refurbished ones if the refurbishment requires planning approval from a local authority (for more details, see the attached architectural guide). After a transition period and a broad discussion among those affected by the new regulation, XA officially became law on 9 September 2014. The photo shows one of the stakeholder meetings within SOLTRAIN, the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative.
Photo: SOLTRAIN
 

National Building Regulation in South Africa

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2015
Since September 2014 the extended South African National Standard SANS10400 XA is in force that stipulates that a minimum volume fraction of 50 % of the annual average heating requirement for hot water shall be provided by means other than electric resistance heating or fossil fuels. The regulation applies to all new buildings with hot water consumption, as well as refurbished ones if the refurbishment requires planning approval from a local authority. For further details read news.

Solar Thermal in Industries: Status and Perspectives (2012)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on January 30, 2015

This presentation was made by Werner B. Koldehoff at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) workshop "Solar Thermal Thailand" held in Berlin on March 2012. It presents the status of solar thermal industry in Germany and worldwide to analyse the potential develoment of the industry in Thailand. 

Uruguay: New Regulations for Solar Housing Projects

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 23, 2015
Uruguay regulatiosUruguay took the next step towards a sunny future for the country. With the approval of the new regulation for the promotion of social housing projects, which entered into force on 16 June 2014, the Uruguayan Ministry of Housing, Land Use Planning and Environment, MVOTMA, stipulated that private investors in social housing projects can only receive the tax credits offered in law no. 18.795 from August 2011 if they install pipes and structures required for setting up a solar water heater later. Since June, solar thermal systems and their pre-installation requirements have received much more attention from architects, and solar thermal specialists see increasing demand for their engineering and design solutions. 
 

Jordan: “The solar bylaw is not going to have a strong impact on the market”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 6, 2015
Millennium Solar EnergySince April 2013, Jordan has had a solar bylaw in place. The rules of the bylaw were stipulated in Article 10 of Law No. 73, which had already entered into force in 2012. Solar water heaters are a mandatory requirement for every new multi-family building with more than 150 m² of living space, for every new office building exceeding 100 m² of floor space, as well as each new public building with more than 250 m². There are, however, no additional regulations regarding quality standards or system sizes. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Angelika Cerny, International Sales Coordinator at Jordan-based solar thermal turnkey-solution provider Millennium Energy Industries (MEI), about the effectiveness of the bylaw and the market development in Jordan. The photo shows an 80 m2 vacuum tube collector field which was set up in 2013 as a pergola for the office building of Jordan company EDGO Ventures in Amman. 
Photo: Millennium Solar Energy
 

Bylaw in Jordan

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 6, 2015
In 2012, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources along with the National Energy Research Center in Jordan approved a solar bylaw which entered into force in April 2013 (see the attached document). According to Article 10 of Law No. 73, solar water heaters are a mandatory requirement for every new multi-family building with more than 150 m² of living space, for every new office building exceeding 100 m² of floor space, as well as each new public building with more than 250 m². The bylaw encourages spreading the national awareness in the field of conservation of energy and improvement of its efficiency and helps establishing a database related to conservation of energy and improvement of its efficiency. There are, however, no additional regulations regarding quality standards or system sizes.

Building the Invisible Sun: Solar District Heating with Long-Term Thermal Energy Storage (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on December 12, 2014

This document on solar district heating (SDH) was presented by Adam Reed, research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder, at the Western Energy Policy Research Conference held in San Francisco on 4-5 September 2014.

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