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New Association and Subsidies in Thailand

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 29, 2008

The solar thermal sector in Thailand finds its voice. After one year of preparation, the Solar Thermal Association (STA) is very close to being approved by the government. “We expect approval by January 2009”, says STA president Somsak Chutanan, CEO of the company Infratech Engineering & Services. It will be exactly one year after officially founding the association in January 2008.

The Agenda for Solar Thermal in SEIA

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 28, 2008

The solar thermal division of SEIA, the Solar Energy Industries Association in the USA, should be strengthened. This is the decision of a meeting of solar thermal stakeholders during the conference and exhibition Solar Power in San Diego in the middle of October. Representatives of the solar thermal industry as well as of the Solar Rating and Certification Cooperation (SRCC) discussed two different options.

Spain: Solar Obligation since 2006

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 29, 2008

In March 2006 the Spanish Government passed the new Technical Buildings Code (CTE). It has been the most significant reform of the country’s building sector in decades. The law covers safety, health and noise protection issues in buildings, and it deals with sustainability and energy efficiency aspects. The solar sector of the CTE includes an obligation regarding the use of solar thermal energy in all new buildings and buildings undergoing major renovation and/or changes of use. Solar energy is supposed to cover 30 to 70 % of the domestic hot water demand.

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