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Clean Energy Action Plan Towards 50/50 by 2020 in the Bega Valley Shire (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

Clean Energy for Eternity, Inc. provides this thirty-seven page document to promote and stimulate relevant bodies to take appropriate action to reduce energy use and develop local clean energy generation projects.  The use of solar energy is a large portion of what the Clean Energy working group suggests as these “appropriate actions”.

Development of a Solar Rating and Certification Laboratory in Minnesota (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 16, 2015

This is a report prepared by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security (OES) to the Legislature. It focuses on solar thermal technologies for domestic hot water and space heating. This legislation came about from concerns that the nationally recognized solar thermal certification organization, Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC), process was inadequately serving Minnesota’s solar thermal industry.

Building Integrated Solar Thermal Roofing Systems History, Current Status and Future Promise

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 16, 2015

This document was prepared by the American Solar Roofing Company and explains building integrated solar thermal (BIST) designs. There are four characteristics mentioned in this report to help distinguish the different types of BIST roofing: roof panel size, heat transfer fluid containment, glazing and focusing methods. It discusses the history of BIST and mentions some of the earliest examples of this technology. It also explains the composition of these systems, describing the materials used and how it works.

Solar Thermal Design: Research, Design and Installation of a Solar Hot Water System for Redwood National Park (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 16, 2015

This paper details the research, design and installation of the solar thermal water-heating project at the Redwood Information Center (RIC) in Orick, California, USA in 2003. After research, they chose to focus on active, indirect solar thermal systems, rather than a passive system. An active system utilizes pumps, rather than natural heat convection currents to move thermal liquid throughout the system. This report takes you through the factors (hot water demand, solar availability) and choices they had to weigh for the system before installation.

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

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 16, 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. Technologies described to accomplish this include: concentrating solar power, solar water heaters, solar space heating/cooling, and passive solar design. Through the use of these technologies, it can affect homes, businesses, transportation and entire communities.

Worldwide capacity of solar thermal energy greatly underestimated (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 16, 2015

This statement was released by the International Energy Association (IEA). The IEA’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme and major solar thermal trade associations released these new statistics in GWth, rather than square meters. They state this as the reason for the underestimation of the solar thermal capacity. By using square meters of collector area, you’re not using a unit comparable with any other energy sources.

Solar Thermal Billing Program in Florida (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 16, 2015

This report was released by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in 2006. It breaks down the Lakeland Electric’s solar thermal billing program in Florida. In 1996, Lakeland Electric conducted a solar water heating research study that obtained positive results through phone surveys. In 1997, they implemented a solar thermal system and charted billing, benefits and workings of the system. It mentions the benefits of the program to the solar contractors, the customers and the utilities.

Stanwell Solar Thermal Power Project (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 16, 2015

This paper was released by the Stanwell Corporation, University of Sydney and the University of NSW in 2006. It describes the success and implementation of the Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar thermal system.

Concentrated Solar Power – Focusing the sun’s energy for large-scale power generation (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 15, 2015

This fact sheet was written by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute in 2009. The document starts with a brief background on solar thermal energy and then describes the different types of solar thermal systems (parabolic trough, linear fresnal reflectors, dish/engine, power tower). It covers nighttime generation and how systems use supplemental fuels or thermal storage. The “Water and Land Impacts” section discusses land requirements for single rooftop systems to large power tower systems and water usage.

Federal Solar Energy Incentives – FAQ (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 15, 2015

This document was part of the Solar Energy Industries Association Guide to Federal Incentives for Solar Energy published in 2009. It goes over common questions for the consumer regarding federal rebates and incentives. Questions range from claiming rebates from utilities, as well as federal, options for choosing rebates over tax credits, eligibility for new housing for residential or commercial credits, and what exactly the tax credits are allowed to cover.


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