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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.

Green Energy Ohio Solar Thermal Rebate Program (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 15, 2015

This page covers the rebates and incentives set up by Green Energy Ohio (GEO) in 2009. GEO is a nonprofit organization that promotes the economic and environmentally sustainable energy policies in Ohio, and also serves as the Ohio Chapter for the American Solar Energy Society. It offers how much the incentives can help the installment of solar thermal systems and the steps for participating. It offers downloadable PDFs of the Overview of the program, the Rebate Application Form and the Eligibility Form.

A Guide to Fee-for-Service Solar Water Heating Programs for Caribbean Electric Utilities (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 15, 2015

This report was prepared by Caribbean Solar Technologies Ltd in 2006. The main objective of this guidebook is to increase knowledge about solar water heating fee-for-service program structures in the Caribbean region. Ultimately, this will help utility companies evaluate and develop profitable solar water heating fee-for-service programs. It starts by explaining the different types of solar thermal systems with brief descriptions and charts. It also breaks down two major service-fee programs: sale-of-energy programs and system leasing or rental programs.

CSI – Thermal Program Energy Division Staff Proposal for Solar Water Heating Program (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 15, 2015

This proposal is for a Solar Water Heating program, beyond the incentive programs in place currently in California. The goals of this program would cover the following areas: increase installations for reduction in SWH technology costs; address upfront costs with incentives; reward high performing systems and increase growth of market. It also clarifies who would administer the program and budget (with guidelines and qualifications).


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