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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).

A Homebuilder’s Guide to Going Solar (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 15, 2015

This guide helps homebuilders make the decision to go solar for their customers. They discuss the economics and costs of installing a solar thermal or solar electric system to why their customers would prefer a solar hot water heating system. When included in a new house, the cost of the system is included in the mortgage, and the monthly payments are small, to make a solar system an easier option to choose for the consumer. There is also a chart showing the cash-flow and savings of different types of solar technology.

Pennsylvania Sunshine Guidelines for the Residential and Small Business Solar Program (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 15, 2015

This report was written by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in May, 2009. This document discusses how rebate money will be split up to solar electric and solar hot water systems. The rebate money totals $100 million from the Pennsylvania Sunshine Solar Program and was designated for homeowners and small businesses. There is a short introduction on what exactly the rebates can and cannot cover, as well as eligibility for the rebates.

Solar Thermal Community Action – Canada (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 15, 2015

This is an action manual presented by the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) presented in 2008. The manual follows an agenda which starts with the solar thermal basics and applications and moves on to why solar thermal energy can succeed in Canada. It mentions the best economic choices for commercial and residential solar thermal systems and includes a solar resource assessment chart. This displays a map that is color-coded for the amount of solar radiation annually in Canada.

A Parabolic Trough Solar Power Plant Simulation Model (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 15, 2015

This report was released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 2003. It provides an overview of the Parabolic Trough model with details regarding performance, cost and economic assessment of design and technology variations. They compare modeled parabolic trough numbers with actual outputs through cost models and performance models, as well as going over predictions and assumptions based off of their model.

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