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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.

Key Suppliers in Solar Thermal Power Value Chain and Venture Capital Companies (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 15, 2015

This document was released by Clixoo Renewable Energy Research in 2009. It starts with a background on solar thermal and the different applications of solar thermal energy. It also explains a solar thermal value chain, which breaks down the process of producing solar thermal systems, and the companies involved in the process. You can see a table of all system components and the materials it takes to make them.

Case Study on Measures to Support Solar Water Heating (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This paper was prepared by the research center, LEPII, and the World Energy Council in 2007. The report breaks down the total installation capacity, worldwide and identifies the largest installing countries in the world by per capita, cost and total systems. It also includes case studies on individual countries including Austria, China and Mexico. The case studies define the market, barriers, incentive measures and main issues. Te main issues talk about market growth and what’s stunting it or what is needed to grow it further.

Solar Water Heating – How California Can Reduce Its Dependence on Natural Gas (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This report was written in cooperation with the Environment California Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group in 2007. The report starts with a summary of exactly what solar thermal systems do, how they can have a positive effect on natural gas consumption and stating that the renewed interest in solar hot water can be traced back to the energy crisis of the 1970s.

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