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  • Victoria: Every Second New Building Heats Its Water with the Sun

    Solar water heaters and rainwater tanks become common place in Victoria´s homes nowadays. The reason for this development is a building code named 5 Star, which was implemented in the Australian state in 2005. The regulation affects all new houses and single storey units designed after the...

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  • Nepal: Using the Sun to Purify Drinking Water

    Pilot phase among women groups in Nepal: By harnessing solar thermal energy, the water purification system Solvatten can be a very useful tool in rural areas with contaminated water. Photo: ENPHO

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  • Bank of Maharashtra’s Financing of 17,472 Systems

    The Honourable President of India, Pratibha Devi Singh Patil (second from left) handing the awards to the winners: The Bank of Maharashtra received the Best Bank Award for the five-year Solar Water Heating Systems Loan Programme (2002-2007). Photo: Bank of Maharashtra

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  • Arizona: Solar Pre-heating for Sports Drinks

      It is one of the world's most efficient solar thermal installations: the solar thermal pre-heating system, which Gatorade, a subsidiary of the US-American soft drink producer PepsiCo, had installed this year in a factory in Arizona, US. The company responsible for designing the Arizonan...
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  • South Africa: Workshop Discusses Market Barriers

    Solar water heaters possess a huge potential in South Africa. “Some 100,000 houses are built every year, 30,000 homes are renovated, and about 400,000 electric geysers are replaced,” Thulani Gcabashe, head of Head of Energy Building Africa Holding, explained at the national solar water heating...
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  • Australia's Push for Solar Hot Water


    New testing facility: Peter Garrett (right), Australian Environment Minister, officially inaugurated the solar testing facility at the University of South Australia’s Sustainable Energy Industry Support Centre in April. Photo: University of South Australia 

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  • Growth Above Average in Brazil

    Since 2006, the solar thermal market in Brazil has shown growth rates above average. And according to some experts, these growth rates will continue during the coming years, despite the global economic crisis.

    Brazil has used solar thermal technologies to heat water in domestic...
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  • First National Rebate Programme in China

    The first national incentive programme for installing solar water heaters in China's rural areas has just been introduced. In April, solar thermal system suppliers could bid to become part of the national subsidy programme. The central government will then cover 13% of the investment costs of...

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  • Swiss Cantons leading Energy Policy Efforts

    Switzerland is finally taking on a broader approach to climate protection. The majority of the 26 cantons have adopted a regulation placing the maximum share of non-renewable energies in new heating systems at 80 %. This decision can be traced back to an initiative of the Conference of Cantonal...
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  • New and Improved Incentive Schemes in Canada

    Canadians benefit from a series of improvements that the federal supporting measures for solar thermal technology brought forth. First of all, the funding for the ecoEnergy Retrofit Homes Program – a programme for residential home owners - has been increased by 300 million Canadian Dollars (CAD)....
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  • Laser-welded Flat Plate Collectors from China

    Chinese collector manufacturers have recently discovered the advantages of laser welding for the production of absorber sheets. Several flat plate collector manufacturers are now working on this technology. Hailin Solar is the first to offer laser-welded collectors.

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