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  • South Africa: Unit Standards and the Need for Training

    South Africa: Unit Standards and the Need for Training

    When it comes to installing solar thermal systems, skilled workers are still rare in South Africa – a fact that the training centre WaterSmith tries to change. The training facility is offering its first solar water heater courses.
    Photo: Zingaro

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  • USA: Low Expectations and a Shift towards Commercial Systems

    USA: Low Expectations and a Shift towards Commercial Systems

    Commercial applications have gained momentum in the US over the last two years. The system shown in the picture is a project by the The Leveredge company from Florida. The 223 m2 installation heats up to 15,000 litres per day.
    Photo: The Leveredge

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  • Jharkhand State: Successful Subsidy Programme in Eastern India

    Jharkhand State: Successful Subsidy Programme in Eastern India

    The Indian state government of Jharkhand has already reached its goal of subsidising 4,000 solar water heating systems in 2009. The state offers 105 INR/litre for solar water heaters with flat plate collectors and 80 INR/litre for systems with vacuum tube collectors. “The...

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  • Canada: Steep increase in unglazed Solar Collectors in 2008

    Canada: Steep increase in unglazed Solar Collectors in 2008

    The Canadian solar thermal market is taking up speed:  Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) published the preliminary results of a market survey that found the number of installed collector area to have doubled in 2008, from 61,000 to 125,000 m2. Source: NRCan

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  • Switzerland: Comprehensive Market Survey of Swissolar

    Switzerland: Comprehensive Market Survey of Swissolar

    2008 was a very good year for the solar thermal market in Switzerland: The figure shows the annually sold collector area of different technologies. Source: Swissolar market studies Solar Energy 2005 to 2007

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  • “Bringing the Industry Closer Together”

    “Bringing the Industry Closer Together”

    Dylan Tudor-Jones was a founding member of the Solar Water Heating Division of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA). Solarthermalworld.org spoke with him at the International Solar Energy Society Solar World Congress 2009 in Johannesburg in October.
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  • Holland Solar celebrates its 25th Anniversary

    Holland Solar celebrates its 25th Anniversary

    Celebrating 25 years of Holland Solar: Amersfoort won the award for the best solar thermal community in the Netherlands. The picture shows Pauline Sparenburg from the climate and energy administration of Amersfoort accepting the award at the celebration.
    Photo: Holland Solar...

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  • IEA-SHC 43: On the Way to Harmonize Testing and Certification

    IEA-SHC 43: On the Way to Harmonize Testing and Certification

    At the request of the US Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (SRCC), the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) formed Task 43, the “Solar Rating and Certification Procedure”.
    Photo: IEA SHC

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  • European Facilities Testing Products for the US Market

    European Facilities Testing Products for the US Market

    Accredited for SRCC testing: The SPF Institute for Solar Technology from Switzerland is one of six European testing institutes being able to test collectors according to quality standards by the US-American Solar Rating & Certification Corporation.
    Photo: SPF Rapperswil...

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  • Peru and Chile: Transsen's Expansion Strategy

    Peru and Chile: Transsen's Expansion Strategy

    The newly formed Directive Board of Transsen Peru (left to right): Edson Pereira (President of Transsen Brazil), Abel Gutiérrez, Victor Bazualdo and Newton U. Koeke (International Business Manager of Transsen Brazil) Photo: Transsen

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