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  • Australian RECs: An Overview after 8 Years of Certificate Trading

    Australian RECs: An Overview after 8 Years of Certificate Trading

    As a purchaser of a solar hot water system in Australia, you not only benefit from a federal or state rebate, but are also able to sell so-called Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). After these certificates had been introduced in 2001, they became a key factor for the 30% annual growth of the...

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  • Eco-labelling Threatens the Solar Thermal Industry

    Eco-labelling Threatens the Solar Thermal Industry

    The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) raises the alarm: “The new plans of the European Commission for energy-labelling requirements with respect to 'dedicated water heaters' include highly problematic testing requirements for entire systems.”

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  • South Africa: Support Project for Commercial Solar Water Heating

    South Africa: Support Project for Commercial Solar Water Heating

    The Renewable Energy Market Transformation Project (REMT), established in November 2008, was developed to help South Africa address some of the barriers within the renewable energy sector. It is funded through the world bank by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and endeavours to fulfil...

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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