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  • Namibia: Solar Water Heaters Mandatory for Public Buildings

    Namibia: Solar Water Heaters Mandatory for Public Buildings

    A recoupment period of two years: The University of Namibia in Windhoek replaced an oil boiler that had reached the end of its life cycle with 109 solar water heaters.
    Photo: Namibian Engineering Cooperation/Solahart

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  • Ontario: Solar Home Systems on Lease

    Ontario: Solar Home Systems on Lease

    The financial obstacle of buying a solar water heating (SWH) system is an issue for almost every company or household. Reliance Home Comfort (RHC), based in Toronto, offers a special renting system for water heaters to overcome this issue. The Canadian supplier for water heaters responded last year...
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  • Cape Town: Draft of Solar Water Heating Bye-law

    Cape Town: Draft of Solar Water Heating Bye-law

    Currently, solar water heating systems have hardly penetrated in Cape Town, South Africa. Only 2 % of city’s 906,000 households use solar energy. The planned bye-law should boost the market to 76,000 newly installed system in the next two years, but has been delayed due to continuous legal...

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  • Fair Season in China: Three Major Trends

    Fair Season in China: Three Major Trends

    Different vacuum tube technologies in comparison: The full-glass vacuum tube can easily be recognised by the extended and closed top.
    Photo: Sven Tetzlaff

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  • 60 Solar Cities in India

    60 Solar Cities in India

    Nagpur city in central India – one of 60 solar cities in India supported by the government.

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  • Cautious Optimism in Germany

    Cautious Optimism in Germany

    The German solar thermal industry rides roller coaster. After a 40 % decrease in 2007 and a 120 % increase in 2008, the outlook for this year still remains foggy. Can we again reach the 2008 market volume of 2.1 million m2? The sector says we can! This is one of the...

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  • Tremendous Market Growth in Germany

    Tremendous Market Growth in Germany

    The German solar thermal market more than doubled in 2008. According to the solar industry association BSW-Solar and the heating industry association BDH; 2.1 million m2 of new collector area (1.5 GWth) were installed on German roofs last year (940,000 m...

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