This study analyses technological and social barriers against the use of solar water heating (SWH) systems and compile the best practice to select and take decisions on the design of a SWH system. Possible barriers are divided into 5 groups (hydraulic installations, entitlement to sunshine, current regulation, community collaboration, new businesses), as well as best practice (concept selection, equipment selection, control systems, operation and maintenance, general considerations).
The study highlights how the main barriers to the development of SWH are social, while aware community collaboration is fundamental for the best use of SWH systems.
This study is the synthesis of manual realized in 2011 to compile the best practice in the design of Solar Water Heating (SWH) systems in the context of multifamily housing. It is part of the country programme of Mexico “ Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project)”. The program is financed by the Global Environmental Fund (GEF) with co-financing by the International Copper Association (ICA) and it is coordinated by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Document available in English and Spanish
Author: Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Date of publication: 2014