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  • Ed Murray

    USA: SHC Alliance Board to Represent all Technologies

    The Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance within the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has had an extended board since February 2016. Five industry representatives declared their candidacy and were subsequently elected: Bill Guiney from Artic Solar, Bob Leckinger from FAFCO, Les...
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  • Calseia

    USA: Extended Tax Credits for Weak Solar Thermal Market

    Against all odds, the solar heating tax credits in the USA were extended again by 5 years. On 18 December 2015, the Consolidated Appropriations Act was signed, including an extension of the so-called federal Investment Tax Credits up to 2021. Originally, the tax incentives were expected to...
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  • SHC2015: The Challenge of Smart Heating

    SHC2015: The Challenge of Smart Heating

    veral quickly receding waves of smart home hypes, the current trend to link devices in residential homes seems comparably stable. Drivers of the development are energy, security and comfort. Although new products and services for smart homes focus on electricity usage, Uwe Trenkner is...
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  • Quality Infrastructure Crucial to Emerging Markets

    Quality Infrastructure Crucial to Emerging Markets

    In December 2015, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published a comprehensive report on how to establish a quality infrastructure (QI) for solar water heaters on small-scale markets (see the attached document). The 76-page study is part of a series on Quality...
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  • Solar Cooling: From Research to Market Competitiveness

    Solar Cooling: From Research to Market Competitiveness

    Diligent research on small scale low-temperature chillers, the launch of a new generation of compact solar cooling units and large-scale plants able to compete economically with conventional cooling solutions: These are just some of the main trends which were discussed during the 6...
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  • IEA SHC Task 49: Solar Process Heat Showcase in Montpellier

    IEA SHC Task 49: Solar Process Heat Showcase in Montpellier

    Industry participation is key for the research work of IEA’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme. Hence, the researchers of Task 49, Solar Heat Integration in Industrial Processes, used the last meeting in France in mid-September to hold a one-day workshop dedicated to...
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  • IEA SHC: Attractive Solar Process Heat Markets

    IEA SHC: Attractive Solar Process Heat Markets

    Which countries are currently attractive markets for solar process heat? Different sources give different answers to this question. The chart above shows the assessment of the solar industry. More than 30 % of the Austrian solar collector manufacturers in the two surveys in 2012 and 2013...
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  • USA: Ups and Downs of Californian Incentive Levels and Application Numbers

    USA: Ups and Downs of Californian Incentive Levels and Application Numbers

    If there were an award for the most transparent support programme in the field of solar heating and cooling, then the California Solar Initiative (CSI) – Thermal Program would get the prize. The CSI-T programme offers a regularly updated and publicly available Excel file of all submitted,...
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  • Arizona: Steep Drop in Solar Water Heater Demand

    Arizona: Steep Drop in Solar Water Heater Demand

    In 2006, Arizona's utility regulators at the Corporation Commission approved the Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST) stipulating that all utilities are to generate 15 % of their energy by renewable sources by 2025. This gave a push to solar water heating, because the...

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