Mexico

  • COPANT: One Common Standard - Better than 31 Different Ones?

    COPANT: One Common Standard - Better than 31 Different Ones?

    To date, solar thermal energy has been a largely unregulated technology in Latin America. Most of the countries in the region are suffering from nationalised, uncoordinated and sometimes insufficient quality standards. This lack of agreement is hindering the development of a shared and...

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  • Mexico: Fight for New Incentives

    Mexico: Fight for New Incentives

    Mexico’s solar thermal programme Procalsol restarted in August 2013. The Procalsol working group of renewable energy industry association FAMERAC (Fabricantes Mexicanos en las Energías Renovables) is currently lobbying to establish new incentives, a unified national quality standard and...

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  • Costa Rica: Small Market but Prestigious Large-Scale Projects

    Costa Rica: Small Market but Prestigious Large-Scale Projects

    Costa Rica’s local solar thermal industry has been getting organised: The Solar Energy Association of Costa Rica, Acesolar, was officially founded last year. In early 2013, all formal issues were resolved and Acesolar was able to start working. Currently, the association has around...

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  • Trinidad and Tobago: Government’s Solar Thermal System Quality Push

    Trinidad and Tobago: Government’s Solar Thermal System Quality Push

    The highly gas-dependent island state of Trinidad and Tobago off the coast of Venezuela is beginning to add renewable energies in its energy mix. Solar thermal technology has been profiting from several types of tax incentives since the beginning of 2011 and has also been part of the...

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  • Mexico: FAMERAC Lobbies for Stricter Solar Thermal System Standards

    Mexico: FAMERAC Lobbies for Stricter Solar Thermal System Standards

    The election of the new Mexican government in December 2012 officially ended the strategic plan for solar thermal energy, Procalsol. The organisation of solar thermal manufacturers, FAMERAC, has been in talks with the Mexican National Commission for Energy Efficiency (CONUEE) and the new...

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  • Mexico: Workshop on Quality Assurance for Solar Water Heaters

    Mexico: Workshop on Quality Assurance for Solar Water Heaters

    A comprehensive documentation of the workshop “Quality Assurance for Solar Water Heaters: Tasks for the Quality Infrastructure” is now available online on the webpage of the German federal agency PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt): ...

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  • Mexico: Training and On-Site Inspection for Agricultural Solar Systems

    Mexico: Training and On-Site Inspection for Agricultural Solar Systems

    Mexico’s Shared Risk Trust Fund, FIRCO, has already financed more than 100 solar water heater systems in the country’s agricultural sector. “Between 2004 and 2010, we provided technical assistance to 114 small agricultural producers by installing solar water heater...

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  • USA: San Francisco Hosts First SHC Conference in 2012

    USA: San Francisco Hosts First SHC Conference in 2012

    From 9 to 11 July 2012, San Francisco will host the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry – the SHC 2012. The science conference is organised by the International Energy Agency's Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) in cooperation with...

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  • Mexico: Procalsol Programme Ends this Year

    Mexico: Procalsol Programme Ends this Year

    The programme Procalsol that started in 2007 will end in December 2012. It has been Mexico’s first long-term scheme to support solar water heating. Experts disagree on whether the end of Procalsol will influence the solar thermal market in the country. In addition, it is not only the...

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  • Mexico: No More Loans for Low-Pressure Solar Thermal Systems

    Mexico: No More Loans for Low-Pressure Solar Thermal Systems

    Low-Pressure solar thermal systems - such as water-filled, double-glass vacuum tube collectors - are no longer eligible to receive loans from the Hipoteca Verde programme in Mexico. This is the result of changes made by the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE) to its...

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