Domestic Hot Water and Heating

  • Latin America on Its Way to Solar Thermal Quality Standards

    Latin America on Its Way to Solar Thermal Quality Standards

    Brazil is going to implement compulsory certification of solar water heating (SWH) equipment in 2015. Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Mexico already have laboratories for testing, and Costa Rica has recently set up one. Latin America is working through the regional Pan American Standards...
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  • Germany: Label for Existing Heating Boilers to Increase Retrofit Share

    Germany: Label for Existing Heating Boilers to Increase Retrofit Share

    Finally some good news from Germany, the largest market in Europe, which declined for four years in a row between 2011 and 2014. After a very sluggish first quarter in 2015, demand for solar thermal systems was increasing over the summer months because of the...
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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...
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  • Slovakia: Industry Waits on Incentive Programme Start

    Slovakia: Industry Waits on Incentive Programme Start

    Since Slovakia and its 5.45 million citizens joined the European Union in 2004, the country has made considerable progress in increasing its energy efficiency and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Solar thermal technology, however, is still a niche market with stagnating annual...
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  • Germany: Solar Heat Costs Less than Oil and Gas in Multi-Family Buildings

    Germany: Solar Heat Costs Less than Oil and Gas in Multi-Family Buildings

    Solar thermal is economically viable in Germany in multi-family buildings – that is the clear message of the Excel-based tool which German solar thermal system supplier Remeha, a brand of the BDR Thermea Group, uses to calculate solar water heater performance at multi-family dwellings. The...
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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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  • Netherlands: Ambitious Targets for Sluggish Market

    Netherlands: Ambitious Targets for Sluggish Market

    The newly installed collector area in the Netherlands has not grown by a significant margin since 2011, and it even decreased slightly in 2013 (see the chart on the left). According to the Dutch industry association Holland Solar, this is to be considered a fair outcome, as the number of...
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  • 430 Italian Systems Inspected: Mainly Errors by Design and Commissioning

    430 Italian Systems Inspected: Mainly Errors by Design and Commissioning

    Italian turnkey system provider Reseda has carried out a research project, called SolarCIP, to investigate the real performance of a number of solar thermal installations after they have been in operation for some years now. From 2007 to 2009, Reseda staff inspected 430 mostly...
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  • Austria: 1,500 m² ESCO Project for Vienna Residential Area

    Austria: 1,500 m² ESCO Project for Vienna Residential Area

    Austrian heat supplier Energiecomfort is expanding its solar heat services: The company based in Vienna, the capital of Austria, services around 5,000 m² of collector area for 50 different multi-family building projects across the Vienna area. Over the coming weeks, a 1,500 m² collector...
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  • South Africa: Incentive Programme Nears Government Approval

    South Africa: Incentive Programme Nears Government Approval

    Until recently, the solar water heater (SWH) rebate programme of state-owned power provider Eskom had been a key element in South Africa´s endeavour to cope with continually unstable power supply and become a more environmentally friendly society. Eskom granted refunds to customers...
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