Domestic Hot Water and Heating

  • Barriers to Technology Diffusion: the Case of Solar Thermal Technologies (2006)

    This joint paper from the OECD and IEA (October 2006) looks into the different barriers that exist which prevent solar thermal technologies to deliver its real potential. Next to listing the barriers, the document also looks into means to overcome these, the existing technologies & markets...

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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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  • South Africa: Rebates up to 30 %

    South Africa: Rebates up to 30 %

    90 % of South Africa’s electricity is generated by coal-fired power stations. The fourth quarter of 2007, however, started with massive power cuts as electricity supply fell behind demand. Eskom, the largest electricity supplier in Africa, the South African Government and the Global...

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  • Solar Thermal Energy in Antarctica

    Solar Thermal Energy in Antarctica

    Surviving in harsh climate: This vacuum tube collector system has heated the Brandfield House at the Rothera research station in the Antartic since February 2008.
    Photo: British Antarctic Survey

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  • The Cap is Gone

    The Cap is Gone

    U.S. President Obama's signature on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act effectively removed the existing US$2,000 cap for the tax rebate of residential solar thermal systems. Whoever buys a new solar thermal system in 2009 can deduct 30 % of the investment costs from his or her income...

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  • Mauritius: Rebate Programme Drives the Market

    Mauritius: Rebate Programme Drives the Market

    The new subsidy programme of the government of Mauritius has been a successful one. More than 4,000 solar water heaters have received a subsidy of 10,000 Mauritius Rupee (MUR), approximately € 279, by the Development Bank of Mauritius (DBM) since August 2008. The target for the first year of...

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  • Dynamic Market Growth in the UK

    Dynamic Market Growth in the UK

    The UK was still one of the most dynamic solar thermal markets in Europe in 2008 – despite the worldwide economic crisis. According to the British Solar Trade Association (STA), the amount of solar thermal collectors installed countrywide in 2008 grew by 50 % to 81,000 m2...

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