Policy

  • China: Beijing Mandates Solar Hot Water Systems

    China: Beijing Mandates Solar Hot Water Systems

    On 1 March 2012, Beijing followed many other large Chinese cities in introducing its own solar thermal mandatory law. The new regulations are stipulated in document No. 3/2012, “Beijing Urban Construction Applications Management Approach”. Article 9 describes the scope of the new...

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  • Bulgaria: Sofia Seeks ESCO model for Solar Systems on Public Buildings

    Bulgaria: Sofia Seeks ESCO model for Solar Systems on Public Buildings

    Making Sofia a “clean and green city” and “a European capital in sustainable development” is what Yordanka Fandukova (see photo) promised before being re-elected as mayor in October of 2011. As an important part of her plans, she named the installation of solar thermal energy facilities on...

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  • Solar Action Plans in POLIS Cities (2010)

    This document is one of the deliverables of the EU-funded project POLIS - identification and mobilization of solar potentials via local strategies (2009-2012). The project aims at boosting the development of solar energy with regards to urban planning and decision making in six European...

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  • Paolo Frankl Speaks About IEA's 2012 Solar Heating and Cooling Roadmap

    This is an interview with Paolo Frankl from IEA made during the ESTEC 2011 conference in Marseille. Paolo explains that IEA is paying more attention to heating and its contribution to consumption. The IEA will release by spring 2012 a solar heating and cooling roadmap. Solar energy in the...

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  • China: Architects and Engineers Surveyed on Solar Obligations

    China: Architects and Engineers Surveyed on Solar Obligations

    “The solar mandatory laws in provinces and cities in China constitute a very good policy. Only the implementation methods seem rather inappropriate in some cases,” Joseph Huang summarised the results of a study among architects and engineers in the Chinese solar thermal sector in...

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  • Howard Johns Speaks About the UK Grant Schemes

    In this interview, Howard Johns, from Southern Solar, speaks about the UK Solar Trade Association and the different grant schemes in the UK like the renewable heat incentive, the green deal, among other.

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  • Solar Water Heaters Development in MENA Region (2009)

    This is a presentation from Dr. Mohamad Kordab (Energy Expert of the Damascus University) during the “Solar Thermal Applications workshop” held in Syria. The event was jointly organized by the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), regional organizations from...

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  • Argentina: Rosario City Plans Public Building Solar Obligation

    Argentina: Rosario City Plans Public Building Solar Obligation

    In July of 2011, the city council of Rosario - a city located between Buenos Aires and Santa Fé - agreed to establish a solar ordinance. However, to put it into practice, the authorities would have to also work out and publish an actual regulation. In December 2011, the environmentalist...

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  • Initial Market Assessment Report North Africa & Middle East (2011)

    This report is one of the deliverables of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project), co-executed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and funded by the Global...

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  • India: Rajasthan Subsidises Electricity Bill of Solar Water Heater Users

    India: Rajasthan Subsidises Electricity Bill of Solar Water Heater Users

    The Indian state of Rajasthan has strongly supported the market for solar thermal technology. Since 2004, the state in the northwest of India has had a comprehensive mandatory law for solar water heaters: Solar energy use has been an essential requirement in setting up new hospitals,...

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  • The WB Clean Technology Fund. MENA Renewable Energy Program (2009)

    This is a presentation from Mr. Mohab Hallouda (World Bank Energy Specialist) during the “MENA Energized: Regional Challenges to "Green the Power" Sector” event held in in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. It was jointly organized by the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy...

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