Policy

  • 2009 Updates and Trends – IREC

    This report was from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Annual Meeting in October, 2009. The report is broken down to cover state incentives & policy trends, solar installation trends, net metering & interconnection updates & trends, and workforce...

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  • Current Status of Solar Thermal Power in California (2010)

    This presentation from San Diego State University reviews the status of solar thermal energy in California. Parabolic troughs, linear Fresnel, central tower receivers, and parabolic dishes are all discussed as the present solar thermal methods in California. The Rankine, Stirling, and Brayton...

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  • Utility Solar Water Heating Initiative – Call for SWH (2008)

    This is a letter written by the Utility Solar Water heating Initiative (USH20) to the Florida Public Service Commission in 2008. USH20 is a coalition of utilities and the solar thermal industry that focuses on implementing cost-effective solar thermal solutions for utilities...

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  • Green Institute Issue Brief on Solar Energy (2008)

    This report was issued by the Green Institute in 2008 and discusses the option of a “solar carve-out” to build Minnesota’s solar future. To develop Minnesota’s renewable sources beyond 25 percent, development of additional renewable energy will be...

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  • City of Victoria: Solar Hot Water Ready (2012)

    This document was created and published by the city of Victoria, Canada. It provides information on solar thermal water heating and its benefits for new home builders in the area of. According to the document, electric water heating in a home accounts on average for about 25%...

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  • Keys to Successful Solar Water Heating Programs (2012)

    This presentation was created by the solar thermal water heating coalition US H2O. It features information on solar thermal water heating incentive programs from throughout the country, and highlights the elements that have made them successful. More information on solar...

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  • Present and Future: Solar Thermal in the US (2009)

    This presentation analyzes the state of the solar thermal market in the US in 2008. It was first presented at the 2009 Solar Thermal Roadmap Symposium hosted by the Solar Energy Industries Association.

    In the presentation pie charts are used to show how the US solar thermal market had...

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  • Solar Water Heating with Low-Cost Plastic Systems (2012)

    This document was published by the Federal Energy Management Program of the US Department of Energy. It focuses on how federal buildings can meet their renewable energy targets laid out by federal law with cost effective solar thermal water heating systems, included new...

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  • Solar Trends in Canada: Linking Demand to the Supply Chain (2010)

    This document was created and published by David Eisenbud of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA).  It reports on Canada’s energy situation and how solar thermal fits into the mix. Canada does not have a comprehensive national renewable energy plan,...

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  • Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Commercial Program (2011)

    This document was created and published by Zapotec Energy, and provides information on MassCEC’s solar thermal water heating incentive program for commercial applications. It is emblematic of how private companies are utilizing incentives to further develop the market for solar thermal....

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