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  • Australia: Sunny Days in a Sunny Country

    Australia: Sunny Days in a Sunny Country

    Australia is pushing solar: The solar water heater market profit from the banning of electric water heaters in new homes. Photo: Rheem

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  • Swiss Cantons leading Energy Policy Efforts

    Swiss Cantons leading Energy Policy Efforts

    Switzerland is finally taking on a broader approach to climate protection. The majority of the 26 cantons have adopted a regulation placing the maximum share of non-renewable energies in new heating systems at 80 %. This decision can be traced back to an initiative of the Conference of Cantonal...
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  • New and Improved Incentive Schemes in Canada

    New and Improved Incentive Schemes in Canada

    Canadians benefit from a series of improvements that the federal supporting measures for solar thermal technology brought forth. First of all, the funding for the ecoEnergy Retrofit Homes Program – a programme for residential home owners - has been increased by 300 million Canadian Dollars (CAD)....
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  • Lack of Support: Turkish Market Decreasing

    Lack of Support: Turkish Market Decreasing

    The solar thermal market in Turkey is shrinking. The produced collector area has decreased by an average of 9 % each year since reaching its peak in 2004 with almost 1.5 million m2. Local manufacturers only produced 1 million m2 last year, according to the statistics of Gunder...
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  • Hawaii's Solar Obligation: Frontrunner in the USA

    Hawaii's Solar Obligation: Frontrunner in the USA

    Solar is everywhere in Hawaii: This is the Helemano Army Family Housing project of the U.S. army near the city of Wahiawa. It possesses more than 400 solar water heaters. Photo: Sunearth

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  • 50 % Growth and Other Achievements in the USA

    50 % Growth and Other Achievements in the USA

    The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) estimates in its latest publication, “U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review 2008”, that the solar thermal market in the United States has grown by 50 % last year, to almost 229,000 m2 (160 MWth). The state with the biggest share of...
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