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  • Water Policy Considerations: Deploying Solar Power in the State of Arizona (2010)

    This report on concentrating solar power (CSP) was produced by the United States Senate Office of Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona. The report focuses on the effect of CSP on the supply of water in Arizona. The report finds that conventional CSP production would be back overall for...

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  • The Value of Concentrating Solar Power and Thermal Energy Storage (2010)

    This is a technical paper written by the National Renewable Laboratory, a division of the US Department of Energy. The report looks at the value added by thermal energy storage to concentrating solar power in the southwestern United States. The analysis by the authors shows...

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  • Stanwell Solar Thermal Power Project (2006)

    This paper was released by the Stanwell Corporation, University of Sydney and the University of NSW in 2006. It describes the success and implementation of the Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar thermal system. The CLFR power plant concept is intended to reduce...

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  • 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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  • Guidebook for Solar Water Heating Projects in Philadelphia (2011)

    This guidebook was created by the US Department of Energy’s Solar America Cities partnership in conjunction with the City of Philadelphia. It explains how solar thermal works, how to size and install, and the permitting and listening system for projects in the city.

     

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  • Metered Solar Water Heating Systems: a Nonnegotiable (2012)

    This white paper was written by Piper Star Foster of the energy monitoring technology manufacturer Amatis. It makes the case for the use of energy monitoring systems applied to solar thermal hot water heating technology.

    The white paper argues that the lack of usage of monitoring for...

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  • Solar Hot Water Pilot Program Evaluation (2012)

    This report comes from The Electric and Gas Program Administrators of Massachusetts. It is an evaluation of the successes of the National Grid’s Solar Hot Water (SHW) Pilot Program in brining solar thermal water heating to low-income residential neighborhoods in...

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  • Solar Thermal Flat Plate Collectors (2011)

    This technical document was created and published by solar manufacturers Chromagen and State Water Heaters. It is a technical readout of their solar thermal flat plate collectors. The document lists and analyzes many of the key features of their collectors including the...

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  • Wind Issues in Solar Thermal Performance Ratings (2009)

    This report comes from the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and was written by Jay Burch of NREL and Ross Casey of the University of Colorado. It reports on their research findings on issues with the U.S. Solar Rating and Certification Corporation...

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  • Solar Water Heating in Brazil (2006)

    This article was written for “Tiempo”, a newsletter on climate and economic development.  It provides information on solar thermal water heating programs targeted for low-income families in Brazil.

    Solar thermal technology has the potential to...

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  • Solar Thermal Energy Technology and Market Trends (2010)

    This presentation was created by Frank Proske, the Market Development Manager for Renewables at A.O. Smith Water Products Co. in Pennsylvania, USA.  The focus of the presentation is on the evolution and current state of various solar thermal technologies and the...

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