Certification

  • UK: Domestic RHI Tariff Applies to Installations After 15 July 2009

    UK: Domestic RHI Tariff Applies to Installations After 15 July 2009

    In July 2013 the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) confirmed the tariff rates for the long-awaited Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The Government’s press release at 12 July 2013 promises that the solar thermal tariff will be set at ‘at least 19.2 Pound Stirling pence...

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  • Costa Rica: Small Market but Prestigious Large-Scale Projects

    Costa Rica: Small Market but Prestigious Large-Scale Projects

    Costa Rica’s local solar thermal industry has been getting organised: The Solar Energy Association of Costa Rica, Acesolar, was officially founded last year. In early 2013, all formal issues were resolved and Acesolar was able to start working. Currently, the association has around...

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  • Trinidad and Tobago: Government’s Solar Thermal System Quality Push

    Trinidad and Tobago: Government’s Solar Thermal System Quality Push

    The highly gas-dependent island state of Trinidad and Tobago off the coast of Venezuela is beginning to add renewable energies in its energy mix. Solar thermal technology has been profiting from several types of tax incentives since the beginning of 2011 and has also been part of the...

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  • Mexico: FAMERAC Lobbies for Stricter Solar Thermal System Standards

    Mexico: FAMERAC Lobbies for Stricter Solar Thermal System Standards

    The election of the new Mexican government in December 2012 officially ended the strategic plan for solar thermal energy, Procalsol. The organisation of solar thermal manufacturers, FAMERAC, has been in talks with the Mexican National Commission for Energy Efficiency (CONUEE) and the new...

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  • “I appreciated the initiative of introducing a new standard”

    “I appreciated the initiative of introducing a new standard”

    Elizabeth Duarte Pereira can look back at 40 years of solar thermal research in Brazil. Today, she is Professor at the UNA University Centre in Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais and is about to help set up a new test facility in Brazil - the third in her research career. During...

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  • USA: SRCC Expands Solar Thermal Services

    USA: SRCC Expands Solar Thermal Services

    The US Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) is extending its list of services for the solar thermal sector. In a press release from 31 January 2013,...

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  • China: Compulsory Energy Efficiency Label

    China: Compulsory Energy Efficiency Label

    Solar water heaters produced after 1 September 2012 require the China Energy Label in one of three different classes: 1, 2 or 3. The aim of the label, which was initiated by the China National Institute of Standardisation, is to promote energy-efficient and high-performance appliances....

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  • Germany: Fraunhofer ISE’s New Climate Test Stand

    Germany: Fraunhofer ISE’s New Climate Test Stand

    At the end of November, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE started its new test stand for solar thermal collectors. Using this test stand, the scientists aim to simulate mechanical loads under extreme climatic conditions, e.g., wind or snow, and analyse their effects...

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  • Italy: Conference Highlights Installers’ Key Qualification Issues

    Italy: Conference Highlights Installers’ Key Qualification Issues

    Held in Rome in September 2012, the conference “Qualification and Certification of Skills for Those Working in the Energy Sector” was the ideal platform to outline and debate which qualifications and certifications are necessary for installers of small-scale renewable energy...

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