Obligation

  • National Building Regulation in South Africa

    National Building Regulation in South Africa

    Since September 2014 the extended South African National Standard SANS10400 XA is in force that stipulates that a minimum volume fraction of 50 % of the annual average heating requirement for hot water shall be provided by means other than electric resistance heating or fossil fuels. The...
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  • Uruguay: New Regulations for Solar Housing Projects

    Uruguay: New Regulations for Solar Housing Projects

    Uruguay took the next step towards a sunny future for the country. With the approval of the new regulation for the promotion of social housing projects, which entered into force on 16 June 2014, the Uruguayan Ministry of Housing, Land Use Planning and Environment, MVOTMA, stipulated that...
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  • Bylaw in Jordan

    Bylaw in Jordan

    In 2012, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources along with the National Energy Research Center in Jordan approved a solar bylaw which entered into force in April 2013 (see the attached document). According to Article 10 of Law No. 73, solar water heaters are a mandatory requirement...
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  • China: Engineering Segment Drives Solar Thermal Market

    China: Engineering Segment Drives Solar Thermal Market

    The make-up of China’s solar thermal market is changing: The segment that used to guarantee the industry’s profits, the retail business of small thermosiphon systems for private households, has been declining in recent years. Other solar thermal segments, however, have been...
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  • China: No Sales Permit without Solar

    China: No Sales Permit without Solar

    In 2007, some provincial and city governments in China began to implement solar installation requirements. Since then, an increasing number of authorities at different administrative levels have made the installation of solar thermal systems mandatory in new-builds in the residential and...
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  • Uruguay: New Solar Thermal Regulations

    Uruguay: New Solar Thermal Regulations

    Since 14 May 2014, Uruguay has had technical specifications for solar thermal installations. It was on this very day that the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mines approved the first edition of the Especificaciones Técnicas Uruguayas (ETUS), the Uruguayan Technical Specifications...
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  • Portugal: “Good legislation, bad economy”

    Portugal: “Good legislation, bad economy”

    The Portuguese solar thermal industry is still facing a difficult time: With 57,234 m² (30 MWth) of newly installed collector area, market volume in 2013 was down to the level of 2007, according to the annual statistics of Apisolar, the Portuguese national solar industry...
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  • South Korea: Renewable Building Obligation Increases Market Size

    South Korea: Renewable Building Obligation Increases Market Size

    At the end of December 2013, South Korea published the official 2012 statistics for the national solar thermal market. The country saw the installation of an additional 63,774 m² of glazed collector area – a plus of 17 % compared to 2011 (see...
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  • Iran: POMAco’s View on Iranian Solar Thermal Market

    Iran: POMAco’s View on Iranian Solar Thermal Market

    After Iran’s elections in June and the new government taking over in August, hopes are that solar thermal could become an increasingly important technology in the Mideast country. Hossein Riyahi Dehkordi, Managing Director of Iranian solar company Polar Mehr Iranian - POMAco,...

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