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  • Bulgaria: Sofia Seeks ESCO model for Solar Systems on Public Buildings

    Bulgaria: Sofia Seeks ESCO model for Solar Systems on Public Buildings

    Making Sofia a “clean and green city” and “a European capital in sustainable development” is what Yordanka Fandukova (see photo) promised before being re-elected as mayor in October of 2011. As an important part of her plans, she named the installation of solar thermal energy facilities on...

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  • Argentina: Rosario City Plans Public Building Solar Obligation

    Argentina: Rosario City Plans Public Building Solar Obligation

    In July of 2011, the city council of Rosario - a city located between Buenos Aires and Santa Fé - agreed to establish a solar ordinance. However, to put it into practice, the authorities would have to also work out and publish an actual regulation. In December 2011, the environmentalist...

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  • India: Rajasthan Subsidises Electricity Bill of Solar Water Heater Users

    India: Rajasthan Subsidises Electricity Bill of Solar Water Heater Users

    The Indian state of Rajasthan has strongly supported the market for solar thermal technology. Since 2004, the state in the northwest of India has had a comprehensive mandatory law for solar water heaters: Solar energy use has been an essential requirement in setting up new hospitals,...

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  • Poland: Draft of Renewable Energy Sources Law

    Poland: Draft of Renewable Energy Sources Law

    On 22 December 2011, the Polish Ministry of Economy presented the draft of a new Renewable Energy Sources Law. It includes a renewable building obligation for the private and public sector, as well as a one-time tax deduction for private solar thermal customers (in addition to the grants...

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  • South Korea: Commercial Sector Dominates

    South Korea: Commercial Sector Dominates

    The commercial solar thermal market is gaining importance in South Korea. According to the Korea New and Renewable Energy Center (KNREC), only 43 % of the glazed and subsidised collector area in 2010 was installed in residential housing. The majority of systems were set up in public...

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  • Brazil: “Solar Water Heaters will become a culture”

    Brazil: “Solar Water Heaters will become a culture”

    Carlos F. C. Faria is the founder of Brazilian consultancy Studio Equinócio - SE and former director of the Brazilian solar industry association ABRAVA. Studio Equinócio is dedicated to the development of solar energy in Brazil. The company works in partnership with industries...

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  • Azerbaijan: Collector and Tank Production for the State

    Azerbaijan: Collector and Tank Production for the State

    State-owned Azerenergy Construction Company (AZENCO), which is based in Azerbaijan in the Caucasian region, started producing solar thermal collectors at the beginning of August and will very soon produce solar tanks, too. The investment was initiated by a state programme, which aims...

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  • India: Solar City Rajkot introduces Property Tax Rebates

    India: Solar City Rajkot introduces Property Tax Rebates

    A satisfying record: The Indian city of Rajkot in Gujarat state, Western India, has seen the installation of more than 16,000 residential systems and over 700 commercial solar water heating systems since the Municipal Corporation implemented a solar building bye-law in March 2004....

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  • Solar Obligation in Uruguay

    Solar Obligation in Uruguay

    In October 2009, both the Chamber of Senators and the Chamber of Representatives of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay approved a far-reaching solar thermal energy law (Nº 18.585), which lays down several steps to further extend the solar obligation stipulated in it, with each step coming into effect...
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  • Solar Building Codes in China

    Solar Building Codes in China

    Solar systems on the balcony: This is the answer to the space problem in the mega-cities in the eastern part of China. Solar obligations force system suppliers to work on systems which can be used on the balcony as shown in this solar exhibition. Already 6 provinces implemented solar...

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