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  • India: Mandatory Use of Solar Water Heaters Not Welcome

    India: Mandatory Use of Solar Water Heaters Not Welcome

    Karnataka’s solar law from 2007 has been facing opposition lately. The decree requires developers to integrate solar water heaters in houses of 600 ft2 and above (56 m...

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  • Kenya: Regulation Increases Solar Water Heater Uptake

    Kenya: Regulation Increases Solar Water Heater Uptake

    Although Kenya’s Energy (Solar Water Heating) Regulations 2010 have not yet come into force officially, they have already had an effect on the market. The draft of the regulation says that, “within a period of five years from the date of when these regulations come into force, all owners of...

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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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  • Swiss: U-turn in Energy Policy

    Swiss: U-turn in Energy Policy

    The 25 May may prove to be a historically important turn in Switzerland's energy policy: The Swiss Federal Council adopted a law stipulating that no new nuclear power stations are to be built in the country. The existing plants could run as long as the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety...

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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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  • 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 Water Heating Legislation in Mexico (2009)

    Jaime Brash G., from the Mexican National Commission for Energy Efficiency (CONUEE), made this presentation during a solar heating and cooling workshop which took place in July 2009 in Mexico City.

    The presentation explains the national programme PROCALSOL (2007-2012) created to boost...

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  • California's Solar Thermal Incentive Programme will finally start

    California's Solar Thermal Incentive Programme will finally start

    Two years – that is how long California has already been waiting for a “200,000 solar roof programme“. After the Californian Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) published its “Proposed Decision“ in November, the programme may finally become reality next year.

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  • Effects of the Spanish Solar Thermal Obligation

    Effects of the Spanish Solar Thermal Obligation

    David Pérez from the international consultancy firm eclareon, Madrid, took a closer look at the impact of the Spanish solar thermal obligation on demand, products and the value chain, and presented his conclusions at the European Solar Thermal Energy Conference (estec2009) in May...

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  • 5 Star Standard: Western Australia Adds the “Plus”

    5 Star Standard: Western Australia Adds the “Plus”

    The Government of Western Australia aims to increase the efficiency of water heating systems in new residential buildings.  The 5 Star Plus energy and water efficiency requirements stipulate that new home builders install either an energy efficient gas water heater, a solar water heater or...

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