Commercial

  • Jaideep Malaviya

    India: New Energy Building Regulations to Boost Solar Heating Market

    This June, the Indian Ministry of Power published an updated version of the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) developed by the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The ECBC has established energy efficiency standards and a solar share of hot water demand for newbuilds and...
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  • Four Seasons Hotel Dubai

    Dubai: No Solar Thermal System, No Building Permit

    Dubai’s solar thermal obligation has had a positive impact on demand for solar water heating systems across the emirate. Since March 2012, newbuilds with a single owner, such as hotels, workers’ dwellings, private villas, shopping malls and public buildings, have had to cover at least 75 %...
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  • Luminalt

    California: San Francisco Passes First Mandate with Solar Thermal Option

    After Lancaster, Sebastopol and Santa Monica, San Francisco is now the fourth – and the largest – US American city to mandate the use of solar energy in residential and commercial newbuilds. It also has the first mandate in California which can be complied with by using either solar thermal...
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  • India: Solar System Suppliers Call for Solar Process Heat Obligation

    The Indian industry imports 80 % of the oil it consumes for heating, boiling, drying or other purposes. The government of India has spent USD 112.748 billion in financial year 2014-15 on the import of these 189.43 million tons of crude oil. Solar thermal is seen as a key technology for...
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  • Lebanon: Municipalities of Tyre Discuss Solar Obligation Pilot Project

    The Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) has organised a consultation meeting with the Union of Tyre Municipalities (UOTM) to discuss the implementation of a solar ordinance in the south of Lebanon. The workshop took place in the Platinum Hotel in the city of Tyre on 9 May...
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  • Frontrunner in Solar Obligations in Africa

    The government of the East-African country approved the so-called Energy (Solar Water Heating) Regulations 2012, which were gazetted on 25 May that year. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is implementing a number of measures to support the implementation of the ordinance. ...
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  • 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 association...
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  • Jamaica Public Service Commercial Solar Water Heating Programme (2008)

    This powerpoint presentation evaluates the  ‘Jamaica Public Service Commercial Solar Water Heating Programme’, which was initiated by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) as part of their wider Demand Side Management (DSM) programme. Started in 2006, this project looked to demonstrate the...

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  • 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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