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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Uruguay: Growing at Its Own Pace

    Uruguay: Growing at Its Own Pace

    Uruguay’s government aims at reaching a renewable share of 50% in its national energy mix by 2015. In order to achieve this target, the government approved the so-called Solar Plan in March...

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  • China: Beijing Mandates Solar Hot Water Systems

    China: Beijing Mandates Solar Hot Water Systems

    On 1 March 2012, Beijing followed many other large Chinese cities in introducing its own solar thermal mandatory law. The new regulations are stipulated in document No. 3/2012, “Beijing Urban Construction Applications Management Approach”. Article 9 describes the scope of the new...

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  • China: Architects and Engineers Surveyed on Solar Obligations

    China: Architects and Engineers Surveyed on Solar Obligations

    “The solar mandatory laws in provinces and cities in China constitute a very good policy. Only the implementation methods seem rather inappropriate in some cases,” Joseph Huang summarised the results of a study among architects and engineers in the Chinese solar thermal sector in...

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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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  • Italy: Political Frame Condition Update

    Italy: Political Frame Condition Update

    The change at the helm of government in Italy has already had some positive effects on the solar thermal sector. The tax credit extensions were confirmed earlier than in the years before. At the beginning of December, the government approved the extension until 31 December 2012 under the...

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