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IEA Releases SHC Technology Roadmap Report for Jul 2012

Report – Solar heat can contribute significantly to the global energy need for heat. In 2009, the IEA reported that global energy demand for heat represented 47% of final energy use, higher than final energy for electricity (17%) and transport (27%) combined. The large proportion of heat in final energy demand explains the substantial contribution…

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ESTIF Releases ST Markets in Europe Report for Jun 2012

July 4, 2012
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Report – During 2011 several markets were seriously affected by political indecision. Within the group of markets between 50,000 and 200,000 m2 collector area, this negative impact was even more obvious. In particular, Portugal and the Czech Republic are clear examples of the adverse effects of “stop-go” measures. After the growth observed over recent years,…

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IREC Releases Efficient Rooftop Solar Permitting Report for May 2012

May 22, 2012
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Report – Sharing Success – Emerging Approaches to Efficient Rooftop Solar Permitting As demand grows for the installation of solar thermal and solar PV systems, municipalities have begun to develop written and electronic resources targeted towards solar customers and installers to provide them the information they need to submit applications for local permits. These resources…

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IEA SHC Releases Solar Heat Worldwide Report for May 2012

May 17, 2012
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Report – Markets and Contribution to the Energy Supply 2010 – Edition 2012 By the end of 2010, an installed capacity of 195.8 GWth corresponding to a total of 279.7 million square meters of collector area was in operation in the 55 countries recorded in the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme 2012 report. These…

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ST Alliance of Colorado Releases Solar Roadmap Report for Jan 2012

January 30, 2012
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Report – The Solar Thermal Alliance of Colorado which includes COSEIA and Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES), released a “roadmap” report on January 24th after nearly a year of working with stakeholders throughout the state to spur investment and local economic growth. The report provides Colorado with a new vision to make the state a…

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NREL Releases SREC Markets: Status and Trends Report for Nov 2011

Report – Solar renewable energy certificate (SREC) markets have emerged in a number of U.S. states to encourage the adoption of solar energy systems. SRECs represent the generation attributes of solar energy systems and can be traded separately from commodity electricity. A SREC is created for each megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity generated from solar energy…

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EPA Releases ENERGY STAR Water Heaters v2.0 Draft Specification Report for Nov 2011

Report – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its review of the ENERGY STAR specification for residential water heaters, released a Draft 2 version based on comments received on the Draft 1 specification as well as subsequent stakeholder discussions and research. One of the key changes to the draft 2 version is on the…

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IEA SHC Releases Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Report for Oct 2011

October 18, 2011
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Report – Close to a thousand solar assisted cooling (SAC) plants have been installed worldwide, which cover all types of technologies and sizes. This is of course a very early market in comparison to the tens of millions of compression air-conditioning systems sold worldwide every year. Recently, a number of large and very large installations…

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IREC Releases 2011 Updates and Trends Report for Oct 2011

October 17, 2011
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Report – The number of all solar installations completed in 2010 grew by 22% to over 124,000 installations (compared to the number completed in 2009). This figure includes grid- connected and off-grid PV, solar heating and cooling, solar pool heating and solar thermal electric. Through 2005, over half of these installations were for solar pool…

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SEIA/GTM Research Release U.S. Solar Market Insight: Q2 2011 Report for Sep 2011

September 20, 2011
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Report – Incentives continue to drive installations in major markets. Hawaii, which suffered an installation drought in 2009 and 2010, sprung back to life in Q1 2011 with a residential solar thermal rebate of up to $1,500. In Q2, the dollar value of the rebate was reduced to $750 per system, but with high energy…

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