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Development of a Solar Rating and Certification Laboratory in Minnesota (2009)

Submitted by Todd Costello on January 27, 2010

This is a report prepared by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security (OES) to the Legislature. It focuses on solar thermal technologies for domestic hot water and space heating. This legislation came about from concerns that the nationally recognized solar thermal certification organization, Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC), process was inadequately serving Minnesota’s solar thermal industry.

Reasons behind this let down are: Backlog of independent testing of solar collectors and current SRCC standards may not adequately consider air quality when air is exchanged between the solar collector and the building.

Despite the climate, Minnesota’s solar potential is actually comparable to that of Houston, Jacksonville and San Francisco. This report goes over this potential, as well as background information on SRCC standards and certifications with descriptions of testing.

 

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