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Low-Carbon Communities in the Caribbean (2011)
This presentation was created by Blaise Stoltenberg of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). It covers solar energy use in the Caribbean, pages 16-31 focus specifically on solar thermal water heating.
Solar thermal is currently being used in the Caribbean at low temperatures for pool heating, at medium temperatures for domestic hot water, and at high temperatures for commercial use. In Barbados, thermosyphon systems are very popular. On average, without incentives, system payback in the Caribbean averages a little over 2 years. The presentation notes that sound construction is essential for solar thermal installations in the Caribbean, due to the often turbulent weather.
Author: Blaise Stoltenber
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