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Victoria: Every Second New Building Heats Its Water with the Sun

Victoria: Every Second New Building Heats Its Water with the Sun

Solar water heaters and rainwater tanks become common place in Victoria´s homes nowadays. The reason for this development is a building code named 5 Star, which was implemented in the Australian state in 2005. The regulation affects all new houses and single storey units designed after the 1st July of …
Nepal: Using the Sun to Purify Drinking Water

Nepal: Using the Sun to Purify Drinking Water

Pilot phase among women groups in Nepal: By harnessing solar thermal energy, the water purification system Solvatten can be a very useful tool in rural areas with contaminated water. Photo: ENPHO …
Best Bank Award for Bank of Maharashtra

Bank of Maharashtra’s Financing of 17,472 Systems

The Honourable President of India, Pratibha Devi Singh Patil (second from left) handing the awards to the winners: The Bank of Maharashtra received the Best Bank Award for the five-year Solar Water Heating Systems Loan Programme (2002-2007). Photo: Bank of Maharashtra The Bank of Maharashtra, a public sector company and …
Arizona: Solar Pre-heating for Sports Drinks

Arizona: Solar Pre-heating for Sports Drinks

It is one of the world’s most efficient solar thermal installations: the solar thermal pre-heating system, which Gatorade, a subsidiary of the US-American soft drink producer PepsiCo, had installed this year in a factory in Arizona, US. The company responsible for designing the Arizonan installation was the Austrian manufacturer S.O.L.I.D …
South Africa: Workshop Discusses Market Barriers

South Africa: Workshop Discusses Market Barriers

Solar water heaters possess a huge potential in South Africa. “Some 100,000 houses are built every year, 30,000 homes are renovated, and about 400,000 electric geysers are replaced,” Thulani Gcabashe, head of Head of Energy Building Africa Holding, explained at the national solar water heating workshop in Midrand, South Africa, …
Australia: Sunny Days in a Sunny Country

Australia: Sunny Days in a Sunny Country

Australia is pushing solar: The solar water heater market profit from the banning of electric water heaters in new homes. Photo: Rheem …
Australia's Push for Solar Hot Water

Australia’s Push for Solar Hot Water

New testing facility: Peter Garrett (right), Australian Environment Minister, officially inaugurated the solar testing facility at the University of South Australia’s Sustainable Energy Industry Support Centre in April. Photo: University of South Australia …
Growth Above Average in Brazil

Growth Above Average in Brazil

Since 2006, the solar thermal market in Brazil has shown growth rates above average. And according to some experts, these growth rates will continue during the coming years, despite the global economic crisis. Brazil has used solar thermal technologies to heat water in domestic households for about 20 years now …

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