Brazil

  • REN 21: Solar Thermal Contributes Significantly to Hot Water Production

    REN 21: Solar Thermal Contributes Significantly to Hot Water Production

    According to REN21’s Renewables 2014 Global Status Report, which was published at the UN-hosted Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York at the beginning of June, solar thermal technologies contribute significantly to hot water production in many countries and increasingly to...
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  • Guatemala: Growth without Subsidies

    Guatemala: Growth without Subsidies

    Despite the total lack of public incentives, the Guatemalan solar thermal market is growing at a steady rate. High electricity prices combined with a welcoming climate and market environment are turning solar thermal into an increasingly attractive technology. One of the country’s...
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  • Brazil: Rising Electricity Prices Put Spotlight on Solar Thermal

    Brazil: Rising Electricity Prices Put Spotlight on Solar Thermal

    Because Brazil has been using hydropower to generate more than 75 % of its electricity, constant droughts have increased average electricity costs tremendously. What seems to be bad news for the end customers could turn into an opportunity for the solar thermal sector. DASOL, the Solar...
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  • COPANT: One Common Standard - Better than 31 Different Ones?

    COPANT: One Common Standard - Better than 31 Different Ones?

    To date, solar thermal energy has been a largely unregulated technology in Latin America. Most of the countries in the region are suffering from nationalised, uncoordinated and sometimes insufficient quality standards. This lack of agreement is hindering the development of a shared and...

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  • Brazil: 2,300 Solar Water Heaters Mounted on Metal Poles

    Brazil: 2,300 Solar Water Heaters Mounted on Metal Poles

    Brazilian system supplier Sol Tecnologia has installed the first 80 pole-mounted solar water heaters since the beginning of October. COPEL, the local utility of the state of Paraná, commissioned altogether 2,300 solar water heaters to be installed in low-income houses across the...

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  • Argentina: Other Municipalities Follow Frontrunner City Rosario

    Argentina: Other Municipalities Follow Frontrunner City Rosario

    Two years after the approval of the first local ordinance making it obligatory to install solar thermal systems in Rosario, Argentina, the regulation entered into force in September 2012 (see the attached document). Since then, all public buildings in the city have had to cover at least...

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  • Brazil: Residential Demand Drives Market

    Brazil: Residential Demand Drives Market

    In 2012, the Brazilian market of glazed collector area increased by 21 % to 625,866 m², whereas the unglazed swimming pool market segment only grew by 3 % to 525,508 m². According to the market statistics of the Solar Heating Department, DASOL, of the Brazilian Association of...

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  • Austria/Brazil: Mechanism to Guarantee Energy Supply Contracts

    Austria/Brazil: Mechanism to Guarantee Energy Supply Contracts

    Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) sell solar heat to clients instead of solar systems. To be profitable, the ESCO or contractors need to supply the energy over long contract periods between 10 and 20 years. For example, Austrian company S.O.L.I.D. has received a EUR 4 million loan...

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  • Thailand / Brazil / Central America: Business Trips for German Stakeholders

    Thailand / Brazil / Central America: Business Trips for German Stakeholders

    Countries in Southeast Asia have big plans for solar energy. Thailand’s government in particular knows precisely how its future energy and environment policies should look like. It has pledged to both expand the use of renewables and improve energy efficiency across the nation. Until...

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