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  • Opposing trends on India’s solar thermal market 2020

    Opposing trends in India’s solar thermal market 2020

    In 2020, hopes for growth in India’s solar thermal market were dashed when Covid-19 spread like wildfire around the globe, causing a 10 % drop in annual capacity additions. A survey conducted by Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy indicates 1.15 GWth (1.64 million m2) of...
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  • “7 MW solar heat plants will be a commodity in Europe in 5 to 10 years”

    “7 MW solar heat plants will be a commodity in Europe in 5 to 10 years”

    Viessmann, a major German provider of climate solutions for living spaces, strengthened its project development team last year, hiring Christian Stadler and four of his ex-colleagues in June 2020, after their former employer, Danish-based Arcon-Sunmark, stopped operation. As part of...
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  • SRIAs pave the way for a clean energy future

    SRIAs pave the way for a clean energy future

    According to the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, nearly half the energy consumed across Europe is used to heat residential, commercial and industrial buildings. On 15 October 2020, the then-...
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  • Five pathways for decarbonising heating and cooling

    Five pathways for decarbonising heating and cooling

    “If we intend to take the Paris Agreement seriously, we will have to accelerate the deployment of renewable technologies in heating and cooling.” This statement by REN21 Executive Director Rana Adib during a webinar in late November explains why the organisation has just published another...
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  • IRENA identifies solar heat potential in central and south eastern Europe

    IRENA identifies solar heat potential in central and south eastern Europe

    The 18 countries participating in the Central and South Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity Initiative (CESEC) could use renewables to meet 34 % of their energy demand by 2030, with solar thermal installed in buildings being the cheapest replacement option for fossil fuel equipment. These...
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  • 50 new solar hot water systems at Turkish prisons in three years

    50 new solar hot water systems at Turkish prisons in three years

    Turkey’s regulations on installing solar energy equipment in buildings with over 1,000 m2 of floor area has resulted in a growing number of centralised solar hot water systems in prisons over the last years. The above photo shows one of those installations, a 3,363 m2 solar hot...
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  • The best way to renovate Europe’s building stock

    The best way to renovate Europe’s building stock

    One area that requires immediate action, according to the European Commission’s Green Deal, is the renovation of the continent’s building stock. After all, the EU’s aim is to become climate neutral by 2050. Consequently, the commission has started public consultation on a new Renovation...
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  • Region with high solar ambitions joins IEA SHC

    Region with high solar ambitions joins IEA SHC

    One of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme’s new sponsors is SACREEE, the Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, set up by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), an intergovernmental organisation. SADC represents a dynamically developing solar thermal region...
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  • “Total fossil lockdown for a climate revolution”

    “Total fossil lockdown for a climate revolution”

    The new Renewables 2020 Global Status Report is calling for a “total fossil lockdown” to bring about a “climate revolution”. It also includes a warning: “Progress in the power sector is only a small part of the picture and it is eaten up as the world´s energy hunger continues to increase,”...
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  •  Austrian solar initiative to benefit from Covid-19 recovery plan

    Austrian solar initiative to benefit from Covid-19 recovery plan

    Solar thermal manufacturers and resellers based in Austria are coping well with the economic crisis brought on by the global Covid-19 pandemic. A survey Austria Solar conducted among its members found that more than half of the 16 businesses that responded had gained new orders under these...
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  • Map shows solar thermal potential of buildings in Bern

    Map shows solar thermal potential of buildings in Bern

    Municipalities play a major role in the transition to a clean energy economy. Bern, Switzerland‘s capital, is a good example of this. Since a narrow majority of 50.1 % of the voting population rejected an amendment to the Canton of Bern’s energy act in February 2019, the municipal council...
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