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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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  • “Use mandates to boost established markets, but not to build up new once”

    “Use mandates to boost established markets, but not to build up new ones”

    Ten years after Hawaii’s Solar Hot Water Mandate was issued the Hawaii Solar Energy Association won a lawsuit to weed out a fatal flaw of the regulation that required all new single-family homes to install a solar water heater since 2010 unless one of four variances can be met. The flaw was...
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  • Solar requirement dropped from building regulations in Spain

    Solar requirement dropped from building regulations in Spain

    During the last 8 years, the Spanish market for solar water heating was fairly stable, with capacity additions ranging between 200,000 and 250,000 m2 annually (see chart). In 2019, the total was 207,000 m2 (145 WMth), 1 % above the prior year. Much of...
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  • Photo: Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy

    First district cooling regulation in the MENA region

    Abu Dhabi now has its first comprehensive regulatory standard on district cooling. It is based on Act No. 11, which was passed in 2018 and put the responsibility for regulating the district cooling sector on the newly founded emirate’s Department of Energy. Following extensive consultations...
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  • Solar building regulations in Kenya face legal challenge

    Solar building regulations in Kenya face legal challenge

    Even after a transition period of more than five years, Kenya’s Solar Water Heating Regulations 2012 continue to be challenged. This May, a property developer filed a lawsuit, questioning their legality. They took effect on 25 November 2017, but their enforcement was...

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  • Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

    Successful solar energy bylaw in Bengaluru, India

    Bengaluru Electricity Supply Company, a public utility also known as BESCOM, has been successful in implementing a bylaw to encourage the use of solar energy. Since 2009, 1,234 million m² of collector area had been installed in Bengaluru and had supplied energy equivalent to about 611...
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  • SHC Solar Award: Five Finalists with Successful Support Policies

    SHC Solar Award: Five Finalists with Successful Support Policies

    Administrators of successful solar thermal support schemes are in the focus of this year’s Solar Award of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC). The jury has chosen five finalists, of which one will receive the SHC Solar Award during the IEA SHC’s joint conference with ISES...
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  • Jaideep Malaviya

    India: New Energy Building Regulations to Boost Solar Heating Market

    This June, the Indian Ministry of Power published an updated version of the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) developed by the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The ECBC has established energy efficiency standards and a solar share of hot water demand for newbuilds and...
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  • Panama: Solar Thermal to Benefit from New Building Regulations

    Panama: Solar Thermal to Benefit from New Building Regulations

    On 17 November 2016, Panama’s secretary of energy approved Resolution No. 3142 to create a new Sustainable Construction Standard Guide with the aim of reducing energy consumption in newbuilds. The new building regulations target a 15 % reduction in energy use in newbuilds within one year...
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