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Construction of a solar thermal roof on Building 601 at the Army's Adelphi Laboratory Center

Solar thermal roof debuts at Adelphi Laboratory Center


Construction in December 2010 atop Building 601 at the Army's Adelphi Laboratory Center in Maryland features a solar thermal roof, a renewable energy project that will save money and conserve natural resources. The roofing system is expected to annually save more than 170 million British Thermal Units, which is equivalent to approximately 30 barrels of crude oil - a cost savings of $3,500 at current oil prices. Read more...

U.K. DECC Secretary Chris Huhne (left) with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron

U.K. DECC proposes phasing out Renewables Obligation in favor of feed-in tariffs


On December 16, 2010, U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the U.K. Treasury proposed a series of reforms to the U.K.'s electricity market, including phasing out the mechanism in the nation's Renewables Obligation (RO) and replacing it with an incentive program described as a "contract for difference" feed-in tariff. Read more...

VELUX solar collectors for use in custom solar water heating and daylight systems that include skylights or roof windows

Solar thermal project part of innovative pilot program in South Carolina


Seventy homes across South Carolina have been chosen to participate in a unique program that will bring solar energy to more families in the Palmetto State. The project by Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (CEPCI) will monitor the effectiveness of residential solar thermal water heating using a grant from the South Carolina Energy Office. Southern Energy Management (SEM) was awarded a contract in September to install 60 of the systems out of its Greenville office. Read more...

SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch

Tax bill including Treasury Grant Proposal extension passes U.S. Senate


In a move applauded by the U.S. solar industry, on December 15, 2010 the U.S. Senate passed a compromise tax bill 82-18 which includes a one-year extension of the Treasury Grant Program (TGP). The U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA, Washington D.C., U.S.) has described the TGP as the most important U.S. policy for the solar industry, and the program was set to expire on December 31, 2010. The tax bill will now go to the U.S. House of Representatives for approval. Read more...

U.S. Solar Market Insight report for Q3, 2010

Commercial sector drives U.S. solar market with 38 percent growth in third quarter, solar costs continue decline according to latest "U.S. Solar Market Insight" report


Solar energy markets in the U.S. continued to surge during the third quarter of 2010, according to a report released on December 6, 2010 by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research. More than 27,000 U.S. homes and businesses installed solar energy systems in the third quarter of 2010. Installations in the non-residential photovoltaic (PV) sector grew 38 percent over the second quarter to reach 103 megawatts (MW). Read more...

Titan Power-Plus flat-plate collector by SunMaxx

SunMaxx receives certification for "Titan Power-Plus" flat-plate solar thermal collector


SunMaxx Solar (Ithaca, N.Y.) just received the new Solar Rating and OG-100 Certification for its flat-plate collector "TitanPower Plus SU2 2.4". The SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2 2.4 is the most technologically advanced and efficient flat plate produced by SunMaxx to date, the company emphasizes. Its ultrasonic welded high-density copper absorber and TiNOX selective coating enable it to deliver an astounding 81% efficiency based on absorber area. Read more...

Study: "U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2010"

SEIA, GTM research study finds U.S. is major solar exporter


The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA; Washington, DC) and GTM Research on December 15, 2010 released the most comprehensive study to date analyzing trade flow and domestic value creation in the U.S. solar industry. "U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2010" found the U.S. solar industry is a significant net exporter of solar energy products, with net exports totaling $723 million in 2009. Additionally, U.S. solar installations created $2.6 billion in direct value to support the U.S. economy. Read more...

NYSERDA announces New York State 25 million dollar solar thermal incentive program


The New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the State of New York have just announced the PON 2149, the first solar thermal incentive program in New York State. The program is a 5 year, 25 million dollar solar thermal program with system incentives from 4,000 up to 25,000 dollars. The New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) and NYSERDA have been working extensively recently to discuss the incentives necessary to jump start the solar thermal market, NYSERDA emphasizes in a press release. Read more...

Photovoltaics, PV production technology and solar thermal technology will be presented at Intersolar Europe 2011

Intersolar Europe 2011: Trends, innovations and unstoppable growth


On June 8, 2011 the opening of Intersolar Europe will mark a special day in the history of the world's largest exhibition for the solar industry: Intersolar Europe is turning 20. Further growth is expected for the year of the anniversary. Fourteen halls and 155,000 sqm of exhibition space will be available for exhibitors and visitors, which corresponds to more than 15% growth over the previous year. From June 8 to 10, 2011, the New Munich Trade Fair Center will once again revel in the warmth of the sun as Intersolar Europe reopens its gates to the international solar technology industry. Read more...

Robin Welling: Putting solar thermal and renewable heat at the top of the political energy agenda

Robin Welling (TiSUN) elected new president of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation


The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) members have elected a new President and a new Board of Directors on December 3, 2010 at their General Assembly in Brussels. Representatives from industry, association and research have discussed the short- and medium-term outlook for a market which has been particularly affected by the crisis in the building sector. In 2010, for the second consecutive year, the European solar thermal market is expected to shrink. The industry, gathered in Brussels for the General Assembly of ESTIF, agreed that some of the main markets were giving signs of recovery for 2011. Only Spain seems set to decline for a third successive year. Read more...

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