The White House today announced a new program, led by The Solar Foundation, to help train more Americans for careers in the rapidly expanding solar workforce. The US-$ 2.1 million program, known as the Solar Training Network, is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative under the Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) funding program.
Solid, a Graz-based company specialising in solar thermal systems, has received an order for € 4 million to equip a hospital in Managua, Nicaragua, with a solar thermal plant for warm water heating and air conditioning. It is the first major project of this type being funded using a 'soft loan'*.
SolAir d.o.o. from Slovenia is introducing a new air-only collector. Its special feature: the company has developed a new absorber coating that is available in different colours. The darker the colour, the better the absorption. But the lighter colours are only a few percentage points less effective.
The latest figures released by the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) showed that in 2015, the European heat pump market grew by 10%, resulting in a record year with 880179 units sold contributing to 24 megatons of CO2 emission savings and the creation of 47103 full time jobs.
The International Energy Agency, Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) released the 2016 edition of its report on the global status of the solar thermal heating and cooling market. It includes data from 61 countries resenting over 95% of the global solar thermal market and for the first time data on solar thermal cost and levelized costs of heat.