Eneref Institute recently announced a collaboration with the Department of Defense to form a solar heating industry consortium composed of a multi-economic sector of the U.S. solar thermal industry.
research and advocacy organization whose mission is to demonstrate the benefits
of sustainable development, recently announced a collaboration with the
Department of Defense to form a high-level solar heating industry consortium,
led by the I&E Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense and composed
of a multi-economic sector of the U.S. solar thermal industry.
Institute will provide contracting officers accurate guidance on equipment
strategies, contractor qualifications, third-party finance and monitoring
policy in order to build a greater confidence for solar heating technology
within the DOD. Its initial task is to convene an industry-funded solar hot
water specialists group to initiate and reengineer best practices for global
implementation of SHW systems on DOD facilities.
report Eneref provides will help the Department of Defense make determinations
on equipment, life-cycle cost analysis, energy modeling strategies as well as
help to define qualifications for engineers and contractors. Evidence will be
drawn from well-established guidelines, including ASHRAE, IAPMO, SRCC, EPA,
buildingSMART and USACE.
participants from the DOD and solar thermal industry, consortium contributors
will be drawn from other government agencies.
The recommendations for solar heating policies, programs, practices and
investments will cover all sectors of the industry - buildings, panels,
monitoring systems and finance - and will be designed to invigorate the U.S.
solar thermal industry, increase industry competitiveness, and advance the
nation’s energy security and environmental goals.
industry-government alliance will create a package of consensus policies before
the end of 2012 so that it can serve as an energy-efficient solar hot water
blueprint for all DOD facilities. The members of the consortium, collectively,
will have expertise across all sectors of the solar thermal industry and
represent different perspectives as well as key stakeholders.