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Local Government Regulation Ordinances and Laws to Promote Renewable Energy
Regulation can stimulate innovation
and encourage a transition to RE solutions. The Solar Ordinance of Sao Paulo, Brazil, requires new residential, commercial and industrial buildings to install solar water heating systems (SWH) to cover at least 40% of the energy used for heating water. The
Solar Ordinance has stimulated market demand for this technology and caused a reduction in the production costs of SWH. By 2015, it will allow for around 35,000 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent from the city’s residential sector and 200 gigawatt hour of
electricity consumption to be avoided. It is currently been replicated in cities across Brazil.
Resource(s) downloads:
Sao Paolo case study [6_Sao_Paulo.pdf, 3225.33 kb]
  • Political Commitment
  • Energy
  • Financing
  • Policy
  • Renewables
Type of resource:
  • Case Study
  • Electronic resource
  • Awareness raising
  • Capacity development
  • Guidance
  • Policy (local)
Author: Nicola da Schio, Contributors; (PACB) of IRENA; Eduardo Jorge (Secretário Municipal, SVMA); Eduardo Coelho e Mello Aulicino (SVMA); Richard Simpson (ICLEI WS), Maryke van Staden and Siegfried Zöllner (ICLEI ES).
Publisher: ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and IRENA- International Renewable Energy Agency
Published in: 2013
Relevant for:
  • Brazil
  • New Zealand
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Northern America
  • Oceania
  • Municipal
  • English
Free to use: Yes
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For further information or for provision of feedback, please contact Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi, Policy Advisory Services and Capacity
Building Directorate (PACB), IRENA, C67 Office Building, Khalidiyah Street, P.O.Box 236, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates;
Email: ICLEI contact details:
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