TASK 51: Solar Energy in Urban Planning

Task 51 is designed to provide support to urban planners, authorities and architects to achieve urban areas and eventually whole cities with architecturally integrated solar energy solutions.

IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme

The Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) was established in 1977, one of the first programmes of the International Energy Agency, to promote the use of all aspects of solar thermal energy. The Programme's work is unique in that it is accomplished through the international collaborative effort of experts from member countries and the European Union.

The benefits of this approach are:

  • accelerates the pace of technology development
  • promotes standardization
  • enhances national R&D programmes
  • permits national specialization
  • saves time and money

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Newest Members

The SHC Programme welcomes our newest member — European Copper Institute.
Publication Highlight

The latest issue of the IEA SHC Programme’s newsletter, Solar Update is now online. This issue has articles covering a variety of topics ranging from solar thermal activities in Canada to lighting retrofits to SHC publications to download and read.

Task Highlight
TASK 43:

The task shall focus on research activities and not interfere with standardization bodies. Standardization bodies need the results of research and, under participation of the market actors work out the way the research results shall be applied to products.