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Beijing heating goes solar

(China Daily)

09:22, October 21, 2011

A model of the solar water-heating system at the China International Exhibition on Housing Industry in Beijing on Sept 27. Zhao Bing / Xinhua

BEIJING - Beijing authorities plan to promote a solar water-heating system and a more energy-efficient charging method for central heating for the coming winter to save energy and cut emissions.

New residential and public buildings in Beijing should install a central hot water system that uses heat from industrial production or solar panels, according to a draft plan released on Monday by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

Existing buildings could convert their systems if the plan was approved by two-thirds of a community's residents.

Developers of new residential units should make initial investment in the central solar water-heating system, and the property management agency or other service agencies would perform regular maintenance.

"The whole process, including the purchasing of equipment and setting the charges for hot water will be decided by the market," an announcement the municipal commission e-mailed to China Daily on Wednesday said.

"And the municipal authority would make regulations to lead and supervise the process."

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