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Uruguay: Growing at Its Own Pace

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 15, 2013

Uruguay’s government aims at reaching a renewable share of 50% in its national energy mix by 2015. In order to achieve this target, the government approved the so-called Solar Plan in March 2012. It offers up to USD 800 per solar thermal system to clients of the main public utility UTE. UTE reduces the energy bill of any SWH purchaser Uruguayan Peso (UYU) 700 over the first 24 months (UYU 16,800 = USD 800). In addition, the new Decreto No 451/011 mandates a 50 % solar share for hot water generation in hospitals, hotels and sports clubs – for both newly built and soon-to-be-renovated houses. However, some industry actors did not see a dramatic growth in solar thermal installations. Despite a lack of official statistics, one figure is clear: The subsidy scheme offers a budget for 2,000 systems, out of which 600 were already completed between March 2012 and July 2013.

Uruguay: FUCO Produces Flat Plate Collectors in Montevideo

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 22, 2012

It has been one year since FUCO (Fábrica Uruguaya de Colectores Solares Planos) started its production of flat plate collectors in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. Right now, the monthly output is at 800 m² and can be increased if necessary, says Director Daniel Sztern. Sztern is also Director of Enviro Consultores, a consulting company carrying out environmental studies and overseeing project development. Following a two-year study by Enviro about sustainable energy sources in Uruguay, Sztern decided to establish a factory for flat plate solar thermal collectors in the country.
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