Mauritius: Rebate Programme Drives the Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 19, 2009

The new subsidy programme of the government of Mauritius has been a successful one. More than 4,000 solar water heaters have received a subsidy of 10,000 Mauritius Rupee (MUR), approximately € 279, by the Development Bank of Mauritius (DBM) since August 2008. The target for the first year of the programme is to install around 20,000 systems in households.

“Now, the solar water heating market is booming,” Raj Appalaswamy, sales coordinator of Kaylor Rotomoulders, a manufacturer of solar water heaters, affirms.

Enlarging Testing Facilities for SRCC in the USA

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 15, 2009

The extension of the federal tax credits by eight years and the election of Barack Obama have suddenly made the U.S. market for solar thermal energy far more attractive. The importance of imports of collectors and systems is growing. The number of flat plate and evacuated tube collectors has increased more than tenfold within three years according to the statistics of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) from 3,000 m2 (2005) to 36,000 m2 (2007).

Sun Master opens new Production Facility

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 3, 2009

start button at Sun masterCrowding at the start button: The new collector production unit of Sun Master in Upper Austria opened on 22 January. Photo: Sun Master

Italy: Cap for Tax Reductions Removed

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 3, 2009

The solar community can breathe a sigh of relief. The sun is shining again over the solar thermal market in Italy. The temporary law of the government from the 29th of November (Decreto Legge 185/08) was approved by the Italian Parliament only after major changes were made on January 27th (see article “Overall Cap for Tax Reductions in Italy”). The law is applicable for deductions granted after 1st of January 2009.

Dynamic Market Growth in the UK

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 2, 2009

The UK was still one of the most dynamic solar thermal markets in Europe in 2008 – despite the worldwide economic crisis. According to the British Solar Trade Association (STA), the amount of solar thermal collectors installed countrywide in 2008 grew by 50 % to 81,000 m2 (57 MWth)."

India: Building byelaws in Chandigarh City with far-reaching Rules

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 2, 2009

logo of Chandigarh cityThe Open Hand is one of the landmarks of Chandigarh city, the capital of the two Indian states Punjab and Haryana in the north of India.
Photo: City of Chandigarh

Green Chiller: Promoting Solar Air Conditioning

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2009

solar cooling of malta retirement houseCooling with the sun: This retirement home in Kalkara, Malta, is conditioned by a chillii Solar Cooling Kit PSC10 (10 kW cooling capacity). 38 m² flat plate collectors are used to generate the heat for the ammonia/water absorption chiller.
Photo: SolarNext

Vanir Energy: a new Solar Thermal Service Company

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 30, 2009

Solar markets are booming in the United States and more and more companies discover new business models featuring solar thermal - such as Vanir Companies Inc.

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