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SHC Solar Award: Five Finalists with Successful Support Policies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 15, 2017
Administrators of successful solar thermal support schemes are in the focus of this year’s Solar Award of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC). The jury has chosen five finalists, of which one will receive the SHC Solar Award during the IEA SHC’s joint conference with ISES Solar World Congress (SWC 2017) in Abu Dhabi on 1 November 2017. The finalists come from Australia, Austria, Germany, Lebanon and Tunisia (see logos above). They implemented very different support policies, such as rebates and/or loans as well as building obligations. Their activities all had a strong impact on their national or regional solar heating and cooling market.

Tunisia: Ups and Downs of Prosol Subsidy Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 15, 2014

Tunisia’s incentive and low-interest loan scheme Prosol can already celebrate its tenth anniversary next year. Since 2005, the Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas, STEG, has been managing the programme, which enables end consumers to repay a loan for a solar water heater over five years by having the instalment amount charged to their monthly STEG electricity bill. The programme was praised as an ideal showcase for the entire region, because market volume grew by more than a factor of ten in only five years. Before the start of the grant programme in 2005, Tunisia had only had an annual installation figure of 7,000 m2. In 2008, the subsidised collector area was already at 80,000 m2. But last year, market volume dropped to 53,000 m2 because of several factors listed below.
Chart: National Agency for Energy Conversation

Tunisia: PROSOL Subsidises 4,000 m² of Commercial Installations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 29, 2011

 Solar installation on the Iberostar Phenicia hotel in Hammamet The “Collective Prosol Programme” in Tunisia is gaining momentum. The National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME) started the subsidy programme for solar thermal installations in the tertiary sector back in 2008. The application rate was low at first, but 2010 became a good year for the commercial solar thermal market. At the end of that year, ANME counted a total installed and subsidised collector area of 4,000 m2, including four hotel installations with together 480 m2 and around 130 smaller installations under 30 m2. According to ANME, grants for another 1,770 m2 are still in the pipeline. And, a solar programme targeting 18 public swimming pools is also under development. The photo shows the solar installation on the Iberostar Phenicia hotel in Hammamet, at the northeast coast of Tunisia.
Photo: Alcor

Tunisia: „The solar thermal sector was not much affected by the revolution“

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 14, 2011

 Amjed Sibai, Managing Director of Sines” The economic situation in Tunisia two months after former President Ben Ali left the country is back to normal. Material supply is available without delay, the grants of the incentive programme are paid and even the demand for solar water heaters slowed down only a bit. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Amjed Sibai, Managing Director of Sines Industries, one of the largest collector and tank manufacturers in the country, about the current business situation in Tunisia. Sines was founded in 2005 by him and his brother Ismail Sibai, who transferred the technology from their Greek partner which has been in the solar thermal market since 1976.

Soleil de Nefta – Solar City in the South-West of Tunisia

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 29, 2010

solar system in Tunisia Will this be the future of Nefta? The Soleil de Nefta project foresees the installation of solar energy systems of about 20 MW by 2016, in order to produce hot water, solar electricity and solar cooling energy for the city of Nefta in the south-west of Tunisia.
Photo: ANME

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