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India: NABARD to offer Subsidy for Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 4, 2011

 Logo NABARD In its Circular No.147 /ICD- 36 /2011  dated 3 August 2011, the Indian National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has included solar water heating systems as an eligible technology for subsidy and low-interest loans if they do not exceed a capacity of 400 litres. The circular is addressed to all commercial banks and regional/rural banks involved. An earlier circular - No.110 dated 27 May 2011 - had already announced the Capital Subsidy-cum-Refinance Scheme for decentralised solar PV installations.

India: New national Helpline for Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 28, 2011

 Helpline

As part of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project), the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has started a voice-activated National Helpline on Solar Water Heaters to raise awareness of the technology and answer the questions of consumers. The service, which has been operating since 15 September 2011, is managed by the Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI). It has a toll-free number (1800 2 33 44 77), with service hours from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM between Monday and Friday, and 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Saturdays. The two employed call centre agents offer help in both Hindi and English.

India’s First and Only Solar Thermal e-Newsletter Launched

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 17, 2011

 InSolTherm Times To spread information about the various developments in the country's solar thermal market, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI) have started India’s first and only solar thermal e-Newsletter: InSolTherm Times. The monthly publication was formally launched on 1 August 2011 by MNRE Secretary Deepak Gupta. Considering the substantial market growth of the solar water heating sector, there is a great need to share information about the latest trends in technologies and policy.

Intersolar Speakers present latest figures of key Solar Thermal Markets

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 17, 2011

 Market figures from key solar thermal markets” Several well-known speakers shared their market figures from key solar thermal markets worldwide with the audience of the Global Solar Thermal Markets session at the Intersolar Conference at the beginning of June. Whereas India and Brazil maintain high growth rates, the European solar heating and cooling sector has to again cope with a decline of now 13 % in 2010 compared to the previous year. The chart shows the developments of markets with a volume of 200,000 and 500,000 m2. It is part of the 16-page brochure “Solar Thermal Markets in Europe”, which the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) presented at the Intersolar.
Figure: ESTIF

India: Credit Rating allows for privileged Application Process

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 9, 2011

To expand the solar thermal market and minimise the application time for subsidies and soft loans, the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has devised a new application method for its national subsidy scheme: Since 1 April, it has offered Channel Partners (CP) to directly submit their project proposals to MNRE.

User’s Technical Handbook on Solar Water Heaters (India, 2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 16, 2011

This handbook was prepared in the framework of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project), - a project co-executed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNEP), funded by Global Environmental Fund with co-financing of the International Copper Association. It was done in collaboration with the Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).

India: Ideal Frame Conditions for Solar Heating and Cooling Sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 22, 2010

 DIREC 2010” More than 200 participants attended the side-event dedicated to the solar heating and cooling sector during the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010 in New Delhi, India, at the end of October. International thought leaders highlighted the global development of low-temperature solar applications and the possibilities for widespread distribution of this technology.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

India: Collective Applications for national Subsidies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 9, 2010

The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has just released the application procedure for claiming incentives under the recently launched national subsidy programme, which is part of the National Solar Mission.

India: New Incentive Guidelines for low and medium Temperature Applications

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 28, 2010

 Federal Government of India” On the 17th of June, the Federal Government of India announced a new set of financing guidelines intended for off-grid solar systems under the National Solar Mission. Among other technologies, these new guidelines consider both low and medium temperature solar thermal systems, as well as off-grid PV systems. Photo: MNRE

Calls for Intensive R&D on Solar Thermal Air Drying in India

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 26, 2010

 Solar Air Dreyer” The Sardar Patel Renewable Energy Research Institute (SPRERI) organized a one day workshop on solar thermal drying at the end of March 2010. Its aim was to intensify the efforts of tapping into the national market potential for using solar applications to dry agricultural products.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

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