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China: Subsidy Scheme for Energy-Efficient Products

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 5, 2012

The Chinese government is taking further steps to consolidate the market and improve quality. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and China’s Ministry of Finance have launched a new initiative to support the distribution of high-efficiency solar water heaters (SWH). Since 1 June 2012, SWH with sizes between 80 and 600 litres have been subsidised at different rates, which vary between Renminbi (RMB) 100 and 550 (see the table below). Eligible systems must fulfil level 1 or 2 of the new China Energy Label (see figure). The subsidy scheme is part of a promotion campaign for “energy-saving products”, which also includes other renewable technologies, such as small wind mills or photovoltaic generators. It will run for one year until 31 May 2013.

China: Major Fairs for Solar Thermal in 2011

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 17, 2011

 Solar Thermal China Logo” China is the largest market for solar thermal products in the world. The annual production of solar water heaters grew from 6.1 million m2 in 2000 to 42 million m2 in 2009. The importance of the solar thermal sector produced lots of regional and national trade fairs. Chinese Company Sunrain, the largest manufacturer of vacuum tube collectors worldwide, has recommended the visit of three fairs, which were the major events for solar thermal technology in China in 2011. The new international Solar Thermal China exhibition by German trade fair organiser Koelnmesse has additionally been added to the list below. It will take place in June for the first time.
Photo: Koelnmesse

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