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Regional Market Assessment Report in the Mediterranean Countries

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 28, 2014

The purpose of this regional market assessment report is to help overcome some relevant barriers which currently prevent solar water heating (SWH) systems from providing a larger share of energy supply in Mediterranean countries, i.e. the lack of knowledge and trust on the technology, as well as the lack of systematic statistics on the solar thermal market and industry, and the very limited return on experiences.

Western Balkans Sustainable Energy Fund Supports Biomass instead of Solar Thermal

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 27, 2013

Since Croatia joined the European Union (EU) in July 2013, the number of non-EU members in Southeast Europe has shrunk yet again. What’s more: The remaining countries are on their way to becoming part of the EU as well, which has them vowing to renew their energy systems and make them more efficient. The photo shows an installation in Croatia, at which a PV module supplies the electricity needed for the pump of the solar system.
Photo: Sunce i partneri

Bulgaria: “People now know that solar thermal can help them avoid high energy bills”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 3, 2013

“Bulgaria has a new government and in my opinion, energy efficiency and sustainable technology should be its top priority,” Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev said after a meeting with Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, in Sofia at the end of May. At the same time, the Inter Expo Center Sofia opened its doors for the ninth South-East European Exhibition and Congress on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, at which companies from ten countries presented innovative green energy solutions. Vacuum tube collector producer Sunrain Solar Energy was the only Chinese company at the fair.
Photo: Frank Stier

Serbia: Technology Transfer to Make Sun Rise in Western Balkans

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 11, 2012

If there is a region in Europe across which conditions for solar thermal use are favourable but the power of the sun has not been much utilised, it´s surely South-East Europe. The insolation from Croatia in the west to Bulgaria in the east, from Romania in the north to Albania in the south is stronger than in most other parts of the “old continent”, but solar thermal systems on roofs and facades of houses are rare. To determine the barriers which keep people from using solar energy in the building sector and to find ways to overcome them was the aim of a regional workshop on “Promoting Technology Transfer Utilising Solar Energy in the Western Balkan Region” on 6 and 7 November 2012 in Belgrade, Serbia. Organising the event was the Budapest-based Regional Environment Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC). A list of the participants and presentations can be found online.

Macedonian Government Announces New solar Thermal Subsidy Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 11, 2012

 Apartments in Soravia” The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is one of the candidate countries for the European Union (EU) since 2005. Becoming part of the EU means having to bring Macedonia’s laws into line with the “EU Acquis Communautaire”, the rights and obligations shared by all EU countries. With regard to the energy sector, it means that Macedonia has to adopt the European directives on renewable energy and promote solar thermal energy. The current incentive programme for purchasing and installing solar collector systems in households ended at the beginning of June this year. Macedonia’s Minister of Economy, Valon Saraqini, has already announced that there would be a new governmental subsidy scheme for solar thermal energy starting in September. The programme’s budget may even be partly funded by the EU. Details, however, are still sketchy. The photo shows a residential apartment complex in Skopje with solar installations from the Macedonian collector manufacturer Camel Solar.
Photo: Camel Solar

Widening the Thermal Solar Energy Exploitation by the Successful Models (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 10, 2011

Running until 2012, “Widening the Thermal Solar Energy Exploitation by the Successful Models" (WidetheSee) is a project developed by 11 South-Eastern European countries and co-financed by the EU. It aims at promoting the usage of solar thermal technologies for domestic hot water appliances in the context of European policies concerning renewable energy sources and the reduction of fossil fuel dependence.

Macedonia: "Electricity more important than Heat"

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 27, 2011

 Macedonia” In Macedonia, a solar system has just been installed on the roof of a primary school. The system, which will provide power for lighting and the school computers, is at least a small step towards establishing solar energy in the country - but unfortunately, only in the direction of electricity production. In terms of heating and cooling, there is not much to present in the former Yugoslavian country in the southeast of Europe, although climatic conditions are great. talked to Sanja Popovska-Vasilevska, Vice President of the solar association Solar Macedonia, about the situation of solar thermal in her country.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

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