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USA: Extended Tax Credits for Weak Solar Thermal Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 24, 2016
CalseiaAgainst all odds, the solar heating tax credits in the USA were extended again by 5 years. On 18 December 2015, the Consolidated Appropriations Act was signed, including an extension of the so-called federal Investment Tax Credits up to 2021. Originally, the tax incentives were expected to end on 31 December 2016 after an eleven-year period since 2005, with one previous extension in 2008. They allow both residential and commercial investors of solar PV and solar thermal systems to deduct 30 % of the investment costs at the next tax declaration.
Photo: Calseia.org

Solarthermalworld.org Quiz: All-rounder Win Prizes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 20, 2012

 Chris Beebe (left), Daniel Mugnier (center), and Uwe Trenkner (right) ” Solar thermal professionals from all around the world took part in the third round of the solarthermalworld.org quiz at the Intersolar Europe in Munich. The three winners, who were announced at the third day of the fair, came from three different countries as well. Daniel Mugnier (center), researcher at French company Tecsol SA, and German Uwe Trenkner (right), from Trenkner Consulting in Brussels, scored best in the 10-question quiz. The best quiz participant from outside Europe was Chris Beebe (left), CEO of Beam Engineering, a company located in Boston, Massachusetts.

USA: Massachusetts Supports Solar Thermal in Low-income Housing

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 5, 2012

 Friends of the Homeless building in Springfield The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) will continue its programme “Low-income Solar Thermal” throughout 2012. This year’s budget is USD 2 million. The programme’s subsidies cover the entire costs for a solar thermal system, including hardware and labour. Christie Howe from MassCEC estimates that the budget will allow for the installation of 15 to 20 solar systems in multi-family houses and other social institutions during 2012. The photo shows the solar thermal system on the Friends of the Homeless building in Springfield.
Photo: BEAM Engineering

USA: Massachusetts Supports Commercial Solar Systems with up to USD 25,000

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 18, 2011

 Massachusetts State House in Boston In Massachusetts, a new support programme for large-scale solar thermal systems has come into effect recently. Building owners can now apply for grants of up to USD 25,000 (residential and commercial systems) or even USD 30,000 (systems on public buildings) thanks to the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Commercial Pilot Program. Pre-studies can also be funded with up to USD 10,000 – applicants have only to pay 25 % of the costs themselves and will receive the rest as a grant. The photo shows the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
Photo: Jens Goetzke/pixelio

USA: Each Month a new Subsidy Programme in a Northeastern State

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 29, 2011

Northeast of the USA” During the last months, the states in the Northwest of the US have enjoyed one incentive programme after another. Since October 2010, there has been a new or improved incentive programme announced each month, beginning with Connecticut last October. New Hampshire followed in November, New York State in December and Massachusetts in January.
Figure: Christine Griebel & Nancy Chaplin

Cold-Climate Solar Thermal Systems (2003)

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 2, 2009

This document from 2003 compares two solar domestic hot water heating systems in cold climates to compare the differences. The two locations that were used were Wisconsin and Massachusetts. They used the same type of solar hot water system and broke down their findings and how specific variables affected average hot water use, average solar fraction and overall performance of the systems.

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Confident Newcomers in the U.S.

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2008

After almost 20 years of stagnant markets, since 2005 the U.S. solar thermal market is exploding. According to the official governmental statistics (www.eia.doe.gov) the market rose by 77 % in 2006 to 111,480 m2 (78 MWth). After many years of winter sleep the local industry is waking up. Interesting and self-confident newcomers enter the stage.

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