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Federal Solar Energy Incentives – FAQ (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 15, 2015

This document was part of the Solar Energy Industries Association Guide to Federal Incentives for Solar Energy published in 2009. It goes over common questions for the consumer regarding federal rebates and incentives. Questions range from claiming rebates from utilities, as well as federal, options for choosing rebates over tax credits, eligibility for new housing for residential or commercial credits, and what exactly the tax credits are allowed to cover.

American Solar Works – Harness Your Energy for Your Business (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This document was prepared by the American Solar Works Holdings LLC. While it gives background information, it primarily tries to encourage solar thermal use for commercial buildings and businesses. Several commercial examples are used of what solar thermal can be used for including: heating hotel domestic hot water, providing showers for athletes and students, washing livestock, providing “green” clean clothes at a laundry mat, heating a building in the winter and augment your absorption chilling in the summer.

Understanding Federal Tax Incentives for Residential Solar Thermal Systems (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 9, 2015

This brochure was created by the Beckett Corporation, and explains how consumers can utilize three different tax credits in the United States to install a solar thermal hot water heating system in their home. More information on solar thermal incentives can be found here.

Solar Hot Water in Alaska (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This presentation was written by Harvey Bowers of the Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology (ACAT). It provides information on solar thermal water heating in cold climates and uses a case study and examples from installations in Alaska to demonstrate how solar thermal can be effective in similar settings.

Solar thermal heating, as demonstrated by the residence in question, works best in climates like Alaska’s when utilizing passive design and closed loop systems, as keeping solar fraction high is challenging during the winter.

Solar Thermal Incentive Program Manual (October 2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 23, 2014

This document provides details on the Solar Thermal (ST) Program funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to financially support the substitution of electrically heated domestic hot water systems with solar thermal systems. The present document is an update of an existing 2010 programme, available here. The new version provides additional details on general program rules and system requirements.

Guidelines for Determining the Tax Credit for Investing in Renewable Energy Property (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 7, 2014

This document provides information and guidelines on tax credits resulting from investing in renewable energies in North Carolina. It provides a legislative background of the issue dating back to 1999 as well as punctual information on credit ceilings, definitions, eligibility, requirements, frequently asked questions and tax credit amount for each type of renewable energy considered.

USA: Roadmap to Develop Solar Thermal in New York City

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 30, 2013

One million roofs, 43 solar water heaters – New York City is not exactly a solar capital, although it wants to become the city with the cleanest air in the world. Solar thermal collectors should play a role in the new energy strategy. They could help cut emissions of heavy oil burners and reduce smog. But with one million buildings and less than 50 solar thermal systems, the city has to start from scratch. A roadmap prepared by Meister Consultants Group for The City University of New York (CUNY), the NYC Solar America City Partnership and the DOE Solar America Initiative (SAI) describes the obstacles on the path to a cleaner city and how to overcome them. The 39-page document was published in June this year.
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Italy: Political Frame Condition Update

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 27, 2011

The change at the helm of government in Italy has already had some positive effects on the solar thermal sector. The tax credit extensions were confirmed earlier than in the years before. At the beginning of December, the government approved the extension until 31 December 2012 under the current conditions. If they had not done so, the tax reduction would have expired at the end of 2011. According to the current regulations – in place since January 2011 – residential customers can deduct 55 % of the investment costs from their income tax during a period of 10 years.

Uruguay: Tax Benefits and Incentives planned

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 18, 2011

Map of Uruguay” The National Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining in Uruguay is working on a decree to regulate the use and incentives for solar water heaters in the country. The National Director of Energy, Dr Ramón Méndez, said at the end of July that his draft includes regulations for the next 15 years. He further explained that the legislation aims at creating both tax incentives and mechanisms for the certification and qualification of equipment and installers. Uruguay is a small coastal country between Brazil and Argentina with only 3.5 million inhabitants and no resources of oil, gas or coal.

Italy: Law 28 lays Foundation for Renewable Heat Feed-in Tariff

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 31, 2011

Italy is among the countries which have declared ambitious targets for the solar heating and cooling sector in its National Renewable Energy Action Plan. The administration made the first step towards reaching those aims by implementing Law Number 28, approved on 3 March (see the attached document in Italian).

The law includes several important items with regard to the solar thermal sector:


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