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Ukraine: First low-interest Loan Programme spreads across Lviv Region

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 14, 2011

 Solar-assisted cooling installation in Echuca Moama” One major growth barrier in the Ukrainian solar thermal market is the usually high interest rate of between 18 and 25 %. Which is why the low-interest loan programme of the Lviv region in western Ukraine marks an important step towards spreading solar energy in the country. Since 2009, Bank Lviv has offered residents across the Lviv region (see red part on the map), subsidised interest rates to finance energy-saving measures, including the set-up of solar thermal systems. 20 % of the interest rate will be transferred back to the customer’s account a month later.
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Portugal: Market Players facing Serious Problems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 8, 2011

Two months after the new government came to power, its strategy for solar energy still remains a mystery: The new subsidy programme barely mentions renewable energies, but focuses on energy efficiency instead. Last year's two subsidy schemes for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), as well as Private Social Solidarity Institutions (IPSS) and sports facilities have also stopped. And, the tax rebates of roughly EUR 800 for residential clients who purchase renewable energies equipment have no longer been in place since an agreement of the government with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). At present, buyers of solar water heaters can only declare a limited amount as a tax benefit, which means a much smaller savings effect.

Poland: various commercial Grant Programmes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 5, 2011

 Installation in Szczawnica” By the end of 2010, the total surface area of solar collectors in Poland reached 655,000 m2. Newly installed collector area amounted to 146,000 m2, roughly 2,000 m2 more than in 2009. Over the next years, the number of new solar thermal installations is thought to increase significantly because of various grants at the national and local level: The local incentive programme in Szczawnica in southern Poland has already helped in setting up more than 1,500 collectors in households (see photo).

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