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Austria: Solar District Heating on the Rise in Graz

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 16, 2009

 inauguration S.O.L.I.D plant” On the 15th of May, the city of Graz saw the inauguration of another large-scale solar thermal installation (from left): Dr. Wolfgang Messner (Graz AG), Andrea Pavlovec-Meixner and Sonja Grabner (municipal councillors), Christian Holter (S.O.L.I.D) and Wolfgang Malik (Graz AG). Photo: Graz AG

Solar-powered mobile sanitary Container for United Nations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 16, 2009

 solahart SWH for UN sanitary facility” Mobile sanitary container for trouble spots around the world: A thermosiphon system from Australia's collector manufacturer Solahart supplies the emergency accommodation with hot water by the sun. Photo: Solahart

Austria: The 2008 Roadmap to Solar Thermal Success

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 11, 2009

Roadmap: Solar Thermal in Austria” A good example for solar heating: a semidetached house with a collector area of 92 m2. According to the roadmap of the Austrian Institute for Renewable Technologies, AEE Intec, it is very important to support solar combi systems which supply domestic hot water and space heating.

“Security Measures Make Vacuum Tube Collector Systems More Expensive”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 8, 2009

 Marek Szymanski of Watt” Marek Szymanski, technical department manager of the Polish collector manufacturer Watt, spoke with about the problems they had with the vacuum tube collectors in the beginning. Photo: Watt

Dynamic Growth Throughout the European Solar Thermal Sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 3, 2009

 estec2009 conference” Estec2009 – a meeting point for solar thermal experts in Europe: Around 400 representatives of associations, as well as manufacturers, politicians and researchers discussed trends, potentials and obstacles of the solar thermal sector. Photo: Bärbel Epp

Solar Obligation by the Municipality in São Paulo

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 2, 2009

The huge city of São Paulo, with its approx. 19 million inhabitants, approved the first solar obligation on a municipality level in July 2007. Solar water heaters have since become mandatory in a wide range of new residential and non-residential buildings.

Collective Systems on the Rise in France

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 2, 2009

 collective system in Paris” The segment of collective systems shows high growth rates in France: The main factor behind this growth are the incentives paid by Ademe, the France Energy Agency. The investment for the solar thermal system on top of this multi-storey building in Paris was €353,000 of which 39 % were subsidised by Ademe. Photo: Enerplan

Tax Credits for Home Owners in France

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 2, 2009
Since 2005, home owners in France have profited from tax credits for solar thermal systems. The tax credit scheme was modified several times. At the beginning solar thermal investors could deduct 50 % later 30% of the investment costs. The Finance Bill 2014 reduced the tax credits from 30 to 15 % at the beginning of 2014. In September 2014, the tax credit for sustainable development, CIDD, became the tax credit for energy transition, CITE, offering a 30 % tax relief for energy efficiency measures carried out after 1 September 2014. The client can, therefore, deduct 30 % of the investment costs of the solar thermal system excluding man-hours, when filing their tax return and therefore reduce the tax payment by 30 % of the investment costs. The table was revised by Vincent Boulanger in March 2016.
Effective Date: 
Saturday, January 1, 2005

A Solar Field of 7,350 m2 - and a Heat & Power Plant

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 1, 2009

 installation of 14 m2 Sunmark collectors” The quickest installation possible: It took only one month to set up the 525 flat plate collectors, each with a 14 m2 surface, in the open countryside. The 7,350 m2 solar thermal system feeds the district heating system of the Danish town of Tørring. Photo: Sunmark


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