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Great Demand in Austria

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 1, 2008

The solar thermal industry in Austria can take the financial crisis lightly: Demand is still increasing. The number of grant applications in the months between July and September was distinctly higher than in the months before. “Grant applications have increased by almost two-thirds in the third quarter to 6,047 applications. In comparison to the first quarter, they have more than doubled,“ the Austrian solar thermal association Austria Solar stated in November.

New Association and Subsidies in Thailand

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 29, 2008

The solar thermal sector in Thailand finds its voice. After one year of preparation, the Solar Thermal Association (STA) is very close to being approved by the government. “We expect approval by January 2009”, says STA president Somsak Chutanan, CEO of the company Infratech Engineering & Services. It will be exactly one year after officially founding the association in January 2008.

Canada: Solar Thermal Energy Competitive with Natural Gas

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 14, 2008

biggest installation in CanadaCanada’s biggest solar thermal installation with 223 kW (319 m²) pumps heat to Wood Green Community Services in Toronto. Photo: Mondial Energy

Solar Victory in the U.S.

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 6, 2008

The first days of October were sunny days for the renewables in the United States. First the Senate and two days later the House of Representatives passed the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 which extends the 30 % investment tax credits (ITC) for solar thermal systems as well as photovoltaics through 2016.

Solar Heat – a Winner Technology for Austria

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 2, 2008

“The four years of climate protection programme “klima:aktiv” in Austria was the most successful programme ever”, Robert Kanduth, the chairman of Austrian Solar Thermal Association, Austria Solar, and CEO of Greenonetec, the biggest flat-plate collector manufacturer worldwide. Kanduth was upbeat about the programmes progress at his speech at the event “Solar heat – a winner technology for Austria” at the beginning of September in Gleisdorf, Austria.

Green credits in Mexico: Push for the Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 2, 2008

social housing with solar in a suburb of Mexico citySocial housing in Mexico with solar water heaters: Tecamac is a typical suburb of Mexico City, where inhabitants can purchase apartments at a reasonable price. Photo: GTZ Mexico

Still Uncertainty about U.S. Federal Tax Credits

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 1, 2008

“Sunny Day For Solar” titled the U.S. American Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on the 24th of September. A day beforehand, the Senate had approved its version of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 which would extend the 30 % tax credits for solar thermal systems through 2016.

Prosol: Successful grant and credit programme in Tunisia

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 29, 2008

The grant programme Prosol II started 2005 in Tunisia and increased the market volume of solar water heaters tenfold within some years.

See also news at: http://www.solarthermalworld.org/node/166

 

Effective Date: 
Saturday, January 1, 2005

Poland: Downwind for the Solar Thermal Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 14, 2008

watt poland commercial installationCommercial applications are on the rise in Poland: “Big building societies, hotels and hospitals are investing in solar thermal systems,” confirms export manager Jacek Paluch of the collector manufacturer Watt.
Photo: Watt

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