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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

SEF Directory: Database of Lenders and Investors Worldwide

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 26, 2008

The Sustainable Energy Finance Directory (SEF) is a free-of-charge online database of lenders and investors who actively provide finance to the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector worldwide. "We support project developers, firms from the renewable energy sector, and communities that are looking for capital and suitable financing solutions," explains Kai Sametinger, who works at Germany’s Forseo GmbH. The Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) of Switzerland founded the service in 2002 in cooperation with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Summer boom in Germany

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2008

Germany's solar thermal market is growing again, and this at an astonishing rate. After market sales plummeted by 37 % in the past year, the monthly sales statistics of BDH (Federal Industrial Association Germany House, Energy and Environmental Technology) – as they are available to the author – show encouraging increases in all segments. In the first half of this year, the quantity of flat-plate collectors rose by 85 % to 779,507 m2 (546 MWth), compared to the previous year. Evacuated tubes showed an increase of 55 % to 88,416 m2 (62 MWth).

Tunisian Market Growing Rapidly

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2008

The Tunisian solar thermal market has increased tenfold in only the last four years. Before starting the grant programme Prosol II in 2005, only 7,000 m2 had been installed in Tunisia (4.9 MWth). Last year already showed installations of 60,000 m2 (42 MWth), 74 % more than in the previous year. For 2008, the official target is 80,000 m2 (56 MWth) of newly installed collector area.

Tender in Pacific region: Delivery of 150 to 300 Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 28, 2008

Country:                 Island Niue

City/Locality:           Alofi / five islands in the pacific

Activity:                   Delivery of 150 to 300 solar water heaters

Buyer:                     Government of Niue www.gov.nu

Financing:                European Development Fund (EDF)

Publication date:     28 August 2007

Deadline:                 16 August 2008

What can solar thermal technology be used for?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 9, 2008

There is a wide variety of applications for solar thermal technology. The most common application is the heating of pool water, the heating of domestic hot water and space heating. Not very wide spread yet are solar cooling systems, because of the complexity of the technology and the high initial investment costs.

Which are the main market drivers?

Submitted by admin on May 5, 2008

Generally speaking, you can differentiate between naturally growing markets and incentive driven markets. In the former, low-cost solar water heaters are already an economic alternative for households to produce hot water instead of using fossil fuels or electricity. Some examples are: China, which is the biggest solar thermal market in the world, Cyprus which has one of the highest solar thermal capacities in operation per capita in the world, and Turkey, which is the third biggest market in the world.

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