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Newsletter March 2020

High scrappage bonus for oil boilers

In the past several years, climate change rarely made it onto the German government’s agenda. But following the Fridays for Future protests, during which millions of people took to the streets, and the Green Party’s surge in the polls, the country’s governing coalition started looking for ways to improve its green credentials.

Stakeholders in the renewable industry were surprised by how quickly the search bore fruit; as many as three measures were implemented to address issues in the heating sector. At the beginning of this year, government agency BAFA started offering an attractive scrappage bonus for replacing oil boilers. Alternatively, building owners can claim tax relief for getting rid of old heating systems. And above all the government announced to introduce a carbon pricing system, which will add a fixed amount to the base prices of fossil fuels between 2021 and 2025.

Could these measures provide a template for the European Green Deal? One thing that is certain right now: Demand for solar energy and other renewable heating solutions has been growing since the start of the year.

High scrappage bonus for oil boilers
Carbon pricing in the building sector
Absolicon to build SHIP demonstration plant at AB InBev brewery
by Bärbel Epp

Greenline Africa, based in South Africa, was one of 17 businesses chosen to join the 100+ Accelerator programme launched by brewing group AB InBev in mid-February. At the kick-off event, it presented the benefits of using the T160 parabolic trough collector developed by Absolicon Solar Collector, Sweden.

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SDH prefeasibility studies for Serbian cities
by Bärbel Epp

Renewable district heating has become a hot topic in Serbia. A district heating conference held in early December in Belgrade attracted more than 400 attendees. The Big Solar concept from Austria could be used as well for cities in the Western Balkans. 

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Large gap between targets and installed solar heat capacity
by Bärbel Epp

According to Eurostat, renewable energy sources made up 18 % of total energy generation throughout the EU at the end of 2018, which means the EU’s target of 20 % by the end of 2020 seems well within reach. A closer look reveals, however, very different contributions by various end-user markets.

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How to reduce energy consumption in historic buildings?
by Bärbel Epp

The new online platform called Hiberatlas showcases successfully retrofitted historic and listed buildings. All projects are illustrated with numerous photos and plans to depict the appearance of the building before and after the modernisation.

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Solar Energy Buildings to make cities fit for the future
by Bärbel Epp

Developing ecologically and economically feasible concepts is the aim of Solar Energy Buildings, a new research initiative set up by the IEA SHC Programme. Experts from the worlds of business and research are invited to attend its first meeting on 25 March in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Webinar: Solar heat and electricity: PVT solutions for buildings and industry

The focus of the next IEA SHC Solar Academy webinar will be on hybrid solar thermal and solar PV technologies and their application in the residential, commercial and industrial sector. On 25 March, three experts, who work for Task 60 on PVT Systems, will share their findings in a 1.5-hour webinar starting at 2 pm GMT.

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