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  • Photo: Arenal Kioro

    SHW system for Costa Rican hotel crowdfunded in 24 hours

    The German crowdfunding platform for renewable energies ecoligo.investments has successfully funded its third solar heat project. A solar hot water system for the hotel Arena Kioro in Costa Rica with an investment volume of EUR 99,000 was financed within 24 hours by 75 investors at...
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  • Photo: Sun Wei. ©2014 Beijing Institute of Residential Building Design and Research

    Solar planning experts meet in France

    Between 22 and 24 October, the University of Savoie Mont Blanc in Le Bourget-du-Lac, France, will be the venue for the first meeting about research platform Solar Neighborhood Planning. Professor Christophe Ménézo, who is organising the event, is inviting experts from a wide...
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  • Source: BAFA

    20 years of funding renewables in Germany

    The start of this month marked the 20th anniversary of the German Market Rebate Programme, also known as MAP. At the time, it was the country’s first set of funding guidelines for renewables. Since coming into force on 1 September 1999, MAP has paid out about EUR 3 billion to...
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  • Science Based Targets initiative

    624 new solar heat customers!?

    The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is leading the way towards greater climate protection on a global scale: 28 of its partners with a combined market capitalisation of USD 1.3 trillion have now pledged to create emissions reduction strategies that honour IPCC’s 1.5 °C goal, SBTi...
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    Uncertain prospects for growth in Italy

    Figures from different sources have painted a mixed picture of Italy’s solar thermal market in 2018. According to Assotermica, the country’s Association of Manufacturers of Equipment and Components for Heating Systems, the sector declined by 8 % in 2018 compared to the previous year, mainly...
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  • Photo: Chr. Dahle, Aventa

    Webinar: How to use facades to generate solar energy

    The focus of the next IEA SHC Solar Academy webinar will be on the assessment, onsite monitoring and simulation of building-integrated solar systems. On 18 September, three experts who work for Task 56, Building Integrated Solar Envelope Systems for HVAC and Lighting, will share...
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  • Illustration: PlanEnergi

    Danish SDH market reaches new milestone

    Denmark has consolidated its lead in the global solar district heating market, as capacity topped 1 GWth in August. The 120 solar district heating plants that are now in operation throughout the country total 1.1 GWth (around 1.6 million m²), according to statistics...
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    Carbon tax in force but few have to pay

    The South African carbon tax was finally implemented on 1 June 2019 after there had been several public consultations and delays over the last years. According to the new Carbon Tax Act, the rate will be South African Rand (ZAR) 120 per tonne of carbon dioxide in the first phase, until...
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  • Source: David Ferrari for 2014 to 2018; Solar Heat Worldwide for 2009 to 2013

    Australian market under pressure from multiple sides

    For the second time in a row, the Australian solar heat market showed modest growth (6 %) in the number of glazed collector systems as the new collector area totalled 183,200 m² (128 MWth) in 2018. The above chart is based on preliminary data provided by Dr David Ferrari, who...
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  • Germany: Big incentives fail to stop market decline

    Germany: Big incentives fail to stop market decline

    Despite a booming building sector and a national support programme, the German solar thermal sector had to grapple with another decline in sales, this time by 10 %, in 2018. Statistics compiled by the associations for the solar and heating industries, BSW Solar and BDH, indicate the...
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  • Best practice examples of urban solar projects exceed expectations

    Best practice examples of urban solar projects exceed expectations

    Researchers working for the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme have created a list of urban solar heat projects that not only met but exceeded the ambitious aims set for them initially: Seven best-practice examples and two scoping studies of systems in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden...
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  • “Solar process heat is a hot topic in research and development”

    “Solar process heat is a hot topic in research and development”

    To provide students with the knowledge and tools they need to pursue a career in sustainable engineering is the aim of the Bachelor degree course Energy Systems and Renewable Energies at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, a university based in Bavaria. Last winter, 15 students who...
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