Austria Solar

  • Austria: “Heat networks must enable decentralised feed-in options”

    Austria: “Heat networks must enable decentralised feed-in options”

    “Renewables have turned the world of electricity upside down,” the former Managing Director of Austria Solar, Roger Hackstock, writes in his book Energiewende - Die Revolution hat schon begonnen (roughly translated as Energy Transformation – The Revolution Has Already...
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  • Austria: Tough Competition in a Shrinking Market

    Austria: Tough Competition in a Shrinking Market

    2012 meant shrinking sales figures in the Austrian solar thermal market for the third time in a row. Although most states have increased their subsidies for solar thermal, 2013 does not seem to get any better. Three companies went bankrupt within the last four months. Collector prices on...

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  • Austria: More and Less Successful Subsidy Schemes

    Austria: More and Less Successful Subsidy Schemes

    Austria´s solar thermal market has come to depend a great deal on incentive programmes. The schemes in 2012, however, met with varying degrees of success. Demand was again great for the...

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  • Austria: How to Plan and Finance Large-Scale Systems

    Austria: How to Plan and Finance Large-Scale Systems

    The Austrian solar thermal industry association Austria Solar is still working on how to facilitate large-scale solar thermal installations. Because one key aspect of a large-scale project is how to finance it, the association organised a first...

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  • Austria: Third Incentive Year for Large-scale Solar Thermal Plants

    Austria: Third Incentive Year for Large-scale Solar Thermal Plants

    The great success over the past two years prompted the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund to extend its incentive programme for large-scale solar thermal plants into 2012 as well. When the programme was launched on 13 June, it was actually the third time. The scheme has already granted...

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  • Austria: Numerous Design Awards for a Sunny Idea

    Austria: Numerous Design Awards for a Sunny Idea

    Without the sun, there wouldn’t be solar heat - and without sunlight, the annual report of Austria Solar would look completely blank. The company that developed the surprising and eye-catching marketing idea of making the report’s content only visible by the energy of the sun is German...

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  • Austria: Greenonetec Celebrates Two anniversaries

    Austria: Greenonetec Celebrates Two anniversaries

    20 solar years, 50 years of age, one success story: This was the motto under which Austrian collector manufacturer Greenonetec celebrated the company’s 20th anniversary and the 50th birthday of its CEO Robert Kanduth (shown in the picture with his wife Helvig) on 13...

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  • Austria: First Federal Incentive Programme for Solar Water Heating

    Austria: First Federal Incentive Programme for Solar Water Heating

    On 17 April, Austria started its first federal incentive programme for solar water heating in the residential sector. This means that the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund now supports new private solar thermal installations with EUR 400 per system if the collector area is 5 m² or more....

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  • Austria: Bankers and Solar Companies Exchange Opinions

    Austria: Bankers and Solar Companies Exchange Opinions

    Acquiring affordable loans for large solar thermal plants is a challenging task. On 30 January, the industry association Austria Solar organised a meeting between representatives of the banking and investment sector, engineering companies, solar companies and industrial customers for...

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  • Austria: Solar Thermal Market on the Verge of Collapse in one Province

    Austria: Solar Thermal Market on the Verge of Collapse in one Province

    In the Austrian province Lower Austria, the cut of direct incentives has led to an almost total collapse of the market for solar thermal systems. The industry association Austria Solar estimates that instead of 6,000 systems as in 2010, only 1,700 new systems are going to be installed in...

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