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  • Portugal: Solar Companies Struggle to Keep Business Running

    The Portuguese solar thermal market has dropped significantly for the second year in a row. In 2012, the national solar industry association APISOLAR counted only 90,896 m2 of newly installed area, 29 % below the previous year, although the result was better than APISOLAR had predicted....

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  • Portugal: Small Residential Grant Scheme, but “Big” Requirements

    Portugal has seen the launch of a new incentive scheme - Edifício Eficiente 2012 (Efficient Building 2012) - for installing solar thermal systems on existing residential buildings. Launched on 30 November, the programme has been equipped with a EUR 1 million budget for solar...

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  • Brazil: Solar Water Heater Case Studies in Multi-family Housing

    In cooperation with engineering office SE-Studio Equinócio, the International Copper Association (ICA) Latin America has released a publication which highlights the use of solar heating in large residential buildings. Three installations that have been monitored for several years show the...

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  • Portugal: Last Quarter Exceeds Expectations

    In the last quarter of 2011, the Portuguese solar thermal market has seen a sudden spike in sales, allowing the newly installed collector area per year to surpass 125,000 m² (88 MWth). The surprising development seems to be a result of two tax changes that have taken place at the...

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  • Portugal: Full Architectural Integration of Solar Thermal Technology

    The architectural integration of solar thermal collectors has long been a concern to the industry. Portuguese company Sunaitec has now patented a new solution for the residential sector. According to General Manager Amílcar Lopes, 25 systems with the so-called ‘Multifunction Solar...

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  • Brazil: New Requirements for Solar Installations on Social Housing

    The Brazilian social housing programme 'My Home My Life' has now entered its second phase (2011/2014). Despite new rules, installing a solar water heater remains mandatory for all single-family houses whose owners have a wage lower than Brazilian Real (BRL) 1,600. The sector had to wait...

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  • Portugal: Huge Solar Potential in Lisbon’s Historical Downtown

    The historical downtown area of the Portuguese capital, known as Baixa Pombalina, has a collector area potential of 100,000 m2. This is the result of the study “Carta do Potencial de Integração de Sistemas Solares na Baixa Pombalina”, which was developed within European project ProSTO -...

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  • Portugal: Increase in VAT Rate in 2012

    Apisolar, the Portuguese national solar association, expects a 30% decrease in newly installed collector area this year. The forecast until the end of 2011 is 127,000 m2 (89 MW), whereas around 180,000 m2 of collector area were newly installed in 2010. This year's low demand has partly...

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  • Portugal: Market Players facing Serious Problems

    Two months after the new government came to power, its strategy for solar energy still remains a mystery: The new subsidy programme barely mentions renewable energies, but focuses on energy efficiency instead. Last year's two subsidy schemes for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), as...

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