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  • Mexico: 400 Installers Certified under New Labour Competency Standards

    Mexico: 400 Installers Certified under New Labour Competency Standards

    The new labour standards for solar thermal technology installers approved in Mexico in 2014 seem to have borne fruit. According to Daniel García, President of the renewable energy industry association FAMERAC, some 400 installers have so far been certified for the installation of...
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  • India: 27 Field Visits of Solar Process Heat Installations

    India: 27 Field Visits of Solar Process Heat Installations

    In cooperation with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ, organised a workshop in New Delhi in the middle of October to present the first findings and measures within...
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  • Egypt: Aiming at High-Quality Supply Chain

    Egypt: Aiming at High-Quality Supply Chain

    Solar energy is becoming an increasingly attractive and feasible option for many applications in Egypt against a backdrop of rising energy prices across the country. In July 2014, the long-announced first step of reducing fossil fuel and electricity subsidies resulted in a new energy...
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  • India: SoPro to Create Database of 20 Solar Process Heat Case Studies

    India: SoPro to Create Database of 20 Solar Process Heat Case Studies

    The German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ, will be working together with the German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Fraunhofer ISE, and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) on analysing and optimising existing solar process heat installations in India...
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  • Thailand: Ministry of Energy Extends Incentive Programme until 2021

    Thailand: Ministry of Energy Extends Incentive Programme until 2021

    Thailand’s solar water heater subsidy programme, which started in 2008, will continue until 2021. The subsidy will gradually decrease from currently 25% of the investment costs to 15% in 2017. The programme is part of Thailand’s revised Alternative Energy Development Plan (AEDP), which was...
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  • Egypt: Green Star Hotels “Download” the Sun

    Egypt: Green Star Hotels “Download” the Sun

    At the end of November, participants of a workshop in Munich, Germany, debated Egypt’s attempt at making the most use of the sunlight available in the country. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria organised a one-day seminar, offering presentations on...
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  • Tunisia Funds Solar Process Heat

    Tunisia Funds Solar Process Heat

    Tunisia is venturing into another completely new solar thermal application area: solar process heat. After having started the national support programme Prosol first in 2005 for residential solar water heaters, then in 2009 for hotels, hamams (Turkish baths), academic houses and...

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  • Costa Rica: Small Market but Prestigious Large-Scale Projects

    Costa Rica: Small Market but Prestigious Large-Scale Projects

    Costa Rica’s local solar thermal industry has been getting organised: The Solar Energy Association of Costa Rica, Acesolar, was officially founded last year. In early 2013, all formal issues were resolved and Acesolar was able to start working. Currently, the association has around...

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  • Thailand / Brazil / Central America: Business Trips for German Stakeholders

    Thailand / Brazil / Central America: Business Trips for German Stakeholders

    Countries in Southeast Asia have big plans for solar energy. Thailand’s government in particular knows precisely how its future energy and environment policies should look like. It has pledged to both expand the use of renewables and improve energy efficiency across the nation....

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  • “I appreciated the initiative of introducing a new standard”

    “I appreciated the initiative of introducing a new standard”

    Elizabeth Duarte Pereira can look back at 40 years of solar thermal research in Brazil. Today, she is Professor at the UNA University Centre in Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais and is about to help set up a new test facility in Brazil - the third in her research career. During...

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