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  • IRENA identifies solar heat potential in central and south eastern Europe

    IRENA identifies solar heat potential in central and south eastern Europe

    The 18 countries participating in the Central and South Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity Initiative (CESEC) could use renewables to meet 34 % of their energy demand by 2030, with solar thermal installed in buildings being the cheapest replacement option for fossil fuel equipment. These...
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  • Large gap between targets and installed solar heat capacity in Europe

    Large gap between targets and installed solar heat capacity in Europe

    According to a Eurostat press release published on 23 January, renewable energy sources made up 18 % of total energy generation throughout the European Union at the end of 2018, which means the EU’s target of 20 % by the end of 2020 seems well within reach. And yet, the above chart shows...
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  • Otthon Melege (Warm Homes) programme

    Otthon Melege (Warm Homes) programme  is a state incentive scheme suitable for solar thermal energy installation among other efficiancy measures for buildings. The investment grants are offered in seperated calls (end of August 2016, June 2017) and the budget was usually exhausted within a few...
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  • Denmark/Hungary: Velux to Close Down Solar Collector Business

    Denmark/Hungary: Velux to Close Down Solar Collector Business

    “The Velux Group has decided to discontinue sales of solar thermal collectors during the autumn 2013.” This was the first sentence of a short statement which appeared on the internet pages of the different Velux distribution partners in Europe in the middle of September 2013. It...

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  • EU Project: RELACS in Sustainable Holiday Accommodations

    EU Project: RELACS in Sustainable Holiday Accommodations

    What have the Albena resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast (see photo), the Bräuer restaurant in Weißkirchen, Austria, and the 2 Danby Cottages in the UK’s Forest of Dean in common? They are all part of the RELACS network. RELACS is short for “REnewabLe energy for tourist ACcommodation...

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  • How to Finance a Large-scale Solar Thermal Plant

    How to Finance a Large-scale Solar Thermal Plant

    One of the organisations which have had experiences with RES leases over many years is the Austrian UniCredit Leasing. Josef Robert Straninger, Country Coordinator of the Competence Center Renewable Energies at UniCredit Leasing, explained at the SMEThermal conference in Berlin what...

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  • Hungary: New Money for Commercial and Public Solar Thermal Systems

    Hungary: New Money for Commercial and Public Solar Thermal Systems

    From the end of 2011 on, the Hungarian government had asked the European Commission (EC) to allow the transfer of funds not spent within the Transport Operational Programme, KözOP, to the Environment and Energy Operational Programme, KEOP. The EC finally agreed in September 2012 and the...

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  • Europe: 3,000 m² Collector Area at Three STACCATO Projects

    Europe: 3,000 m² Collector Area at Three STACCATO Projects

    What do the European capitals Amsterdam, Budapest and Sofia have in common? Not much, except that they have all been participating in the STACCATO project since November 2007. The project is a sub-programme of the European Commission’s CONCERTO initiative to promote energy...

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  • Romania: A Subsidy Scheme and its Implementation Problems

    Romania: A Subsidy Scheme and its Implementation Problems

    Romania is the only major country in Europe without a commercial manufacturer of solar flat plate collectors. The photo, however, shows a small, non-commercial collector manufacturing unit in Timişoara, in the west of Romania. It produces collectors for some solar water heating systems...

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  • Hungary: Great Interest in Expired Residential Subsidy Scheme

    Hungary: Great Interest in Expired Residential Subsidy Scheme

    The Hungarian Ministry of National Development reported a high interest in one of its recently halted support programmes. According to the ministry’s statement from 17 May, it received 5,686 applications for the "Sub programme to set up solar collector systems that facilitate the use of...

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