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  • Germany: 2,200 m² Solar Thermal Installations on 22 Hamburg Mosques

    Germany: 2,200 m² Solar Thermal Installations on 22 Hamburg Mosques

    Atherm Solartechnik, located in Oberhausen, Germany, has installed identical solar thermal plants, each of them with 100 m² of vacuum tube collector area, on 22 mosques and other buildings belonging to Hamburg’s Muslim community. The photo shows the city’s Centrum mosque...
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  • Germany: Strong Decrease in Retrofit Market for Solar Combi Systems

    Germany: Strong Decrease in Retrofit Market for Solar Combi Systems

    According to the German solar industry association, BSW Solar, and the German heating industry association, BDH, the country saw an 11 % decrease in newly installed solar collector area in 2013, bringing market volume down to 735 MWth (1.05 million m²). The analysis...
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  • Germany: Additional Support for Small Solar Cooling Systems

    Germany: Additional Support for Small Solar Cooling Systems

    Since January 2014, companies have been able to receive grants for their thermal-driven sorption cooling systems with a cooling power between 5 kW and 500 kW from the programme for commercial cooling technology in Germany. Until 2013, the minimum cooling power for the programme had been...
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  • Germany: Experts Analyse Solar Process Heat Market

    Germany: Experts Analyse Solar Process Heat Market

    Solar thermal systems are able to meet a significant portion of the heating requirements in many industrial and commercial settings. This is one of the results of an expert workshop entitled The Emerging Market for Solar Process Heat, which was organised by German research institute...

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  • Germany: "A standstill is not the answer, a system solution is."

    Germany: "A standstill is not the answer, a system solution is."

    The German solar thermal market has shrunk yet again. The figures for 2012 show a 9% drop in sales compared to 2011. This year has been off to a very slow start as well: In the first quarter of 2013, collector area sales were down by 19% compared to the same period last year, according...

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  • Germany: No Retrofit Tax Rebate

    Germany: No Retrofit Tax Rebate

    After a long debate, the tax bill for the energy-efficient modernisation of buildings died before being enacted. In summer 2011, the German parliament had agreed on the law, which was to become part of the German climate action plan. But because it would have affected the states’...

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  • Germany: Environment Ministry Pushes up Solar Process Heat Subsidies

    Germany: Environment Ministry Pushes up Solar Process Heat Subsidies

    The Federal Environment Ministry has approved new frame conditions for the MAP, the national Market Rebate Programme for Renewable Energies. Since 15 August, house owners have been receiving a minimum subsidy of EUR 1,500 for a solar combi system, which supplies hot water and space...

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  • Germany: Association and Ministry Discuss Market Development

    Germany: Association and Ministry Discuss Market Development

    The symposium “Solar Thermal Energy” - the largest German-speaking conference dedicated to solar heating and cooling technology – has painted a mixed picture of the current development in Germany. The 3-day event, which was organised by German company Otti and took place at...

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  • Germany: Waiting for Politicians to Act

    Germany: Waiting for Politicians to Act

    Since the beginning of the year, only a few solar thermal installations in Germany can still receive incentives from the German Market Rebate Programme for Renewable Energies (MAP). A new tax rebate for energy-efficient modernisation of buildings could encourage home owners to invest in solar...

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