Solar Thermal Power, Finance and Incentives

  • Horizon 2020

    EU Funding for Solutions to Decarbonise Heating and Cooling Market

    A search for ‘solar thermal’ in a recently published 195-page document titled Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy will not return encouraging results (see the attached document). The publication by the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 shows only 6 entries in total. “Solar thermal is...
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  • Wagner Solar

    Germany: Renewable District Heating Grants

    German politicians are beginning to appreciate the benefits of solar district heating, or SDH for short. Germany’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, BMWi, has launched District Heating Networks 4.0, a new subsidy scheme for grids which use solar, biomass or waste heat to meet at...
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  • Solar Feed in Tariff for solar heating plants

    In the Netherlands, a feed in tariff is paid for solar thermal plants with a capacity of 140 kWth or above. In the case of solar heat, the tariff was 9.5 EURct/kWh during the application period in spring and autumn 2017. However, the incentives are only meant to bridge the gap between market and...
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  • TrustEE

    TrustEE Facilitates ESCO Project Financing in Industry

    The implementation of energy efficiency measures and the use of renewables can help manufacturing businesses cut costs and prepare them for when they will have to compete in a decarbonised market. However, even outstanding technical designs often fail to secure financing. The EU’s TrustEE...
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  • Belo Horizonte

    Belo Horizonte – Brazil´s Solar Capital

    Belo Horizonte, a municipality about 600 km north of Sao Paulo in the state of Minas Gerais, is also known as the solar capital of Brazil. Not only does it have a population of about 2.5 million, but solar water heater installations on many of its high-rise multifamily buildings. The photo...
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  • Subsidy for retrofitting SWH in social housing

     In February the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism in Chile restarted a subsidy scheme that supports the installation of a solar thermal system for existing social housing units. The most current application round ended at 30 September 2018. 


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  • Poll Results

    World Bank Supports Solar Concentrating Solutions for Industry

    On 18 October 2017, speakers from three continents joined a webinar initiated by the World Bank and the Clean Technology Fund and hosted by Spanish-based consultancy ATA Insights to talk about opportunities for concentrating solar thermal in industry. Martin Haagen from Industrial Solar, a...
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  • SHC Solar Award: Five Finalists with Successful Support Policies

    Administrators of successful solar thermal support schemes are in the focus of this year’s Solar Award of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC). The jury has chosen five finalists, of which one will receive the SHC Solar Award during the IEA SHC’s joint conference with ISES...
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  • Switzerland: Plans for Solar District Heating Pilot System

    “Why is there no solar district heating in Switzerland?” Swiss scientists were asking after their visit to Denmark. They had been investigating the feasibility of solar heat in district heating networks in the St Gallen canton and published a 50-page study this March (see the attached...
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  • Switzerland market statistics

    Switzerland: Strong Heat Pump and PV Competition

    There couldn’t be a starker contrast between the market development of two renewable heat segments: Whereas Swiss heat pump sales remained at around 18,400 units per year from 2014 to 2016, collector sales dropped significantly from 117,634 m² in 2014 to 66,699 m² last year. Market volume...
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  • Slovenia: Renewable District Heating Scheme 2017 - 2020

    The Ministry of Infrastructure launched a grant scheme for renewable sources in district heating in June 2017. You can apply for a subsidy of up to 35 % of the investment costs if you are a large company, 45 % if you are medium size and 55 % if you fall into the category of small and micro. CHP...
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