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  • 50 % Growth and Other Achievements in the USA

    50 % Growth and Other Achievements in the USA

    The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) estimates in its latest publication, “U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review 2008”, that the solar thermal market in the United States has grown by 50 % last year, to almost 229,000 m2 (160 MWth). The state with the biggest share of...
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  • Cape Town: Draft of Solar Water Heating Bye-law

    Cape Town: Draft of Solar Water Heating Bye-law

    Currently, solar water heating systems have hardly penetrated in Cape Town, South Africa. Only 2 % of city’s 906,000 households use solar energy. The planned bye-law should boost the market to 76,000 newly installed system in the next two years, but has been delayed due to continuous legal...

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  • 60 Solar Cities in India

    60 Solar Cities in India

    Nagpur city in central India – one of 60 solar cities in India supported by the government.

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  • Tremendous Market Growth in Germany

    Tremendous Market Growth in Germany

    The German solar thermal market more than doubled in 2008. According to the solar industry association BSW-Solar and the heating industry association BDH; 2.1 million m2 of new collector area (1.5 GWth) were installed on German roofs last year (940,000 m...

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  • South Africa: Rebates up to 30 %

    South Africa: Rebates up to 30 %

    90 % of South Africa’s electricity is generated by coal-fired power stations. The fourth quarter of 2007, however, started with massive power cuts as electricity supply fell behind demand. Eskom, the largest electricity supplier in Africa, the South African Government and the Global...

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  • The Cap is Gone

    The Cap is Gone

    U.S. President Obama's signature on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act effectively removed the existing US$2,000 cap for the tax rebate of residential solar thermal systems. Whoever buys a new solar thermal system in 2009 can deduct 30 % of the investment costs from his or her income...

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  • Enlarging Testing Facilities for SRCC in the USA

    Enlarging Testing Facilities for SRCC in the USA

    The extension of the federal tax credits by eight years and the election of Barack Obama have suddenly made the U.S. market for solar thermal energy far more attractive. The importance of imports of collectors and systems is growing. The number of flat plate and evacuated tube collectors has...

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