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  • Romania: Rebate Programme postponed

    Romania: Rebate Programme postponed

    Hope dies last – since there was still some left on the 15th of January that the comprehensive rebate programme for renewable energies in Romania could commence. The sector was waiting for the publication of the list of installers approved by the Ministry of Environment and...

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  • Energy Directive Adopted by European Parliament

    It's a great step forward acknowledging solar heating and cooling to be a key factor for climate protection: For the first time, heating and cooling is covered by an European Directive. The new Energy Directive was adopted with 634 votes in favour and only 25 against and 25 absent in the...

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  • Overall Cap for Tax Reductions in Italy

    Overall Cap for Tax Reductions in Italy

    Dark clouds are beginning to appear over the prospects of the solar thermal market in Italy. On the 29th November 2008, the Italian government published a temporary law for modifying the 55% tax reduction that has driven the solar thermal market in recent years. The temporary law...

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  • Canada Committed to Solar Thermal Energy

    Canada Committed to Solar Thermal Energy

    The first solar seasonal storage facility on the North American continent: Since September 2007, 52 single-family homes at the Drake Landing Solar Community in Okotoks near Calgary have been heated using 800 collectors of the Canadian manufacturer Enerworks and a ground reservoir with...

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  • Olivier Drücke: New ESTIF President

    Olivier Drücke: New ESTIF President

    Olivier Drücke has been working in the solar thermal sector since 1990 and is head of sales and marketing at the KBB Kollektorbau GmbH, a Berlin-based collector manufacturer, since September 2005. Photo: ESTIF

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  • Portugal: Solar Obligation since 2006

    To increase the use of renewable energy sources is one of three goals in the Portuguese National Strategy for Energy. One instrument is a solar thermal obligation which entered into force in 2006. Its introduction has been prepared by a market stimulation programme.

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  • Ambitious Plans for Solar Thermal Technology in India

    The Indian market of vacuum tube collectors is picking up pace: Several manufacturers of flat plate collectors have started importing tube collectors from China. So far, they possess a market share of 10 to 15 %. Photo: Sudarshan Saur

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  • Israel: The World’s first Solar Thermal Legislation

    Israel has been the first country to pass a legislation on solar thermal installations. With the second oil crisis end of the 1970s members of parliament searched for ways to make their country more independent of imported energy. The result was a law on solar water heating to be used in new...

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  • New Association and Subsidies in Thailand

    New Association and Subsidies in Thailand

    The solar thermal sector in Thailand finds its voice. After one year of preparation, the Solar Thermal Association (STA) is very close to being approved by the government. “We expect approval by January 2009”, says STA president Somsak Chutanan, CEO of the company Infratech...

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  • The Agenda for Solar Thermal in SEIA

    The Agenda for Solar Thermal in SEIA

    The solar thermal division of SEIA, the Solar Energy Industries Association in the USA, should be strengthened. This is the decision of a meeting of solar thermal stakeholders during the conference and exhibition Solar Power in San Diego in the middle of October. Representatives of the solar...
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