Finance and Incentives

  • Big plans for heat pumps but not for solar hybrid systems in the Netherlands

    Big plans for heat pumps but not for solar hybrid systems in the Netherlands

    The Dutch association Holland Solar is disappointed about the latest proposal from the Ministry for Economic  Affairs and Climate regarding the national subsidy scheme ISDE for renewable energy solutions. In a letter dated 28th October the ministry announced plans to increase...
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  • Pathway to 100 % renewables: “Industry is a really hard-to-abate sector”

    Pathway to 100 % renewables: “Industry is a really hard-to-abate sector”

    “The world is burning more fossil fuels than ever. We need deep structural change,” REN21 Executive Director Rana Adib warned attendees at a panel discussion at last week’s Solar World Congress. “It is not enough anymore to look at the energy supply side – that is, the power sector – but we...
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  • Germany supports solar thermal in energy systems with cogeneration

    Germany supports solar thermal in energy systems with cogeneration

    The use of solar district heating is rapidly gaining momentum in Germany. One reason is that the first projects which have received state support under the Innovative Combined Heat and Power Programme are close to completion. An example of a local energy supplier that has profited from this...
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  • 10 MW solar plant heats air for malting plant in France

    10 MW solar plant heats air for malting plant in France

    A 10 MW flagship solar heat project was inaugurated on 20 September 2021 in Issoudun, Southern France, making it the largest solar industrial heat plant in France and the second largest in Europe. The 14,252 m2 solar collector fields now supply 10 % of the total heat requirement...
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  • Innovation Fund approves EUR 4.5 million for Croatian SHIP plant

    Innovation Fund approves EUR 4.5 million for Croatian SHIP plant

    In July, French NewHeat was revealed to be among the 32 organisations whose applications were approved by the new EU Innovation Fund for small-scale projects. The EUR 4.5 million the company will receive from the fund will cover more than half of the total investment in a 20 MWth...
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  • IEA SHC Solar Cooling Task: “We can make a difference”

    IEA SHC Solar Cooling Task: “We can make a difference”

    US project developer ergSol is a true pioneer. The company is not only putting up large commercial solar heat systems in California but also supports the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme by heading the Demonstration subtask of global research network...
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  • Skopje’s Green City Action Plan favours district heating

    Skopje’s Green City Action Plan favours district heating

    Many times during winter, Skopje in North Macedonia holds the unfortunate record of being the capital with the worst air quality in Europe. One reason for this is that some of the city’s public buildings – even hospitals and schools – burn heavy fuel oil to provide hot water and space...
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  • “German SDH market could be bigger, if there was enough space”

    “German SDH market could be bigger, if there was enough space”

    Under the leadership of Christoph Bühler, Ritter XL, a division of Germany’s Ritter Energie company, has risen to become the market leader for solar district heating (SDH) in Germany. His team successfully bid for seven of the last 10 SDH plants exceeding 1,000 m2 to be put out...
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  • Germany’s solar heat success story in 2020 and beyond

    Germany’s solar heat success story in 2020 and beyond

    In 2020, the German market for solar heat grew by 26 % – more than any other major solar thermal market around the globe, according to the new Solar Heat Worldwide 2021 report (see chart above). Speaking at an IEA SHC Solar Academy in June, Harald Drück, a researcher at German University of...
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  • Some good news from COVID-plagued Brazil

    Some good news from COVID-plagued Brazil

    Brazil’s solar thermal market continued to grow in 2020 despite the pandemic taking a heavy toll on the country. According to annual statistics compiled by national solar thermal association ABRASOL, the newly installed glazed and unglazed collector area increased by 7.2 %, to 992 MWth...
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  • Europe holds top spot for SHIP incentives

    Europe holds top spot for SHIP incentives

    Spain has recently launched an investment grant scheme focused on industrial solar heat, joining an already long list of European countries – including Austria, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands – that have created similar programmes. In the last three months of 2020, Spain’s...
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  • Opposing trends on India’s solar thermal market 2020

    Opposing trends in India’s solar thermal market 2020

    In 2020, hopes for growth in India’s solar thermal market were dashed when Covid-19 spread like wildfire around the globe, causing a 10 % drop in annual capacity additions. A survey conducted by Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy indicates 1.15 GWth (1.64 million m2) of...
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