Finance and Incentives

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    20 years of funding renewables in Germany

    The start of this month marked the 20th anniversary of the German Market Rebate Programme, also known as MAP. At the time, it was the country’s first set of funding guidelines for renewables. Since coming into force on 1 September 1999, MAP has paid out about EUR 3 billion to...
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    Uncertain prospects for growth in Italy

    Figures from different sources have painted a mixed picture of Italy’s solar thermal market in 2018. According to Assotermica, the country’s Association of Manufacturers of Equipment and Components for Heating Systems, the sector declined by 8 % in 2018 compared to the previous year, mainly...
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  • Germany: Big incentives fail to stop market decline

    Germany: Big incentives fail to stop market decline

    Despite a booming building sector and a national support programme, the German solar thermal sector had to grapple with another decline in sales, this time by 10 %, in 2018. Statistics compiled by the associations for the solar and heating industries, BSW Solar and BDH, indicate the...
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  • Solar heat conference at Intersolar Mexico

    Solar heat conference at Intersolar Mexico

    National solar energy association ANES is one of the partners to support the first Intersolar Mexico, which will take place from 3 to 5 September in Mexico City. ANES President Dr Angélica Quiñones believes the event will be a good opportunity to strengthen the links between academia,...
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  • SHC solar award: Six successful business models

    SHC solar award: Six successful business models

    The focus of this year’s Solar Award of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) will be on technology suppliers and financial service providers that have created successful financing mechanisms. The jury has chosen six finalists, one of which will be presented with the SHC...
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  • Attractive solar cooling market in Italy

    Attractive solar cooling market in Italy

    In 2018, Italy was an attractive market for solar cooling solutions thanks to high investment subsidies by national support programme Conto Termico 2.0. Three sorption chiller manufacturers launched projects in the country last year: Maya, an Italian joint-venture with the Japanese company...
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  • Regional Sustainable Energy Centres join IEA SHC

    Regional Sustainable Energy Centres join IEA SHC

    The UNIDO-coordinated Regional Sustainable Energy Centres will become sponsor members of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme, a decision made by the IEA SHC Executive Committee at a meeting in Austria in early June. Seven Regional Centres for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency...
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  • Big solar plans in Mexico City

    Big solar plans in Mexico City

    On 25 May, the mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced plans to turn the capital into a solar city based on a new Energy Sustainability Strategy for the years 2019 to 2024. The goal is to install 787,000 m² of collector area by the end of 2024, some at residential units, some at...
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  • Promoting solar heat in Panama

    Promoting solar heat in Panama

    As part of the Termosolar Panamá programme, the fifth Café Solar was held on 14 May. In all, 19 journalists and representatives for the local press attended the event. The photo shows Rosilena Lindo, coordinator of the support scheme at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), while...
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  • Support for renewable district heating in Slovenia

    Support for renewable district heating in Slovenia

    Following a break of 1.5 years, Slovenia will tender out more work for renewable district heating systems this month. Previous invitations in 2016 and 2017 led to the launch of 23 projects, 15 of which have been completed and eight are still ongoing. The infrastructure ministry, which made...
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  • Solar Cooling at Intersolar 2019

    Solar Cooling at Intersolar 2019

    This year’s Intersolar Europe, which took place in Munich, featured a conference session titled Solar, the new cool? Among the speakers at this solar cooling event, held on 15 May, were Daniel Mugnier and Uli Jakob, former members of the IEA SHC research platform New Generation...
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  • Seasonal pit heat storage: Cost benchmark of 30 EUR/m³

    Seasonal pit heat storage: Cost benchmark of 30 EUR/m³

    Denmark has had a successful learning curve regarding to the cost and efficiency of seasonal pit heat storage, which is used to store sunlight in summer for heating purposes in winter. Take Sunstore 3, for example, a 60,000 m³ pit heat storage system built at a cost of 38 EUR/m³ of storage...
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