Finance and Incentives

  • UK: “Solar heat has fallen out of awareness against PV”

    UK: “Solar heat has fallen out of awareness against PV”

    When the British Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) started in November 2011, solar thermal specialists all around Europe were enthusiastic about the implementation of a pure performance-based incentive for non-domestic applications. Unfortunately, the programme did not become the expected...
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  • Germany: “It makes sense to invest in renewable heating now”

    Germany: “It makes sense to invest in renewable heating now”

    The bill to implement Germany’s 2030 climate protection package was passed by the country’s parliament on 15 November 2019 and came into effect at the beginning of this year. It contains a wide variety of provisions that should support the implementation of the national climate action plan...
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  • Photo: Randy Martin, IEA SHC

    Kyotherm wins 2019 SHC Solar Award

    Kyotherm, a French-based third-party investor, has won the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme’s Solar Award for financing energy service companies (ESCOs) so end users in the industrial sector can reap economic benefits from day one. The first solar thermal project supported by...
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  • Photo: Salaspils Siltums

    15 MW SDH plant inaugurated in Latvia

    On 12 September, district heating operator Salaspils Siltums inaugurated a 21,672 m² solar field and a wood chip boiler, put up in the middle of the woods near the town of Salaspils, Latvia, to meet 90 % of demand from the local heat network. The inauguration came after a three-week test...
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  • LA Dye & Print factory

    USD 10 million to fund SHIP projects until July 2020

    The first industrial solar heat project which received funding from the California Solar Initiative (CSI) was completed at the end of 2018. Since then, 208 flat plate collectors have been supplying heat to the LA Dye & Print factory in Gardena, near Los Angeles. The system was designed...
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  • Sumersol

    Low demand for ESCO support in Spain

    In Spain, solar heat contracting has fallen short of expectations. Over the past nine years, the Spanish government has been offering low-interest loans to Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), which install, operate and maintain solar thermal systems. 29 solar heat contracts have been signed...
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  • Photo: Bioenergie Wärmeservice

    Support for 90 Heat Network 4.0 feasibility studies

    On 1 July 2017, the German economy ministry began its support for feasibility studies on climate-friendly heat networks and their subsequent construction. At the time of writing, BAFA, the government agency managing the Heat Network 4.0 programme, said it had approved 90 studies and the...
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  • Germany supports Heat Networks 4.0

    On 1 July 2017, the German economy ministry began its support for feasibility studies on climate-friendly heat networks and their subsequent construction. At the beginning of October, BAFA, the government agency managing the Heat Network 4.0 programme, said it had approved 90 studies and the...
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  • Photo: Arenal Kioro

    SHW system for Costa Rican hotel crowdfunded in 24 hours

    The German crowdfunding platform for renewable energies ecoligo.investments has successfully funded its third solar heat project. A solar hot water system for the hotel Arena Kioro in Costa Rica with an investment volume of EUR 99,000 was financed within 24 hours by 75 investors at...
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  • Source: BAFA

    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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