Finance and Incentives

  • Lithuania District Heating

    Lithuania: Can Solar Thermal Beat Low Biomass Heat Prices?

    With biomass prices on the rise, solar district heating could become profitable in Lithuania. But without investment grants, payback periods were still too long, it said in the conclusion of a 2015 SDH market study by LEI, the Lithuanian Energy Institute (see the attached document in...
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  • Sunvapor

    USA: Solar Steam Installation for California’s Pistachio Harvest

    Californian start-up Sunvapor has found its first solar steam customer for a demonstration system with the Green Parabolic Trough Collector technology developed in-house. In April 2017, it announced that it had gone into partnership with Horizon Nut to install a 50-kW solar process heat...
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  • Market Report Austria 2016

    Austria: Solar Power Market Up, Renewable Heat Down


    Last year, the Austrian solar thermal market declined for the seventh time in a row. The newly installed glazed collector area added up to 111,040 m² (78 MWth), 19 % below the one of 2015. Sales of biomass boilers experienced a similar drop, with wood chip boilers (<100 kW) down by...
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  • Annual tenders for large-scale solar heating and cooling systems

    Since 2000 the Austrian Energy and Climate fund offers annual tenders for large-scale solar process heat or solar district heating plants. Also solar heating systems for commercial buildings which cover more than 20 % of the entire heating demand of the building are eligible and new technologies or...
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  • Otthon Melege (Warm Homes) programme

    Otthon Melege (Warm Homes) programme  is a state incentive scheme suitable for solar thermal energy installation among other efficiancy measures for buildings. The investment grants are offered in seperated calls (end of August 2016, June 2017) and the budget was usually exhausted within a few...
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  • Andalusia: Sustainable Construction Incentive Programme

    The Andalusia government has finally approved and enacted the Sustainable Construction programme to promote energy efficiency and solar thermal to start in May 2017. The highest solar thermal incentive is paid for social housing projects (85 % of investment costs) and municipal buildings (80 %)....
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  • SEIA USA

    USA: Concerted Actions in California and New York

    It will require concerted actions by the industry to keep solar heating and cooling on the agenda of politicians and administrators of incentive programmes in the United States. The Californian solar industry achieved a partial victory in mid-May, when the state assembly approved the...
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  • Macedonia – Small Country, But Innovative Industry

    During the last days of May, it got rather heated in Skopje, Macedonia’s capital – politically and climate-wise. While the summer sun was providing all the warmth it could muster, the nation’s deputies gathered in the Macedonian parliament building to form a new government, bringing an end...
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  • Andalusia Scheme

    Spain: Andalusia Supports 38 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Measures

    The Andalusian government has finally approved and enacted the Sustainable Construction programme to promote energy efficiency and solar thermal. So far, there have been EUR 164 million available for 38 renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, such as building insulation, lighting...
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  • Maya

    Italy: New Solar Cooling Systems and Opportunities

    Government incentives have been pushing solar cooling forwards in Italy. The large budget available for national incentive scheme Conto Termico 2.0 has made several service providers optimistic about the future of the Italian market. For example, Mario Colaiemma from Maya, the European...
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