Finance and Incentives

  • Otti Symposium

    Europe: Collector Field Is Main Cost Driver of Industrial Solar Heat Plants

    Scientists from Germany and Switzerland have recently analysed the cost structures of systems producing solar process heat. They presented their findings in mid-May at the Solar Thermal Energy Symposium, where they said they had identified great potential for cost-cutting and discovered a...
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  • Poland Market Development

    Poland: Severe Market Decline

    Poland´s market collapsed in 2016. A decline had been expected, but that it would be so severe surprised even insiders from the industry. Only 115,400 m² (81 MWth) were added in 2016, a whopping 58 % less than the 277,000 m² (194 MWth) installed the year prior. Consequently, Poland dropped...
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  • Indien Market Development

    India: Collector Market No Longer Depends on Subsidies

    The Indian solar thermal market is gradually becoming self-sustaining, as fiscal year 2016 showed renewed signs of growth after the suspension of the national grant scheme in 2014. Overall, the glazed collector market grew by 6 % to 1.28 million m² (894 MWth). Another 6,250 m² were...
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  • District Heating Workshop Netherlands

    Netherlands: Solar Thermal Benefits from SDE+ Solar Heat Tariff

    In the Netherlands, solar district heating plants with a capacity of 140 kWth or above can benefit from a feed-in tariff scheme called SDE+, which pays a certain amount per kWh of energy. Under the scheme, operators of renewable energy plants can apply for a subsidy to bridge the gap...
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  • Brazil Market Development 2016

    Brazil: 2016 Market Statistics by Newly Founded Industry Association ABRASOL

    A recently introduced annual statistic by Brazil’s newly established industry association ABRASOL based in São Paulo shows that in 2016, the country was again the one with the third-largest number of new installations and the largest solar thermal market in South America. The 1,304,922 m²...
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  • Tunisian Market Development

    Tunisia: National Subsidy Scheme Prosol Extended to 2020

    Tunisia`s solar thermal market stabilised at 64,000 m2 in 2016, a figure only slightly lower than the 65,000 m2 in 2015 and in 2014, but significantly below the peak years of 2008 to 2010. The key market driver had again been Prosol, the national residential programme launched in 2005 and...
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  • Glasspoint

    Miraah in Oman: “Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget”

    Replacing gas with sunshine for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is a cost-effective solution. This is the key message of US-based company Glasspoint, which has mobilised the biggest investment ever in a solar steam-producing unit in Oman. State-owned Petroleum Development Oman is building a...
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  • California Incentive Programme

    USA: Commercial Systems Dominate Californian Solar Thermal Market

    The California Solar Initiative (CSI) – Thermal Program seems to have stabilised at around 20,000 m² (or around 200,000 ft²) of subsidised collector area per year. Commercial applications dominate the statistics, although there was a spike in the share of residential systems in 2016. The...
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  • NREAP Lebanon

    Lebanon: On Track for 2020 Square-Metre Target of 1 Million

    Lebanon seems to be one of only a handful of countries that are on track for meeting their solar thermal targets. The market statistics from the Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation (LCEC) show around 250,000 m² of collector area were installed between 2009 and 2014, which exceeded the...
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