Finance and Incentives

  • Aalborg Tars Inauguration

    Denmark: Solar Concentrating Systems to Offer Wide Array of Uses

    At present, the Danish turnkey supplier of concentrating solar systems, Aalborg CSP, has two more large projects under construction. Both installations – one for Danish district heating company Brønderslev Forsyning and one for Australian vegetables producer Sundrop Farms – cover...
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  • Gleisdorf Solar 2016

    Austria: Decision on Operating Company for Big Solar Graz Expected Soon

    “Large-scale solar thermal systems in the GW range – an insignificant niche market or the future for solar thermal?” was the official title of a panel discussion at the Gleisdorf Solar conference in Austria in early May. The most important question was: What will be next for the planned 350...
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  • Tunisia Study

    Tunisia: Good Hotel and Hospital Investment Opportunities

    A great deal of sunlight, large investment grants and subsidised energy prices: These are the factors determining the profitability of big solar thermal systems in Tunisia, according to the authors of the study Opportunities for solar thermal systems in the tertiary and industrial...
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  • IEA SHC: Levelised Cost of Heat and the Calculations behind It

    IEA SHC: Levelised Cost of Heat and the Calculations behind It

    The main objective of IEA SHC Task 52, Solar Thermal in Energy Supply Systems in Urban Environments, is to call attention to both the technical and economic aspects of solar heating and cooling usage in densely populated urban areas. Urban planners and commercial clients want to...
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  • Tufenkian Hotel 1

    Armenia: Green Leasing Programme to Fund Solar Water Heaters at Hotels

    Armenia, a small country in South Caucasus, is home to an innovative financing scheme for solar thermal systems and other energy efficiency measures. In 2014, Armenian ACBA Leasing launched the Green Leasing programme for small and medium enterprises from any industry. According to an...
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  • Otti Symposium

    Germany: Symposium Debates Renewable Heating Market Ups and Downs

    During the first quarter of 2016, solar thermal suppliers in Germany sold around 3 % more systems than they did over the same period last year. This is indeed good news after 2015 turned out to be another disappointing year with a 10 % drop in sales, adding only 805,000 m² (563 MWth...
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  • Lebanon Market Statistics

    Lebanon: Stable Market Gains New Momentum

    The Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) has just finished a market survey on the newly installed collector area per collector type over recent years. The newly added area in 2015 was 53,976 m² with a slightly higher share of vacuum tubes, which went up from 54 % in 2012 to 60 %...
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  • Portugal: Incentive Scheme Fails While Sales Take Another Dive

    Portugal: Incentive Scheme Fails While Sales Take Another Dive

    The latest Portuguese incentive scheme for solar thermal energy proved to be a major failure: Launched by the national Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF) in May 2015, the call to support the restoration of solar thermal systems installed before 2005 received only four applications in the end....
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