Finance and Incentives

  • Wheels India

    India: Union Budget for 2016/2017 Has New Frame Conditions – For Better or Worse

    The Union Budget in India for 2016-17 – announced by the Finance Minister on 29 February 2016 – includes good and bad news for the solar thermal industry. On a positive note: The government has again increased the coal tax from Indian Rupee (INR) 200 to 400 per ton, after already doubling...
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  • Bulgaria: Prisoners Make Solar Water Heaters in Sofia

    Bulgaria: Prisoners Make Solar Water Heaters in Sofia

    When it comes to renewable energies policy, Bulgaria is certainly not the most progressive country in Europe. So what GE Prisons Production (GE PP) did was an even more notable endeavour: The government-owned company established a so-called Green Plant on the premises of the Sofia Central...
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  • Ed Murray

    USA: SHC Alliance Board to Represent all Technologies

    The Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance within the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has had an extended board since February 2016. Five industry representatives declared their candidacy and were subsequently elected: Bill Guiney from Artic Solar, Bob Leckinger from FAFCO, Les...
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  • Calseia

    USA: Extended Tax Credits for Weak Solar Thermal Market

    Against all odds, the solar heating tax credits in the USA were extended again by 5 years. On 18 December 2015, the Consolidated Appropriations Act was signed, including an extension of the so-called federal Investment Tax Credits up to 2021. Originally, the tax incentives were expected to...
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  • Heating with oil

    Austria: Low Oil Price and Lack of Political Support Weakens Market

    According to the ISOL Index by solrico and market data from the industry association Austria Solar, the solar thermal industry is heading into another year of declining markets. Low oil prices and corresponding campaigns of the fossil heating industry have had a substantial impact on this...
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  • Greenshop

    Great Britain: Rumours of Closing down Renewable Heat Incentives

    Since the win at the general election May 2015, the UK Conservative Party has made significant changes to policies that were related to energy and environment protection. These include the currently in parliament discussed reduction of subsidies for wind and solar PV with the Feed-In...
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  • Solrico Portugal Market Assessment

    Portugal: New Government with Good Intentions but Lack of Action

    After a politically unstable last quarter of 2015, Portugal’s path for the next years seems to be finally set. The new socialist government, led by António Costa, took office by the end of November and brought back the old promise of supporting renewable energy sources. At least, this is...
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  • SHC2015: The Challenge of Smart Heating

    SHC2015: The Challenge of Smart Heating

    veral quickly receding waves of smart home hypes, the current trend to link devices in residential homes seems comparably stable. Drivers of the development are energy, security and comfort. Although new products and services for smart homes focus on electricity usage, Uwe Trenkner is...
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