Finance and Incentives

  • Residential Support Programme in Norway

    In January 2015, the Norwegian energy agency ENOVA improved the national subsidy scheme that grants energy efficiency technologies as well as renewable energies in the residential sector since 2008. Since 2015 the applicant has a legal right for the funding“ if the household fulfills all...

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  • Austria: Mysolar Offers to Replace Old Solar Thermal Collectors

    Austria: Mysolar Offers to Replace Old Solar Thermal Collectors

    In a country with a high market penetration of solar water heaters and a decline in new installations, companies have to look for new business opportunities elsewhere. For example, Austrian installation company Mysolar specialises in replacing old solar water heaters which have...
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  • France: Industry Does Not Yet Surrender

    France: Industry Does Not Yet Surrender

    The one-day workshop of the French solar sector to discuss the General State of Solar Heat in 2015 (États Généraux de la Chaleur Solaire 2015) took place in Nantes on 20 October with around 130 participants. The market is still...
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  • Taiwan and Japan: Commonalities and Differences

    Taiwan and Japan: Commonalities and Differences

    Taiwan and Japan have more in common as it seems at first glance: Both countries do not only belong to the same world region, but their 2014 market volume was of the same size too – around 100,000 m2 of newly installed collector area. And last...

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  • Moldova: National Programme to Promote Solar Thermal Installations

    Moldova: National Programme to Promote Solar Thermal Installations

    Solar thermal technology will be part of the second phase of the Moldova Energy and Biomass Project. The project aims at a more secure, competitive and sustainable energy production in the Republic of Moldova by promoting renewable heating systems. It is planned to...

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  • Mexico: First Local Vacuum Tube Manufacturer to Start Production in 2018

    Mexico: First Local Vacuum Tube Manufacturer to Start Production in 2018

    Frantor, the Mexican manufacturer and assembler of solar thermal systems based on vacuum tubes, has decided to start producing its own vacuum tubes. The new factory is expected to start manufacturing 80,000 tubes per month in 2018. Frantor located in Jalisco state in western...
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  • Austria: Hope for Market Decline Slowdown

    Austria: Hope for Market Decline Slowdown

    The market report Innovative Energy Technologies in Austria. Market Development 2014 published by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) shows that in 2014, the national solar thermal industry had to deal with declining sales for the fifth...
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  • European R&D Programme Horizon 2020: Good Opportunities for Solar Thermal?

    European R&D Programme Horizon 2020: Good Opportunities for Solar Thermal?

    The European Commission introduced its work programme 2016/2017 for the R&D funding programme Horizon 2020 during two info days in Brussels on 14 and 15 September. One of the first presentations was by Paul Verhoef, Head of the Renewable Energy Sources unit at the EU’s DG...
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  • Brazil Offers New Green Building Credit Terms

    Brazil Offers New Green Building Credit Terms

    Since June 2015, the CAIXA bank owned by the Brazilian government has been offering improved financing conditions for energy-efficient housing projects built under the social housing programme Minha Casa Minha Vida (MCMV) to promote energy saving. As growing electricity demand is constantly...
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  • Egypt and India: UNIDO Supports Industrial Solar Heat

    Egypt and India: UNIDO Supports Industrial Solar Heat

    The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) started two projects in the first quarter of this year with the aim of increasing the deployment of solar process heat: January of 2015 marked the launch of a 5-year programme in cooperation with the Indian Ministry of New...
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