Finance and Incentives

  • Initial pilot plants for industrial solar steam

    Concentrating solar heat is a valuable energy resource in Morocco, especially for industrial applications. A call for project proposals has invited businesses to submit plans for constructing industrial solar heat systems, of which three will be selected to be supported by the World Bank....
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  • “Investment costs need to be brought down through national grants”

    India is the world´s largest milk producer, followed by the United States and China. To support and fund producer-owned dairies, the country set up the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in 1965. NDDB is planning to replace 5 % to 15 % of all heat generation devices by concentrating...
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  • Market for heating appliances in Poland

    After two years of declining collector sales, the market in Poland picked up again in the first half of 2018. The chart shows the amount of collector area added each year, based on regular surveys run by SPIUG, the Association of Manufacturers and Importers of Heating Appliances. The yellow...
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  • Solar-heated homes promoted on Austrian TV

    National association Austria Solar has managed to bring solar-heated houses into the mainstream. On 9 November, Austria Solar’s Managing Director Roger Hackstock was interviewed for konkret, a consumer programme on ORF 2, one of Austria’s public TV channels. His loud and clear...
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  • Rwanda Looks Forward to Second Phase of SolaRwanda

    The Eastern African country of Rwanda has plans to extend its national SolaRwanda programme. Backed by the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility and the Nordic Development Fund, this support scheme has subsidised 3,400 residential solar water heaters since it was set up in 2011....
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  • Steps towards certification in Arab countries

    Good product quality has become a key factor in some Arab countries. Egypt joined the Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative, or SHAMCI for short, in 2017, and Jordan has become the next country to promote the regional programme. On 16 September, the Jordan Standards and...
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  • Solar hot water system at Jordanian hospital pays off in 4.4 years

    In June, Al Bashir Hospital, the largest public hospital in Jordan, started up a 1,133 m² (0.8 MWth) solar field which it said would provide 10 % of the heat required per year. Large 12.5 m² collectors had been installed by Millennium Energy Industries (MEI), a local supplier of...
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  • Renewable energy cooperatives for SDH

    Citizens’ interest in funding photovoltaic systems and wind farms is huge and opportunities to do so have often been seized within a few days. The current aim of the Austria Solar association is to repeat the success of those projects in another market: In September, it published a guide on...
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  • A closer look at six Latin American and Caribbean markets

    Fundación Bariloche, a private-sector research institute based in Argentina, has recently published a report on the differences between the solar thermal markets in Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay. The authors of the study take a look at key factors for growth, such as...
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  • New solar water heater incentive in Murcia region in Spain

    On 8 October, the government of Murcia, a region with a population of 1.5 million in the southeast of Spain, launched an investment grant scheme to support solar water heaters. It allocated EUR 200,000 to offer EUR 500 for each m² of collector area, up to a maximum of EUR 3,000 per...
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    10,000 m² of solar collectors to help freesias survive the cold

    G2Energy, a Dutch-based supplier of turnkey solar thermal systems, has completed one-quarter of a 10,000 m², or 7 MWth, solar field ordered by freesia grower Tesselaar. The system provides heat for greenhouses in Heerhugowaard, Netherlands, and will soon replace all the gas...
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    Support for SDH feasibility studies in Western Balkans

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is now funding feasibility studies under a programme called Renewable District Energy in the Western Balkans, or ReDEWeB for short. Town and city governments, and project developers, can send applications to the bank’s headquarters in...
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