Finance and Incentives

  • “Solar heat can be more cost-effective than gas in district heating”

    “Solar heat can be more cost-effective than gas in district heating”

    In the Western Balkans, one of Europe’s southernmost regions, large district heating networks are a common sight. Some of those are run at return temperatures as low as 45 °C, making them well-suited for solar energy, according to Bojan Bogdanovic (see photo), Principal Fund Manager of the...
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  • C&I solar heat gains popularity in Mexico

    C&I solar heat gains popularity in Mexico

    The Mexican solar thermal market continued to grow slightly in 2018. The newly installed collector area was up by 4 %, although some government programmes were stopped or changed because of last year’s presidential elections. Flat plate, vacuum tube and unglazed collectors each took a third...
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  • Solar steam ice cream and milk powder

    Solar steam ice cream and milk powder

    India’s first-ever commercial concentrating solar thermal plant, which consists of parabolic trough collectors made by German supplier Protarget, has been running successfully at a dairy owned by Hatsun Agro Products. As a result, Hatsun has inked a new agreement with the CST supplier to...
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  • New Brazilian government has no appetite for solar

    New Brazilian government has no appetite for solar

    Brazil has just been through a tough election process: The new government is quickly shifting focus, abandoning nearly 16 years of social policy in favour of economic development. Now, the main objective is to improve the economy, which has been in crisis mode since 2014. As a consequence,...
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  • Concentrating solar heat may be vital to Lebanese energy policy

    Concentrating solar heat may be vital to Lebanese energy policy

    Concentrating solar heat could be a pillar of national energy strategies, particularly in countries such as Lebanon, which is blessed with generous amounts of direct solar radiation. The country, situated on the Arabian Peninsula, has made CSH an eligible technology in its National Energy...
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  • Up to 55 % investment subsidy for solar process heat

    Up to 55 % investment subsidy for solar process heat

    Solar process heat has been a focus of Germany’s Market Rebate Programme, or MAP, since 2013. Last year, the programme’s managers noted increased interest in MAP funding, with 76 applicants requesting grants for 12,729 m² altogether. The collector area of all systems combined was almost as...
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  • Networking app for renewable projects

    Networking app for renewable projects

    Fostering collaboration between investors, renewable technology suppliers and project developers has been the idea behind a new website called vestfind.com. The aim is to offer institutional fund managers and investors a database to find projects that suit their portfolios. The...
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  • Concentrating solar heat for dairies in India

    Concentrating solar heat for dairies in India

    A one-day workshop titled Solar – A Green Energy Alternate to Augmented Dairy Farmers’ Income has given stakeholders a chance to discuss how to increase solar heat use in India’s dairy industry. The workshop, which took place on 9 January in New Delhi, had been organised by the...
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  • Drainback solution for industrial sector

    Drainback solution for industrial sector

    Four weeks ago, Belgian technology supplier Sunoptimo started up a solar thermal turnkey system at Lys Services, a tank cleaning company based in Merville, in northern France. The hydraulic components that are part of the 1,270 m² installation are housed inside prefabricated containers and...
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  • “Coal-powered district heating should be gradually phased out”

    “Coal-powered district heating should be gradually phased out”

    Poland is setting up a programme to promote renewable district heat, and thermal storage along with it. Called Heat from Renewable Energy Sources, or Cieplo z OZE in Polish, the scheme will be managed by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management,...
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  • Recovering construction industry bolsters solar growth in Cyprus

    Recovering construction industry bolsters solar growth in Cyprus

    The solar thermal market in Cyprus started growing again between 2014 and 2016 thanks to a building sector that was gradually recovering from the financial crisis of 2008. In a report titled Cyprus Solar Thermal Market Analysis (see the attached document), the authors noted that...
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  • Initial pilot plants for industrial solar steam

    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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