Finance and Incentives

  • Chart: Patrick Reiter

    NPV, IRR and DDP: The language of bankers and investors

    Industry professionals often do not use the same language as bankers and investors when they present solar thermal projects. We have asked Patrick Reiter, who has just finished his master’s thesis, titled Solar District Heating – Economic feasibility of large-scale solar thermal systems...
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  • Photo: Riccardo Battisti

    Solar thermal and biomass – a winning solution for district heating

    Biomass may be cheap and carbon-neutral, but a solar upgrade of biomass-fired district heating could further improve efficiency and reduce local emissions. For example, solar heat helps avoid having to start up and shut down wood-chip boilers or operate them at partial load. It can even...
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  • Source: Jaideep Malaviya

    India: Flat plates up, concentrating technologies down

    In 2017, India’s solar thermal market shifted heavily in favour of flat plate collectors, with systems based on concentrating technologies losing ground. The chart shows the annually installed flat plate collector area to have more than doubled last year compared to 2016. It went from 150,...
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  • Wagner & Co

    Germany: Solar thermal loses out to other renewables

    2017 was the weakest year for solar thermal collector sales in more than a decade, according to the combined statistics by associations BDH and BSW-Solar. Their data reveals that only 78,000 systems were sold last year. The newly installed collector area added up to 625,000 m², down 16 %...
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  • Photo: Riccardo Battisti

    Thermosiphon market rebounds in Italy

    System suppliers and importers in Italy have reported significant growth in thermosiphon sales in 2017 thanks to the national support scheme Conto Termico 2.0. “Compared to the previous year, we more than doubled the number of thermosiphon units we sold in Italy in 2017, and most systems...
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  • NFOŚiGW

    Solar to replace coal in Polish district heating networks

    Zbigniew Kamieński, adviser to the president of NFOŚiGW’s board, has recently made some encouraging statements. During the conference Use of renewable energy sources and seasonal heat storage in district heating in Warsaw on 17 January, he said that the proposal of a new subsidy...
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  • Investment subsidy for plants up to 200 m²

    The Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO.nl administers since the beginning of 2016 a subsidy scheme for residential solar water heater systems as well as solar combi systems (hot water and space heating) with currently EUR 100 million EUR annually. 

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  • Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

    1,500 preheating systems in India’s silk region

    Solar process heat has gained popularity in the centre of India’s silk production – more specifically, in Sidlaghatta, a town in the southern state of Karnataka. The statistics of Karnataka’s Department of Sericulture shows that a little over 1,500 units between 2 and 10 m² have been...
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  • Malta Subsidy Statistics

    Solar thermal loses popularity in Malta

    The Mediterranean island of Malta is a paradise for all those who enjoy basking in the sun. But despite the country’s high levels of solar irradiation, its people haven’t yet warmed to solar thermal. A recent study by Malta’s Regulator for Energy and Water Services (REWS) has shown a...
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  • Danube River

    Renewable heat projects along Danube River

    DanubeHeat helps small and medium enterprises, research and educational institutions, and public agencies draft EU funding applications. Financially supported by the German education ministry and coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE based in Freiburg, Germany...
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