Finance and Incentives

  • Mexico: No More Loans for Low-Pressure Solar Thermal Systems

    Mexico: No More Loans for Low-Pressure Solar Thermal Systems

    Low-Pressure solar thermal systems - such as water-filled, double-glass vacuum tube collectors - are no longer eligible to receive loans from the Hipoteca Verde programme in Mexico. This is the result of changes made by the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE) to its...

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  • Tunisia: CDM to fund Solar Water Heaters

    Tunisia: CDM to fund Solar Water Heaters

    After three years of preparation, the first Tunisian Programme of Activities (PoAs) for solar water heating was registered successfully with the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in April 2011. It is only the second African PoA focusing exclusively on solar water heaters after the “SASSA...

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  • Germany: Waiting for Politicians to Act

    Germany: Waiting for Politicians to Act

    Since the beginning of the year, only a few solar thermal installations in Germany can still receive incentives from the German Market Rebate Programme for Renewable Energies (MAP). A new tax rebate for energy-efficient modernisation of buildings could encourage home owners to invest in solar...

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  • South Africa: Solardome closes SWH manufacturing facility

    South Africa: Solardome closes SWH manufacturing facility

    After 42 years in the business, South African solar thermal pioneer Solardome SA had to shut down its manufacturing operations at the end of last year. The name Solardome - formerly Mikado - stands for more than four decades of collector manufacturing in South Africa (see...

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  • Germany: “Solar Thermal Business might have a Structural Problem”

    Germany: “Solar Thermal Business might have a Structural Problem”

    2011 was a better year for the German solar thermal industry than 2010, but it still has been far from a good one: Compared to the so far best year, 2008, the collector area installed in 2011 was around 40% less, although figures are still 10 % above the previous year 2010. German’s solar...

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  • Canada: Halifax to become First Solar City in Nova Scotia

    Canada: Halifax to become First Solar City in Nova Scotia

    The Canadian city of Halifax is on its way to become the first Solar City in Nova Scotia. The capital of Nova Scotia province is also the major economic centre of eastern Canada and has around 400,000 inhabitants. The regional authority, the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Council, is...

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  • India: Uttarakhand State Increases Solar Water Heater Rebate

    India: Uttarakhand State Increases Solar Water Heater Rebate

    The Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC) has increased the rebate for residential Solar Water Heaters (SWHs) in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand to INR 100/month and 100 litres of capacity in May 2011 (see...

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  • Switzerland: Solar Association Calls for Actions to Push Market

    Switzerland: Solar Association Calls for Actions to Push Market

    In 2011, the newly-installed collector area for hot water and space heating in Switzerland increased by around 1.5% compared to the previous year. This is the result of a recent market survey that has been conducted on behalf of the Swiss industry association Swissolar. A total of 100,000...

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  • Austria: Solar Foods Project Researchers Develop Tool to Optimise Processes

    Austria: Solar Foods Project Researchers Develop Tool to Optimise Processes

    During the on-going Solar Foods project, researchers from Austria are developing software to help integrate solar heat into the food and beverage industry. The software will not only show mass and heat flows in a diagram, but also help optimise them to improve energy efficiency and find...

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