Finance and Incentives

  • Bulgaria: Great Demand for Solar Thermal Credit Funds

    Bulgaria: Great Demand for Solar Thermal Credit Funds

    On the state level, Bulgaria is lagging behind in making use of the funds provided by the EU. Only Romania ranks worse in the comparison of EU member states. But how are things going for the Bulgarian population – do they fare better than their authorities in utilising the available EU...

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  • Howard Johns Speaks About the UK Grant Schemes

    In this interview, Howard Johns, from Southern Solar, speaks about the UK Solar Trade Association and the different grant schemes in the UK like the renewable heat incentive, the green deal, among other.

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  • Solar Water Heaters Development in MENA Region (2009)

    This is a presentation from Dr. Mohamad Kordab (Energy Expert of the Damascus University) during the “Solar Thermal Applications workshop” held in Syria. The event was jointly organized by the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), regional organizations from...

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  • Austria: Bankers and Solar Companies Exchange Opinions

    Austria: Bankers and Solar Companies Exchange Opinions

    Acquiring affordable loans for large solar thermal plants is a challenging task. On 30 January, the industry association Austria Solar organised a meeting between representatives of the banking and investment sector, engineering companies, solar companies and industrial customers for...

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  • Australia: Second Decline in a Row

    Australia: Second Decline in a Row

    The Australian solar thermal market has not actually recovered since the boom year 2009. According to the Head of the Renewable Department of Rheem Australia Pty Ltd, Chris Mundy, the total installed collector area in 2011 again decreased by around 13 % to 100,000 systems. In 2009,...

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  • India: Rajasthan Subsidises Electricity Bill of Solar Water Heater Users

    India: Rajasthan Subsidises Electricity Bill of Solar Water Heater Users

    The Indian state of Rajasthan has strongly supported the market for solar thermal technology. Since 2004, the state in the northwest of India has had a comprehensive mandatory law for solar water heaters: Solar energy use has been an essential requirement in setting up new hospitals,...

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  • The WB Clean Technology Fund. MENA Renewable Energy Program (2009)

    This is a presentation from Mr. Mohab Hallouda (World Bank Energy Specialist) during the “MENA Energized: Regional Challenges to "Green the Power" Sector” event held in in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. It was jointly organized by the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy...

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  • Solar Water Heating Financial Modeling Tool for Domestic Hot Water

    The SWH Financial Modelling Tool is a spread-sheet modelling tool which can be used to calculate the life cycle cost savings of a Solar Water Heater (SWH) unit and the national monetary benefits and energy savings of installing multiple SWHs systems.

    The tool was developed for the...

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  • Slovakia: National Incentive Programme Stopped in November 2011

    Slovakia: National Incentive Programme Stopped in November 2011

    The Programme for an Increased Usage of Biomass and Solar Energy in Households in Slovakia, which was launched in April 2009, has now exceeded its budget. Although applications were accepted until 30 October 2011, the Ministry of Economy had already announced on 27 October 2011 that the...

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  • Poland: Draft of Renewable Energy Sources Law

    Poland: Draft of Renewable Energy Sources Law

    On 22 December 2011, the Polish Ministry of Economy presented the draft of a new Renewable Energy Sources Law. It includes a renewable building obligation for the private and public sector, as well as a one-time tax deduction for private solar thermal customers (in addition to the grants...

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  • Non-Conventional Energy Sources in Colombia (2011)

    This is the presentation of Mr. Henry Zapata from the Colombian Government during the UNEP (United National Environment Programme) Regional Workshop jointly held with OLADE (the Latin American Energy Organization) in Chile (June 2011) about the UN-funded project Solar Water Heating...

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