Finance and Incentives

  • South Korea: Commercial Sector Dominates

    South Korea: Commercial Sector Dominates

    The commercial solar thermal market is gaining importance in South Korea. According to the Korea New and Renewable Energy Center (KNREC), only 43 % of the glazed and subsidised collector area in 2010 was installed in residential housing. The majority of systems were set up in public...

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  • Netherlands: Feed-in Tariff Might Help Cope with Duurzame Warmte Stop

    Netherlands: Feed-in Tariff Might Help Cope with Duurzame Warmte Stop

    Last year’s sudden stop of the incentive programme Duurzame Warmte resulted in a drawback for the Dutch solar thermal industry. Still, Arthur de Vries from Holland Solar is convinced that 2012 and 2013 will be different: Probably even within the first quarter of this year, the Netherlands...

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  • Debating the Way to a Mediterranean Solar Plan (2009)

    This is a presentation from Dr. Albrecht Kaupp (MED-EMIP Team Leader) during the “MENA Energized: Regional Challenges to "Green the Power" Sector” event held in June in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. It was jointly organized by the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency...

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  • Tunisia: PROSOL Subsidises 4,000 m² of Commercial Installations

    Tunisia: PROSOL Subsidises 4,000 m² of Commercial Installations

    The “Collective Prosol Programme” in Tunisia is gaining momentum. The National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME) started the subsidy programme for solar thermal installations in the tertiary sector back in 2008. The application rate was low at first, but 2010 became a good year for the...

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  • Italy: Political Frame Condition Update

    Italy: Political Frame Condition Update

    The change at the helm of government in Italy has already had some positive effects on the solar thermal sector. The tax credit extensions were confirmed earlier than in the years before. At the beginning of December, the government approved the extension until 31 December 2012 under the...

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  • Review of Technical Information on Renewable Heat Technologies (2011)

    The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change commissioned this report to the consultancy AEA Technology. The report analyses the technical costs of four heating technologies: air source heat pumps (ASHP); ground source heat pumps (GSHP); solar thermal and biomass. The objective is to...

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  • Brazil: New Requirements for Solar Installations on Social Housing

    Brazil: New Requirements for Solar Installations on Social Housing

    The Brazilian social housing programme 'My Home My Life' has now entered its second phase (2011/2014). Despite new rules, installing a solar water heater remains mandatory for all single-family houses whose owners have a wage lower than Brazilian Real (BRL) 1,600. The sector had to wait...

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  • Switzerland: Solar Thermal System Funding in 5 Polish Regions

    Switzerland: Solar Thermal System Funding in 5 Polish Regions

    The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has announced its strategy of how to support the solar thermal sector in Poland. Five Polish regions will receive a total of Swiss Franc (CHF) 55 million, mainly to subsidise solar thermal technology. Small parts of the budget,...

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