Finance and Incentives

  • Concentrating Solar Thermal Systems for Generating Electricity (2010)

    This is a presentation from the Mexican Non-Conventional Energy Management Electric Power Research Institute aimed at describing the perspectives of using concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies, and the implications stemming from this choice. It was made during the Latin American Energy...

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  • Great Britain: Launch of the UK Renewable Heat Incentive

    Great Britain: Launch of the UK Renewable Heat Incentive

    After considerable delays and uncertainty, the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been finally launched the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme on 28th November 2011. Solar heating is one of the included technologies. The first phase of the tariff...

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  • Portugal: Increase in VAT Rate in 2012

    Portugal: Increase in VAT Rate in 2012

    Apisolar, the Portuguese national solar association, expects a 30% decrease in newly installed collector area this year. The forecast until the end of 2011 is 127,000 m2 (89 MW), whereas around 180,000 m2 of collector area were newly installed in 2010. This year's low...

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  • USA: Massachusetts Supports Commercial Solar Systems with up to USD 25,000

    USA: Massachusetts Supports Commercial Solar Systems with up to USD 25,000

    In Massachusetts, a new support programme for large-scale solar thermal systems has come into effect recently. Building owners can now apply for grants of up to USD 25,000 (residential and commercial systems) or even USD 30,000 (systems on public buildings) thanks to the Commonwealth Solar...

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  • Poland: Growing Demand to fund Solar Thermal Systems

    Poland: Growing Demand to fund Solar Thermal Systems

    By 15 October 2011, a total of 11,386 applications have been submitted by banks within the residential subsidy programme of the Polish National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW). The monthly application rate has increased tremendously - from 15 applications in...

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  • Estec 2011: “We need incentive tariffs for solar thermal”

    Estec 2011: “We need incentive tariffs for solar thermal”

    The crisis in the European key countries was present during the entire 5th European Solar Thermal Energy Conference (ESTEC) in Marseilles on 20 and 21 October 2011. Around 300 speakers and participants tried to deliver new ideas and concepts to get the industry back on track. At the second...

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  • Success Factors in Solar District Heating (2010)

    The 'SDHtake-off - Solar District Heating in Europe' project is a EU-funded project (under the European Commission Programme IEE Intelligent Energy Europe)supporting the market rollout of solar district heating in Europe. It started on July 2009 and runs for a period of three years. This ...

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  • A Guide to Buying Solar Water Heating (2009)

    Because of the climatic conditions of New Zealand and the positive impact of solar water heating technologies the country’s authorities encourage the use of this type of installations. This resulted in the issuing of a free guide by the country’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (...

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  • Ireland: Solar Thermal Market takes a Nosedive

    Ireland: Solar Thermal Market takes a Nosedive

    The Kingspan Breffni Park Stadium in County Cavan, Ireland, has profited from its vacuum tube collector installation since August 2010. The solar combi system by Irish company Kingspan Renewables provides solar-heated water for the showers and the heating system of the player’s sanitary...

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