Finance and Incentives

  • 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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  • QualiCert Manual (2011)

    This manual is one of the deliverable of the QualiCert project started in July 2009 which obliges Member States to develop and mutually recognize certification or equivalent qualification schemes for installers of small-scale renewable energy systems (solar photovoltaic and solar thermal...

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  • USA: Big Market for big Systems

    USA: Big Market for big Systems

    In October, German company PAW GmbH & Co. KG is going to introduce its big solar stations to the US market. Sales Manager Lars Bergmann has realised a trend towards big solar stations around the world, but more than anywhere in the US: turnover for the medium-size systems which PAW...

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  • Austria: Solar Thermal Market on the Verge of Collapse in one Province

    Austria: Solar Thermal Market on the Verge of Collapse in one Province

    In the Austrian province Lower Austria, the cut of direct incentives has led to an almost total collapse of the market for solar thermal systems. The industry association Austria Solar estimates that instead of 6,000 systems as in 2010, only 1,700 new systems are going to be installed in...

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  • Ukraine: First low-interest Loan Programme spreads across Lviv Region

    Ukraine: First low-interest Loan Programme spreads across Lviv Region

    One major growth barrier in the Ukrainian solar thermal market is the usually high interest rate of between 18 and 25 %. Which is why the low-interest loan programme of the Lviv region in western Ukraine marks an important step towards spreading solar energy in the country. Since 2009,...

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  • Residential Energy Saving programme in Lviv Region Extended

    The low-interest loans programme in the Ukraine Region of Lviv started in 2006 and stopped temporary at the end of December 2012. At 4 April, the regional administration approved the new round of low-interest loans from 2013 to 2016. Six banks and ten financial institutions across the Lviv...

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  • Poland: Rapid Growth in 2011

    Poland: Rapid Growth in 2011

    The stagnation in the Polish solar thermal market in 2010 seems already ancient history: The Polish Institute of Renewable Energy - EC BREC (IEO) - expects the solar thermal market to grow by one third this year. “We estimate that up to 200,000 m2 of solar collectors will be...

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  • Portugal: Market Players facing Serious Problems

    Portugal: Market Players facing Serious Problems

    Two months after the new government came to power, its strategy for solar energy still remains a mystery: The new subsidy programme barely mentions renewable energies, but focuses on energy efficiency instead. Last year's two subsidy schemes for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), as...

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  • South Africa: Eskom convenes Solar Industry Workshop

    South Africa: Eskom convenes Solar Industry Workshop

    In early August, South Africa's national utility, Eskom, convened a workshop for solar water heating manufacturers, suppliers and installers. The primary objective of the workshop was to advise the industry on what to do about the remaining budget for the solar water heating rebate...

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