Finance and Incentives

  • USA: Solar Heating and Cooling R&D Renewed

    USA: Solar Heating and Cooling R&D Renewed


    In policy lobbying even a single sentence included in a bill is, in some cases, already a huge success. This is exactly the case for the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that has recently passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives. “The Committee supports ongoing Solar...

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  • USA: Florida Power & Light starts Solar Support Scheme

    USA: Florida Power & Light starts Solar Support Scheme

    Utility company Florida Power & Light (FPL) has just started a solar rebate programme on 21 June. FPL supports both PV and solar thermal plants run by private home owners, as well as companies. The programme is part of a five-year pilot programme the Florida Public Service Commission...

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  • Romania: Casa Verde Programme continues on 1 June

    Romania: Casa Verde Programme continues on 1 June

    The 1 June 2011 saw the relaunch of the Romanian subsidy Programme 'Casa Verde'. The programme, originally initiated in 2010, provides financial assistance for the installation of solar collectors, heat pumps or biomass heating systems in residential, governmental, public and...

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  • USA: High Subsidy Level and Slow Motion in California

    USA: High Subsidy Level and Slow Motion in California

    Demand for subsidised solar water heater is very different in Europe and the USA. A comparison between California and the Czech Republic shows that the growth potential is much higher in European countries. The number of applications submitted to the national subsidy programme has been 100...

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  • The Rising Sun. Point of View on Solar Energy Sector in India (2011)

    This report, published by KPMG, an Indian research company, passes in review the Indian solar market in terms of technologies and applications (PV, solar power, solar water and heating, etc), barriers and drivers, grid issues, legislation and tax incentives.

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  • Eletropaulo donates 5,000 Solar Water Heaters to Brazilian Families

    Eletropaulo donates 5,000 Solar Water Heaters to Brazilian Families

    The Company of Housing and Urban Development of the State of São Paulo (CDHU-SP) and the electricity utility AES Eletropaulo joined efforts to both reduce energy consumption and benefit low-income families. AES Eletropaulo announced in a press release at the end of May that it will donate...

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  • Mexico: Great goals partially met

    Mexico: Great goals partially met

    Mexico is known for its great numbers and plans which are not always fully met. Although some “great goals were only partially met”, the solar thermal market has grown substantially in recent years, mainly because of the booming building sector. The photo shows one of the newly...

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  • Swiss: U-turn in Energy Policy

    Swiss: U-turn in Energy Policy

    The 25 May may prove to be a historically important turn in Switzerland's energy policy: The Swiss Federal Council adopted a law stipulating that no new nuclear power stations are to be built in the country. The existing plants could run as long as the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety...

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  • Great Britain: Solar Industry Summit discussed Solar Incentive Schemes

    Great Britain: Solar Industry Summit discussed Solar Incentive Schemes

    The UK currently holds the attention of the world with two government solar subsidy schemes – one for PV and one for solar thermal. The conference Solar Industry Summit – UK 2011, organized by the German company Solarpraxis in the middle of May in London, combined the interest of both...

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