Finance and Incentives

  • Photos: Heat Changers

    Crowdfunding the Heat Changers campaign

    The German Solar Heating Initiative has put together a crowdfunding project to fund a consumer campaign called Heat Changers. Its initiators, Marisol Oropeza and Stefan Abrecht (first and second image from top left), have already brought some well-known supporters on board, including Markus...
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  • Solar India Expo

    India needs massive awareness-raising campaign

    India’s opportunities and challenges around solar process heat for industry, or SHIP, were the central topic of a session at the 3rd Solar India Expo in May. First, representatives for both currently running support schemes, Solar Payback and a renewable energy project managed by...
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  • Source: CoolHeating

    SDH prefeasibility studies in Bosnia and Croatia

    In early 2016, EU-funded CoolHeating began using the know-how acquired during best practice projects in Austria, Denmark and Germany to help with the implementation of small modular renewable heating and cooling grids in southeastern Europe. In mid-March, the CoolHeating partners published...
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  • Source: California Public Utilities Commission

    California Solar Initiative dominated by multi-family houses

    In 2017, the California Solar Initiative (CSI) – Thermal Program supported the installation of 20,000 m² of collector area, a 20 % increase over the prior year. With 10,832 m², or four times the area installed in 2016, multi-family buildings dominated the subsidy landscape for those 12...
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  • Map: lonelyplanet.com

    Energy efficiency funding in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The Jugoslav Wars of the 1990s slowed down the rate of energy-related retrofits in the residential and public sectors of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Recently, however, the country has seen some improvement in the amount of funding available for clean heating technologies, such as solar thermal...
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  • Source: Ayuntamiento de Alcalá de Henares

    First Spanish solar district heating system for 12,000 families

    In February, Alcalá Ecoenergías signed a deal to construct a district heating system powered by solar and biomass in Alcalá de Henares, a city in Spain. The agreement between the local company and the municipal government will lead to one of the country’s first-ever large-scale solar...
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  • Photo: USP

    First heliostat field made in Brazil

    The University of São Paulo in Pirassununga (see photo) is about to get its own field of heliostats on campus. Once completed, the sea of mirrors will focus sunlight onto a receiver connected to an Organic Rankine Cycle system. The heat transfer fluid will be ambient air. The ORC turbine ‘...
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  • Photo: VSM Solar

    First cooling installation on Indian government building

    Gujarat State Electricity Corporation set up a solar thermal air conditioning system as part of its clean energy initiative last August. The installation offers a capacity of 150 tons of refrigeration (528 kW) to cool the Gandhinagar Thermal Power Station’s office building in Gujarat state...
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  • Chart: Aventa

    IEA SHC Webinar: Cost reduction potential above 30 %

    The key takeaway from an IEA SHC Solar Academy webinar held on 14 March 2018: There is still much room for cost cuts along the entire solar thermal value chain. The webinar was organised jointly by the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme’s Task 54 and the International Solar Energy...
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  • Christian Holter

    Big Solar Germany: Utility-scale solar heat at record-low 36 EUR/MWh

    Operators of several gas-driven combined cycle power plants, or CCPPs, have notified the German Federal Network Agency of their systems’ final shutdown. These plants are no longer economically viable, as they have been running ever fewer hours because of a high proportion of cost-effective...
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  • Chart: Patrick Reiter

    NPV, IRR and DDP: The language of bankers and investors

    Industry professionals often do not use the same language as bankers and investors when they present solar thermal projects. We have asked Patrick Reiter, who has just finished his master’s thesis, titled Solar District Heating – Economic feasibility of large-scale solar thermal systems...
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  • Photo: Riccardo Battisti

    Solar thermal and biomass – a winning solution for district heating

    Biomass may be cheap and carbon-neutral, but a solar upgrade of biomass-fired district heating could further improve efficiency and reduce local emissions. For example, solar heat helps avoid having to start up and shut down wood-chip boilers or operate them at partial load. It can even...
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