Finance and Incentives

  • Great Britain: Launch of Renewable Heat Premium Payment in August

    Great Britain: Launch of Renewable Heat Premium Payment in August

    The British Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) confirmed in a press release from 21 July 2011 that the Renewable Heat Premium Payment will start on 1 August 2011. It will offer grants for the following technologies: Solar water heaters (Pound Sterling (GBP) 300), ground source heat...

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  • Thailand: Solar Process Heat in Leather Factory awarded

    Thailand: Solar Process Heat in Leather Factory awarded

    On behalf of the Thai Ministry of Energy, German engineering company Aschoff Solar has been awarded by the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) for the company's solar thermal installation at the Sadesa leather factory in Sena. Bernd Jueckmann (left), Sales...

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  • 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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