Finance and Incentives

  • Solar Thermal Technology Research and Development (2010)

    This is a presentation from Dr Ashvini Kumar, Director of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of India. It provides an overview about main market applications of solar thermal energy: solar heating, solar cooking, cooling, drying, industrial process heat, etc. The presentation also...

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  • Czech Republic: Subsidy Programme postponed further

    Czech Republic: Subsidy Programme postponed further

    The Czech subsidy programme “Zelena Usporam” will not be relaunched as planned at the beginning of February 2011. Why? Because during the last week before the halt of the programme in October 2010, the Ministry of Environment received 10,425 applications, which was much more than...

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  • World Bank Group Role in Supporting Solar Power (2010)

    This is a presentation by Dr. Natalia Kulichenko-Lotz about the World Bank Group and the activities and projects it finances to boost the use of renewable energies all over the world. The presentation explains the main financial instruments that the World Bank has put in place for the...

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  • South Africa: Eskom´s Incentive Programme shows a Steep ramp up

    South Africa: Eskom´s Incentive Programme shows a Steep ramp up

    The number of monthly installed and subsidised solar thermal installations in South African households increased significantly towards the end of 2010. According to Eskom, energy utility and administrator of the national residential subsidy programme, 4,914 claims were paid in December. This...

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  • Canada: Long-term Subsidy Programme ecoEnergy halted

    Canada: Long-term Subsidy Programme ecoEnergy halted

    The prospects for the Canadian solar thermal sector are becoming cloudy. “The final day for the receipt of requests for payment under the ecoEnergy for Renewable heat programme was 31 January 2011,” Al Clark, Senior Advisor & Manager for the ecoEnergy for Renewable Heat programme...

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  • Switzerland: Support Mechanisms differ a lot at cantonal Level

    Switzerland: Support Mechanisms differ a lot at cantonal Level

    Last year was the first in which all 26 Swiss cantons have had their own financial support mechanism for solar thermal. For a 5 m² solar thermal system, these subsidies cover, on average, 20% of the investment costs, plus tax reductions that go even up to 40%. But the amount of support...

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  • Germany: Steep Decline in Collector Sales in 2010

    Germany: Steep Decline in Collector Sales in 2010

    The German solar thermal market decreased by 26 % in 2010. According to the solar industry association BSW-Solar and the heating industry association BDH, 1.15 million m2 (805 MW) of new collector area were installed on German roofs last year. The market volume of 2010 is almost...

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  • Thailand: Results of the Commercial Incentive Programme

    Thailand: Results of the Commercial Incentive Programme

    16,880 m2 of collector area were subsidised between 2008 and 2010 in the Thailand incentive programme for commercial installations that are combined with waste heat from an air conditioner or boiler. According to the programme administrator, the Department of Alternative...

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  • USA: Each Month a new Subsidy Programme in a Northeastern State

    USA: Each Month a new Subsidy Programme in a Northeastern State

    During the last months, the states in the Northwest of the US have enjoyed one incentive programme after another. Since October 2010, there has been a new or improved incentive programme announced each month, beginning with Connecticut last October. New Hampshire followed in November, New...

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  • Belgium: Ambitious Targets for Solar Thermal

    Belgium: Ambitious Targets for Solar Thermal

    After a five-month delay, Belgium finally submitted its National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) in November 2010 - with quite ambitious targets for solar thermal: The cumulative collector area is to increase by a 22-fold, from 0.21 million m² in 2010 to 4.62 million m² in 2020. Tax...
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  • Hawaii: Is the Strongest Solar Thermal Market in the US in Trouble?

    Hawaii: Is the Strongest Solar Thermal Market in the US in Trouble?

    After being the strongest U.S. market for solar thermal for many years, Hawaii currently has to cope with a falling demand for solar thermal installations. According to the U.S. Solar Market Insight report for the third quarter of US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GMT...

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  • Slovakia: Incentive Programme stabilises the Market

    Slovakia: Incentive Programme stabilises the Market

    During the first eighteen months of Slovakia’s subsidy programme, 3,913 households applied for grants from it. According to the Slovak Agency of Innovation and Energy (SIEA), this means that from a total budget of EUR 8 million, EUR 4.3 million still remain for allocation. The “Programme for...

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