Finance and Incentives

  • 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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  • Austria: Great Demand for large-scale Solar Systems Funding

    Austria: Great Demand for large-scale Solar Systems Funding

    The results have convinced the sceptics: The interest in large solar thermal systems between 100 and 2,000 m2 of collector area has been enormous in Austria. 76 requests have been submitted in the framework of the incentive programme “Solar Thermal - Solar large-scale"...

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  • Regulatory Framework for CST Promotion (2010)

    This presentation was made during the Southern African Regional Workshop on Concentrating Solar Thermal Power that took place in Botswana in May 2010. The event was organised by the Energy Anchor (ETWEN) and the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and co-sponsored by the...

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  • “We were prepared for this Outcome”

    “We were prepared for this Outcome”

    In most of the National Renewable Energy Plans (NREAPs), solar thermal was not a priority. Only 8 countries announced significant collector area and growth rates (see news here). solarthermalworld.org asked Xavier Noyon, Secretary General of the European Solar...

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  • India: Ideal Frame Conditions for Solar Heating and Cooling Sector

    India: Ideal Frame Conditions for Solar Heating and Cooling Sector

    More than 200 participants attended the side-event dedicated to the solar heating and cooling sector during the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010 in New Delhi, India, at the end of October. International thought leaders highlighted the global development of low-...

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