Finance and Incentives

  • Brazil: Social Housing Programme mandates Solar Water Heaters

    Brazil: Social Housing Programme mandates Solar Water Heaters

    All new houses built within the framework of “My Home My Life” (Minha Casa Minha Vida), a Brazilian housing programme for families with an income of a maximum of three times the minimum wage in the South, Southeast and Midwest region, will have to be...

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  • Hungary: Interesting but highly fluctuating Market

    Hungary: Interesting but highly fluctuating Market

    Over the last years, Hungary has turned out to be an interesting but highly fluctuating market for solar thermal technology. Through its subsidiary in the neighbouring country, Austrian manufacturer Tisun has been doing business in Hungary since 2008 and has already made its mark on the...

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  • Brazil: “Solar Water Heaters will become a culture”

    Brazil: “Solar Water Heaters will become a culture”

    Carlos F. C. Faria is the founder of Brazilian consultancy Studio Equinócio - SE and former director of the Brazilian solar industry association ABRAVA. Studio Equinócio is dedicated to the development of solar energy in Brazil. The company works in partnership with industries...

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  • Czech Republic: Subsidy Programme halted

    Czech Republic: Subsidy Programme halted

    Czechs trying to finalize their applications for the subsidy programme Zelena Usporam (Green Savings) at the last minute: The Czech Ministry of the Environment had announced an interruption of the subsidy programme on 25 October – and halted it just a few days later.
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  • USA: CSI - Thermal Program offers incentives for Commercial Systems

    USA: CSI - Thermal Program offers incentives for Commercial Systems


    The California Solar Initiative (CSI) – Thermal Program began accepting applications for commercial systems on 8 October 2010. A month before this important date, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) published a 75-page handbook explaining what's most important when...

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  • Great Britain: Microgeneration Certification Scheme lists PVT Collectors

    Great Britain: Microgeneration Certification Scheme lists PVT Collectors

    Generating heat and electricity: Since May 2010, 48 Volther PVT collectors by Turkish manufacturer Solimpeks have both supplied hot water to a children's home in Surrey County, Great Britain, and fed solar electricity into the local energy grid. According to the manufacturer, the system's...

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  • Germany: Backlash against Solar Heating and Cooling Sector

    Germany: Backlash against Solar Heating and Cooling Sector

    Prospects for the German solar thermal industry remain gloomy. For the second time in a row, the market has shrunk significantly. The installed collector area in 2009 (1,615,000 m2) was already 23 % less than the record figure in 2008 (2,100,000 m2). In 2010, however,...

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  • Great Britain: Contradictory Results from two Market Surveys

    Great Britain: Contradictory Results from two Market Surveys

    A recent survey of UK Solar Trade Association (STA) members has concluded that solar thermal business has dropped dramatically over the last 3 months. Since the arrival of the new UK Coalition Government, the survey found that almost 50% of solar thermal installers are reporting a 75% or...

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  • Poland: Residential Support Programme to finally start

    Poland: Residential Support Programme to finally start

    Long-awaited, but finally happening: Poland's launch of the subsidy scheme for residential home owners, and multi-family houses not connected to district heating systems. Run by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW), its start at the end of August 2010...

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  • Mexico: 25,000 Solar Home Project starts with Delay

    Mexico: 25,000 Solar Home Project starts with Delay

    Final agreement: André Eckermann (left), Programme Director of the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), and Victor Manuel Borrás Setién, head of Infonavit, shook hands during the official launch of the 25,000 solar roof programme in Mexico in the middle of June...

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