Finance and Incentives

  • India: New Incentive Guidelines for low and medium Temperature Applications

    India: New Incentive Guidelines for low and medium Temperature Applications

    On the 17th of June, the Federal Government of India announced a new set of financing guidelines intended for off-grid solar systems under the National Solar Mission. Among other technologies, these new guidelines consider both low and medium temperature solar thermal systems,...

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  • Austria: EUR 2 Million for Large-Scale, Commercial Applications

    Austria: EUR 2 Million for Large-Scale, Commercial Applications

    Austria shows that even in a generally difficult economic situation, a government can still expand its solar subsidy schemes: On 11 June, the Austrian environmental minister, Niki Berlakovich, introduced a new incentive programme for large-scale solar thermal systems. Photo: National...

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  • The Sun Shines a Bit More in Härnösand (2010)

    This is a document released by the Swedish company Absolicon about the solar thermal and PV project being carried out through a public-private partnership in the small town of Härnösand in Sweden. The hospital in Härnösand is now an example of energy efficiency and use of renewable energy...
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  • Portugal: End of Subsidy Programme jeopardizes Market

    Portugal: End of Subsidy Programme jeopardizes Market

    Now it is official: The Portuguese government will not extend the solar thermal incentive programme, contrary to informal statements made by the responsible authorities since December 2009. Stopping the incentives could jeopardize a sector which has finally made good...

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  • Canada: Retrofit Programme Ends Earlier than Expected

    Canada: Retrofit Programme Ends Earlier than Expected

    “Effective by 1 April 2010, the ecoEnergy Retrofit – Homes Program is no longer accepting bookings for pre-retrofit evaluations” – it was this statement by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), which surprised the entire solar heating and cooling sector in Canada. The residential rebate programme...

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  • Grant Scheme for commercial Renewable Heating Projects

    Since 2008, the Norwegian government has offered a case-by-case subsidy for sports facilities or businesses, which would like to replace their old heating system by a new one receiving its energy from renewable sources. The programme itself is run by Enova, a public enterprise owned by the Royal...

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  • Slovakia: Successful Incentive Programme with Modified Requirements

    Slovakia: Successful Incentive Programme with Modified Requirements

    Just over a year ago, on March 20 2009, Slovakia launched its first subsidy programme for solar collectors and biomass boilers: After a modification of the formal requirements and the amount of subsidies one can receive, the programme’s figures have shown a great improvement lately....

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  • Algeria: A Sunny State Still Waiting its Turn

    Algeria: A Sunny State Still Waiting its Turn

    Algeria has one of the greatest solar potentials in the world. The annual radiation ranges from 1,700 kWh/m2 in the North to 2,260 kWh in the South. The solar water heater market, however, is still in a deep slumber. Waking it up is the responsibility of a new subsidy programme...

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