Finance and Incentives

  • Subsidy for retrofitting SWH in social housing

     In February the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism in Chile restarted a subsidy scheme that supports the installation of a solar thermal system for existing social housing units. The most current application round ended at 30 September 2018. 


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  • Poll Results

    World Bank Supports Solar Concentrating Solutions for Industry

    On 18 October 2017, speakers from three continents joined a webinar initiated by the World Bank and the Clean Technology Fund and hosted by Spanish-based consultancy ATA Insights to talk about opportunities for concentrating solar thermal in industry. Martin Haagen from Industrial Solar, a...
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  • SHC Solar Award: Five Finalists with Successful Support Policies

    Administrators of successful solar thermal support schemes are in the focus of this year’s Solar Award of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC). The jury has chosen five finalists, of which one will receive the SHC Solar Award during the IEA SHC’s joint conference with ISES...
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  • Switzerland: Plans for Solar District Heating Pilot System

    “Why is there no solar district heating in Switzerland?” Swiss scientists were asking after their visit to Denmark. They had been investigating the feasibility of solar heat in district heating networks in the St Gallen canton and published a 50-page study this March (see the attached...
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  • Switzerland market statistics

    Switzerland: Strong Heat Pump and PV Competition

    There couldn’t be a starker contrast between the market development of two renewable heat segments: Whereas Swiss heat pump sales remained at around 18,400 units per year from 2014 to 2016, collector sales dropped significantly from 117,634 m² in 2014 to 66,699 m² last year. Market volume...
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  • Slovenia: Renewable District Heating Scheme 2017 - 2020

    The Ministry of Infrastructure launched a grant scheme for renewable sources in district heating in June 2017. You can apply for a subsidy of up to 35 % of the investment costs if you are a large company, 45 % if you are medium size and 55 % if you fall into the category of small and micro. CHP...
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  • Slovenia: On the Path to Renewable District Heating

    District heating networks supplied by renewable energy sources (RES) are widely recognised today as one of the most effective ways to decarbonise the heating sector. The EU’s CoolHeating project has been supporting the implementation of small, modular renewable heating and cooling grids for...
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  • Moldova: Vacuum Tube Collector Assembly Line Inaugurated

    Moldova saw the commissioning of an assembly line for vacuum tube collectors in what used to be the large halls of a manufacturing plant. The owner of the premises is Raut, based in the city of Balti, who repurposed the location after succeeding in the government’s...
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  • Fresnel Collector Field Italy

    Italy: 10,000 m² ORC-Connected Fresnel and Parabolic Trough Fields

    Italy’s feed-in tariff for medium-size concentrating solar power plants has supported the installation of a 10,000 m² Fresnel collector array in Sardinia (see photo). The mirrors have been in operation since spring this year and are connected to an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) unit with 600...
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  • Mexico Platform Meeting

    Mexico: New Idea Exchange on Solar Process Heat

    During an event in Mexico City on 30 August, a collaboration agreement was signed to establish a platform for promoting solar heat in Mexico. The partners in this project are ANES, the national solar energy association; DKTI Solar, the Large-Scale Solar Energy Programme by the German Agency...
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  • SWH Argentina

    Argentina: New Solar Chamber to Push for National Incentives

    The first time that the new Cámara Argentina de Fabricantes de Equipos de Energía Solar Térmica (CAFEEST) (Argentine Chamber of Solar Thermal Equipment Manufacturers) was presented to a wider audience was on 4 September in Buenos Aires. The chamber’s assembly meeting was hosted by...
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