Finance and Incentives

  • China: Rebate Programme Increases Market Transparency

    China: Rebate Programme Increases Market Transparency

    The result of the first bidding in the spring of 2009: 92 Chinese solar thermal system suppliers, offering a total of 806 products, qualified for the rural incentive programme. The figure shows the number of systems per price range in RMB (10 RMB is about 1 EUR).

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  • Success Story: Feed-In Tariffs Support Solar Thermal Power in Spain (2008)

    This document explains how feed-in tariffs (FIT) contributed to the success of solar thermal energy in Spain, especially concentrating solar power (CSP). The document provides a comprehensive introduction to feed-in tariffs, its use in Spain, the main elements of the Spanish legislation...

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  • Germany: Solar Thermal Should Cover 2.6 % of the Total Heat Demand by 2020

    Ways into a modern energy industry: This is the title of the German roadmap for all renewable energy technologies published by the German Renewable Energy Federation BEE in mid-December. The document states that Germany's policies will not be sufficient in utilizing the full potential of...

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  • California's Solar Thermal Incentive Programme will finally start

    California's Solar Thermal Incentive Programme will finally start

    Two years – that is how long California has already been waiting for a “200,000 solar roof programme“. After the Californian Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) published its “Proposed Decision“ in November, the programme may finally become reality next year.

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  • Oregon Solar Thermal Market Characterization (2004)

    This report was prepared by the Washington State University Energy Program, along with Dethman & Associates in 2004. They assess the solar thermal market in Oregon through collecting data and interviews from installers and consumers, and displayed their findings in this document.

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  • REFUND+ Final Report (2009)

    The REFUND + project (2006-2009), supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe and ADEME (Agence de l'environnement et de la maîtrise de l'énergie), intends to identify, monitor and evaluate the impact of incentive schemes on the development of RES heating systems in private...

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  • USA: Low Expectations and a Shift towards Commercial Systems

    USA: Low Expectations and a Shift towards Commercial Systems

    Commercial applications have gained momentum in the US over the last two years. The system shown in the picture is a project by the The Leveredge company from Florida. The 223 m2 installation heats up to 15,000 litres per day.
    Photo: The Leveredge

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  • Global Potential of Concentrating Solar Power (2009)

    This paper presented at the 2009 SolarPaces Conference in Berlin sets out an analysis of the potential of concentrating solar power (CSP) on a global scale. The paper starts with assessing the level of direct normal solar irradiation needed for CSP plants which is combined with an analysis of...

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  • Jharkhand State: Successful Subsidy Programme in Eastern India

    Jharkhand State: Successful Subsidy Programme in Eastern India

    The Indian state government of Jharkhand has already reached its goal of subsidising 4,000 solar water heating systems in 2009. The state offers 105 INR/litre for solar water heaters with flat plate collectors and 80 INR/litre for systems with vacuum tube collectors. “The...

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  • Canada: Steep increase in unglazed Solar Collectors in 2008

    Canada: Steep increase in unglazed Solar Collectors in 2008

    The Canadian solar thermal market is taking up speed:  Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) published the preliminary results of a market survey that found the number of installed collector area to have doubled in 2008, from 61,000 to 125,000 m2. Source: NRCan

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  • SOLPOOL Solar Energy Use in Outdoor Swimming Pools, Cyprus (2009)

    This report, made by Intelligent Europe and CRES, provides information on open-air pool heating in Cyprus and on different technologies that can be used to heat pools. The document contains relevant information such a listing of standards related to solar thermal heating, best practises...

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