Finance and Incentives

  • Seizing the Solar Solution: Combating Climate Change through Accelerated Deployment (2009)

    This report was published on December 2009, parallel to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) summit taking place in Copenhagen, to bring authorities' attention to solar energy and the relevant contribution it can provide to reducing GHG emissions.

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  • Portugal: Ambitious National Targets for Solar Thermal

    The European renewable energy directive states an ambitious national target for Portugal: The southern European country is to reach a renewable energy share of 31 % in its total energy demand for 2020. At the same time, the government has shown a strong commitment to renewable energy...

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  • Albania: 75,000 m2 of Newly Installed Collector Area

    Alongside the government, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) officially launched a solar water heater project in Albania, with its first workshop in Tirana on the 4th of December. The project titled “Country Program of Albania under the...

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  • Chile: Tax Rebate for Construction Companies

    Chile: Tax Rebate for Construction Companies

    Sunny Chile: On 19 November 2009, the National Energy Commission held a presentation on the “regulatory framework for solar thermal in Chile” that led to the introduction of a new tax rebate programme for solar water heaters (SWH) in August this year and will last until 2013....

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  • Tax Credits for Construction Companies

    Chile’s tax rebate scheme law 20365 for the housing industry ended on 31 December 2013. After the election the new government promised to reactivate the tax credits at the beginning of 2015, it took until February 2016 to relaunch the tax credit scheme (Law 20.897) 

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  • 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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