Finance and Incentives

  • Solar Energy in Spain in 2007: Current Status and Prospects

    This report from IDEA (Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía) provides an overview of the Spanish solar market in 2007 (including not only solar thermal, but also PV and thermoelectricity), in terms of technology, installed capacity, existing companies, the potential growth...

  • ECO Fund Offers Grants and Low-interest Loans

    The Slovenian government's support of renewable energies stands on two pillars since 2008: low-interest (soft) loans and non-repayable subsidies (grants). The organisation to administer both of them is Eco Fund, Slovenian Environmental Public Fund. EUR 15 million have been allocated for...

  • Report CSP Workshop, South Africa (2009)

    This is the report of a CSP workshop, which took place in South Africa on 22 May 2009. The workshop results from the necessity to gather project developers, the government, NGOs and research centers to start a discussion on scaling up CSP.

    In South Africa, the development of CSP...

  • Mexico: 25,000 “Solar Roofs” Programme

    Mexico: 25,000 “Solar Roofs” Programme

    Small thermosiphon systems are in the focus point of the new 25,000 Solar Roofs Programme of the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in Mexico.

    Photo: GTZ Mexico

  • UK Carbon Trust Programme: Small Impact on Solar Thermal

    UK Carbon Trust Programme: Small Impact on Solar Thermal

    Yvonne and Stephen Mould wanted to lower the energy bill of their Hyne Town House, a South Devon residential care home, and used an interest-free Energy Efficiency Loan from the Carbon Trust among others for a solar thermal installation.


  • Carbon Trust 0% Interest Loans in Great Britain

    The UK Carbon Trust is now focusing only on Wales and Northern Ireland with its interest-free loans for Small and Medium Businesses. The scheme was eligible also for England and Scottland in the past, however was stopped in March 2011 in these two states.

    Country Wales and...
  • Support for the Solar Thermal Industry in Poland

    Support for the Solar Thermal Industry in Poland

    A unique chance for the solar thermal industry in Poland: “Developing a renewable energies industry” is one of the many targets of the comprehensive “Infrastructure and Environment” programme for Poland (2007 to 2014).

  • One Million Green Homes in South Korea

    One Million Green Homes in South Korea

    “Save Energy Save Earth”: The emblem of the Korean Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO), the energy agency of the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy, shows that the South Korean Government takes climate protection seriously. Photo: Bärbel Epp

  • One Million Green Home Programme

    The so called “1 Million Green Home Project” in Korea supports a big range of renewable energy technologies: solar thermal, photovoltaics, geothermal, biomass or small wind energy. The aim until 2020 is to create a million homes that use one of these technologies. Each year, the...

  • Thematic Review of GEF-Financed Solar Thermal Projects (2001)

    This paper reports the developments of four projects financed by the UN Global Environment Facility (GEF) in India, Morocco, Mexico and Egypt. The GEF chose those countries to develop solar thermal power technology as it has shown to be one of the most cost efficient options for renewable bulk...


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