Finance and Incentives

  • Tokyo: Green Power Certification System Pushes Solar Thermal

    Japanese apartment house with flat plate collectors in the balcony: Is this the solar thermal future of Tokyo? In the next two years the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office (TMG) wants to implement 40,000 solar thermal and photovoltaic plants. Photo: Chiryu Heater

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  • Small-scale Solar Thermal Energy and Traditional Buildings (2008)

    This 2008 guide from English Heritage (the UK Government's Adviser on the Historic Environment within England) looks into the small-scale generation of solar thermal energy. The emphasis of the document lies on the practicalities that need to be taken into account for the installation of the...

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  • Solar Water Heating Fee-for-Service Programmes in the Caribbean Region (2006)

    This 2006 guidebook, prepared with the support of several institutions (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP); Blue Moon Fund; Oak Foundation; Green Markets International; Caribbean Solar Technologies Limited; Vitae Civilis Institute) provides electric utility companies...

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  • Concentrating Solar Power for Seawater Desalination (2008)

    The authors of this 2008 paper aim to demonstrate the importance concentrating solar power has for desalination of freshwater. Due to the projected growth in economy and population and the anticipated increase in future water consumption in the MENA region, the paper shows that the CSP...

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  • Austria: The 2008 Roadmap to Solar Thermal Success

    A good example for solar heating: a semidetached house with a collector area of 92 m2. According to the roadmap of the Austrian Institute for Renewable Technologies, AEE Intec, it is very important to support solar combi systems which supply domestic hot water and space heating....

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  • State Strategies to Foster Solar Hot Water System Deployment (2007)

    This paper from 2007 was written by the Deputy Director of the Clean Energy States Alliance. It starts with a short introduction talking about the past of solar hot water heaters and the growth that can come with the new technology. This report provides states with information, resource...

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  • IREC – 2006 Annual Report

    This is a 2006 summary by the US Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). It gives highlights in spending, incentives and rebate programs for solar thermal energy and solar PV systems.

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  • Collective Systems on the Rise in France

    The segment of collective systems shows high growth rates in France: The main factor behind this growth are the incentives paid by Ademe, the France Energy Agency. The investment for the solar thermal system on top of this multi-storey building in Paris was €353,000 of which 39 %...

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  • Portugal: Incentive Programme with Obstacles

    At the moment, the most important factor for the sales success in Portugal is to either be able to join the incentive programme – or to be left out of it. Only seven companies acquired the programme's membership so far (as of mid-May): The three Portuguese brands Norquente, Openplus and...

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  • Economic Impact of Solar Thermal Electricity Deployment in Spain (2008)

    This study from 2008 assesses the economic impact of solar thermal electricity in Spain. In particular, the economic analysis is done for three solar thermal technologies: parabolic trough, central tower and parabolic dish. The objective of the conducted study is to estimate the socio-economic...

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