Finance and Incentives

  • IRENA: Headquarters in the United Arab Emirates

    “It was very important to us to offer IRENA a value proposition  by engaging with developing and developed nations alike,” his Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of UAE, explains the choice of building the IRENA headquarters in his country. Photo...

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  • Solar Thermal Energy in Iran (2005)

    This document from 2005 looks into the potential of solar thermal development for Iran. Although Iran has a very high level of incoming global radiation, the use of solar energy in general is very low. One of the key-obstacles for solar thermal is the low level of energy prices. This can be...

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  • Japan: A “Boom and Bust“ Solar Thermal Market

    Japan was once leading in the solar water heater market. Although being one of the first countries to have solar water heaters installed in 1950, the solar water heater industry has decreased steadily since the 1980’s. In 2007, the country reached a new low with 188,500 m2 of newly...

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  • Austria: Solar Thermal Mandatory for Housing Assistance

    Solar showcase in Austria: This single family house in Tyrol generates a 30 % share of the domestic hot water and heating demand from renewable energies. Since 2008 more and more Austrian states have required an ecological heating system, if homeowners want to profit from housing...

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  • Netherlands’ Subsidy Programme Expands the Market

    Since 2006, the solar thermal market in the Netherlands has enjoyed an annual growth rate of 20 – 30%. The currently biggest pieces of the pie go to glycol-drainback solar combination systems (<6 m²). The new incentive programme “Duurzame Warmte” (Sustainable Warmth programme) now offers an...

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  • Energy Investment Allowance since 1997

    The Netherlands government supports the expansion of solar thermal resources. The Energy Investment Allowance (EIA) programme for entrepreneurs in the Netherlands supports sustainable energy and energy-efficient technologies since 1997. Entrepreneurs who invest in renewable energy can deduct 41....

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  • 25 Years of Different Subsidies in India: an Overview

    Under the new national subsidy scheme of the government of India some more solar cities like Magarpatta in Pune, Maharashtra State, will be realised. The solar thermal market in India has seen a lot of different subsidy models over the years.
    Photo: Magapatta City

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  • Sweden: Increased Subsidy Budget

    Solar roof in the Swedish city of Onsala: The increased subsidies in Sweden focus on larger collector fields – like the 220 m2 plant from 2005.
    Photo: Jan-Olof Dalenbäck

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  • Delivering on Earth's Solar Potential (2009)

    This 2009 document sees concentrating solar power (CSP) as a solution to the world’s energy challenges. The document states that CSP is one of the few available low carbon technologies which can provide a solution over the next 40 years in view of limiting greenhouse gas emissions and...

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  • Feed-In Tariffs Support Solar Thermal Power in Spain

    This document explains how the use of Feed-In Tariffs has been beneficial for the development of concentrating solar power (CSP) in Spain. A Feed-In Tariff ensures that the entrepreneurs’ electricity will be bought at a guaranteed rate for a fixed period of time.

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