Finance and Incentives

  • The Solar Thermal Electricity Industry’s Proposal for the Mediterranean Solar Plan (2009)

    Following the the contribution from ESTELA (European Solar Thermal Electricity Association) to the European Commission’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan, ESTELA has also issued its proposal for the Mediterranean Solar Plan (MSP). One of the main goals of the MSP is to contribute to the creation of...
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  • Consumer’s Guide: Heat Your Water with the Sun (2004)

    This document prepared by the US Department of Energy in 2004, is meant to inform consumers about the use of solar thermal technologies for water and space heating, namely how it works, its benefits, tips to select contractors, incentives schemes and other practical information on how to...

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  • 5 Star Standard: Western Australia Adds the “Plus”

    5 Star Standard: Western Australia Adds the “Plus”

    The Government of Western Australia aims to increase the efficiency of water heating systems in new residential buildings.  The 5 Star Plus energy and water efficiency requirements stipulate that new home builders install either an energy efficient gas water heater, a solar water heater or...

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  • Handbook for the Solar Water Heating Pilot Programme in California (2008)

    The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) developed a Solar Water Heating Pilot Programme, following the launch of the California Solar Initiative (CSI) in 2006, intended to promote the greenhouse gas emissions reduction by lowering the usage of natural gas and electricity for water...

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  • Australia:  AUD 500 for a Solar Water Heater in Queensland

    Australia: AUD 500 for a Solar Water Heater in Queensland

    “It's never been more affordable for Queenslanders to switch to solar and save with the Queensland Solar Hot Water Program," Stephen Robertson, the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, said. Photo: Government of Queensland

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  • Study on Solar Thermal Municipalities in Italy

    Study on Solar Thermal Municipalities in Italy

    The Italian “Renewable Municipalities Report 2009” is very likely the most comprehensive European study about renewable activities on a municipality level. It lists 2,996 Italian municipalities that are currently using solar thermal technology.
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  • Poland: Comprehensive Market Survey

    Poland: Comprehensive Market Survey

    Flat plate collectors are still the dominating technology on the Polish solar thermal market. The share of vacuum tube collectors, however, increased from 17 to 31 % within two years. This is one of the examples of a market survey published in May 2008.  Photo: IEO

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  • Solar Thermal in Spain (2007)

    This document produced by the Spanish IDAE (Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía) in 2007 explains what is solar thermal energy, its benefits and applications, providing at the same time practical information like for instance the incentive programmes existing in Spain (for...

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  • IRENA: Headquarters in the United Arab Emirates

    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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