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Solar Thermal Bankable – yes or no?

Solar Thermal Bankable – yes or no?

It is not easy at all to persuade third parties to finance large-scale ESCO (Energy Service Company) projects for solar thermal: The financial sector needs to become more aware of solar thermal technology and its related projects. This is the lesson that Austrian company S.O.L.I.D. learned after looking for investment …
HIMHOT: Low-Cost Solar Water Heaters for Himalayan Region

HIMHOT: Low-Cost Solar Water Heaters for Himalayan Region

A study carried out in 2011 initiated by the Global Solar Water Heating Project (GSWHP) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) clearly stated the need for low-cost solar water heaters in the Himalayan Region. The GSWHP later used the study’s findings to organise a design competition with the aim …
India: Solar Mission Phase II Targets 8 Million m²

India: Solar Mission Phase II Targets 8 Million m²

In December 2012, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India published its plans for Phase II of the National Solar Mission (NSM). The 58-page document outlines the policy for the second phase, including targets, the role of the states and an implementation strategy (see the attached document). The …
Chile: Solar Association ACESOL Fights to Extend Tax Rebates

Chile: Solar Association ACESOL Fights to Extend Tax Rebates

2010’s “Law 20.365” tax rebate has made Chile´s solar thermal market grow substantially over the last years. Until now, however, the government has not yet agreed on continuing the rebate after 2013. The law enables construction companies to deduct a certain share of their investment costs in a solar thermal …
China: 500 Participants at Annual CSTIF Meeting

China: 500 Participants at Annual CSTIF Meeting

The annual conference of the China Solar Thermal Industry Federation (CSTIF), which took place in Beijing in the middle of December, attracted more than 500 participants from the Chinese solar thermal industry. For two and a half days, the stakeholders met in the Beijing International Convention Center to discuss market …
Malta: Delay in New Incentives

Malta: Delay in New Incentives

It is still unclear if there will be another subsidy scheme in Malta in 2013. The last phase of the solar water heater grant programme ended in November 2012. According to the Malta Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energies Association (M.E.E.R.E.A.), the funding for next year`s subsidy scheme was part of …
Italy: Government Approves New Subsidy Scheme

Italy: Government Approves New Subsidy Scheme

Market observers expect the new incentive mechanism for renewable heating systems and energy-efficient measures in Italy, to come into force at the beginning of January 2013. The three Ministries of Industry, Environment and Agriculture have only reached their agreement in November 2012. And the OK from the State-Regions Conference came …
Germany: Façade Hot Water

Germany: Façade Hot Water

The aim of German insulating glass manufacturer Energy Glas GmbH: To produce hot water by incorporating a solar thermal collector into the glass façade of commercial buildings. “We wanted to develop a new glass-glass collector which basically fits into all post-and-beam constructions in the façade,” Elmar Dohmann, one of the …

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