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Portugal: Incentive Programme with Obstacles

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 …
Antarctic Polar Station with a German Solar Thermal System

Antarctic Polar Station with a German Solar Thermal System

Producing heat in the cold climate of the Antarctic: The vacuum tube collectors from the German manufacturer Consolar cover the entire heating demand of the first emission-free polar research station, called Princess Elisabeth. Photo: Consolar …
REC prices in Australia”

Australian RECs: An Overview after 8 Years of Certificate Trading

As a purchaser of a solar hot water system in Australia, you not only benefit from a federal or state rebate, but are also able to sell so-called Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). After these certificates had been introduced in 2001, they became a key factor for the 30% annual growth …
"São Paulo Feels the First Effects of its Solar Building Code"

“São Paulo Feels the First Effects of its Solar Building Code”

Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Carlos Arthur A. Alencar about the solar building code campaign “Cidades Solares” (Solar Cities)” in Brazil. Alencar is president of the solar thermal industry association DASOL/ABRAVA and managing director of the solar thermal manufacturer Enalter Engenharia Indústria e Comércio. Photo: Enalter A very successful campaign for solar …
Eco-labelling Threatens the Solar Thermal Industry

Eco-labelling Threatens the Solar Thermal Industry

The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) raises the alarm: “The new plans of the European Commission for energy-labelling requirements with respect to ‘dedicated water heaters’ include highly problematic testing requirements for entire systems.” …
India: Planning Commission Recommends Performance-based Incentives

India: Planning Commission Recommends Performance-based Incentives

According to Dr Kirit S. Parikh, solar water heating has already become a cost-effective energy alternative in India and will play a crucial role in achieving energy independence in the long run. Parikh is the chairman of an expert committee that the Government of India’s Planning Commission established to devise …
Namibia: Solar Water Heaters at Educational Institutions

Namibia: Solar Water Heaters at Educational Institutions

Showering with energy from the sun: the new built hostels of the Polytechnic of Namibia are equipped with 87 solar water heaters with a capacity of 300 litres each …
South Africa: Support Project for Commercial Solar Water Heating

South Africa: Support Project for Commercial Solar Water Heating

The Renewable Energy Market Transformation Project (REMT), established in November 2008, was developed to help South Africa address some of the barriers within the renewable energy sector. It is funded through the world bank by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and endeavours to fulfil the 2013 renewable energy target of …

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