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First National Rebate Programme in China

First National Rebate Programme in China

The first national incentive programme for installing solar water heaters in China’s rural areas has just been introduced. In April, solar thermal system suppliers could bid to become part of the national subsidy programme. The central government will then cover 13% of the investment costs of selected solar water heaters …
Swiss Cantons leading Energy Policy Efforts

Swiss Cantons leading Energy Policy Efforts

Switzerland is finally taking on a broader approach to climate protection. The majority of the 26 cantons have adopted a regulation placing the maximum share of non-renewable energies in new heating systems at 80 %. This decision can be traced back to an initiative of the Conference of Cantonal Energy …
New and Improved Incentive Schemes in Canada

New and Improved Incentive Schemes in Canada

Canadians benefit from a series of improvements that the federal supporting measures for solar thermal technology brought forth. First of all, the funding for the ecoEnergy Retrofit Homes Program – a programme for residential home owners – has been increased by 300 million Canadian Dollars (CAD). The rebate for the …
Laser-welded Flat Plate Collectors from China

Laser-welded Flat Plate Collectors from China

Chinese collector manufacturers have recently discovered the advantages of laser welding for the production of absorber sheets. Several flat plate collector manufacturers are now working on this technology. Hailin Solar is the first to offer laser-welded collectors …
Formation of Solar Cooling association “Green Chiller”

Formation of Solar Cooling association “Green Chiller”

Newly-elected president of Green Chiller: Roland Weidner, senior consultant from the German chiller manufacturer EAW GmbH Photo: EAW …
40,000 “Forest Villagers” in Turkey Heat Water with the Sun

40,000 “Forest Villagers” in Turkey Heat Water with the Sun

Paid via interest-free credit: a solar water heater from the supplier Sergün, installed at a forest village …
Oistins police station in Barbados

The Barbados Model: A Success Story in 3 Acts

One of 45,000 solar thermal installations on the island of Barbados was installed at the Oistins Police Station in 2008. Photo: Solar Dynamics …
Lack of Support: Turkish Market Decreasing

Lack of Support: Turkish Market Decreasing

The solar thermal market in Turkey is shrinking. The produced collector area has decreased by an average of 9 % each year since reaching its peak in 2004 with almost 1.5 million m2. Local manufacturers only produced 1 million m2 last year, according to the statistics of Gunder, the Turkish …

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