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  • Germany: New Heating Regulation Requires Replacement of Old Boilers

    Germany: New Heating Regulation Requires Replacement of Old Boilers

    In May 2014, Germany will have a new Energy Savings Ordinance, the EnEV 2014. From 2015 on, the regulation will require the replacement of oil and gas boilers that are older than 30 years if they are not subject to one of the many exemptions. It might bring solar thermal an increased market...
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  • Germany: "A standstill is not the answer, a system solution is."

    Germany: "A standstill is not the answer, a system solution is."

    The German solar thermal market has shrunk yet again. The figures for 2012 show a 9% drop in sales compared to 2011. This year has been off to a very slow start as well: In the first quarter of 2013, collector area sales were down by 19% compared to the same period last year, according...

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  • Germany: No Upturn in 2012

    Germany: No Upturn in 2012

    Despite a good start, 2012 has not seen any upturn in the German solar thermal industry, as latest figures show. Carsten Kuhlmann (in the middle) from the heating manufacturers association BDH expects a newly installed collector area of 1.2 million m², which would be 5 % less than...

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  • Germany: Environment Ministry Pushes up Solar Process Heat Subsidies

    Germany: Environment Ministry Pushes up Solar Process Heat Subsidies

    The Federal Environment Ministry has approved new frame conditions for the MAP, the national Market Rebate Programme for Renewable Energies. Since 15 August, house owners have been receiving a minimum subsidy of EUR 1,500 for a solar combi system, which supplies hot water and space...

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  • Germany: Association and Ministry Discuss Market Development

    Germany: Association and Ministry Discuss Market Development

    The symposium “Solar Thermal Energy” - the largest German-speaking conference dedicated to solar heating and cooling technology – has painted a mixed picture of the current development in Germany. The 3-day event, which was organised by German company Otti and took place at...

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  • Germany: President Gauck Visits Ritter Group

    Germany: President Gauck Visits Ritter Group

    Solar thermal technology seems to have made quite an impression on the new German head of state. Only one month after taking office, the new President, Joachim Gauck (centre), visited the Ritter Group on his inaugural trip through Baden-Wurttemberg, one of Germany’s states leading in...

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  • Germany: “Solar Thermal Business might have a Structural Problem”

    Germany: “Solar Thermal Business might have a Structural Problem”

    2011 was a better year for the German solar thermal industry than 2010, but it still has been far from a good one: Compared to the so far best year, 2008, the collector area installed in 2011 was around 40% less, although figures are still 10 % above the previous year 2010. German’s solar...

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  • Germany: Uncertain Market Development in 2011

    Germany: Uncertain Market Development in 2011

    Signs of a recovering market are hard to come by when looking at the official German market statistics: The figures of the solar industry association BSW Solar and the heating industry association BDH (BDH/BSI statistics) show only a very small increase of 4.3 % during the first three...

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  • Germany: Steep Decline in Collector Sales in 2010

    Germany: Steep Decline in Collector Sales in 2010

    The German solar thermal market decreased by 26 % in 2010. According to the solar industry association BSW-Solar and the heating industry association BDH, 1.15 million m2 (805 MW) of new collector area were installed on German roofs last year. The market volume of 2010 is almost...

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