France: Heat Fund for Solar Thermal Collective Systems
Country / region
Name of programme
Type of incentive
Solar thermal and also other renewable technologies (geothermal, biomass, biogas). Potential mixture with other incentive schemes
Multi-family houses, agriculture, industry and commercial sector (hotels, campsites, hospitals, older buildings, agrofood sector, swimming pools, etc.)
Incentive for investment
650 € per toe over 20 years, equals a subsidy between 391 and 425 EUR/m² of collector area, according to annual solar thermal yield and thus according to the geographical area (see below).
Maximum incentive for a pre-study
Pre-studies financed between 50% to 60% of the total cost. The subsidy hardly go over EUR 1,000.
Maximum incentive for the investment
Maximum 65 % of the investment costs are subsidized for non commercial activities, like social housing; for commercial acitivities the subsidies depend on the business size and annual revenue.
Requirements for system
Annual solar thermal yield of at least:
Requirements for installation
Monitoring a system after its installation. Certified collectors. Choice between 6 selected hydraulic schemes. Studies and installation are to be made by certified professionals with RGE qualification (RGE=Reconnu Garant de l’Environnement)
Ademe – the French Energy Agency
EUR 420 millions per year between 2015 and 2017 together for all of the stated technologies (biomass, geothermal, solar)
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Regional directorates of ADEME