In this issue

Italy: Choice between Three Different Incentives

India: Solar Drying System with Vacuum Tubes Pays off within the First Year

Argentina: Other Municipalities Follow Frontrunner City Rosario

Finland: One Solar Roof - Three Partners

UK: Domestic RHI Tariff Applies to Installations After 15 July 2009

Upcoming Events
 
Read more»
 
Read more»
 
Solar Air Co Event
Read more»
 
Read more»
facebooktwitterlinkedinyoutube.png
Sponsors

 

copper.png


European Copper Institute 

ZEN-International
SCHOTT Rohrglas GmbH 
BSW Solar
Danfoss A/S
SolarCAP A/S

Kingspan Solar

South Africa/Czech Republic: Incentive Schemes Get off on the Wrong Foot

Dear Solarthermalworld.org reader, 

All around the world, solar associations have recently had a hard time lobbying for fair and transparent policies when it comes to solar thermal technology. The worst example at the moment is the Czech Republic, whose biomass and heat pump incentives have put solar water heaters at a disadvantage in several areas. The country’s first tender round is also expected to close rather sooner than later due to a lack of funding, leaving customers on hold again (click here to read more).

In South Africa, solar suppliers have suffered from major policy announcements followed by a much less consistent implementation. The latest publication provides a plan for subsidising 650,000 SWH systems (520,000 low-pressure and 130,000 high-pressure systems) between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2015, such as the ones on the photo. Instead of being busy with mounting, however, system providers have been occupied with tenders or information requests.



Solar thermal needs your support. Good luck with lobbying for the pressing issues of today!



Best regards,

The editorial team

Read more»
Italy: Choice between Three Different Incentives
by Valeria Verga

At the beginning of August, the Italian Decree No. 63 of 2013 was turned into Law No. 90 of 2013. This new law implements Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings.The law modifies the tax deductions for energy efficiency measures in buildings, increasing the deductible share to 65% of the investment costs over 10 years. The incentive will be extended until 31 December 2013 for all types of measures, except for blocks of flats: In this case, the extension runs until 30 June 2014. 

Read more»
India: Solar Drying System with Vacuum Tubes Pays off within the First Year
by Jaideep Malaviya

Indian company ACME Jelly Products has been successfully showcasing the use of solar thermal dehydration systems of agro-products since October 2011. The company, which is located near Ahmedabad in Gujarat state in western India, is one of the rare Indian examples of vacuum tube collector projects that use metal heat pipes filled with glycol-supplying, water-based fan coil units. After two years in operation, the owner of ACME, Jaykishan Parmar, has confirmed that the system paid off within the first year because dried vegetables are sold at a much higher price than fresh ones.

Read more»
Argentina: Other Municipalities Follow Frontrunner City Rosario
by Alejandro Diego Rosell

Two years after the approval of the first local ordinance making it obligatory to install solar thermal systems in Rosario, Argentina, the regulation entered into force in September. Since then, all public buildings in the city have had to cover at least 50 % of their hot water consumption through solar energy. Ordinance 8784 could set an example for other cities in Argentina. Red de Ciudades Solares (Solar City Network) is lobbying to adopt the measure in several other municipalities and has even proposed a nationwide regulation.

Read more»
Finland: One Solar Roof - Three Partners
by Bärbel Epp
 

The new Ruukki Classic Solar Thermal Roof from Finland was shown twice this summer: First at the Intersolar Europe in Munich, Germany, at the booth of Finnish company Savo-Solar in June and then at the Finnish Housing Fair in Hyvinkää, Finland, in August. Three rather different companies have been involved in manufacturing, selling and distributing this roof-integrated solar solution. Finnish company Savo-Solar, which specialises in the production of solar collectors based on aluminium absorber sheets, manufactures the collector modules, which are then integrated into steel roof solutions of the Finnish Rautaruukki Corporation (Ruukki). The last step in the sales chain is Pohjolan Design-Talo, a Finnish supply company of prefabricated houses.

Read more»
UK: Domestic RHI Tariff Applies to Installations After 15 July 2009
by Chris Laughton

In July 2013 the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) confirmed the tariff rates for the long-awaited Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The Government’s press release of 12 July 2013 promises that the solar thermal tariff will be set at ‘at least 19.2 Pound Stirling pence (p)/kWh’. This compares with 7.3 p/kWh for air source heat pumps, 12.2 p/kWh for biomass boilers and 18.8 p/kWh for ground source heat pumps.

Read more»
NEWS TICKER
Hawaii: Results of Three Years of Solar Obligation
Obituary: Greenonetec's Sales & Marketing Manager Alexander Eichwald
Germany: Experts Analyse Solar Process Heat Market
Balkan Region: EUR 75 Million for Loans and Incentives in up to Seven Countries
Global Trends in Solar Heat Worldwide 2011 Study
Bulgaria: CL SENES – Hard Times for Well-established Solar Research Centre
Newsletter Marketing Powered by Newsweaver