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Poland: Solar Thermal Industry Disappointed with Renewable Energy Law

Bulgaria: Great Demand for Solar Thermal Credit Funds

Switzerland: Solar Association Calls for Actions to Push Market

Germany: “Solar Thermal Business Might Have a Structural Problem”

Canada: Halifax to Become First Solar City in Canada

 

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SMEThermal 2012: Solar Thermal Experts Discuss Cost-Cutting Strategies
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Dear Solarthermalworld.org Reader,

System costs have to be reduced even further if large solar plants are to offer investors competitive prices for heating. 170 industry representatives and scientists from all around the world came together at the international industry conference SMEThermal 2012 in Berlin at the beginning of February this year to discuss such cost-cutting strategies (see the photo above). However, it is equally important that the industry gains the trust of the banks, so that loans for large-scale systems of 500 m2 and beyond are easier to obtain. A workshop in Austria in January has substantially improved cooperation and understanding between both parties involved.
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Poland: Solar Thermal Industry Disappointed with Renewable Energy Law
by Marcin Czekanski

The draft of the Renewable Energy Sources Law from December 2011, which was supposed to give momentum to the solar thermal market in Poland, has drawn heavy criticism from industry officials and renewable energy organisations alike. Janusz Starościk, President of the Association of Manufacturers and Importers of Heating Appliances, stated that, “passing the law in the current form will pose a serious threat to the solar thermal sector in Poland”. This critical view is shared by the Polish Economic Chamber of Renewable Energy. 

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Bulgaria: Great Demand for Solar Thermal Credit Funds
by Frank Stier
 
Bulgaria
The financial situation of the loans programmes in Bulgaria does look promising. From its beginning in 2004 until the preliminary end in 2011, the Bulgarian Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Credit Line (BEERECL) for small-size commercial solar thermal projects has enjoyed EUR 155 million in funds, of which EUR 110 million were paid out to local banks by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. BEERECL has even been extended last year to run until 2013.
The second phase of Bulgarian Residential Energy Efficiency Credit Line (REECL) will last from September 2010 to July 2014 and provides EUR 40 million. Another EUR 14.6 million have been made available to residents by the Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund in form of incentive grants.
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Switzerland: Solar Association Calls for Actions to Push Market
by Stephanie Banse

In 2011 the newly-installed collector area for hot water and space heating in Switzerland increased by around 1.5% compared to the previous year. This is the result of a recent market survey that has been conducted on behalf of the Swiss Industry Association Swissolar. A total of 100,000 solar thermal systems have been installed on Swiss roofs by now. But according to Swissolar, this number represents only a small fraction of the country’s solar thermal potential. The association explains the current stagnation in the market. 

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Germany: “Solar Thermal Business Might Have a Structural Problem”
by Eva Austen
 
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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 and heating industry associations name different reasons for the dissatisfying market development ocurred in the last three years.
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Canada: Halifax to Become First Solar City in Canada
by Bärbel Epp

The Canadian city of Halifax is on its way to become the first Solar City in Canada. The regional authority, the Halifax Regional Municipality Council, is preparing to launch a solar pilot programme which is expected to lead to the installation of up to 1,000 residential solar water heaters. This represents a big step ahead compared to the around 200 solar water heaters which had been installed annually in the entire province beforehand. The solar water heaters will be financed through an annual surcharge on the property tax over the next ten years. 

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