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Germany: Insolvency of Long-Standing Collector Manufacturer

Austria: “Unlock the power of your ideas”

Great Britain: Domestic Renewable Heat Incentives with Extensive Rules

Europe: Pedro Dias Appointed New ESTIF Secretary General

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Germany: Insolvency of Long-Standing Collector Manufacturer
by Bärbel Epp
The news about the insolvency of Wagner & Co Solartechnik in April has shocked the German solar thermal sector. The appointed preliminary insolvency administrator, Dr Jan Markus Plathner, solicitor at Brinkmann & Partner, stated in a press release that Wagner initiated insolvency procedures on 22 April 2014. The company, which was founded in 1979, is one of the longest-lived solar thermal system suppliers in Germany. It has been producing collectors for almost 30 years and has sold more than 1 million m² of collector area. The Managing Director Andreas Knoch sees “a good chance for a new beginning. We are confident that we can manage the crisis with the help of the insolvency administrator and our clients.”
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Austria: “Unlock the power of your ideas”
by Bärbel Epp
 
“Solar heat is a must-have” is one of eight theses which a group of solar thermal experts developed during the First International Solar Forum in the Austrian town of Bad Aussee at the beginning of April. Initiator of the two-and-a-half-day workshop was Austrian company Sunlumo, a service provider of research and development in the solar thermal sector. Sunlumo gathered a selected group of 16 German-speaking experts from inside and outside the solar thermal sector, among them researchers, engineers, marketing and sales strategists, association representatives, designers, inventors and philosophers. The aim of this meeting was to brainstorm “revolutionary new guidelines that would serve as a wake-up call for stakeholders and the public,” Sunlumo’s Managing Director, Robert Buchinger, explains.
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Great Britain: Domestic Renewable Heat Incentives with Extensive Rules
by Chris Laughton
The domestic Renewable Heating Incentive (dRHI) for England, Wales and Scotland has been launched on 9 April 2014. For solar thermal, the dRHI will pay the end-user tariff at a rate of 0.192 Pound Sterling (GBP)/kWh for 7 years. The dRHI applies to biomass boilers & stoves, ground-source & air-source heat pumps heating and solar thermal DHW for single homes. The subsidy is for properties capable of getting a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which confirms the property is a domestic dwelling. Other requirements are that the property should also have a Green Deal Assessment (GDA) and where the GDA recommends installing loft and cavity wall insulation, these must first be fitted before applying for the dRHI. There are initial costs to the user to first obtain the EPC and GDA.
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Europe: Pedro Dias Appointed New ESTIF Secretary General
by Stephanie Banse
 

ESTIF’s Board of Directors has appointed Pedro Dias to serve as new Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation. The former deputy general follows in the footsteps of Xavier Noyon, who left ESTIF at the end of March. Accordingly, the association has reduced its staff from four to three permanent employees – a result of the persistent sales crisis in the European solar thermal industry and the decrease in the number of ESTIF members. However, the association will soon engage two interns to complement the workforce.

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Lebanon: Solar Thermal Included In Official Vocational Training
by Bärbel Epp
Around 50 teachers took part in the Training of Trainers at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, at the end of March. The three-day course gathered teachers from most of the key institutions of vocational training in Lebanon in order to explain the new teaching material added to the curriculum and to hand over the course handbook, which serves as a guide to what the teachers should teach. The Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) held the workshop in the frame of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative, GSWH, which will run out at the end of April 2014. 
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Portugal: “Good legislation, bad economy”
European Solar Days: Raising Awareness in Eastern European Countries
India: National Housing Bank Grants Subsidised Loans
Puerto Rico: New Solar Thermal Programme to Benefit Low-Income Families
Austria: Search for Innovative Incentive Schemes
Germany: Intersolar Europe and Solar District Heating Conference Cover Numerous Topics
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