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Italy: First-Year District Heating Yield Better than Expected

India: Government Presents 102 Awards for Solar Process Heat and Solar Cooking

Austria: Award-Winning Energy Service Company Publishes ESCO Model Fact Sheets

Armenia: Green Leasing Programme to Fund Solar Water Heaters at Hotels

Germany: Construction Starts on 2,230 m² Solar Field in Chemnitz
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Germany/Austria: Pioneers in Online Solar Heating Sales

Dear Solarthermalworld.org Reader, 

 

Over decades, German and Austrian installers have managed to protect their trade – proud of their certified expertise and strong-willed in their objection to any interference by suppliers and others in business decisions like pricing. Now, there is a shift in the entire market and new business models, including online shops for heating and solar thermal equipment, emerge to offer all-in-one end consumer prices. German Thermondo is one of these pioneers. After only 2.5 years, the Berlin-based company founded in October 2013 by Philipp Pausder, Florian Tetzlaff and Kristofer Fichtner (from left on the photo) engages 220 staff – 120 of which are installers – and has sold and installed 3,000 heating systems, including around 250 which were equipped with a solar thermal add-on. A software tool developed in-house creates product offers based on around 130 parameters, requiring no “house calls.”

 

Second-generation family business Siko, an Austrian collector manufacturer, launched its own online shop at the beginning of 2016. The idea is to allow end consumers and installers to browse the web shop together and offer customers the highest degree of transparency when presenting options and prices. Siko shows that fixed pricing is compatible with a three-stage distribution model. 

 

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Italy: First-Year District Heating Yield Better than Expected
by Riccardo Battisti

The first and so far unique solar district heating plant in Italy completed its first year in operation in mid-May this year. According to metering by the operator of the 990 m² collector field, utility Varese Risorse, output was significantly higher (+13%) than expected. The solar district heating plant was developed and installed by a newly founded Italian company, SDH Energy, which also guaranteed the solar yield.

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India: Government Presents 102 Awards for Solar Process Heat and Solar Cooking
by Jaideep Malaviya
 

Piyush Goyal, Indian Minister of State for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, awarded prizes to 102 institutions, companies and agencies for their achievements in high-temperature solar process heat and cooking. The photo shows the minister calling on the manufacturers to share their innovative ideas and make India a unique place for the demonstration of solar process heating technologies. This was the first time in the history of India’s solar thermal industry that so many awards were presented at only one event.

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Austria: Award-Winning Energy Service Company Publishes ESCO Model Fact Sheets
by Bärbel Epp

Energy Service Companies (ESCO) have become pioneers in the development of financing and operating models for various energy sector customers. Every two years, the so-called Contracting Award highlights exemplary ESCO projects in Germany. For the first time since the launch of the awards in 1997, the jury members presented one of these awards to a solar thermal ESCO. On 16 April, Christian Holter, Managing Director of Austrian turnkey system supplier S.O.L.I.D., was presented with the second prize for its solar energy supply contract with a district heating company in the Austrian city of Graz. The company published Tech Sheets and Fact Sheets about ESCO models as part of Task 45 of the IEA SHC programme.

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Armenia: Green Leasing Programme to Fund Solar Water Heaters at Hotels
by Eugene Gerden
 

Armenia, a small country in South Caucasus, is home to an innovative financing scheme for solar thermal systems and other energy efficiency measures. In 2014, Armenian ACBA Leasing launched the Green Leasing programme for small and medium enterprises. According to an article on Armenian news website news.am, Green Leasing had already helped fund several solar thermal systems for different customers, such as seven hotels, four catering businesses and more than 20 service companies. One of the most well-known customers was the Tufenkian Hotel in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital: The roof installation of 1,140 vacuum tubes was done in December last year.

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Germany: Construction Starts on 2,230 m² Solar Field in Chemnitz
by Eva Augsten

On 11 May, construction work started on a new 2,230 m² ground-mounted collector array in the city of Chemnitz. The project is said to be completed within about a month, and the plant is scheduled to come into operation a few weeks later. The collector field is expected to supply almost 5 % of the heat provided by the new district heating grid for the Brühl housing development near the city centre.

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