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Poland: Draft of Renewable Energy Sources Law

German Ministry of Foreign Affairs with New 203 m² Air Collector System

Slovakia: National Incentive Programme Stopped in November 2011

Saudi Arabia: World's Biggest Solar Thermal Plant in Operation

China: Industry Increased Export Business 12-fold


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India: the Second Fastest Growing Solar Heating and Cooling Market Worldwide

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The round-table discussion with several managing directors of leading solar water heater manufacturers (see the photo above) was the main highlight of the Intersolar India conference. All CEOs agreed that the national target of 20 million m2 of collector area installed by 2022 is a challenging, but achievable aim.
In addition, there is some promising news coming from European countries as well. The draft of the Renewable Energy Sources Law indicates a significant shift in Poland’s green energy policy. The law includes a tax deduction for residential solar thermal system buyers and foresees a renewable building code, with the intent to cover a certain percentage of the heat and electricity demand of new buildings by renewable energy sources. Besides, the Dutch government is planning to integrate renewable heat into the national feed-in tariff scheme. This could become – although there are some weak points in it – an important instrument in supporting large solar thermal systems.

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Poland: Draft of Renewable Energy Sources Law
by Piotr Pajak

On 22 December 2011, the Polish Ministry of Economy presented the draft of a new Renewable Energy Sources Law. It includes a renewable building obligation for the private and public sector, as well as a one-time tax deduction for private solar thermal customers. At first, the RES Law was planned to be introduced on July 1, 2012. However, delays in legislative procedures will most likely postpone the new regulations to later this year, which means it will only enter into force in 2013.

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German Ministry of Foreign Affairs with New 203 m² Air Collector System
by Stephanie Banse
Since December 2011, a total of 81 solar air collectors by German manufacturer Grammer Solar have supplied the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin with sun-heated air. The air collector system is part of an energy savings contract that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has drawn up together with the German Energy Agency (dena) and the energy-efficient building specialists of YIT Germany GmbH in 2011. The overall aim is to save more than EUR 600,000 in operation costs and around 1,780 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
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Slovakia: National Incentive Programme Stopped in November 2011
by Vladislava Adamenkova

The Programme for an Increased Usage of Biomass and Solar Energy in Households in Slovakia has now exceeded its budget. Although applications were accepted until 30 October 2011, the Ministry of Economy had already announced on 27 October 2011 that the number of subsidy applications had overtaken the funds available for the programme. All submitted applications are going to be evaluated by submission date. Until now, there has been no information on any new incentives planned in the coming years.

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Saudi Arabia: World's Biggest Solar Thermal Plant in Operation
by Eva Augsten
Saudi Arabia

Since July, the world’s biggest solar thermal plant with a collector area of 36,300 m2 (25 MWth) has gradually come into operation. It produces heat for a women’s university in Saudi Arabia, the Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University inaugurated at the end of 2011. From July onwards, students and staff have been moving onto the campus and with heat demand increasing, the covers have been removed one by one from the six solar fields. The photo shows the collector field on a warehouse – the buildings in the background all belong to the university.

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China: Industry Increased Export Business 12-fold
by Bärbel Epp

Within 6 years, the Chinese solar thermal industry increased its export business 12-fold, from USD 20 million in 2005 to USD 250 million in 2010. In 2011, the newly installed collector area in China has jumped up another 18% to 57.6 million m2 (40.3 GWth). Putting the focus on solar technology has proven to be the right step: Nowadays, significantly more new solar water heaters are being installed per year than gas or electric water heaters. These and other market figures were presented by the retired head of the China Solar Thermal Industry Federation (CSTIF), Zhentao Luo, during the IEA SHC roadmap workshop in Beijing in November 2011.

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Netherlands: Feed-in Tariff Might Help Cope with Duurzame Warmte Stop
India: Rajasthan Subsidises Electricity Bill of Solar Water Heater Users
Argentina: Mendoza Solar Conference Promotes Solar Cities
Bulgaria: Renewable Energy Act Removes Bureaucratic Hurdles on Solar Installations
Australia: Second Decline in a Row
South Korea: Commercial Sector Dominates
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