Solar Thermal World 600

January 2009
Table of Contents
Key Pillars For Market Success
Market Sectors
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RomaniaComprehensive Subsidy Programme in Romania
by Bärbel Epp
Romania will most probably start its comprehensive subsidy programme for renewable energies, Green House, in mid-January 2009. The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development provides about €142 million during the first year of the programme.
CanadaCanada committed to Solar Thermal Energy  by Bärbel Epp 
The Solar Conference 2008 in Toronto, Canada, at the beginning of December was a great success. The organisers, the Canadian Solar Industry Association (Cansia), counted 650 participants -
63% more than last year. The government provides strong support for the sector with three different subsidy programmes.
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CoolingSolar Cooling Kits for Europe
by Bärbel Epp
There is a huge market potential for solar cooling in Europe. But so far, only a small number of companies develop and offer standardised small-scale solar cooling systems - up to a 30 kW cooling capacity. The attached table shows the suppliers from Germany and Austria.
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DirectiveEnergy Directive adopted by European Parliament
by Bärbel Epp 

It's a great step forward acknowledging solar heating and cooling to be a key factor for climate protection: For the first time, heating and cooling is covered by a European Directive, that was adopted by the European Parliament on the 17th December 2008.

ItalyOverall Cap for Tax Reductions in Italy
by Bärbel Epp
The Italian Solar Thermal Association (Assolterm) sees big problems emerging, in case the temporary law published by the Italian government at the end of November will be approved by the parliament. The law contains an overall cap for granting annual tax reductions. Hence, only one in ten applications for solar thermal installations might still receive the 55% tax reduction.
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