2009 promises to be a big year for the solar thermal industry. First and foremost the United States turns to the direction of energy efficiency and renewable energies. Solar cooling and process heat get out of their niche existence and more and more countries discover the fuel saving effect of solar thermal applications.
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Green Chiller: Promoting Solar Air Conditioning
To get solar air conditioning out of its niche existence, some German and one Austrian manufacturer of cooling systems have founded the Green Chiller e.V. association, in cooperation with the systems provider SolarNext AG from Rimsting, southern Germany.
It's a milestone in solar architecture - the new International Exchange Center of the vacuum tube collector manufacturer, Himin Solar Energy Group, in the city of Dezhou, China. The compound will host the International Solar Cities Congress in 2010.Read more here
Solar Mega Fairs in Europe breaking Records
by Bärbel Epp
Three solar mega fairs will take place in Europe within the next three month: The season starts with ISH in March in Germany. The schedule will continue in May with the fairs specialised in solar technology like Solarexpo in Italy and the Intersolar in Germany. Their growth rates are record breaking. Read more here
Italy: Cap of Tax Reductions removed
by Bärbel Epp The solar community can breathe a sigh of relief. The cap for the total annual grants - stipulated in the temporary law of the government from November last year - was removed by the Italian parliament. The market is back on the growth path.
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Chile plans Tax Credits for Housing Developers
by Bärbel Epp A new bill by the Chilean government offers sweeping incentives to low income families and housing developers when purchasing solar water heaters. The Congress' Financial Committee approved the draft in November of 2008 and it is now on its way to be approved by parliament.
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