Solar thermal technology is profiting from various national stimulation packages implemented at the beginning of the year, for example Canada and Australia increased their rebate programmes. You will also find promising news from China's first national incentive programme below.
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First National Rebate Programme in China
by Bärbel Epp
The first national incentive programme for installing solar water heaters in China's rural areas has just been introduced. The central government will cover 13% of the investment costs of selected solar water heaters. The first bidding round has started.
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South Africa's First CDM Project
by Hanna Schober
Kuyasa, a low-income housing settlement in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, is South Africa's first Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project with solar thermal technology. So far, over 700 solar water heaters have been installed; 5,600 should follow.
Australia's Push for Solar Hot Water
by Joachim Berner
The Australian government has recently increased the solar hot water rebate from 1,000 Australian Dollars (AUD) to AUD 1,600. The programme is part of the government's AUD 3.9 billion Energy Efficient Homes Package. The rebate is available for people who replace an existing electric hot water system between 3 February 2009 and 30 June 2012. Read more here
Growth Above Average in Brazil
by Kerstin Oebels
Since 2006, the solar thermal market in Brazil has shown growth rates above average. One of the major drivers is the concentrated campaign "Solar Cities" of the association DASOL/ABRAVA. More than 30 cities implemented solar building codes - among them are big cities such as Sao Paulo.
New and Improved Incentive Schemes in Canada
by Bärbel Epp
Canadians benefit from a series of improvements of the national support schemes. First of all, the funding for the residential ecoEnergy Retrofit Homes Program has been increased by 300 million Canadian Dollars (CAD). Furthermore, a tax credit of 15 % was implemented by the federal government. And third, commercial solar heating projects with water collectors receive a maximum payment of CAD 400,000 instead of CAD 80,000.