The Database of Incentive Programmes on Solarthermalworld.org now contains 41 support programmes of 22 different countries, with the latest additions being the new Solar Heating and Cooling Development Programme in France, which started at the beginning of the year, and the rebate programme in Mauritius, which intends to subsidies up to 50,000 solar water heaters over the next five years.
If you wish to search for incentive programmes in a particular country, you can also use the Filter on the left side of the homepage. First, narrow the information you are looking for by region and country and then click on Finance and Incentives under the Key Pillars menu.
US incentive programmes are not included in the database, except for the
latest one in California, since there exists already a comprehensive and publicly accessible database for financial mechanisms of all the 50 US States on the web (www.dsireusa.org).
France: Support Scheme for up to 30 Solar Heating and Cooling Systemsby Bärbel Epp
After one year of intense consultation and planning, the French Environment & Energy Management Agency Ademe announced the start of the French Solar Heating and Cooling Development Programme. The new scheme will support 15 to 30 large solar heating and cooling systems during the next two and a half years. A newly check-list including 20 questions and a scoring method have been developed to help the selection process of the projects.
Brazil: Housing Projects Including More than 15,000 Solar Water Heaters in 2010
by Carlos Faria Café
The month of March will mark the beginning of the implementation of the far-reaching agreement between the Housing Company of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais (COHAB) and the state-wide energy utility CEMIG. Together, they agreed on installing solar water heaters in more than 15,000 housing units during 2010. CEMIG donates the solar systems. The energy utility is obliged to spend at least 0.5 % of its net operation income on activities aimed at reducing the electricity consumption in the state.
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Bulgaria: REECL Supports Nine Times More Heat Pumps than Solar Water Heater
by Hanna Schober
The Residential Energy Efficiency Credit Line (REECL) programme in Bulgaria expired in January 2010 and was, all in all, a quite successful one. With a grant and a loan, the programme supported 28,915 home improvement projects bent on making buildings more energy-efficient. Among them, the statistics shows a 4% share of solar water heaters (1,241 systems) against a much larger share of 29 % for heat pumps (10,879 systems). A lack of solar promotion and low-performance solar hot water systems could be reasons for such a small support for solar water heaters.
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Thailand: Highly Interested Enterprises, but Low-Quality Systems
by Bärbel Epp
The strategy of Thailand's Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) has been a successful one since they started a governmental subsidy programme for commercial costumers in 2007. 37 solar thermal systems were installed with its support. The government is satisfied with the number of applying enterprises, but not with the quality of the systems.
Solar Thermal e-Learning: Education Without a Classroom
by Chris Laughton
e-Learning programmes for solar heating are beginning to gain popularity with training centres in the UK. These are designed to assist training centres in teaching solar domestic hot water installation techniques to apprentices and engineers. One software package is called the Skills2Learn Solar Domestic Hot Water (SDHW) programme, which in October 2009, won the UK Solar Trade Association's Best Innovation Award.