Solar Thermal World 600

 May 2010
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Mexico: New Industry Association Protects Local Industry Against Cheap Imports 

South Africa: 2009 Study of the Solar Water Heater Market

Germany: Blocked Funds Cause Stop of Rebate Programme

Slovakia: Successful Incentive Programme with Modified Requirements

Canada: Retrofit Programme Ends Earlier than Expected  
 

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Greetings!,
 
There is nothing worse for the solar heating and cooling sector than a stop-and-go policy in national support programmes: Germany and Canada are current examples of how a market can be seriously affected by such negative political decisions.

After experiencing a very long and strong winter, Germany has just halted the allocation of its already limited funds to the MAP incentive programme. In Canada, the industry was caught off guard by Natural Resources Canada's sudden refusal to accept any more applications for energy audits after 1 April. Without these, an application for a grant cannot be carried out.
 
Read more about the current developments in Canada and Germany and get up-to-date on other international news with the following newsletter.


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The editorial team
MexicoMexico: New Industry Association Protects Local Industry Against Cheap Imports 
by Bärbel Epp 
 
Defending the interests of Mexican manufacturers of renewable energy technology is the main objective of the newly founded association FAMERAC. The founder and nominated President of the association is  the General Director of the Mexican collector manufacturer Captasol, Mr . Salvador Steffani.
FAMERAC aims at implementing high quality standards and a reliable certification system in Mexico.
Read more here  
 

SouthAfricaSouth Africa: 2009 Study of the Solar Water Heater Market
by Hanna Schober
 
Commercial systems are gaining importance in South Africa: A recent market survey by national energy provider Eskom estimates that 15% of the installed collector area in 2009 was part of large-scale solar thermal systems. This report analysed the input from 39 suppliers, in order to deliver a comprehensive overview of the market situation, while, at the same time, setting recommendations for successful large-scale SWH promotion schemes in South Africa.
Read more here  
 
GermanyGermany: Blocked Funds Cause Stop of Rebate Programme
by Bärbel Epp
 
The effects of the financial crisis are again threatening the German solar sector. Not only had the industry to cope with a 25% decrease in sales in 2009, but now the national rebate programme for renewable heating sources, MAP, seems to be already running out of money - even if the new year is not even half over. "It is not acceptable to block funds, which have been guaranteed in the coalition agreement," heating industry association BDH has stated in a press release on 16 April.
Read more here 
 

 
SlovakiaSlovakia: Successful Incentive Programme with Modified Requirements
by Vladislava Adamenkova
 
Just over a year ago Slovakia launched its first subsidy programme for solar collectors and biomass boilers. After a modification of the formal requirements and the amount of subsidies one can receive, the programme's figures have shown a great improvement lately. According to the latest press conference by the Slovakian  Ministry of Economy in March 2010, 1,670 applications for solar thermal systems were registered until 24 March, out of which 1,280 have already been approved.
 
CanadaCanada: Retrofit Programme Ends Earlier than Expected
by Bärbel Epp
 
"Effective since 1 April 2010, the ecoEnergy Retrofit - Homes Program is no longer accepting bookings for pre-retrofit evaluations" - this statement from Natural Resources Canada, surprised the entire solar heating and cooling sector in Canada. The residential rebate programme was initially intended to run for a period of four years and was expected to have sufficient funds to accept all applications until the end of March 2011.
Read more here