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|Japan: Government Supports Leasing Programme for Residential Systems
by Bärbel Epp
The Japanese solar thermal sector profits from the "urgent economic policy package", which was approved by the government last December: solar thermal systems with a collector area of less than 100 m2 receive a maximum rebate of 50 % of the investment costs including installation.
What is so unusual about the scheme: the incentive is paid to a leasing company, which allows residential clients to profit from reduced leasing fees. The user of a solar thermal system has to pay back 65 % of the investment costs over a period of 10 years before he becomes the owner of the system.
by Bärbel Epp
The Intersolar North America held in San Francisco in the middle of July was held at the right time and place for analysing the first experiences with the new incentive programme in California called California Solar Initiative (CSI). In several workshops, the CSI administrators talked about the slow start the programme has experienced since it was launched on 1 May. The major barriers for solar water heater systems in the sunny state of California were also mentioned in different workshop sessions. Read more here
Czech Republic: Emission Trading Revenues Extend Incentive Programme
by Vladislava Adamenkova
Signed at the beginning of July, the new supplement to an emission trading contract between Japan and the Czech Republic leads to certain improvements in the national Green Savings Programme, that actually intended to halt several times during the first half of 2010. The most important change in the new regulations concerns the public sector: cities, towns, villages, state-owned companies and churches are now all able to receive subsidies from the programme in order to implement energy-saving measures. However, it is most likely that the available budget will be exceeded in a short period of time. Read more here
South Africa: Freezing Cold Destroys Several 100 Solar Thermal Systems
by Bärbel Epp
In the middle of June, during the World Cup in South Africa, the significant drop in temperature around Johannesburg did not only cause some football players to catch a cold, but one of these frosty winter nights also destroyed several hundred solar systems in the region. What has happened? "The extreme freeze, which we experienced in this particular night in Johannesburg, happened so fast that one can only assume the anti-freeze valves did not open", Dylan Tudor-Jones, Head of solar thermal system supplier Solar Heat Exchangers, explains. However, the true reason is yet to be determined.
Germany: Incentive Programme Continues under New Conditions by Bärbel Epp
After many weeks of waiting and worrying, it is official since the beginning of July. The budget committee of the German parliament unblocked the EUR 115 million funds for the country's market incentive programme (MAP). With the re-continuation of the programme, the government also announced new guidelines for it, which are in force since 12 July. The major changes concern the type of eligible technology: installations in new buildings and simple solar hot water systems will no longer receive any funds from the programme. Still eligible for the MAP are solar cooling installations, combi systems, process heat and innovative solar thermal installations as installed in multi-family houses.
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