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New York State: Electricity Replacement Grants for 13,000 Solar Thermal Systems

The Winners of the Solarthermalworld.org Quiz

Poland: Residential Support Programme to Finally Start

Tunisia: First Steps Towards Introducing Qualisol and Solar Keymark 

Germany: Backlash Against Solar Heating and Cooling Sector

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Several solar thermal heating and cooling markets in Europe are badly affected by the "stop and go" of national energy policies. The worst-case-scenario is Germany, whose solar thermal market will again decrease by around 20 % this year. In Great Britain', the "stop" of the Low Carbon Building Programme and the dominant position of the feed-in tariff for solar electricity have hurt its domestic solar thermal market as well. 

After a long gap between national rebate programmes and a corresponding slowdown of the market, Portugal and Poland are back in the "go". But for how long? It seems that politicians all across Europe do not take into account that the "stop and go" causes great irritation on a market and confuses end-consumers. The fight for reliable, long-term support mechanisms for the solar heating and cooling sector is not over yet.
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NewYorkNew York State: Electricity Replacement Grants for 13,000 Solar Thermal Systems
by Bärbel Epp 

The first financing measure in the framework of New York's Solar Thermal Roadmap is about to be implemented: very soon, solar thermal technology will be the next technology to profit from the Renewable Portfolio Standards, which were introduced in the State of New York in 2005. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) pays about 40% of the remaining costs of the system after the federal tax credits of 30 % and the state tax credits of 25 % have been applied.

QuizThe Winners of the Solarthermalworld.org Quiz
by Bärbel Epp

The winners of the solarthermalworld.org quiz were announced on 1 October, at the end of the Eurosun 2010 conference in Graz, Austria. The photo shows the lucky participants (from left): Matthias Gebauer (Ecoscop), Veronika Schweinzer (University of Graz), Bärbel Epp (editor of solarthermalworld), Dr. Jens-Peter Meyer (editor of Sun & Wind Energy) and Philip Ohnewein (Solid).

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PolandPoland: Residential Support Programme to Finally Start
by Bärbel Epp

Long-awaited, but finally happening: Poland's launch of the subsidy scheme for residential home owners, and multi-family houses not connected to district heating systems. Run by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, its start at the end of August 2010 ended a long period of transition. The new residential subsidy scheme consists of a combination of rebates (45%) and loans (55%).  
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TunisiaTunisia: First Steps Towards Introducing Qualisol and Solar Keymark
by Bärbel Epp    

By adapting French installer certification Qualisol, Tunisia's market development project Prosol has already entered "the 3rd Dimension" of quality control since its launch in 1995. The "2nd Dimension of the Prosol" project is the implementation of the European product certification label Solar Keymark in Tunisia, which will not be completed before 2013, because the Tunisian labs first need extensive testing experience, in order to be accredited for Solar Keymark testing.

GermanyGermany:  Backlash Against Solar Heating and Cooling Sector   
by Bärbel Epp

Prospects for the German solar thermal industry remain gloomy. For the second time in a row, the market has shrunk significantly. The installed collector area in 2009 was already 23 % less than the record figure in 2008. In 2010, however, installation figures have again been down from last year's figures by around 20 %. What are the reasons for the crisis? There are the low energy prices and the uncertainty on the side of the end consumer. The latter is caused by the German government's erratic energy policy when it comes to financial mechanisms.