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NREAPs: Only 8 Countries to Plan Significant Area and Growth Rates   

 
USA: 100th Anniversary of Modern Solar Thermal Heater 


Germany: Disparity Between Photovoltaic and Solar Heating and Cooling

 
"Vietnam is a Purely Commercial Market with no Subsidies" 


Switzerland: Solar Thermal Industry Calls for Rooftop Privilege   

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The feed-in tariffs for solar electricity are becoming a nightmare for the solar thermal industry. In Germany and Switzerland, representatives of the industry and the associations criticise the disparity between the incentive schemes for photovoltaics and the ones for solar heating and cooling.
For example, in 2009, the German incentive budget for solar electricity was 18 times higher than the one for solar thermal technology. In Switzerland, the industry called for the implementation of compulsory  solar water heating systems if a home owner wants to benefit from the cost-covering feed-in tariff. Such a regulation is already in place in Greece since summer 2009. 
 
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NREAPNREAPs: Only 8 Countries to Plan Significant Area and Growth Rates
by Stephanie Banse

In 8 of the 23 European Union Member States, that delivered their National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) to the European Commission, one could notice some ambition when it comes to planning collector area installations until 2020. Italy assumes the leading role on this short list, followed by Germany, France, Spain and Greece. However, even in some of these countries, there exists a large gap between what is politically announced and the target considered achievable by the national associations.

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anniversaryUSA: 100th Anniversary of Modern Solar Thermal Heater
by Bärbel Epp

William J. Bailey, a clever business man from California, is a pioneer in solar water heater technology in California. He started producing solar water heaters in his company - Day and Night Solar Heater Co. - exactly 100 years ago. "This was the hour of birth of modern solar thermal water heaters", John Perlin, a north american author pointed out in his presentation '100th anniversary of flat-plate collectors for solar water heating' at Eurosun in Austria this October.
The technology was based on Bailey´s own patent, which was approved on 2 August 1910. Day and Night Solar Heater had sold 7,000 units until they stopped the business in 1941.
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GermanyGermany: Disparity Between Photovoltaic and Solar Heating and Cooling
by Bärbel Epp

 
The disparity between the photovoltaic market and the solar heating and cooling market in Germany is growing. Whereas in 2004 the turnover of the PV sector with EUR 1.2 billion was double as high as the turnover of the solar thermal industry, it roses last year to ten times the revenues of the solar heating and cooling sector. This imbalance is caused by extremely higher subsidies for solar electricity than for solar heat. 


Vietnam"Vietnam is a Purely Commercial Market with no Subsidies"
by Bärbel Epp    

Danish company Sunmark A/S has run a collector factory in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, since 2006. Over the years, the factory has been expanded to 14,000 m2 and is currently employing 100 people (see photo on the right). Most of the collector production output is shipped back to Europe, because "the Danish market is exploding," Hans Grydehøj, CEO and one of the two owners of Sunmark, points out in an interview with solarthermalworld.org.
 
switzerlandSwitzerland: Solar Thermal Industry Calls for Rooftop Privilege  
by Bärbel Epp

Reserving the roofs of residential houses in Switzerland for solar thermal installations. This is the major item from the call by the two well-known solar thermal manufacturers in Switzerland, Jenni Energietechnik and Soltop Schuppisser states in a press release from 19 November 2010. They requested that in case of residential buildings, photovoltaic generators should only benefit from the cost-covering feed-in tariff if a solar heating system has already been installed.