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USA: Each Month a New Subsidy Programme in a Northeastern State

Austria: Greiner Takes over Sun Master, Xolar and Solution 

Belgium: Ambitious Targets for Solar Thermal  

Brazil: Solar Cooling System from Germany for Eco-Hotel Pousada do Parque

China: Major Fairs for Solar Thermal in 2011   


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The German market decreased by 26 % in 2010. The market statistics of the Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) and the Heating Industry Association (BDH) confirm that only 1.15 million m2 of new collector area have been installed on German roofs last year.  


The second steep decline of the German market in two years has produced the first victims in the industry: the Austrian OEM collector manufacturer Sun Master, part of the Xolar Group, has run into financial difficulties and started searching for potential investors. With the involvement of Austrian Greiner Group and investments of EUR 5 million in the form of shareholder capital contribution, 80 % of the shares of both Sun Master and Xolar are now in the hands of Greiner, which wanted to extend its renewable division. The contracts were signed on 26 January.

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usaUSA: Each Month a New Subsidy Programme in a Northeastern State
by Bärbel Epp

During the last months, different states in the Northwest of the USA have seen incentive programmes coming one after another. Since October 2010, there has been a new or improved incentive programme announced each month, beginning with Connecticut last October. New Hampshire followed in November, New York State in December and Massachusetts in January of thus year.


austriaAustria: Greiner Takes over Sun Master, Xolar and Solution
by Bärbel Epp

The new face in the solar thermal industry is Hannes Möseneder, CEO of Greiner Technology & Innovation GmbH. He just incorporated three new companies into his division: "we are convinced that the inclusion of Xolar, Sun Master and Solution into Greiner Technology & Innovation is a further step towards sustaining the Group's growth". The Greiner Group currently has 7,220 employees and achieved a turnover of EUR 1.031 billion in 2009.
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BelgiumBelgium: Ambitious Targets for Solar Thermal

by Stephanie Banse

After a five-month delay, Belgium finally submitted its National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) in November 2010 - with quite ambitious targets for solar thermal: the cumulative collector area is to increase by a 22-fold, from 0.21 million m² in 2010 to 4.62 million m² in 2020. Tax credits and incentive programmes are to be put in place to facilitate the implementation of the plan. However, experts doubt its feasibility.  

BrazilBrazil: Solar Cooling System from Germany for Eco-Hotel Pousada do Parque
by Stephanie Banse 
Since the beginning of 2011, solar cooling technology from Thuringia/Germany ensures a pleasant indoor climate in the rooms of the eco-hotel Pousada do Parque in Cuiabá, Brazil. On 15 January, the pilot plant came into operation, and since then, it has not only provided cold water, but also important input for a current campaign to accelerate the use of solar cooling technology in the Brazilian hotel sector.
ChinaChina: Major Fairs for Solar Thermal in 2011   
by Stephanie Banse

The largest solar thermal market in the world will be organising lots of regional and national trade fairs in 2011. Chinese Company Sunrain, the largest manufacturer of vacuum tube collectors worldwide, has recommended the visit of three fairs, which will constitute the major events for solar thermal technology in China this year. The new International Solar Thermal China Exhibition by German trade fair organiser Koelnmesse has additionally been added to the list below. It will take place in June for the first time. 
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