Good and bad news are often closely related. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in the UK was announced to start in July 2011, which is at least good news. However, for domestic households, tariffs will not be available until October 2012. Meanwhile, a small grant of £300 per household is foreseen.
In Germany, there is positive news associated with an increase of the funding level for the national subsidy scheme. The last two years, however, have shown that this measure is proving inadequate to reach the national target of 20 % renewable heat by 2020.
The Spanish solar thermal market again suffered from a slowdown in 2010. Nevertheless, the national solar association ASIT has succeeded in implementing a feed-in tariff for solar heat generated by commercial installations in the draft of the new National Renewable Energy Plan 2010 - 2020.
Find more good and bad news from different international solar thermal markets in this newsletter.
The editorial team
|Spain: Plans for a Solar Thermal Feed-in Tariff for ESCOs
by Bärbel Epp
"Over the last years, we have strongly promoted a feed-in tariff for solar heat generated by commercial installations, because we are convinced that this measure will bring significant growth in the important segment of larger solar heating systems," Pascual Polo, Secretary General of ASIT, explains. The model is now mentioned in the draft of the new National Renewable Energy Plan 2010 - 2020. Mr Polo hopes that the Renewable Energy Plan can be approved by the Parliament in June or July this year.
China: Micoe Celebrates 10th Anniversary with 5,000 Guests
by Bärbel Epp
The 10-year anniversary celebration of solar water heater manufacturer Micoe Solar Energy in China took place at the new factory site in Luoyang at the beginning of December. About 5,000 guests came, among them more than 4,500 from Micoe's distribution partners. Micoe purchased an industrial area of 154,000 m2 at Luoyang and will invest RMB 4.5 billion (about EUR 0.5 billion) to reach the planned long-term annual production capacity of 27 million vacuum tubes and to build up a research department.
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by Stephanie Banse
Hungary: New Solar Thermal Association and New Incentive Programmes
The Hungarian solar thermal industry is joining forces. In October 2010, it initiated the foundation of the Hungarian Solar Association Magyar Szolár Szövetség, which will be authorised by the Hungarian administration most probably by the end of March. The President of the new association is a Member of the European Parliament, Bela Glattfelder, who shows great ambition. "One of the primary tasks of our association is lobbying for a better position of solar thermal in the Hungarian National Renewable Energy Action Plan," Glattfelder explains. The new Széchenyi Plan of the Hungarian government is a first step. It focuses on renewable energies and promotes, among others, the installation of solar thermal systems.
by Bärbel Epp
ISH 2011: Solar Trends in the Heating Industry
The ISH is becoming increasingly international. At the beginning of March, the world´s largest trade fair for bathroom, building, energy and climate technology in Frankfurt, Germany, has counted significantly more international visitors than ever before. 35 % of the 204,000 trade visitors came from abroad (2009: 29 %). Solarthermalworld.org presents some of the trends it discovered in the solar thermal product portfolio of Europe's heating industry.
Tunisia: "The Solar Thermal Sector was not Much Affected by the Revolution"
by Bärbel Epp
The economic situation in Tunisia two months after former President Ben Ali left the country is almost back to normal. Material supply is available without delay, the grants of the incentive programme are paid and even the demand for solar water heaters only slowed down a little bit. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Amjed Sibai, Managing Director of Sines Industries, one of the largest collector and tank manufacturers in the country, about the current business situation in Tunisia.