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Poland: Mixed Review of the First Ever Residential Subsidy Scheme 

 
USA: Chromasun's Concentrating Flat Plate Collectors Supply Santa Clara University  

 
European Solar Days: 15 Days to Raise Awareness  

 
Bulgaria: New Manufacturer Notices Ups and Downs on the Market  

 
India: Glass for Solar Collectors Misses Customs Duty Exemption  

 

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Since 1 May 2011, the European Solar Days will spread over the entire continent, aiming to promote the advantages of properly harnessing the sun's energy. "Capitalising on the solar energy potential in Europe will create thousands of new jobs," Xavier Noyon, Secretary General of ESTIF, said at the opening. And these are no empty words.

The present newsletter covers two stories about new companies in the solar thermal sector. There is Tesy, the Bulgarian electric water heater manufacturer, which invested  EUR 5 million in new machinery and in a new building to be able to start producing collectors and tanks. On the other hand, there is a Portuguese automotive industry supplier MCG, wishing to diversify its business activities and grow by producing concentrating flat plate collectors.

 

Best wishes for a successful start into the solar season!

The editorial team

  

PolandPoland: Mixed Review of the First Ever Residential Subsidy Scheme
by Bärbel Epp

After half a year of the first ever residential rebate and loan programme in Poland, the industry has mixed feelings about its success. On one side, the sector welcomes the expansion of eligible technologies. Since 17 January 2011, solar combi systems which supply space heating and hot water are also eligible for the scheme.
However, collector manufacturers have criticised some of the regulations which have led to a much lower subsidy rate than what was promised. Whereas the programme administator announced that up to 45 % of the investment costs of the system including installation are covered by the rebate, in reality, this share has decreased to 20 or 30%. 
ChromasunUSA: Chromasun's Concentrating Flat Plate Collectors Supply Santa Clara University
by Bärbel Epp

60 Chromasun MCT collectors have been generating heat for the dining service at the Benson Memorial Center of Santa Clara University, California, since 12 April 2011. According to the company, the concentrating flat plate collector panels generates more usable solar energy on a particular space than it was possible with conventional PV or thermal technologies. The collector contains a classic Fresnel reflector, which is housed together with a stainless steel receiver tube. Chromasun offered the university a contracting solution. Consequently the collector manufacturer was able to apply for the California Solar Initiative Thermal Rebates. 

Read more here  

 
DaysEuropean Solar Days: 15 Days to Raise Awareness

by Stephanie Banse

Since 1 May 2011, the European Solar Days will spread over the entire continent, aiming to promote the advantages of properly harnessing the sun's energy. In the next two weeks, more than 5,000 events will take place across 17 countries all around Europe. The campaign will conclude with a panel debate in Brussels on 26 May, which will try to tackle the critical question of how solar energy can contribute to Europe's energy independence and security of supply.


BulgariaBulgaria: New Manufacturer Notices Ups and Downs in the Market
by Bärbel Epp
 
The city of Shumen in the northeast of Bulgaria is becoming the centre of the national solar thermal industry. Right next to already established solar system manufacturer New Energy Systems, Bulgarian company Tesy has built a solar tank and collector production unit last year. The well known electric water heater manufacturer invested EUR 5 million for the new building and machinery.
Read more here  
 
 
GlassIndia: Glass for Solar Collectors Misses Customs Duty Exemption
by Jaideep Malaviya

In the Union Budget for financial year 2011-2012, which began on the first of April, Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee granted full exemption from basic customs duty to importers of raw glass and toughened glass used in the photovoltaic industry. Some of the solar collector manufacturers found this unequal treatment difficult to accept, because PV modules and solar collectors use the same low iron glass, only in different sizes and thicknesses.