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Italy: Law 28 Lays Foundation for Renewable Heat Feed-in Tariff  

 
Germany: Independent of Energy Utilities   

 

Great Britain: Solar Industry Summit Discussed Solar Incentive Schemes 


UAE: Large-scale Solar Thermal Systems Directly at the Beach 

 
India: Huge Effect of Print Media Publicity on Market Development  

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Italy's 'Law 28' provides the basis for a feed-in tariff for renewable heat. Looking at the photovoltaics sector, this seems an ideal solution. The delicate aspect of it is that there is no centralised grid into which solar heating and cooling energy can be fed. This makes the implementation of a performance-based subsidy more difficult than in the solar electricity sector, causing delays as we have seen in Great Britain with the Renewable Heating Initiative. The Italian associations will need to advocate in order to prevent the end of the tax credits, before the new subsidy scheme is implemented in its entirety.

 

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italyItaly: Law 28 lays Foundation for Renewable Heat Feed-in Tariff
by Bärbel Epp

Italy is among the countries which have declared ambitious targets for the solar heating and cooling sector in its National Renewable Energy Action Plans. The administration made the first step towards reaching those aims by implementing Law Number 28, approved on 3 March. The law includes several important items with regard to the solar thermal sector including the framework for a renewable heat feed-in tariff.
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HelmaGermany: Independent of Energy Utilities
by Stephanie Banse

Living without gas and electricity grid connection: On 5 May, German building promoter Helma Eigenheimbau AG inaugurated its first energy self-sufficient home. The sun supplies the thermal energy required for hot water and space heating, as well as the electricity for the household and the electric car. As a result, the house is completely independent from any energy suppliers.

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britainGreat Britain: Solar Industry Summit Discussed Solar Incentive Schemes

by Chris Laughton

The UK is currently holding the attention of the world with two government solar subsidy schemes - one for PV and one for solar thermal. The conference 'Solar Industry Summit UK 2011' in the middle of May in London combined the interests of both technologies. Many are wondering which subsidy and which technology will win in the end - so far the PV feed-in tariff is the first in the race.

palmUAE: Large-scale Solar Thermal Systems Directly at the Beach
by Bärbel Epp
 
The first large solar thermal project of Viessmann in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has already been in operation for four years, and has not experienced any major technical problems during this period. In 2007, the German heating boiler manufacturer delivered and installed 3,000 m2 of flat plate collectors which provide a daily supply of 20,000 litres of hot water to multi-storey buildings on "The Palm Jumeirah" near Dubai, UAE. The collector fields were installed on the roofs of the 14 flat blocks situated directly at the beach of the Arabian Gulf
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IndiaIndia: Huge Effect of Print Media Publicity on Market Development
by Jaideep Malaviya

The last 5 years have seen a strong growth in India's solar thermal market. While adverts in television, radio, as well as in print media are all very popular forms of raising public awareness in India, thanks to the growing literacy rate, newspaper advertisements were found to be the most effective channel to disseminate information about the solar thermal sector. Some states, such as Maharashtra, also put up advert hoardings at prominent places in large cities.