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Turkey: New Import and VAT Taxation for Vacuum Tubes   

 

Thailand: Solar Process Heat in Leather Factory Awarded  

 

Mexico: UNDP Starts Best Practices Recognition Award 2011  

 

USA: Still no Solar Water Heaters in the White House   

 

Great Britain: Launch of Renewable Heat Premium Payment in August  

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As a famous saying goes: "Do good and talk about it". The solar thermal industry often does speak too little about how efficient it can be to harness the sun's power. Two new awards programmes should help turn the spotlight to successful solar thermal installations:

 

- the Thailand Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) awarded the top 5 commercial solar thermal systems assisted by the governmental subsidy programme 2010/2011.
 

- the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Mexico has launched its own Best Practices Recognition Award 2011. For the first time, public institutions and private enterprises which run high-yield solar water heater projects, will be able to submit an application for an award by 10 August.

 

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The editorial team

 

TurkeyTurkey: New Import and VAT Taxation for Vacuum Tubes 
by Bärbel Epp

The Turkish Ministry of Economy has introduced a new calculation method for import taxes and the VAT on imported vacuum tubes. The 'Protection and Inspection Tax'  has been in place since 6 July 2011. The new regulation assumes the price of a vacuum tube to be at 6 USD/kg, even if the real price is much lower. The import tax of 1.9% and 18% VAT are both calculated based on this assumed price. With an estimated weight of 1.6 kg per tube, import tax and VAT add up to USD 1.9 per tube. That means that the new regulation significantly increases the price of a vacuum tube, which is said to cost between two and three US dollars.
  
  
ThailandThailand: Solar Process Heat in Leather Factory awarded
by Bärbel Epp

The German engineering company Aschoff Solar has been awarded by the Thailand Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) for the company's solar thermal installation at the Sadesa leather factory in Sena. The process heat installation was one of the top 5 solar thermal systems installed with the help of the commercial governmental subsidy programme 2010/2011. The other four systems supply solar thermal energy to a food mill, a hospital, a pig farm and a hotel. The project was chosen by the jury because of its outstanding performance.

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MexicoMexico: UNDP Starts Best Practices Recognition Award 2011

by Bärbel Epp


Public institutions and private enterprises which run high-yield solar water heater projects are now able to submit their application to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Mexico. "The most outstanding projects on solar water heating development in Mexico will be recognised with an Award," UNDP Mexico stated at the beginning of July. Interested private and public actors are invited to send their documentation until 10 August 2011. 


USAUSA: Still no Solar Water Heaters in the White House
by Eva Augsten
 
In October 2010, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu and CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley announced plans to install solar PV panels and a solar water heater on the White House by spring 2011. Until now, however, none of the systems has found its way on the President's roof. And, the Department of Energy has refrained from making any more commitments regarding the time schedule. "Meet Your Solar Deadline," reminds the initiative 350.org the USA administration and continues collecting signatures for a petition through its website act.350.org/sign/solar/.
 
 
GreatBritainGreat Britain: Launch of Renewable Heat Premium Payment in August
by Bärbel Epp

The British Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) confirmed in a press release from 21 July 2011 that the Renewable Heat Premium Payment will start on 1 August 2011. It will offer grants for the following technologies: Solar water heaters (Pound Sterling (GBP) 300), ground source heat pumps (GBP 1,250), biomass boiler (GBP 950) and air source heat pumps (GBP 850). Solar water heaters are subsidised regardless of the type of heating system used in the household.