Spain: 20 % Direct Energy Efficiency Subsidy – up to EUR 200 Million

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 23, 2015
Spanish authorities have launched a new subsidy scheme for energy efficiency measures with a budget of EUR 200 million. The scheme supports solar thermal as one of several technologies, giving it direct monetary support of 20 % of the system costs. On 5 May, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism approved the so-called PAREER-CRECE programme (Programa de Ayudas para la Rehabilitación Energética de Edificios existents), a support scheme for increasing the energy efficiency of existing buildings. Since this very day, investors of solar thermal systems can apply for grants of up to 20 % of their investment costs (see the attached decree). In addition to the subsidy scheme, they can apply for a soft loan at Euribor rate without additional charges. These loans cover up to 70 % of the system costs and last 12 years. Applications for the programme can be submitted until 31 December 2016. 
 

France, Italy and Brazil: Programmes for Dedicated Solar Heating and Cooling Conferences

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 22, 2015
Conference LogosSolar thermal professionals who have taken an interest in solar district heating, in solar air conditioning or the Brazilian solar thermal market will be able to participate in dedicated conferences over the next months, namely the 3rd International Solar District Heating Conference in Toulouse, France, on 17-18 June, the 6th International Conference on Solar Air Conditioning in Rome, Italy, from 24-25 September and the 3rd Brazilian Solar Heating Congress in São Paulo, Brazil, between 2-3 September. All three events have already released their conference programme.
 

Solar Thermal Cooling: technology, cost and case study (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on May 21, 2015

This document was presented at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) event on Renewable Energy Applications for Island Tourism, held in Cyprus on 29-30 June 2014.

Germany: Award for Solar Process Heat above 150°C from CPC Vacuum Tube Technology

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 21, 2015
Award RitterAll smiles from Ritter Group management during the German Solar Thermal Technology Symposium at the beginning of May after they were given the innovation award for the demonstration plant of a steam-producing solar vacuum tube collector combined with a steam-jet chiller (from left): Thomas Weidemann, Division Manager Solar Collectors, Jürgen Korff, Chairman of Ritter Group management, and Dr Rolf Meißner, Managing Director of Ritter XL Solar. Ritter is a German manufacturer of CPC vacuum tube collectors. Five companies – among them Viessmann, Vaillant and Magontec – had applied for the award with a total of seven innovative technologies. The award is presented annually by the conference’s organiser, the East-Bavarian Institute for Technology Transfer, OTTI.
Photo: Bärbel Epp
 

India: Solar Thermal Gains from Priority Sector Lending

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 19, 2015
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has revised priority sector lending norms, according priority sector lending status to renewable energy. Regulation Priority Sector Lending – Targets and Classifications published on 23 April 2015 mentions renewable energies as one of the priority sectors for bank loan schemes (see the attached document), meaning Indian banks will have to set aside a certain share of their total advances for renewable technologies. According to article 7, the loan limit for individual households will be Indian Rupee (INR) 1 million (around EUR 13,000). Market insiders are convinced that solar thermal technology will profit the most from it, as there has not yet been a financing scheme for purchasing solar water heaters or solar concentrator cooking systems. 
 

Brazil: INMETRO Changes Certification to Counter Industry Complaints

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 18, 2015
There has been a change in the Brazilian Labelling Programme, PBE: The National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality, INMETRO, has simplified solar thermal certification in its new decree (Portaria n.° 159), which was published on 19 March 2015 (see the attached document) and will become mandatory in September 2015. The decree is INMETRO’s response to the criticism expressed by stakeholders from the Brazilian solar thermal industry during last year’s public consultation process. Back then, DASOL, the Solar Heating Department of the Brazilian Association of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Heating, ABRAVA, had asked the government to take the hassle out of certification by not forcing small companies to implement a quality management programme as required by certification model 5 or to test samples of production batches as demanded by model 7. These had been the two options established by basic decree Portaria n.° 352 published on 6 July 2012.
 

Solar Water Heating Calculation Tool

Submitted by Amr Hai on May 15, 2015

This Calculation Tool was developed by the National Country Program of Albania under the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative. 

New Report: Lessons Learned from 20 Non-Residential Building Renovations

Submitted by Pam Murphy on May 14, 2015

Buildings are responsible for up to 35 % of the total energy consumption in many  IEA countries. Exemplary non-residential renovation projects are showing that total primary energy consumption can be drastically reduced together with improvements of the indoor climate.  This IEA SHC report highlights 20 of these renovation projects. The projects are also described in detail in a series of eight-page brochures available for download from http://task47.iea-shc.org/publications.

Authors: Fritjof Salvesen and Mari Lyseid Authen

Spain: Study Demonstrates Technical and Economic Viability of Barcelona’s Solar District Heating Grid

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 5, 2015
IDAE studyThe Spanish Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE) has finalised its study on the technical and economic viability of incorporating solar thermal technology into urban district heating and cooling networks. The case study was carried out in Barcelona and concludes that solar thermal is a feasible alternative not only technically but economically as well. Until today, there has only been one district heating plant in operation which integrates solar thermal technology. It is called ParcBit and located at the Technological Innovation Park Balear on Mallorca. According to representatives from IDAE, the new study aims at encouraging further investments in solar district heating in Spain. 
Source: IDAE
 

UAE: Museum in Al Ain Garden City Receives 5-Pearl Estidama Rating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 4, 2015
Desert Learning CenterThe Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center in Abu Dhabi is aiming at becoming the first building to be awarded a 5-pearl Estidama construction rating certificate. The museum and research centre inaugurated in 2015 is located in a tourist area, which includes a 400-hectar wildlife park and a resort consisting of hotels, themed safari tours and residential areas, right on the outskirts of the second-largest city of the emirate, Al Ain, also known as the Garden City. The building has about to achieve Platinum standard, the highest rating of the US LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification scheme. The owner of the building, state-owned Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort, paid EUR 56 million for the green showcase project, which has been adapted for the hot and dry desert climate (see the attached PDF). Solarthermalworld.org already reported on the first 4-pearl office building in Masdar City, which was certified according to the newly developed Estidama rating system of the Abu Dhabi emirate. 
Photo: Züblin Spezialtiefbau
 

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