After a massive gas leak in a storage facility in California, solar thermal comes into focus as an alternative energy source for heating Californian homes. The administration under Governor Jerry Brown proposed an action plan to increase rooftop solar technologies and reduce the natural gas demand of the region.
The Berlin company Valentin Software has released a new version of its simulation software T*SOL for solar thermal systems. The new version has been adapted to current funding regulations, enabling it to generate certificates of proof to apply for funding through the KfW as well as the Market Incentive Programme (German: Marktanreizprogramm, MAP).
The UK government wants to remove support for solar thermal from 2017, when the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) regulations are revised. This applies to domestic and non-domestic solar thermal systems. The UK Solar Trade Association (STA) and other renewable energy organisations criticise the new plans.
The Scottish Solar Trade Association has proposed a list of 20 “Asks” for the Scottish Government to reach Scotland’s 2020 goal of 100 % renewable electricity. These key asks include, but are not limited to, retaining the 5% reduced rate of VAT for all domestic solar retrofit, implementing an ambitious solar action plan for Scotland and establishing financial support mechanisms for PV and solar thermal.