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29/06/2011 | News, Newsletter July 2011
Germany: Incentives for solar thermal collectors feeding into district heating networks

According to the amended German directive to support renewable energies in the heat market (15th March 2011), solar collectors which feed into district heating networks are explicitly supported for the first time.

The feed-in into new and existing block and district heating networks is considered a future market for solar thermal heat. Denmark is a role model where already a number of municipalities are supplied by solar assisted district heating systems. But not only the ground mounted collector fields in Denmark can be a model. The district heating supplier E.ON Hanse in Hamburg is working on a feed-in model with roof mounted solar collectors on residential houses which are owned by district heating customers feeding-in their produced heat into the network and getting refund.

Solar collectors with more than 20 square meters of collector area feeding into heating networks receive the so-called innovation support of the federal program. The increased subsidy of 180 € (instead of 120 €) per square meter of collector area is paid by the Federal Office BAFA for collector fields with 20 to 40 square meters. Even larger facilities of more than 40 square meters are supported through loans from the KFW bank and get a governmental repayment grant of 30 percent (www.bafa.de, www.kfw.de).
 
Source: Guido Bröer, solarthemen:kom 2/11, www.solarthemen.de
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