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16 December

Updating News On Feed-In-Tariff


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For those of you who have been following Sun Is The Future closely, I trust that you remember our Renewable Energy friend Paul Gipe (who also believes in Feed-In-Tariff) from the Wind persuasion. I’d like to share with you, his correspondence updating us on the topic of Feed-In-Tariffs, below:


News on Feed-in Tariffs


November 24, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I’d already marked up my version of Matthias Willenbacher’s book My Indecent Offer to the Chancellor in the faint hope of some day posting a review from the German—it’s difficult and time consuming and there’s always the risk that as a native English speaker I am missing something important or worse misinterpreting a passage. Yes, this is old news. Willenbacher’s proposed his offer to Chancellor Merkel mid-summer, well before the fall election. But Germany’s enegiewende remains in play and the [more]

November 21, 2013,

Energy watchdog ANRE is in the final stages of deciding on feed-in tariffs for renewable projects in Romania, in a move which has been expected by investors. Zoltan Nagy-Bege, member in ANRE’s regulation board, said on Wednesday the European Commission (EC), the executive arm of the EU, sent the first approval letter this September on the computation mechanism drawn up by the ANRE. He added the watchdog is currently establishing the prices in the new system, which has to be vetted by the EC.

November 19, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

You may have already heard the news about Japan’s first year of feed-in tariffs, but our Bernard Chabot was provided with the raw data in English straight from METI. Here, he shares them with you.

November 14, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I’ve posted a model feed-in tariff bill for use by feed-in tariff advocates in the US. The bill is very basic and directs the state utility commission to determine nearly all the details. This bill was designed to meet Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requirements and was intended for use in the Indiana General Assembly. Model USA State Feed-in Tariff (Indiana 2013)[more]

November 14, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Presentation on the growth of wind energy worldwide, philosophy of feed-in tariff policies, feed-in tariff design, and feed-in tariffs for offshore wind and examples of near shore and offshore community-owned wind for Cape & Islands Self-Reliance.

Solar Server: Germany meeting goals, controlling PV market by feed-in tariff reductions, “reform” unnecessary

November 12, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

Renewable Energy Consultant Bernard Chabot has published his latest analysis of the German solar photovoltaic (PV) market and policies, showing that PV market control is possible by carefully adjusting feed-in tariff rates.

November 12, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

International energy policy consultant Bernard Chabot’s detailed briefing on how to define a targeted fair and sufficiently attractive profitability for investors through Feed-in Tariffs using the Profitability Index Method (PIM).[more]


November 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

IEA: FITs Not a Subsidy—But Tax Credits are IEA: Net-Metering only 2% of World Market–The International Energy Agency (IEA) has declared that feed-in tariffs are the principal driving force in the worldwide development of solar photovoltaics (solar PV). While possibly stating the obvious, it’s always good to see official confirmation of one’s own observations. IEA’s Trends in Photovoltaic Applications 2013 covers the year 2012 and its report contains a number of gems on what works and what do[more]

October 29, 2013,   by Axel Michaelowa and Stephan Hoch

Renewable energy Feed-in Tariffs (REFIT) have been highly effective in many countries, and provide a proven example of a results-based climate finance instrument, if tuned carefully over time to be sustainable.


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2 October

Solar Decathlon Europe 2012: Ecolar-Odoo-Fold-Prispa


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This video is a composite of four designs of Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 at Madrid, Spain:
1. Ecolar Home of Scolar Team from University of Applied Sciences Konstanz of Germany
2. Odoo of Odooproject from Budapest University of Technology Y Economics of Hungary
3. Fold of Team DTU from Technical University of Denmark of Denmark
4. Prispa of Prispa Team of “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest University Politechnica of Bucharest of Romania

Ecolar, as the name suggests, is comprised of the amalgamation of “ecological” , “solar”, “economic” and “modular”.In this case, the constructive material is wood and the hollow spaces are filled with an insulation of hemp, providing a high bearing capacity and good insulation values. Its flexible joints enable the extension and deconstruction of all or part of the building. Identical columns and beams can be produced in series to reduce manufacturing cost with high level of accuracy. Three different facade elements have been selected and optimized for climate conditions and orientations to the sun of Madrid: the northern and southern walls are designed as translucent elements, the eastern and western facades are opaque and comprise a newly developed solar-hybrid -system. Its roof is covered with innovative solar panels available in an opaque and a semi-transparent design;the multifunctional panels has many different purposes: water bearing surfaces, active and passive heating, cooling, and generation of electricity. Flexibility and modularity are seen in its Super cabinet and furniture. And an intelligent home automation system provides maximum comfort while meeting high energy standards.

The 2nd design, Odoo, offers a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, spending up to 50% of time under the open sky. The Hungarian students designed a summer kitchen and resting area where daily activities such as cooking, dining, relaxing, and working are carries out at great comfort level.They integrated the solar panels of the roof and the facade to become dominant aesthetic and architectural elements, defining the appearance of the house. Odoo featured a unique passive surface heating-cooling system, solving the issue of lacking thermal mass by adding insulated water tanks filled with collected rainwater. The tank is connected to the piping running in the floor and ceiling by a heat exchanger device.

The third design, the Fold, take energy efficiency and livability to a new level. The elegant thinfilm solar cells on the roof cover a hot water system . The 86 mm thick PVT system contributes to the house with electricity and hot water. The architectural concept of Fold is made possible by combination of very strong Finnish Kerto wood and Rockwool Aerowolle (slabs are constructed as sandwich elements with Kerto wood on both sides and Rockwool between the wooden slabs.) On both sides of the slabs a layer of high-insulating Rockwool Aerowolle is mounted. This construction prevents thermal bridges, minimizing the thickness of the slabs to create the slender Fold. Traditional floor heating panels are placed on both floor and ceiling surfaces. The PVT system on the roof supplies the floor heating with hot water and a callibrated control system and the high- performance Nilan unit converts the heat from PVTs into energy to drive the cooling system placed in the ceiling.

Finally, Prispa of Romania, finds alternative solutions to expensive systems: its modularity and simplicity makes it easy to assemble, disassemble, and expand the house, using I-joists beams (double T-shaped beams with an OSB heart and wooden feet). There is the air-to-air heat exchanger insuring fresh air and diminishing the heat load during summer. Strategic placing of thermal mass material on the floor near the South glazed surfaces to absorb natural heat from the sun or the radiant panels on the walls (clay finish for regulating humidity).
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