German government launches solar district heating scheme

By District Energy posted 10-30-2017 10:03


Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy


The Germany Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, BMWi, has launched District Heating Networks 4.0, a new subsidy scheme for grids which use solar, biomass or waste heat to meet at least 50% of their customers’ annual demand.

Since July, utilities and cooperatives have been able to apply for a grant covering up to 60% of the cost of feasibility studies and up to 50% of the investment in new networks.

In late September, Sun and Wind Energy website reported that the BMWi organised a workshop, Solar Heat in District Heating, during which planners and turnkey system suppliers reported on the good performance of recently completed SDH plants in the German town of Senftenberg and the city of Chemnitz.

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