News from Germany - consulting of "Solar retrofit of heating systems" and increased subsidies for heat from RES

 Stuttgart focuses on the consulting of ‘Solar retrofit of heating systems’

Starting in autumn 2012 the local energy agency in Stuttgart (Energieberatungszentrum - EBZ) will focus on the consulting of ‘Solar retrofit of heating systems’. Within the project UrbanSolPlus the EBZ is supported by the Steinbeis Research Institute for Solar and Sustainable Thermal Energy Systems – Solites. The initiative addresses homeowners and landlords in Stuttgart. It does include information about subsidies for the renewal of heating systems and for the installation of solar thermal energy systems. The main points of the initiative are:

  • The incentive program of the City of Stuttgart which since March 2012 supports the installation of solar thermal systems and the change from decentralized to central heating systems (in addition to the support of the national incentive program MAP).
  • To address and guide interested house owners, landlords, flat owners associations and investors by public and media relations, articles and the proven consultancy work by the EBZ.
  • Training for craftsmen, planners, architects and energy advisers in cooperation with the EBZ and the handicraft association in order to ensure quality of efficient heating system installations in combination with solar thermal energy.

The consultancy work is also advertised on the website of the EBZ ( and the national website The latter website is supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).


Increased subsidies for heat from renewable energies

Starting with 15th of August 2012 the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) increases the subsidies for investments in heating systems, domestic hot water preparation and provision of cold or process heat from renewable energies.

Especially large-scale solar thermal plants will benefit from the improvement. For example the increased funding rates for solar thermal systems in multifamily building include since 15th of August 2012 also solar plants with up to 100 m² collector area.

The change of the incentive program (Marktanreizprogramm) concerns both program parts: The investment grants (BAFA) as well as the loans (KfW).

An overview of the funding conditions gives the following website:

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