Year:2009 (Sept 18th)
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2009 (Sept 18th)
Date Amended:


Policy Type:Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D), Information and Education>Professional training and qualification, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Research programme >Technology deployment and diffusion, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Tax relief, Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards
Policy Target:Solar Thermal
Policy Sector:Heating and Cooling
Size of Plant Targeted:Small and Large
Agency:Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (Secretary of Energy)
Legal References:Law 18.585, Decree N° 451/011

A solar thermal mandate was established in 2009 by the Solar Thermal Law (Law 18585) with additional provisions in 2011 through Decree 451/011.
The different activities under the mandate (Law 18585 and Decree 451/011) are as follows:

  • The law states that research and development of solar thermal energy it of national interest.
  • After 2014, all new construction and refurbishments of public buildings, hotels, health and sports facilities, where hot water accounts for over 20% of the building’s energy consumption, must obtain at least 50% of water heating energy from solar thermal energy.
  • After 2012 heated pools must use solar heating unless they use a different kind of renewable energy source.
  • A registry is created that includes (i) producers of solar equipment, (ii) importers of solar equipment and (iii) technicians for solar installations.
  • Tax exemptions are provided for:
    • Domestic goods and service related to solar thermal (includes value added tax).
    • Imports of goods and services that do not compete with domestic solar thermal industry (includes custom duties, value added tax).

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