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Australia: Setbacks in Residential Solar Water Heater Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 27, 2013

The residential solar thermal market in Australia has experienced two setbacks over the last 12 months. The first one was the sudden and unexpected stop of the federal Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme in February 2012, which was planned to run until June 2012. The second setback followed at the end of 2012 when it became clear that the proposed countrywide ban of electric water heater sales had no effect on the two major states Queensland and New South Wales. Both things together will most likely result again in a shrinking market volume in the residential solar water heater market in Australia this year. The photos show residential installations by Victoria-based solar specialist Solarlord.

Australia: Second Decline in a Row

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2012

 Advertisement of subsidies in Australia The Australian solar thermal market has not actually recovered since the boom year 2009. According to the Head of the Renewable Department of Rheem Australia Pty Ltd, Chris Mundy, the total installed collector area in 2011 again decreased by around 13 % to 100,000 systems. In 2009, around 150,000 systems had found a buyer in Australia. The company is still advertising the subsidies that have been granted around the country, but these subsidies will stop in June 2012. This means that economic prospects will likely remain difficult this year.

Australia: Reasons for the Slowdown of the Solar Thermal Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 1, 2010

 solar water heater” In Australia, solar water heating systems are more and more overshadowed by photovoltaic installations. According to Chris Mundy, General Manager - Renewable Energy at Rheem Australia, the solar thermal market is going to decrease by around 30 % this year compared to the boom year 2009 with around 420,000 m2 of newly installed collector area. Rheem is the market leader in solar thermal in Australia. It has two major brands: Solahart and Edwards.
Photo: Solahart

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