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Greece: Sales Stable, but Profits under Pressure

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 31, 2013

Whereas Central Europe’s solar thermal markets keep shrinking, Greek has been very stable in recent years. In the meantime, Southern Europe’s hopeful, however, has attracted domestic competitors from other sectors with a low performance, such as PV wholesalers. Usually, they sell collectors from big domestic OEM manufacturers at a low price. Recently, TV adverts have even begun to promote solar thermal systems at low and fixed costs. “We are talking about a completely new situation, which has made end customers to think a solar water heater costs only that much,” says Panayis Konstantinidis, Managing Director of collector manufacturer Calpak Solar Energy (Cicero Hellas) and since January 2013 President of the Greek Solar Industry Association, EBHE.
Photo: Bärbel Epp

Greece: Urban Citizens Struggle to Pay Heating Bills

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 18, 2013

On 15 October 2012, Greece increased the tax on heating oil - drastically: Instead of EUR 0.90 to 1.05, consumers now have to pay around EUR 1.30 to 1.40 per litre. Heating one’s home has become a challenge for many people, who switch to wood as an alternative fuel. The only good thing about the entire situation: The high oil price may encourage customers to invest in solar thermal systems as well. The most recent international study ISOL Navigator published in December 2012 shows both a currently very positive business index and a 5.6 % growth in the newly installed collector area within the country. Still, the future does not look very bright indeed, as the economic situation is rather uncertain. For the first time, December’s Forecast Business ISOL Index has been below the Current Business Index, which points to a downward trend in the market this year.
Photo: Urs Flükiger /

The Greek Solar Thermal Market and Industrial Applications - Overview of the Market Situation (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 25, 2012

This 2010 presentation by the Greek Solar Thermal Industry (GSTI) gives an overview of Greece’s solar thermal market, which in 2009 had the third highest solar thermal capacity in operation of any Member State. 95% of solar water heaters in Greece are thermosyphon systems, which are preferred because of their low price, ease of installation, low maintenance, and good quality. The presentation gives several case studies of implemented projects.

Greece: How will the Solar Thermal Industry survive the Financial Crisis?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 7, 2011

 Elitherm production siteThe solar thermal industry in Greece has not been as much affected by the financial crisis as other sectors in the country. A good case in point is Elitherm, one of the pioneering collector manufacturers in Greece, whose core business was floor heating products, piping and plastic window frames. “We had to reduce our number of employees from 150 to just 30,” explains Emmanouel Kastanakis, the owner of the company. The remaining staff is now concentrating on the production and sales of solar water heaters and photovoltaic systems.
Photo: Elitherm

Greece mandates Solar for new and refurbished Buildings

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 15, 2010

 Solar Thermal Installation in Greece” Every fourth Greek household gets its hot water from heating with the sun. The solar market, however, stagnated in 2010. Substantial support mechanisms are needed to fulfil the objectives of the National Renewable Energy Action Plan.
Photo: Joachim Berner

Switzerland: Solar Thermal Industry calls for Rooftop Privileges

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 1, 2010

 solar thermal roof in Switzerland Reserving the roofs of residential houses in Switzerland for solar thermal installations: This is the major item from the request by the two well-known solar thermal manufacturers in Switzerland, Jenni Energietechnik and Soltop Schuppisser.
Photo: Jenni

Greece: Residential PV Feed-in Tariff Requires Renewable Heating Installation

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 17, 2010

solrico survey 2010 The statement "Photovoltaics is strong competition" resulted in different responses among the solar industries of different countries. Greece is one of the countries where the industry does not agree with it. Source: solrico

Greece: A newly founded and independent Energy Ministry heads the drafting of NREAP

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 23, 2009

Some recent personnel changes taken by the new Greek government makes you optimistic about the future of renewable energy policy in Greece. First, the government appointed Prof. Arthouros Zervos, long-term President of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) and the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), CEO of state-controlled Public Power Corporation (PPC), the country’s biggest electricity provider.

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