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Maintenance as New Business Option in Spain

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 8, 2017
Recently, maintenance has gained popularity among Spanish solar thermal installers, according to the country’s national solar industry association, ASIT. Its general secretary, Pascual Polo, has been working to encourage the association’s members and end users to have solar thermal equipment undergo regular maintenance checks. Inspections carried out in Madrid and Barcelona have shown that the output of around one-third of the solar thermal systems installed in both municipalities based on the Technical Building Code, CTE, do not meet expectations (link to 
Photo: Solar del Valle

Spain: Market Shrinks Again in 2016, Outlook Slightly Better for 2017

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 13, 2017
Spain’s solar thermal market experienced a year-on-year drop of 12 % in 2016 and ended up at 212,190 m2 (149 MWth) of newly installed collector area. As in 2015, the main reasons for the contraction were the lack of finished newbuilds and the end of regional incentives, such as the ones in the Spanish region of Andalusia. However, the construction industry is slowly starting to recover and new government incentives may boost the market this year. Additionally, local manufacturers have expanded their export business. All in all, the country’s solar thermal industry generated a turnover of EUR 170 million in 2016 and employed 4,250 people. These and other results can be found in the annual report published by the Spanish solar thermal association ASIT last week (see the attached PDF).
Chart: ASIT 

Spain: Regional Incentive Schemes Help Market Grow

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 19, 2015
Spain market developmentAfter an uninterrupted four-year slump (and a stagnating market in 2013), the latest figures from the Spanish solar thermal association, ASIT, show that the market is alive again: A total collector area of 255,000 m² (179 MWth) was installed in 2014 – helping it grow by around 10 %. The market owed much of its increase to the Andalusian incentive programme, which has recently been extended to June 2015. Still, ASIT’s market survey published in February reported a decreasing manufacturing and export segment. The association confirmed that the participants of the survey covered 92 % of the market; only 8 % had to be estimated (you can find a list of the participating companies in the attached PDF). The Spanish solar thermal industry generated a turnover of EUR 204 million in 2014 and had around 5,100 direct full-time employees.
Source: ASIT

Spain: Market Rebounds after Years-Long Struggle

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 16, 2014
Spain market developmentLast year, the Spanish solar thermal market showed signs of recovery for the first time since 2009. According to the latest report by the Spanish solar thermal industry association, ASIT, newly installed capacity grew by 1.5 % in 2013 compared to the previous year (see the attached document). This growth was mainly the result of a seemingly recovering construction sector and of incentives granted by regional governments, such as Andalusia. Recent changes to the most important renewable energy law, however, may threaten the consolidation of these first green successes. 
Source: ASIT

Spain: Andalusia Pushes Solar Water Heating Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 30, 2013
Despite the decline in the Spanish solar thermal market, some regions have recently been recovering and even growing steadily, such as Andalusia. The region offers direct subsidies of up to 40% of the costs for private and commercial investments in solar water heating systems. It expects to keep these subsidies over the next years, but greater efforts are needed to also add new client groups, such as hotels and businesses. The Spanish solar thermal industry association, ASIT, expects Andalusia to finish 2013 with more than 60,000 m² of newly installed collector area, which is 30 % of the Spanish total market volume in a region that is home to merely 17% of the country’s total population. 
Source: Energy Agency of Andalusia

Spain: “Most of these companies will survive thanks to internationalisation”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 16, 2013

Despite the seemingly never-ending recession in Spain, the solar thermal sector doesn’t throw in the towel. The sector is mainly dependent on the Technical Building Code, CTE, which mandates the installation of solar hot water systems in new structures and buildings undergoing major renovation. The burst of the housing bubble collapsed the construction market. Only 44,000 new houses were built in 2012 compared to 800,000 in 2006. Still, the economy shows the first signs of recovery, and the Spanish Solar Thermal Industry Association, ASIT, has been eager to find alternative markets and incentives that could improve the current situation.
Figure: ASIT

Spain: Waiting on Renewable Energy Plan

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 9, 2012

 Newly installed solar thermal capacity in Spain” 193 MWth or 275,590 m2: that’s how much Spain’s solar collector output and area grew last year, according to a market survey by the Solar Thermal Industry Association ASIT. It is a minus of 21 % compared to 2010 and the steepest decline the Spanish market has experienced so far. Now, the industry looks to the planned support tariff ICAREN for help. ICAREN is part of the country’s Renewable Energy Plan (PER). Although the PER was approved in November 2011, there has not yet been any action taken to actually introduce this tariff.
Source: ASIT

Spanish Collector Manufacturers expand Exports or abandon Production

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 5, 2011

 Map of Spain” The solar thermal industry in Spain is suffering from the country's crises in the construction and financial sector. The falling demand is driving some domestic manufacturers to expand their export business. Others have given up their manufacturing activities altogether. The map shows a selection of flat plate collector manufacturers from Spain. It is part of the Europe map of 2010's solar thermal industry published in the December issue of the international magazine Sun & Wind Energy (S&WE). Source: S&WE

Spain: Solar Obligation since 2006

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 29, 2008

In March 2006 the Spanish Government passed the new Technical Buildings Code (CTE). It has been the most significant reform of the country’s building sector in decades. The law covers safety, health and noise protection issues in buildings, and it deals with sustainability and energy efficiency aspects. The solar sector of the CTE includes an obligation regarding the use of solar thermal energy in all new buildings and buildings undergoing major renovation and/or changes of use. Solar energy is supposed to cover 30 to 70 % of the domestic hot water demand.

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