market development

  • District Heating in Denmark

    Denmark: Solar District Heating Capacity Nearly Doubles in 2016

    Last year was a record-breaking one for new solar district heating (SDH) installations in Denmark. With 31 new SDH systems and 5 plant expansions, the newly installed collector area grew at double the rate of 2015 and totalled 495,226 m² (347 MWth). The year prior saw 15 plants...
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  • CSTIF

    China: Solar Process Heat and Space Heating and Cooling Rack Up Market Shares

    China’s shift away from residential towards commercial solar thermal applications continues: The collector area of newly installed solar water heaters in single-family buildings declined by 26 % in 2016, whereas the ‘engineering segment’ remained stable last year (see the table below). This...
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  • Greece Export

    Greece: Manufacturers Exporting More Each Year

    Despite shrinking markets in Europe, Greece’s collector and tank manufacturers have increased their exports two times in a row. In 2015, the solar thermal industry delivered 7 % more collector area abroad and in 2016, the figure even rose by 14 % compared to the year prior and totalled 330,...
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  • Tunisian Market Development

    Tunisia: National Subsidy Scheme Prosol Extended to 2020

    Tunisia`s solar thermal market stabilised at 64,000 m2 in 2016, a figure only slightly lower than the 65,000 m2 in 2015 and in 2014, but significantly below the peak years of 2008 to 2010. The key market driver had again been Prosol, the national residential programme...
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  • California Incentive Programme

    USA: Commercial Systems Dominate Californian Solar Thermal Market

    The California Solar Initiative (CSI) – Thermal Program seems to have stabilised at around 20,000 m² (or around 200,000 ft²) of subsidised collector area per year. Commercial applications dominate the statistics, although there was a spike in the share of residential systems in 2016. The...
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  • Spain: Market Shrinks Again in 2016, Outlook Slightly Better for 2017

    Spain: Market Shrinks Again in 2016, Outlook Slightly Better for 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...
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  • NREAP Lebanon

    Lebanon: On Track for 2020 Square-Metre Target of 1 Million

    Lebanon seems to be one of only a handful of countries that are on track for meeting their solar thermal targets. The market statistics from the Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation (LCEC) show around 250,000 m² of collector area were installed between 2009 and 2014, which exceeded the...
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  • Argentinia Energe

    Argentina: New Survey Confirms Growth, National Incentives Expected Soon

    Argentina has officially declared 2017 the Renewable Energy Year. A recent report published by the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial (INTI), a division of the Ministry of Industry, confirms that the national solar thermal market has been growing: An industry survey shows...
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