Bioenergy, Geothermal, Solar

Solar Thermal Barometer 2006 Reports Benchmark Passed

Brussels, Belgium [] With 22.8% growth, the European Union solar thermal market (glazed, vacuum and unglazed collectors) has passed the 2 million square meters’ benchmark corresponding to an installed capacity of approximately 1450 megawatt-hours. According to the EurObserv’ER barometer, this growth is due to the performance of three EU solar thermal markets: Germany, Austria and Greece, and the increase in importance of the French and Spanish markets. The EurObserv’ER barometer sends indicators to the European press reflecting the current dynamics of renewable energy sectors (solar, wind, hydraulic, geothermal and biomass) worldwide and within the European Union. It is supported by the European Commission within the DG Tren “Intelligent-Europe Energy” program.