How Upper Austria became the World’s Leading Solar Thermal market

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With more than 700 square meters per capita, Upper Austria is a leading region worldwide in the solar thermal market and with 1.000.000 square meters of installed solar collectors clearly the number one in Austria. This dynamic development is supported by a number of concrete and practice oriented measures such as: subsidies for new buildings, a subsidy for solar collectors in companies or the establishment of the solar research laboratory in Wels.

The most important contributions to this commendatory development were

  • the engagement of the inhabitants
  • the independent product advice sessions offered by the O.Ö. Energiesparverband
  • the activities of the regional companies.
This publication gives good practical example of cases with the implemented policy and  design rules.

A report with analysis of the targets reached and strategies adopted in Upper Austria is available here.