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.