The thermal solar market in Europe in 2015 amounted to 1.9 GWth of new installations, with a contraction of 6% compared to the previous year. The decline affected most of the Union countries, starting with France, with 71 new MWth, down 32.6%, followed by Holland (-31.5%). Germany, which is the EU’s main thermal power market, fell by 10.4%, totaling 564.2 MWth of new installations. The data have been disseminated by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) for the publication of the report “Solar thermal markets in Europe” scheduled for 1 December 2016.
In solar-thermal-markets-in-europeItaly, the new installed capacity in 2015 was 160.5 MWth , down 14.6% on the previous year and an increase of cumulative capacity of 5.3%. On average, at European level, solar thermal growth would be far below the target set by Member States for 2020. The only country showing a trend reversal is Denmark , which has increasedOn an annual basis of 47.6%, due in particular to large scale installations with a nominal power greater than 700 kWth, and to the development of district heating. Italy, which represents 8% of the European market, together with Spain and France, is among the countries with the highest growth potential for solar thermal. However, according to Estif, the right measures at the level of individual governments that are conducive to the development of this sector are needed, which in 2015 reached a total turnover of 1.9 billion euros , employing approximately 23,700 people .