The European solar heat market grew by 7.8 percent in 2018, according to Solar Heat Europe, reversing the trend of previous years.
2018 brought again the European solar heating and cooling sector back to the growth path, with a 7.8 percent increase of year-on-year sales. The installed capacity during 2018 experienced an increase of 2.4 percent, that accounts for 1.5 GWth, corresponding to 2.15 million square meters of solar thermal collectors, bringing the total installed capacity in Europe above the 36 GWth mark.
Two years ahead of the 2020 milestone, with an estimated 10.1 million installed systems, solar thermal contributes to make millions of Europeans heat prosumers active in the energy transition. The estimated total thermal energy generation of solar heating and cooling systems operating in Europe would be enough to supply the entire annual heat demand of both Cyprus and Estonia together.