Although the European solar thermal market has again experienced an overall decrease in 2010, it still remains above its 2007 level with a total of
2 586 MWth (3 694 940 m²) of newly installed capacity.
The German market while still the largest in Europe, has dropped by almost 29% in 2010. This decrease, combined with the 23% downturn in 2009, brings the market almost back to its 2007 level, with 805 MWth of newly installed capacity (1 150 000 m²).
Overall, markets below 200 000 m² and above 50 000 m² grew a total of 8.8%; however, their combined increase of 40 000 m² does not quite compensate for the decrease recorded in larger markets.
Markets between 200 000 and 500 000 m² have behaved very differently, while the Italian market confirmed its 2009 level (around 500 000 m²), the Spanish market continued to decline, increasing the gap between the second and third European markets in terms of newly installed capacity.