European solar power market installs 406 MW in 2010, with Spain accounting for nearly half of capacity, but net installations for domestic solar thermal energy drop for second straight year, EurObserv'ER reports

PARIS , June 23, 2011 (press release) – Key data for the year 2010:
• Total EU solar thermal collectors at the end of 2010: 25 135.6 MWth
• The solar thermal collector surface area installed during 2010: 3 753 644 m2
• Total CSP plant electrical capacity in the EU at the end of 2010: 638.4 MWe

For the second year running, new installations for hot water production and space heating (collectors) decreased. According to the EurObserv’ER survey the newly-assigned surface area was 3.8 million m2 in 2010, down from 4.2 million m2 in 2009 and 4.6 million m2 in 2008.

The European high-temperature solar sector for electricity production has been taking shape with 638.4 MW already installed. Added in the year 2010 was 406 MWe of which Spain accounts for almost all of this capacity. A further five EU countries, mostly Mediterranean, intend to develop the sector.

Besides the 2010 realisations per EU Member State other subjects that are discussed in the new barometer are:

• Selected country reviews
• Renewable energy policies
• Industry overview
• Comparison with National Renewable Energy Action Plans

About the EurObserv’ER Barometer
The EurObserv’ER Barometer regularly publishes indicators reflecting the current dynamics in renewable energies (solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass, biogas, biofuels) worldwide and within the European Union. In ‘The State of Renewable Energies in Europe’ two additional technologies have been assessed: solar thermal electricity, small hydropower and ocean energy.

See also the EurObserv’ER policy files at with renewable energy policies in all 27 EU Member States for all technologies
The EurObserv’ER barometer is a project supported by the European Commission within the DG Energy "Intelligent Energy Europe" programme. It is also supported by the Ademe, the French Environment and Energy management Agency.

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