Solar Thermal Market Development in IEA SHC Countries

The solar thermal market in the member countries of the IEA SHC has developed dynamically between 2001 and 2011 (the last year for which IEA SHC has data, as published in Solar Heat Worldwide), from  6.7 GWth to 42.9 GWth or 20% p.a.. The strongest growth was seen in Portugal (36% p.a.) and Canada (31% p.a.), while Sweden was the only country, whose 2011 market was smaller than in 2001 (-1% p.a.).

By far the largest national market in absolute numbers is China, which reached 40.3 million MWth in 2011 and an average annual growth of 21.5% between 2001 and 2011. In the same time its share of the total newly installed solar thermal capacity in IEA SHC countries increased from 85% to 94%.

To learn more about what is happening in specific countries have a look at the details in the national status reports: