Sluggish progress to EU solar thermal target

Growth in the EU solar thermal market in 2004 continued to be too slow to meet a European Commission target of 100m square metres (m2) of installed capacity by the end of 2010, according to figures from Paris-based consortium EurObserv'ER. Despite a boost to the EU's installation rate with the accession of ten new countries, total installed capacity in by the end of 2004 was only 15.4m m2. Germany continued to hold the highest solar thermal market share, followed by Greece and Austria. Cyprus had the highest installation rate in the new EU countries. See solar barometer.

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