Slow progress towards EU solar thermal target

The EU now has virtually no chance of hitting a European Commission target for boosting thermal solar power, reports Paris-based consortium EurObserv'ER. The rate of new installations recovered from a slump in 2002 to 1.45m square metres (m2) in 2003. But nevertheless, by the end of the year the EU could still boast only 14m m2 intalled capacity, still way below with the target of 100m m2 by the end of 2010. EurObserv'ER puts the shortfall down in part to financial incentives being directed to photovoltaic rather than thermal solar technologies. See barometer.

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