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Resource: Carrots, Sticks and Tambourines: How Upper Austria became the World’s leading solar thermal market

Name of organisation: O.Ö. Energiesparverband

Type of ressource: guidance documents

Addressed barriers:

  • technical
  • financial
  • legislative

Addressed users:

  • public decision maker
  • design team
  • building user (social housing organization)

Language:

  • English

Process stage:

  • national/ regional strategy development

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Solar Thermal

Description

To boost the solar thermal market, Upper Austria has developed policy packages for different target groups.

These packages consist of financial incentives (mostly investment grants), legislation to remove administrative barriers and to mandate installation obligations, and promotional activities (energy advice, outreach campaigns, training). The types of support mechanisms can be thought of, respectively, as carrots, sticks, and tambourines. This document is meant to give an overview of the strategy adopted by Upper Austria.

Implementation

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The O.O. Energiesparverband is the energy agency of Upper Austria which also manages the state’s sustainable energy business cluster (the Okoenergie-Cluster).

Upper Austria has a leading position in Europe with 0.7 m2 of collector surface per inhabitant compared to 0.062 m2 of average surface in the rest of the European Union. More than 1 million m2 of solar collectors are installed in this region with 1.4 million inhabitants. Solar market development in the region is supported by a state energy strategy and an action plan which targets 3 million m2 solar thermal collectors by 2030.

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Upper_Austria_Solar_Termal.pdf (2726.6 kB)