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Austria is a leader in solar energy usage

28. February 2012

 Solar-system-equipment per head is one of the highest in the world 

 Austria is one of the leading countries, when it comes to the usage of solar systems for one-family houses. Every seventh home is equipped with a solar system – only Israel, Cyprus and Barbados can count more solar systems per head. In 2011 Austrian solar-panel producers were strong exporters, 80% of the total production of 1,8 Mio. m² panels were exported. On the other hand only 5% were imported – an indicator for a solid Austrian solar industry. During the last years Austria has placed a strong focus on subsidies for solar-systems, which were reduced and of course was there a reaction to that on the market. There are powerful competitors from China on the global market, but due to the fact that in Europe mostly flat collectors are in-use and Chinese producers are focused on the production of tube collectors, the impact for Austrian businesses isn’t that strong.