Solar energy in Upper Austria
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Upper Austria is the number one solar region in Austria and has also a leading position in Europe with 1 m² of collector surface per inhabitant. On the whole 1,451,000 m² solar thermal collectors are installed in Upper Austria. In 2017 alone, the number of installations increased by approximately 23,000 m².
Solar thermal systems are commonly utilized for domestic hot water production but increasingly being configured to provide space heat as well. In the future, solar process heat and solar cooling will also play a more prominent role.
In 2017 about 2,500 grid-connected photovoltaic systems with a capacity of about 38,1 MWpeak were installed. All in all approximately 24,500 installations with circa 253 MWpeak are in operation.