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 0,9 m² of collector surface per inhabitant. On the whole 1,369,000 m² solar thermal collectors are installed in Upper Austria. In 2015 alone, the number of installations increased by approximately 30,000 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 2015 about 2,600 grid-connected photovoltaic systems with a capacity of about 27 MWpeak were installed. All in all approximately 19,300 installations with circa 180 MWpeak are in operation.