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 1,493,000 m² solar thermal collectors are installed in Upper Austria. In 2019 alone, the number of installations increased by approximately 18,000 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 2019 about 2,700 grid-connected photovoltaic systems with a capacity of about 41 MWpeak were installed. All in all approximately 27,000 installations with circa 300 MWpeak are in operation.