Wed, 02/29/2012 - 09:22.
Swiss Solar Energy Professionals Association contracted the British market research company BSRIA collected and analysed the 2011 data of 24 Swiss companies which account for about 60% of the Swiss solar heating market. The authors of the study then extrapolated this data to gain the following overall market figures (the BSRIA report has not been made available to the public):
- In 2011, collector area increased by an estimated 15,000 newly installed solar thermal systems for hot water and space heating, adding up to almost 140,000 m². This corresponds to a growth of 1.5% compared to the previous year.
- The total installed collector area for solar thermal energy applications in Switzerland has increased to more than 900,000 m².
- The total of 100,000 solar panel systems installed on Swiss roofs is likely to have saved an estimated 120,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2011.
According to the Swiss solar industry association, the solar heat potential is enormous: a recently published study commissioned by the Federal Office of Energy assumes that up to 60% of the heat demand in the Swiss residential building stock could be covered by solar energy. Currently, the share is only at about 0.7%.