In Germany and beyond, the ban of further support payments will endanger many industry players and investments of the past few years that amount to several billion Euros. The upshot is that most of the manufacturers concerned have already received order cancellations;
“The measure will also lead to a structural weakness in the solar thermal market”, says ESTIF’s President Oliver Drücke, “as customer demand is likely to fall at short notice but needs, as experience demonstrates, years to rebuild. With Germany representing 38% of the European market, the decision’s ramifications will reach well beyond Germany.”
The German solar industry association (BSW-Solar) also strongly objects to the unprecedented decision, arguing that under the present support scheme (the so-called “Marktanreizprogramm”)
According to Carsten Körnig, CEO of the German solar industry association, it is therefore “more than uncertain whether the ambitious goal of an 18% share of renewable energy in the overall energy mix in Germany can be reached by 2020 without the full contribution of renewable heating and cooling.”
For the above reasons we ask the German parliament to lift the budget freeze immediately as far as it blocks investments in solar thermal installations. ESTIF, the voice of solar thermal in Europe, requests the political decision-makers to maintain supportive framework conditions once they have been successfully set up so to ensure the positive investment climate and sustainable framework conditions for the solar thermal sector in Europe.
For more information, please visit: www.estif.org or contact us at the address below.
Marketing & Events Manager
European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF)
Rue d’Arlon 63-67
Tel: +32 2 546 19 89
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