Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Solar Country Notes
Most of the country receives a level of insolation of more than 1 500 kWh/m2/yr, within a range of 1 185 to 1 690 kWh/m2/yr. The western, and especially the southwestern, region of Albania has a particularly significant solar resource.
In 2005, some 32 000 m2 of solar water heating systems were in service, of which approximately 18 000 m2 were in the commercial sector and 14 000 m2 in the residential sector. Output totalled in the region of 45 GWh (25 GWh commercial, 20 GWh residential).
In September 2006 various schemes to encourage the development of the solar thermal market were either being planned or at least considered: incentives in the form of tax credits or soft loans; the encouragement of an SWH manufacturing industry, Government co-financing incentives, legislation for the installation of solar thermal systems in new buildings, etc.