Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Solar Country Notes
Despite the existence of a very high potential for solar energy applications and the beginning of their deployment in the mid-1970s, major applications have so far been restricted to SWH collectors. There has been a negligible market for large-scale hot water systems in the commercial sector (hotels, hospitals and swimming pools) and an even smaller penetration in industry.
In order to promote solar energy the Hellenic State provides a very favourable taxation environment for solar applications but individual consumers' purchases are mainly limited to SWH collectors, because of the high cost of photovoltaic applications. The total glazed area of solar thermal collectors in operation in 2005 was 3 047 000 m2, giving an output capacity of about 2 133 MWt.