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ARCHIVED - Survey of Active Solar Thermal Collectors, Industry and Markets in Canada (2009)

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CETC Number CanmetENERGY_2010-08-31 / 2010-08-31


This report is a summary of a survey of the Canadian solar thermal industry conducted in the period December 2009 to March 2010, covering the 2009 calendar year.

The survey results show continued growth in the Canadian solar thermal industry, with 2009 total revenue (domestic plus export) of $21.3 million, an increase of 13% over the $18.8 million reported in 2008. This is the seventh consecutive year that this survey has indicated that the total revenue earned by the Canadian solar thermal industry has grown over the previous year. In 2009 the strongest growth was experienced by air collectors (primarily unglazed); this sector sold 30% more collector area in 2009 than in 2008. Growth in other collector types was mixed, with some declining in total area sold, but most segments experienced revenue growth (refer to Table 1).

In recent years, two clearly identifiable trends have emerged. Ontario has continued to extend its leadership in total market (from 40% to 45% to 47% and now 53% of the total Canadian market, by revenue, from 2006 through 2009; see Figure 8), and sales of glazed liquid collectors have grown from about 10% of the market in 2006 and 2007 to 40% in 2009 (see Figure 12, by revenue).

Optimism within the industry remains strong, with roughly two of every three companies expecting to grow beyond their 2009 sales, and roughly half of these companies anticipating very strong annual growth rates, exceeding 40% (refer to section 3.5).

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