There are many institutions in Germany offering support in the field of solar thermal energy. The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy offers information about the solar thermal industry and useful web links. The German Solar Industry Association (BSW) represents the interests of its 800+ members in the sector and acts as a mediator between industry, government and consumers. Visit the BSW portal to find studies, expert opinions and news on the solar industry. Anyone planning to install solar energy systems can use the free online consulting services to find out more about financial incentives, legal regulations and installation tips.
The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) is the association that represents over 100 European members consisting of manufacturers, service providers and national associations, which together cover 95% of today's solar thermal market. ESTIF's goal is to promote the further development of solar thermal heating in Europe and represent the interests of both its member and consumers.