The Cyprus Union of Solar Thermal Industrialists (EBHEK) was founded in 1977 and is one of the oldest associations of industries established in Cyprus.
The production of solar water heaters in Cyprus began with the founding of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960. Because of the boom, the usefulness and simplicity of solar heater systems, the installation of solar water heater, embraced by every Cypriot citizens resulting a solar water heater to be installed in each household and business to cover the needs for hot water. Thus, Cyprus has managed to become the first country in the world for the m2 installed solar collectors per capita.
Since then more than 926.564 m2 of solar collectors have been installed. The Cypriot industry was competitive and until 1998 where there was a large number of exports.
However, under present conditions, competitiveness and globalization, the Cypriot industry failed to remain competitive both in export and domestic level and sufficient quantities of solar panels imported.
As EBHEK Members have renewed my mandate to be the president for a second term, since 2011, is to see the island’s solar water heaters industry to grow, to modernize, to be in line with new standards, invest in research and development, maintain and increase the number of employed skilled personnel and develop re-export activity.
The solar industry has so much momentum that can grow and serve the domestic hot water needs of both residential and business and is difficult to imagine the industry to slow soon. The use of solar energy for hot water and heating / cooling contributes to the Cyprus targets for renewable energy share of 13% by 2020, but also the reduction targets in greenhouse gas emissions until 2030.
Under the new legislative requirements, all new public buildings by 01.01.2019 and all new housing from 01.01.2021 should be zero energy buildings. Also, according to the applicable minimum legal requirements for new buildings from 1.1.2017 should the contribution of renewables to reach 25%. Therefore, it is expected that the new buildings to install renewable technologies will increase in coming years.
Our Members today are 20, but I hope that soon EBHEK will be able to list and new members and associate members that are entities, organizations and companies linked directly or indirectly with the production of solar water heaters.
Short Biography of the President of EBHEK
Marios Nikolaou has degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Intercollege (2004). He has been appointed in the position of sales manager in the company Elcora Ltd, which is a family business founded by his father Kostas Nikolaou 1979. Since 2011 he is Chairman of EBHEK and member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Federation of Employers and Industrialists (OEB).