About Us

ESTELA – the voice of solar thermal electricity in Europe and MENA region!

ESTELA, the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association, is a European Industry Association created in 2007 to support the emerging European solar thermal electricity industry for the generation of green power in Europe and abroad, mainly in the Mediterranean region. ESTELA involves and is open to all main actors in Europe and aboard: promoters, developers, manufacturers,utilities, engineering companies, research institutions:
  • To promote high and mid temperature solar technologies for the production of thermal electricity to move towards sustainable energy systems
  • To support research and innovation, including vocational training, and favouring equal opportunities
  • To promote excellence in the planning, design, construction and operating of thermal electricity plants
  • To promote thermal electricity at international level, mainly in the Mediterranean area and developing countries
  • To co-operate at international level to contribute to combat climate change
  • To represent the solar thermal electricity sector at European and world level


ESTELA closely collaborates with EU and international institutions in the fields of sustainable energy, climate change, environment, research and economic growth based on innovation.

Joining hands with national associations – Protermosolar (Spain) and Deustche CSP (Germany), ESTELA is devotedto promoting solar thermal electricity not only in Europe, but also in MENA region and worldwide.


As a member, you will stay up-to-date about the latest policy, business and technology developments by following our regular e-newsletters, weekly online news alerts and tweets etc., and accessing the “Members’ Only” area, where updated information is shared. Visit our policy section to know more what hot issues we are looking at now.

ESTELA supports research and innovation under EU programmes in order to foster the market penetration of solar thermal power plants and to consolidate the leadership of European industry at world level. We also fully support R&D initiatives in the Mediterranean region.

Your company logos will be used on marketing and promotional materials on our website. Free admission to ESTELA events helps build your network and increase your industry knowledge in workshops and forums organised by ESTELA. ESTELA co-operates with other international organisations, such as IRENA, Greenpeace, WWF, IEA, REN21, etc., regularly on publications, case studies and reports concerning solar thermal electricity market. As a Member of ESTELA, you will have an opportunity to share your story or news via our online blog.

Don’t forget to check out our latest publication and upcoming events !

ESTELA actively participates in EU-funded projects in order to make STE technologies more visible to the EU policy makers. Currently we take part in 4 EU-funded projects which are closely related to all stakeholders of the STE sector: EU-SOLARIS, STAGE-STE, SFERA II and KNOWRES. As a member, you will be directly involved in these projects which help strengthen the STE sector. Learn more about our projects here.

ESTELA members are invited to actively participate in ESTELA working group on one hand to make their voice heard, share knowledge and best practices; on the other hand this collaboration and network also strengthens the lobbying actions towards policy makers in order to influence tomorrow’s energy infrastructure and development. By supporting and helping each other, this could contribute to reaching your business goals.