In the face of a growing energy crisis, the huge growth in installed PV system capacity in the EU is an important step toward moving away from dependence on imported oil and gas, and a solid step on the road to decarbonization. Germany is the most prominent member state in terms of the EU PV market, and other countries have also made great efforts.
UK adds 555 MW of solar in 2022
According to provisional government data, 555 MW of new PV capacity was installed in the UK by the end of December 2022. 14.3 GW of cumulative capacity was installed in the country, with more than 1.2 million units installed, up 4% from December 2021. Microgeneration projects of up to 4 kW in size installed on rooftops accounted for most of the growth.
Germany 2022 installed PV capacity growth of 35%
According to the latest data released by the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), Germany will install 7.19GW of installed PV systems in 2022, up 35.47% compared to 5.3GW in 2021. By the end of 2022, the country's cumulative installed PV system capacity will be 66.5GW. Bavaria leads the country with 20.9GW of installed capacity, followed by North Rhine-Westphalia (899MW) and Brandenburg (794MW).
PV accounts for 80% of new renewable energy in Spain
According to the local renewable energy association APPA Renovables, Spain installed 8.312 GW of new renewable energy capacity in 2022, including 4.281 GW of utility-scale solar, 2.64 GW of distributed PV systems and 1.382 GW of wind power. Spain's cumulative installed PV capacity has exceeded 25 GW.
Italy's new installations up 164% year-over-year
According to the latest statistics released by the Italian Photovoltaic Association (Italia Solare), by the end of December 2022, Italy installed 2.48 GW of new PV in 2022, an increase of 164% year-on-year, with an installed capacity of 25.05 GW, distributed among 1221045 projects. Residential projects account for the majority, with 87% of the cumulative installed PV capacity consisting of systems smaller than 12 kW. On a quarterly basis, the maximum installed capacity in the fourth quarter was 844 MW, up from 627 MW, 634 MW and 377 MW in the previous three quarters.
Portugal's new PV installations in 2022 far outstrip other renewables
Portugal's General Directorate of Energy and Geology (DGEG) data shows that Portugal will add 890 MW of new PV installations in 2022. it is reported that Alentejo is the region with the most new solar power, with 177 MW of new installed capacity. according to DGEG data, Alentejo will account for 48% of the country's solar power generation in 2022. By the end of 2022, Portugal's cumulative PV installation of 2.59GW , exceeds the growth of all other renewable energy sources in the country since 2013.
Greek solar market to have three times more installed capacity in 2022 than in 2021
According to data provided by the Association of Greek Photovoltaic Companies (Helapco), 1.36 GW of new PV capacity will be added in Greece in 2022, with more than twice as much commercial and industrial installations as residential PV. These figures are preliminary, as the Greek renewable energy regulator Dapeep has not yet officially announced the number of PV deployments in 2022.
The Dutch electricity mix is slowly changing
The Netherlands has seen a significant increase in solar power in its electricity mix, from 1% in 2015 to 14% in 2022.
Overall, the Netherlands will account for 7.3% of EU electricity generation in 2022.
Poland's energy transition is beginning to show results
Although coal has been the mainstay of Poland's energy supply, the country is actively pursuing its energy transition and promoting renewable energy in order to ease its dependence on coal. By the end of 2022, Poland's cumulative installed PV capacity had reached 12GW, with household PV plants accounting for 80% of the market share.
In recent years, with the acceleration of the global carbon emission reduction process, sustainable and clean energy has become a top priority, and the PV market has also ushered in a new dawn. 2022, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, energy shortages, regional power restrictions and other factors have disrupted everyone's lives and made the PV market turbulent. However, from the data of PV installed capacity, countries are still trying to make the energy transition. The EU installed 41.4GW of PV systems in 2022, where some countries have not yet announced the specific data added in 2022.
2023 global PV demand continues to grow, Germany in January has added 780MW, the next development let's wait and see.
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