EPIA Published the Annual Photovoltaics Statistics for 2011

EPIA Published the Annual Photovoltaics Statistics for 2011

The strong growth of solar photovoltaic power continued in 2011 with growth of 16.6 GW in 2010 and 27.7 GW in 2011. In Europe, during 2011 that figure rose to 21 GW of installed capacity. Number of countries that have installed more than 1 GW doubled to six in relation three years ago. In 2010, top 3 markets

The strong growth of solar photovoltaic power continued in 2011 with growth of 16.6 GW in 2010 and 27.7 GW in 2011.

In Europe, during 2011 that figure rose to 21 GW of installed capacity. Number of countries that have installed more than 1 GW doubled to six in relation three years ago. In 2010, top 3 markets were Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic, and last year’s list was headed by Italy and Germany, China, USA, France and Japan. Italy and Germany accounted for 60% of the total market, and Europe as much as 75% of the market last year.

The main advantage of the photovoltaic market last year was the opening of new markets such as Asia and South Africa and great developments of China, U.S., Australia and India. Total installed capacity in the world in 2011 was 67.4 GW of PV and is thus becoming the third most important renewable energy source after hydropower and wind power. Total production of electricity from Photovoltaic is now about 80 billion kWh, which is enough to supply 20 million households.

In Europe, that figure amounts to 50 GW which is enough for 50 billion kWh or to supply 15 million households. On the table below one can see an overview of the 15 largest markets in 2011 (Second column) and their total installed capacity at the end of 2011 (Second column), while European markets were marked with orange. This shows that Italy and Germany lead in convincing the amount of installed photovoltaic systems, and the first 10 states occupies more than 90% of total PV installations.

epia pv tabela1 

Table 2 below shows the development the total installations of photovoltaic power plants (the figure shows the total installed capacity by the end of that year), while Europe is shown in orange, and all other markets in yellow.

epia pv tabela2

Last year, the European markets were led by Italy, Germany and France with the fact that Italy has achieved tremendous growth from 2.3 GW in 2010 to 9 GW in 2011. This is largely a consequence of decisions that all systems are set up to end of 2010 and put into operation in mid-2011 to get the feed-in tariff of the year before that was higher. It is set as 3.5 GW. In Germany, most of the growth came at the end of the year, whereas in France most of the systems merged in 2011 were built a year earlier, and there is next year, however, expected to limit the annual installation of 500 MW.

Great Britain has also had tremendous growth due to good feed-in tariffs that have been reduced at the end of last year. Other major markets were Belgium, Spain, Greece and Slovakia. Slovakia has had to reduce its feed-in tariff in July because of the huge growth in the first two quarters. The Czech Republic is on the other hand after a 2 GW installed capacity in the last two years, merged last less than 10 MW due to a change in the whole of the legal framework for photovoltaic systems. From other EU countries should note the rise of Austria and Bulgaria, who have set up 100 and 80 MW, respectively.

From countries outside the EU, the biggest last year was China, which has set about 2 GW, thanks to the new feed-in tariff at the level of regions. The U.S. has also had a large increase from 800 MW to some 1.6 GW in 2011. Japan has also moved above a GW due to changes in their legal framework. Australia has also been impressive with 700 MW, India is set up 300 MW, as well as Canada, Ukraine has in turn raised 140 MW (with only two large solar PV power plants) and 130 MW has set Israel.

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