Europe fully embracing solar energy

Europe ‘fully embracing’ solar with 11GW deployed in 2018

The whole of Europe connected 11GW of solar PV in 2018, up 20% year-on-year from 9.2GW in 2017, according to estimates from trade association SolarPower Europe.

Meanwhile, the European Union deployed roughly 8GW of solar PV in 2018, up an impressive 36% from the 5.9GW installed in the prior year.

Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe, said: “It is good to see Europe fully embracing solar again. With solar being the most popular energy source among EU citizens, the most versatile and often also the lowest cost power generation source, and with cost reductions continuing, we are only at the beginning of a long upward trend for solar in Europe.”

Europe’s largest solar markets last year included: Germany with 2.96GW installed, up 68% from 1.76GW in 2017; followed by Turkey with 1.64GW installed, down 37% from the year before; and the Netherlands with 1.4GW, up from 0.77GW in 2017.

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