Fabian Demicoli

Europe keeps world leading position in solar panel installations

Despite a
crisis-driven decline in investment, global production of photovoltaic (PV)
cells grew by 10% in 2012. Europe remains leader in newly installed capacities
with over half (51.7%) of the new worldwide capacity of 30 GW.

This brought the
total solar PV systems capacity in Europe to 69 GW, enough to meet 2.4% of
Europe's electricity demand or to power all Italian households. Within the EU,
Germany remains on top with an additional 7.6 GW. Italy can now cover over 7%
of its electricity demand thanks to newly installed 3.5 GW. The increasing role
of PV energy systems in the transition to a low carbon energy economy is
evident: Production of PV cells and modules has gone from 46 MW in 1990 to 38.5
GW in 2012. These are some of the highlights of the 12th edition of the PV
Status Report released today by the European Commission's in-house science
service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

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