The number of solar power plants in the EU is growing steadily. In 2019, they were installed twice as much as in 2018 – 16.7 GW compared to 8.2 GW. This year has been a record for the number of such installations since 2010, according to analytics by SolarPower Europe.
“Solar energy is prospering in Europe,” said Walburg Hemetsberger, head of the analytic agency. – We have entered a new era of development, as in 2019, more new solar power plants were installed than any other power generation technology. The boom of new capacities demonstrates that solar power is in the right way and it also helps to implement the European Green Deal concept. ”
According to experts, several reasons explain the unprecedented increase in solar installations in Europe. First of all, this is an increase in the competitiveness of technology – today it can serve as the cheapest way to generate electricity. A deadline is also approaching the implementation of national renewable energy goals for 2020.EU countries have begun preparations for reaching an agreement within the framework of the Clean Energy Commission, which implies for participants a level of 32% renewable energy by 2030. Many governments now wish to use significantly cheaper solar power plants to achieve their goal.
In 2019, Spain can be proud of the largest growth in the solar energy market, adding 4.7 GW to its “green” capacities. This is her biggest achievement in this area since 2008. Among the leading countries, we can distinguish Germany (an increase of 4 GW), the Netherlands (2.5 GW), France (1.1 GW) and Poland, which increased its solar power almost 4 times more intensively (784 MW).
A similar trend is observed in almost all European countries. From 28 EU member states, 26 installed more solar panels in 2019 than last year (total 131.9 GW). So by the end of 2019, the growth of solar energy is 14% in total compared to the previous year.
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