41.4GW! EU PV installed capacity soars in 2022

According to the 2022 photovoltaic progress survey report released by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, the EU will install 41.4 GW of photovoltaic systems in 2022, an increase of 47% compared with 28.1 GW in 2021. This means that the cumulative installed capacity of photovoltaic systems in the EU has increased by 25% in one year, reaching 208GW.

According to this report, 41.4GW photovoltaic system can provide power for more than 12 million European households.

In the face of the growing energy crisis, the huge increase in the installed capacity of EU photovoltaic systems is an important step towards getting rid of dependence on imported oil and natural gas, and also a solid step on the path of decarbonization.

Germany is the member country with the most outstanding performance in the EU photovoltaic market. This year, 7.9GW of photovoltaic systems were installed, followed by Spain (7.5GW), Poland (4.9GW), the Netherlands (4GW) and France (2.7GW). In terms of per capita installed capacity, the Netherlands ranks first, reaching 1044W/person in 2022.

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Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, said: “These figures clearly show that photovoltaic systems provide a lifeline for Europe in dealing with the energy and climate crisis. In terms of growth rate and reliability, no other energy can compare with photovoltaic systems. We will build a safe, green and prosperous Europe based on photovoltaic power generation.”

According to this survey report, the growth of installed capacity of photovoltaic systems installed in the EU shows no signs of slowing down. The European Photovoltaic Industry Association predicts that the installed capacity of photovoltaic systems installed in the EU will reach 53.6GW in 2023 and 85GW in 2026.

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However, this is still lower than the recommendation of the International Energy Agency (IEA), which hopes that the EU can install about 60GW of photovoltaic system in 2023 to make up for the power shortage caused by the shortage of natural gas supply in Russia.

Dries Acke, policy director of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, said: “It is time to take the photovoltaic industry seriously. This means that the European Union needs more power technicians and stable power market regulatory policies to rise to the challenge. The installation of more photovoltaic systems in Europe needs to be based on smoother management flow procedures, faster grid connection and flexible supply chain.”

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