A position in the “top 10” of EU member countries with the largest increase in installed capacity in photovoltaics is occupied by Greece for 2022, according to a related report by SolarPower Europe.
In particular, Greece is ranked 9th with 1.4 GW of new installed capacity in solar plants throughout the year, recording a significant increase from the 0.9 GW of the previous year.
The high rates of development of the sector in Greece are also underlined by the recent data of DAPEEP and which concern the Administrator’s assessment of the new units included in the country’s electricity system for 2023. Cumulatively, DAPEEP estimates that RES units with a total capacity of 2,105 MW are expected to be connected to the system in the new year with the lion’s share being occupied by photovoltaics, i.e. 1,584 MW. Wind farms will follow, increasing their portfolio by 412 MW, while the rest of the less widespread “green” technologies will follow.
Analyzing further the top 10 in Europe as reflected in the SolarPower Europe report, the final ranking in terms of first places did not hold any particular surprises with Germany maintaining the reins in continuation of a corresponding first place in 2021.
Specifically, Europe’s largest market closed the year measuring 7.9 GW of new installed solar capacity, according to SolarPower Europe’s report on the photovoltaic market 2022-2026. It is noted that Greece is the 9th largest market in terms of new capacity for 2022.
In a “breathing” distance, Spain follows with 7.5 GW, followed by Poland with 4.9 GW, the Netherlands with 4.0 GW and France with 2.7 GW in new installed capacity for 2022.
Although the “top 5” remains the same compared to 2021, there were developments in the “top 10” category with two new entries, those of Portugal and Sweden, which displaced Hungary and Austria from the relevant ranking.
Another interesting fact is that the top 10 markets in Europe move on the GW scale. In 2022, 26 of the 27 EU Member States exceeded the levels in terms of new installed capacity of the immediately previous year.