EU countries accelerate their solar energy investments
This year, Germany installed 7.9 gigawatt-hours, Spain 7.5 gigawatt-hours, Poland 4.9 gigawatt-hours, the Netherlands 4 gigawatt-hours and France 2.7 gigawatt-hours of new solar capacity.
European Union (EU) countries accelerated their investments in solar energy in 2022 and installed a total of 41.4 gigawatt-hours of new solar power generation capacity.
Brussels-based SolarPower Europe Association, which is a member of many organizations operating in the solar energy sector, has published its report on the solar energy market outlook in Europe.
In the report, it was pointed out that solar energy has revealed its potential in Europe in 2022 due to record high energy prices and geopolitical tensions.
Pointing out that the industry did not experience serious supply chain problems and Kovid-19 restrictions during this period, the report said, “27 EU member countries added 41.4 gigawatt-hours of new solar energy capacity to their grids in 2022.” expression was used.
Reminding that the solar energy capacity increased by 28.1 gigawatt-hours in 2021, it was stated that the solar energy capacity installed in 2022 increased by 47 percent compared to the previous year.
Pointing out that the EU and member countries define solar energy technology as a “green, affordable and fast” solution to reduce their dependence on Russian fossil fuels, it was noted that this strengthened investments in the sector.
In the report, it was stated that in 2022, Germany installed 7.9 gigawatt-hours, Spain 7.5 gigawatt-hours, Poland 4.9 gigawatt-hours, the Netherlands 4 gigawatt-hours and France 2.7 gigawatt-hours of new solar capacity.
Reminding that the EU’s solar energy production capacity was 167.5 gigawatt hours in 2021, the report underlined that this capacity reached 208.9 gigawatt hours in 2022.
In the report, it was stated that with the implementation of new investments, the solar energy capacity is expected to increase to 262 gigawatt hours in 2023.