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Solar PV Deployment in Europe Enters New Era of Growth

23 April 2021 Josefin Berg

Solar PV deployment in Europe is entering a new era of growth, largely fueled by a bright future for utility-scale systems. In 2019, new installations in the utility-scale segment (systems larger than 5 MW) more than tripled from 2018, to 12 GW. By 2025, IHS Markit forecasts annual installations of these large PV plants in Europe to reach 34 GW. This growth is driven by a combination of EU 2030 targets and the sheer economics of generating renewable power from solar PV.

In terms of technology, these new-built PV projects are following a global trend of using 1500V inverters (or even higher voltage over the coming years) and a growing penetration of string inverters. The use of tracking structures is gaining interest also in less sunny European markets where fixed systems have been the norm. Across Europe, PV system designs incorporate larger modules with increased efficiency, and we see a growing share of bifacial modules in suitable locations. The profitability of individual PV projects will depend highly on technology decisions.

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Posted 23 April 2021 by Josefin Berg, Research & Analysis Manager, Solar & Energy Storage, S&P Global Commodity Insights

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