Photovoltaic installations to reach 6.4 GW in 2009

01/04/2010 13:39 Renewable

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According to preliminary 2009 data regarding Photovoltaic industry, released by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), a total of 6.4 GW of recently installed capacity was added in 2009, the global capacity attaining beyond 20 GW. Even though 2009 has touched the largest capacity growth ever, installations are likely to boost no less than 40% in 2010.

Being the largest photovoltaic market in 2009, Germany is likely to be first in 2010 as well, with over 3 GW installed expected by EPIA. Italy follows Germany, with likely over 700 MW being installed. Among other European countries, achieving important growth of photovoltaic markets, the EPIA mentioned the Czech Republic, with an installed capacity of 411 MW in 2009, which is likely to keep growing until 2011. But also Belgium, with 292 MW installed; France, with 185 MW and Spain, with 60 MW in 2009. As EPIA stated, Greece, Portugal and UK photovoltaic markets are also expected to increase from 2010.

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