Solar photovoltaics capacity installed per inhabitant in the EU-28 2018, by country

At 547 watts per inhabitant, Germany had the highest installed solar PV capacity per capita in 2018. This was followed by Belgium and Italy at more than 300 watts per inhabitant each. Between 2013 and 2017, the solar PV capacity installed and connected across the EU decreased from more than 10,000 MWs to less than 6,000 MW. However, the following year saw a recovery with 7,606 MW of newly connected solar capacity added to the grid.

Solar electricity production on the rise

Electricity production from solar PV has increased annually in recent years, and by 2018 had reached 122,316 gigawatt-hours. In terms of production, Germanyis the leading country in the EU and in 2018 it pushed its output to 46.2 TWh. This was more than the combined production of Italy and the United Kingdom, who were the next biggest producers.

Renewable energy generation

   As of 2017, solar power’s share of renewable electricity generation across the EU was 12.3 percent. This was a slight increase compared to the previous year but there has been little change since 2013. In comparison, wind powers shares have increased from 22.7 percent to 37.2 percent during this period.

Installed solar photovoltaics capacity per inhabitant in the European Union (EU-28) in 2018, by country

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Source

Release date

2019

Region

EU

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

*The source notes that the French overseas department is included.

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