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Solar photovoltaics capacity installed per inhabitant in the EU-28 2019, by country

At 590 watts per inhabitant, Germany had the highest installed solar PV capacity per capita in 2019. This was followed by the Netherlands and Belgium at approximately 400 watts per inhabitant each. Since 2017 the solar PV capacity installed and connected across the EU increased annually, with 15.6 gigawatts added in 2019.

Solar electricity production on the rise

Electricity production from solar PV has increased annually in recent years, and by 2019 had reached 131,776 gigawatt-hours. In terms of production, Germany is the leading country in the EU and in 2019 it pushed its output to 47.5 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 2018, solar power’s share of renewable electricity generation across the EU was 12.2 percent. This was a slight decrease 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 36 percent during this period.

Installed solar photovoltaics capacity per capita in the European Union (EU-28) in 2019, by country

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April 2020



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