Solar photovoltaic industry in Europe - Statistics & Facts

Since 2012, the production volume of electricity from solar photovoltaic power in the European Union (EU) has been steadily increasing. In 2017, 113,924 gigawatt-hours was produced, compared to the 67,523 gigawatt-hours recorded in 2012. In 2017, Turkey had the highest capacity additions throughout Europe, amounting to 2.59 gigawatts. By 2021, Germany is projected to overtake Turkey, with estimated capacity additions reaching 3.99 gigawatts.

Despite the increase in production volume in Europe, the overall number of jobs in the solar photovoltaic industry decreased between 2008 and 2016, especially in Spain. However, projections show a recovery in employment numbers by 2021, amounting to 174,682 FTE (full-time equivalent) jobs. By 2021, the GVA (Gross Value Added) from the Solar PV industry in the European Union is expected to increase to 9.5 billion euros.

The main Solar PV developer in Europe in 2016 was the German developer Juwi AG/MW Enegie AG, which had an installed capacity of more than 2,300 MWp.

2017 saw a total of 51,406,679 m² ofsolar thermal surfaces installed in the European Union. In the same year, the capacity of installed solar thermal surfaces amounted to 1,372 megawatt thermal.

The country with the highest installed solar PV capacity per inhabitant in the European Union was Germany in 2017, at 512 watts per inhabitant. The connected and cumulated capacity was also highest in Germany, at 42,394 megawatts.

The largest solar PV market in Europe in 2017 was Turkey, with a share of 28 percent. This is expected to drop to 10 percent by 2022, with Germany becoming the largest market with 19 percent.



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