16 Feb '12, 10pm

The State of Solar Power in Europe

The State of Solar Power in Europe

This is a top-notch guest post by James Hawkins of the UK on the state of solar power in Europe today. It’s got the latest on the solar subsidy story in the UK, as well as many interesting facts and figures on solar in other European countries. Thank you, James! by James Hawkins Europe contains nine of the largest 15 solar markets in the world. In 2011, EuropeanPVinstallations amounted to 14.3 GW, nearly 75% of the global total. Germany has long held the crown within Europe as the clear leader and now has 24 GW of capacity installed in total, generating approximately of their electricity. Why has Germany been such a long way in front? The Renewable Energy Act introduced in 2000 was one of the first of its kind in the world. It introduced guaranteed feed-in tariffs, lasting for 20 years at a fixed price. The rates decrease gradually for new installations, exerting downward ...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/02/16/the-state-of-solar-po...

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