UNEF Annual Report 2018. 2017: The start of a new era for the PV sector. The European scenario

FuturENERGY November 18

2017 saw the end of Europe’s downwards trend of several years past, adding 9.2 GW, an increase of 30% compared to the 7 GW installed in 2016. Germany remains the leading country by cumulative installed PV capacity, followed by Italy and the UK. France and Spain follow behind in fourth and fifth place. This 30% increase is essentially due to growth in Turkey. The EU28 has shown no major difference compared with the previous year, installing 5.89 GW in 2016 and 5.91 GW in 2017. This outcome is due to the reduction in PV installation in the UK as a result of cuts to PV funding in 2016.