European PV On The Rise


The number of solar power photovoltaic (PV) systems in Europe will triple within three years, according to a statement released by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).

‘We would like to go forward to have, in 2010, an installed capacity in Europe in the range of 3 GW, up from about 1 GW last year,’ says Winfried Hoffman, EPIA president.

The EPIA states Europe is the global leader in renewable energy, producing roughly half of the world's PV output. Germany is the continent's renewable energy leader, with approximately 5.8% of its total energy production coming from alternative sources and 0.5% of its electricity from PV systems.

However, the EPIA is not ready to rest on its proverbial laurels. The organization notes that many more installations will be needed in order to reach the European Union's target of having 20% of the continent's energy generated from renewable sources by 2020.

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