- GSE says Italy’s new solar PV capacity addition in 9M/2022 was 1.6 GW, with 150% annual increase
- 322 MW came from ground mounted and 1.279 GW from rooftop solar plants during the reporting period
- On aggregate basis, the 2 categories contributed 8.38 GW and 15.83 GW, respectively to a total 24.2 GW
Italy’s state-owned energy service system operator Gestore dei Servizi Energetici SpA (GSE) says the country installed 1.611 GW new solar PV capacity during 9M/2022, taking its cumulative PV capacity to exceed 24.2 GW, an improvement of 7% annually. That means Italy has already installed nearly twice the amount it added in 2021 as a whole (see Italy Installed Over 936 MW New Solar). Moreover, Italy has become a GW-scale market again in 2022, the first time since 2013.
GSE offers these insights in its 1st edition of statistical publication dedicated to solar PV technology which henceforth will be a quarterly publication.
Titled InFotovoltaico, the report says 1.6 GW was an annual improvement of 966 MW or 150% over 646 MW the country reported for 9M/2021 with the addition of 69,096 new systems installed. Most of this capacity came from systems in the range of 3 kW to 20 kW.
Ground mounted solar projects added 332 MW while 1.279 GW came from rooftop solar, whose aggregate capacity as on September 30, 2022 was recorded as 8.383 GW and 15.823 GW, respectively.
It is the industrial segment that leads aggregate installed capacity with a contribution of 51% or 12.35 GW, followed by 20% or 4.809 GW tertiary plants, 18% or 4.417 GW residential, and 11% or 2.63 GW agricultural projects.
Solar PV power production generated 12.2% more on annual basis with 23,940 GWh in the initial 3 quarters.
The GSE said this growth ‘which follows 8 years of relative stability in the sector, affects all plant size classes, all regions and the main cities of the country’.
Italy is currently making efforts to support the country’s growing solar sector with funding and auctions (see Italy Opens Funding Round For 375 MW Agrisolar).