Italy and France Drive Southern Europe Solar PV Markets Forward
Jan 12, 2010 - emerging energy research
Southern Europe’s long-term growth prospects--with 38 GW of new projects expected by 2020--are expected to help pull the global PV industry out of its current slump, according to a new market study from Emerging Energy Research.
EER estimates that Southern Europe accounted for approximately 25% of 2009 additions in Europe behind Germany, the leading European PV market at 67%. Italy and France are expected to lead growth in the short term, while Spain remains a substantial long-term growth market.
EER's 252-page study, Southern Europe Solar PV Markets and Strategies: 2009–2020, released in December 2009, addresses the key factors driving solar PV penetration across Southern Europe and the players responsible for shaping PV's competitive landscape analyzing PV markets in Italy, France, Spain and Greece.
EER projects Italy to be the strongest of the Southern European PV markets in the near term. Italy’s robust feed-in tariff has ignited the Italian PV market and attracted significant attention from developers seeking new opportunities outside the mercurial Spanish market. An increasing number of domestic and international developers, including TERNI, Enel, Kerself, and OPDE are scaling their activities to advance ground-based and rooftop segments.
Alongside Italy, clear regulatory initiatives are turning France into one of the most stable PV markets in Europe. France has rapidly transitioned from a relatively inactive market, with 128 MW of installed capacity as of June 2009, to one that may surpass 800 MW per year by 2012, and leading renewable players EDF-EN and E.ON are looking to capitalize.
EER's study provides strategic market intelligence on the PV industry in Southern Europe analyzing the following: