European solar doubled in 2011

Europe’s capacity for solar energy doubled last year. New figures from an EU-backed research group show solar PV power capacity at the end of 2011 was 51.4 GWp (gigawatt peak), […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Europe’s capacity for solar energy doubled last year. New figures from an EU-backed research group show solar PV power capacity at the end of 2011 was 51.4 GWp (gigawatt peak), compared with 29.8 GWp the previous year.

The actual electricity produced roughly doubled too, going from 22.6 TWh in 2010 to 44.8 TWh in 2011.

The figures from 2012 EurObserv’ER Photovoltaic Barometer show more solar is being installed – 21.5 GWp was put in last year – although it’s unlikely this will dent China’s dominance in the solar market.