Denmark is expected to reach its 2020 solar targets eight years earlier than expected.
That’s according to Invest in Denmark, part of the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which claims the 200MW target will be reached before the end of the year. It also claims solar energy could increase 100-fold this year compared to 2010, with 36MW being added every month.
Danish firms DONG Energy, Dansk Energi and Energinet have estimated solar energy could hit 1000MW by 2020 and 3400MW by 2030 if the current rate continues.
Kim Schultz, Project Manager at Invest in Denmark said: “The demand for solar cells has increased dramatically since net metering was implemented in 2010. Net metering gives private households and public institutions the possibility of ‘storing’ surplus production in the public grid, which makes solar panels considerably more attractive.”
Denmark aims to produce 35% of its energy supply from renewable sources by 2020 and 100% by 2050. The nation currently uses around a fifth (22%) of its electricity from renewables.