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Cumulative Installed Concentrated Solar Power Capacity in the European Union

Concentrated solar power is growing significantly, but still only accounts for 0.7% of the global energy mix.

In 2012, the market continued to stabilize across the European Union. Total European capacity rose by 14.8% in 2013, reaching a total capacity of 79.6 GWth. Growth in concentrated solar power has slowed: from 3.36 GWth of additional capacity in 2008 to 2.1 GWth in 2012. After the financial crisis in 2008, there has been little investment in building new plants or upgrading older ones. Reduced government incentives have also contributed to the market slowdown.

Germany alone has 40% of the installed concentrated solar power capacity in Europe, followed by Italy. Poland, which started to develop this energy source later, stands out in Europe for the strong growth in its concentrated solar power capacity, with a high pace of growth in installing this type of plant — 19% in 2012 and 23% in 2013.

Cumulative Installed Concentrated Solar Power Capacity (in MWth)

Country 2012 2013 New Capacity in 2013 Change
Germany 11,416 12,055 728 6%
Austria 3,449 3,538 126.4 3%
Greece 2,885 2,915 147.7 1%
Italy 2,380 2,590 207.9 9%
Spain 2,075 2,238 162.8 8%
France (including overseas departments) 1,677 1,803 159.9 8%
Poland 848 1040 191.9 23%
Portugal 677 717 40.1 6%
Czech Republic 625 681 55.7 9%
Netherlands 608 616 42.1 1%
Denmark 527 550 72.8 4%
Cyprus 505 477 12 -6%
United Kingdom 455 475 31.5 4%
Sweden 337 342 6.3 1%
Belgium 334 374 41.3 12%
Rest of the World 835 970 93 16%
Total European Union 29,633 31,379 2119.3 100%

 

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