SolarPower Europe, a European solar energy agency, shows that in 2017, the installed capacity of new solar PV in mainland Europe was 8.61 GW, an increase of 28% over the previous year.
Among them, Turkey is the largest new European capacity of photovoltaic countries, reaching 1.79 GW. For the 28 EU member states that did not include Turkey, an additional 6.03 GW was added, an increase of 6% over the same period of last year.
James Watson, chief executive of SolarPower Europe, said the steady growth in solar PV installed capacity is an encouraging sign for Europe. These data also prompted SolarPower Europe to urge the EU to take more measures to support the industry's expansion.
Watson said: "If the cancellation of the import of solar panels trade measures, we can see that the EU's solar consumption growth of about 20-30%. Similarly, if the EU uses 35% of the renewable energy goals, rather than today's 27 %, You can create no fewer than 300,000 new solar jobs. "
In 2017, Turkey's new solar PV installed capacity was 1.79 GW, with a market growth rate of 213% over the course of a year.
SolarPower Europe commented today: "Turkey's solar system is under construction or installation but not fully operational by 2017 and 800 MW of solar systems are expected to be operational in the coming months."
Germany was the EU's most dynamic solar energy market in 2017 with an additional 1.75 GW of solar power generation, representing a 23% growth rate and Germany ranked third with 912 MW in the UK, a figure that is higher than 2016 Down 54% year on year because of a further reduction in solar subsidy programs.
France and the Netherlands both showed strong performance, adding 887 MW and 853 MW respectively. It is expected that with the introduction of renewable energy support mechanisms, both countries will see further growth in 2018.
Spain is likely to install only 135 megawatts of new photovoltaic capacity in 2017, but such performance is also buzzing as only 55 MW of capacity was installed in Spain in 2016, which means an increase of 145%.
Michael Schmela, executive counsel and head of market intelligence at SolarPower Europe, said: "We expect strong growth in the coming years as several EU member states choose to meet their country-bound renewable energy targets for 2020. Coupled with their low Cost, versatility and reliability make solar energy the most popular energy among EU local people. "