Solar photovoltaic electricityempowering the world
The European PhotovoltaicIndustry Association andGreenpeace International arepleased to present this 6th editionof the report “Solar Generation:Solar Photovoltaic ElectricityEmpowering the World”.This report aims to provide a clearand understandable description ofthe current status of developingPhotovoltaic power generationworldwide, and also of itsuntapped potentials and growthprospects in the coming years.
During 2010, the Photovoltaic (PV)market has shown unprecedentedgrowth and wide-spread use of thisenvironmentally friendly anddistributed source of power generation. On a global basis, newPV installations of approximately15,000 MW have been addedduring 2010, taking the entire PVcapacity to almost 40,000 MW. Thisresult is even above the optimisticforecast contained in the report, andit also translates into investments ofover 50 bn
in 2010, again aheadof the report’s forecast. The most impressive result is however the number of installations andtherefore of individuals, companies,and public entities participating in thisdevelopment: nearly 2 million singlePV installations produce photovoltaicpower already today. The cumulative electrical energyproduced from global PV installationsin 2010 equals more than half of theelectricity demand in Greece, or theentire electricity demand in tencentral African countries.* The strong growth in PV installationsis currently driven in particular byEuropean countries, accounting for some 70% of the global market, andaccompanied by the promising keymarkets of North America, Japan,China and Australia. At the sametime, the PV arena has importantly widened its number of participatingcountries and also increased their specific weight. Major new areas for development lie also in the Sunbeltregion, with Africa, Middle East andSouth America just starting tocreate new growth opportunities,almost always dedicated to coveringlocal demand.
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon,Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia,Gabon and Ghana.