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Solar Generation 6

Solar Generation 6

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Rapport Greenpeace en EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industry Association) over het geplaatste zonvermogen in 2010.
Rapport Greenpeace en EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industry Association) over het geplaatste zonvermogen in 2010.

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Solar photovoltaic electricityempowering the world
Solargeneration 6
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.
Installing thin film modules.
 The major competitive advantages ofPV technology lie in its versatility, i.e.the wide range of sizes and sites,resulting into proximity to electricitydemand, in the value of its productionprofile concentrated during peak-loadhours, and in its enormous potentialfor further cost reduction.PV technology has reduced its unitcosts to roughly one third of where itstood 5 years ago, thanks tocontinuous technological progress,production efficiency and to its wideimplementation. The trend ofdecreasing unit cost will continuealso in the future, just like incomparable industries such assemiconductors and TV screens. Adding the important feature ofintegrated PV solutions in particular in building architecture, the potentialof further growth is simply enormous. This edition of the Solar Generationreport combines different growthscenarios for global PV developmentand electricity demand until 2050. Itis built on the results of severalreference market studies in order toaccurately forecast PV growth in thecoming decades. In addition, theeconomic and social benefits of PV,such as employment and CO
emissions reduction, are also worked out. With PV becoming acost competitive solution for producing power, it will open up anincreasing variety of new marketsand contribute more and moresignificantly to cover our futureenergy needs.PV technology has all the potential tosatisfy a double digit percentage ofthe electricity supply needs in allmajor regions of the world. Goingforward, a share of over 20% of the world electricity demand in 2050appears feasible, and opens a bright,clean and sunny future to all of us.
Ingmar WilhelmPresident European PhotovoltaicIndustry Association (EPIA)
Sven TeskeRenewables Director Greenpeace International

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