Italian grid operator announces a 2012 boom in photovoltaic production

10. January 2013 | Markets & Trends, Global PV markets | By:  Ilias Tsagas

TERNA, the Italian grid operator for electricity transmission, announced today that photovoltaic power production in 2012 provided 5.6% of the total electricity demand.

An Italian PV system.

Photovoltaic production posted impressive results in Italy in 2012, according to figures released today.

In more detail, the net national energy production (284.8 billion kWh) dropped by 2.3% compared to 2011; however, photovoltaic production increased by an an impressive 71.8%.

In December 2012 alone, photovoltaic systems produced 749 GWh of energy, providing 2.81% of the month's energy demand.

Despite the good news for a boom in photovoltaic production last year, TERNA's press release states that electricity demand in Italy in 2012 dropped by 2.8% compared to 2011.

This is essentially only the second time electricity demand in Italy has dropped since 2000. Last time was in 2009 when demand had dropped by 5.7% compared to 2008.

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