Italy has registered a newly installed PV capacity of 369 MW in 2016, according to preliminary data released by local renewable energy association Anie Rinnovabili. This result represents 22% growth over the previous year, when approximately 300 MW of new installations were installed.
According to Anie Rinnovabili, most of the PV capacity installed last year comes from residential installations (up to 20 kW) and commercial systems (up to 100 kW). The association stressed that the growth for the residential segment was due to the fiscal incentives for sustainable house building and renovations, while the commercial sector took advantage of the policy for self-consumption.
According to the latest official statistic released by Italian grid-operator Terna, the country had 18.9 GW of installed PV capacity at the end of 2015. This means that currently Italy has surpassed 19.2 GW of cumulative installed solar power.
According to Terna, solar PV installations covered 7.2% of Italy’s electricity demand with 25,587 GWH in 2016. Production from solar, however, last year decreased by 0.2% compared to 2015.