Italy saw the addition of new PV power plants with a combined capacity of 382 MW in the first 11 months of 2017, according to provisional numbers released by the Italian renewable energy association, Anie Rinnovabili, which are based on data provided by the country’s grid operator, Terna.
This result compares to a newly installed capacity of 340 MW registered in the same period of 2016, and 271 MW in the first 11 months of 2015.
This 25% year-on-year growth, however, was not due to an increase in installations in the frame of the Italian regulation for self-consumption, the so-called SEU framework, which is providing several indirect incentives (including net metering) for residential, commercial and industrial rooftop PV and has driven the Italian market over the past three years.
Rather, it can be attributed to the grid connection of several “grid-parity” ground-mounted PV plants totaling 66 MW, which were built in Montalto di Castro. Without these projects, in fact, this year’s installed PV capacity would have been around 320 MW.
In November alone, new additions totaled 29.5 MW, up slightly from 29 MW in October. The month with the highest amount was May, when the aforementioned solar parks were completed, with around 95 MW.
As for the rooftop segments, PV systems with a capacity between 4.5 kW and 6 kW reached a combined power of 58.6 MW at the end of November, thus representing the second largest category after large-scale solar.
The third largest category, which includes PV systems with a capacity between 20 kW to 100 kW reached 55.9 MW, followed by solar installations with a power of 10 kW to 20 KW (50.1 MW), and solar power generators with a capacity up to 3 kW (40.1 MW).
The region with the largest share so far this year is Lazio, with 86 MW, followed by Lombardia (53.4 MW), Veneto (46 MW) and Emilia Romagna (36.6 MW).
According to the latest official statistics released by the energy agency, Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE), Italy had approximately 19.28 GW of installed PV capacity at the end of 2016. This means that the country should have reached approximately 19.6 GW of installed solar capacity at the end of November.