Belgium sets record for power production from solar

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With February having offered a record amount of light, with around 150 hours of sun, the southern oriented solar panels produced 74 kWh of electricity on average – 72% more than the average of the past 10 years.

According to data released by the Belgian renewable energy association, APERE, from 7:45 to 18:15, solar PV injected an average of 12% of power when the sun was shining; and between 11:30 and 14:30, over 20%, which has never been seen before, during this time of the year.

Furthermore, the combination of solar and wind on the same day met around 30% of Belgian electricity consumption between 10:15 and 14:45.

In 2017, new PV additions totaling 264 MW, meant that the country’s cumulative PV capacity reached 3.8 GW. The market’s main driver remains residential PV, which accounts for around 50% of installations, up from 2016, where solar installs in the country reached around 170 MW.

Most of this new capacity was installed in Flanders, which accounted for around 193 MW (73% of all new installations), followed by Wallonia and the Brussels Metropolitan Region, which accounted for 33 MW (25%) and 5 MW (2%), respectively.