Solar power in Europe has soared by almost 50 per cent in 2022, according to a new report from industry group SolarPower Europe.
It reveals that the EU installed a record-breaking 41.4 GW of solar this year – enough to power the equivalent of 12.4 million homes. That is a 47 per cent increase from the 28.1 GW installed in 2021. In one year, the bloc’s capacity to generate power from this renewable source has increased by 25 per cent. Germany installed more solar than any other country in the bloc, adding almost 8 GW in 2022. The country has held the number one spot since the early 2000s but it saw a big boost in the last year as high energy prices made the renewable energy source a cost-effective solution. It was closely followed by Spain (7.5 GW) which saw a 55 per cent increase in solar installation in 2022. This was in part thanks to the growth in rooftop solar panels and the energy crisis. Poland (4.9 GW), the Netherlands (4.0 GW) and France (2.7 GW) make up the rest of the top five countries.
Portugal came in just behind France, its first time in the top 10, with an incredible 251 per cent growth in the amount of solar installed compared to 2021.
The top of the league table was rounded out with Denmark, Greece and Sweden.

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