The Italian market saw a year-on-year increase in new installations as several unsubsidized solar parks came online. Most of last year’s new capacity arrived in November and December. The regions with largest volumes were big-solar magnets Apulia and Sardinia.
Italy deployed around 737 MW of solar generation capacity last year, registering its best annual return for six years.
Provisional numbers released by Italian renewables association Anie Rinnovabili and data from grid operator Terna indicate most of last year’s capacity was installed in November and December, with 126.6 MW and 179.5 MW of new solar, respectively. Most of that, late-year new PV project capacity came in the shape of utility scale projects holding direct power supply agreements to clients without state subsidy.
Last year’s figure marked a near-69% increase on the 437 MW of solar added in 2018, with the figures for the previous three years having come in at 407 MW, 369 MW and 305 MW. Until last year, it was small scale solar rooftops which supplied the backbone of Italian PV, although there were signs of life in installations with more than 1 MW of generation capacity, with 60 MW and 46.9 MW of such projects added in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Terna’s figures show more than a third of last year’s new capacity – 257.9 MW – was supplied by projects bigger than 1 MW in scale.
The distribution of new solar also indicates a shift towards bigger projects….
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