Italy reached a cumulative installed PV capacity of approximately 20.2 GW at the end of March, according to provisional numbers released by the Italian renewable energy association.
Although the Italian PV industry only posted a slight increase compared to the first quarter of the previous two years, the market has continued to grow at an average of around 30 MW per month over the past five years, while still being driven by rooftop solar.
More growth is expected from the power purchase agreement segment and upcoming auctions. The European Commission still needs to approve a decree regulating the country’s procurement scheme.
In the first three months of 2019, new PV additions totaled around 105 MW, up slightly from 89 MW in the same period last year and 84 MW in the first quarter of 2017. March was the month with the highest growth, at 39.0 MW, followed by January and February with 33.8 MW and 32.5 MW, respectively. This growth trend reflects the pace of expansion over the last four years, in which the average monthly increase was about 30 MW. The Italian PV market is also still dominated by rooftop solar deployment.
Conventionally, PV projects that do not exceed 1 MW in size represent almost all of the newly deployed capacity, at 102.1 MW. Solar parks over 1 MW only accounted for 2.9 MW of the total.
The regions with the highest development volumes are, as usual, the most industrialized areas in northern Italy. The Lombardy region brought 19.1 MW of new solar online, while the Veneto and Emilia-Romagna regions finished the quarter with 14.5 MW and 10.6 MW, respectively.
Italy’s National Integrated Plan for Climate and Energy aims for cumulative PV installations of 50 GW by 2030.