Switzerland released 332 MW of solar last year

Jul 15, 2020 01:18 PM ET
  • Collective solar generation capacity reached 2.5 GW last year, sufficient to meet 3.8% of electrical power need.
Switzerland released 332 MW of solar last year
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Solar demand in Switzerland expanded 23.3% last year, according to data released by profession body Swissolar as well as based upon figures created by the Federal Office of Energy. Newly-installed PV generation capacity last year totaled up to 332 MW-- contrasted to 270 MW in 2018-- and also was nearly as high as the 2015 document of 340 MW.

The brand-new setups took Switzerland's collective PV capability to 2.5 GW, enough to fulfill 3.8% of the nation's complete electricity demand in 2019. Solar offered sufficient power to represent 3.4% of demand in 2018.

Swissolar claimed the nation requires 50 GW of solar ability to replace nuclear as well as nonrenewable fuel source nuclear power plant as well as the majority of the panels could be set up on structures. Deploying much more ground-mounted solar centers, the profession body claimed, would require far better framework conditions than those currently supplied by the Federal Council's last modification of the Energy Act.

The solar market team claimed statistics showed the average solar setup in Switzerland raised, year-on-year, from 19.4 to 22.5 kW last year, with development particularly strong in the industrial and also business market sector.

Another notable feature of last year's solar systems, according to Swissolar, was that the volume of grid-connected varieties climbed, year-on-year, with standalone systems falling from 1.7 MW of new ability to just 500 kW last year.

Energy storage is also coming to be preferred, according to the numbers, with the 20.28 MWh of lithium-ion capability included last year representing a 40% increase, year-on-year. Only 90 kWh of lead battery storage space was added in 2019. Although the quantity of storage space deployed rose, nevertheless, less systems were included, with 1,500 lithium-ion batteries installed, contrasted to 1,565 in 2018. The variety of lead-acid systems deployed additionally fell, from 25 in 2018 to 10 last year, as the nation's complete storage capacity rose to 50,655 kWh.

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