Italy commissioned 2.48 GW of new solar PV systems in 2022, with the residential solar segment accounting for nearly 50 percent of total capacity.
Most of this capacity is in solar PV systems ranging in size from 200 kW to 1 MW, which is 8,270 MW or 33% of the total capacity. The second largest segment is made up of plants with outputs ranging from 20 kW to 200 kW, which account for 5,057 MW, or 20% of the total output.
Solar panels with an output of less than 12 kW make up 4,949 MW, or 20% of the total, followed by systems with an output of 1 MW to 10 MW with a share of 16 percent, or 3,942 MW.
Italia Solare says that the share of solar power plants over 10 MW is 1,479 MW, or 6% of the total. 12 kW to 20 kW solar power systems reached 1,351 MW at the end of December, which is about 5% of the total.
The regions with the largest increase in new capacity are Lombardy 3,149 MW, Apulia 3,063 MW, Emilia Romagna 2,512 MW and Veneto 2,484 MW.
The residential construction segment, i.e. solar electric systems of less than 12 kW, was still the biggest market factor last year with a new installed capacity of around 1,103 MW, reports Italia Solare. This was followed by large power plants over 10 MW with an output of 289 MW.
“Compared to 2023, a doubling from this year is very likely and in 2024 a further doubling, so we are talking about 2 GW, 4 GW and 8 GW,” Italia Solare president Paolo Rocco Viscontini said. pv magazine at the recent Italia Solare Forum in Rome.
The Italian government currently supports large-scale solar through an auction system and rooftop solar through net metering and various tax incentives.