PV Austria says that 1,009 MW of solar electricity systems were installed in Austria last year, which enable solar energy to meet approximately 6.6% of the total electricity demand.
Austria exceeded 1 GW of annual solar installations for the first time in 2022. According to PV Austria, developers installed 1,009 MW of solar power in Austria in line with previous forecasts. This figure exceeds 740 MW of installations in 2021, 341 MW in 2020 and 247 MW in 2019.
At the end of 2022, the cumulative solar capacity of the country was 3.79 GW. Solar power accounted for 6.6% of Austria’s electricity demand last year.
However, PV Austria emphasizes the need for further progress. A complete transition to renewable energy requires at least 13 GW of solar power capacity by 2030. Currently, less than 30% of the required capacity has been implemented. To achieve climate neutrality, approximately 50 GW of installed solar power would be needed by 2040.
Vera Immitzer, CEO of PV Austria, explained that high electricity costs prompted individuals and companies to generate their own solar energy, which spurred significant growth. However, demand is beginning to level off, which makes the progression of the trend uncertain.
Herbert Paierl, CEO of PV Austria, said that although progress has been made, there is still a long way to go to achieve the 2030 goals.