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EPIA Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics until 2015
Over the past decade, the photovoltaic (PV) market has experienced unprecedented growth. In particular in the last year, the photovoltaic market has reached a cumulative installed capacity of roughly 40 GW world-wide, with an annual added capacity of 16.6 GW.
The photovoltaic power is well on the way to becoming a fully competitive part of the electricity system in the European Union (EU) and an increasingly important part of the energy mix around the Globe. But much of the progress in recent years has been very heterogeneous, varying from country to country, due to several factors, the most important being different national regulations and incentive schemes as well as varying availability of financing facilities.
These are just some of the findings in EPIA’s Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics until 2015, a key publication for the PV industry. Based on an internal analysis of market data from industry members, national associations, government agencies and electric utilities, the figures presented in this edition were discussed among the world’s principal actors in the photovoltaic industry during the 6th EPIA Market Workshop, held in Paris in March 2011.