BSW: Germany installed 5.3 GW in 2021

In Germany, about 240,000 solar power systems with a total capacity of 5.3 gigawatts (GW) were newly installed last year, according to a preliminary balance sheet of the German Solar Industry Association (BSW), based on data published by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur, BNetzA). This would mean an increase of ten percent over 2020, when 184,000 PV systems with 4.8 GW were registered by the BNetzA.
»Around ten percent of domestic electricity consumption is now covered by PV,« the BSW said. According to the climate protection plans of the new German government, the annual newly installed PV capacity is to be tripled in the near future. A BSW-survey of more than 100 solar installers shows that »the government's plans give the solar industry a positive outlook for the new year.«
While demand for solar power systems in the homeowner sector and for solar parks »picked up strongly last year,« the newly installed photovoltaic capacity on commercial roofs declined »significantly in some cases.« The new German government had announced an emergency climate protection program for 2022 in its coalition agreement. This must be implemented »before Easter,« demands BSW CEO Carsten Körnig.
The German government's goal is to expand Germany's installed solar power capacity from the current level of around 59 GW to 200 GW by 2030 and to use all suitable roof surfaces for solar power generation in the future.

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