E.on analysis identifies plans for 1.2 million private PV systems in Germany

16.6 percent of all German homeowners who do not currently operate a photovoltaic system intend to change this by the summer of next year. This is the key finding of a representative survey conducted by market research firm Civey on behalf of energy group E.on SE and a comparison of the survey results with data from the German Federal Statistical Office.
If the potential identified in the analysis would actually be implemented, this would correspond to around 1.2 million new installations on private homes. (For comparison: in the first eight months of this year, a good 700,000 new systems were installed in Germany overall, i.e. across all categories). By comparing this figure with the average size of private installations, E.on calculates an expected solar power capacity of 8.9 gigawatts.
The results of the current analysis tend to be lower than those of comparable surveys. In April, for example, the Hamburg-based opinion research institute Appinio presented a survey commissioned by Dresden-based Solarwatt GmbH, according to which 31.8 percent of homeowners intended to purchase a PV system within twelve months. A year earlier, Civey had estimated the potential at around 25 percent.

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