Relative PV capacity growth in Austria twice as high as in China

According to the annual report on »innovative Energy Technologies« in Austria presented by the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK), PV systems with a total capacity of 0.74 gigawatts (GW) were newly installed in Austria last year. This is the highest value ever recorded, corresponding to around 83 watts per capita. In proportion to the number of inhabitants, this was almost 32 percent higher than in Germany (5.26 GW, 63 watts per capita) and more than twice as high as in China (38 watts per capita), the country with by far the highest absolute installation figures worldwide (53 GW). Compared to the previous year (0.34 GW), Austrian installation figures rose by 117 percent.
According to a statement by the solar industry association Photovoltaic Austria (PVA), the record value is »a good and important starting point for the path to energy independence,«. However, the expansion must continue to increase to an average of one gigawatt per year. The »extensive funding landscape« has contributed a great deal to the current success, but »important accompanying measures such as sufficiently designated areas for PV or the acceleration of approval procedures« still need to be added. In addition, »all federal states must make their contribution« in the future. Niederösterreich (0.195 GW) and Oberösterreich (0.177 GW) accounted for half of the additions in 2021. In the western federal states and Kärnten, on the other hand, »very little to nothing« is happening.
According to the BMK report, a total of 2.78 GW of solar power capacity is now installed in Austria, contributing 4.7 percent to electricity demand. This corresponds to 312 watts per inhabitant. In Germany (59 GW), the figure is 709 watts, and in China (306 GW), 218 watts.

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