Global PV passes 100GW mark

The world’s cummulative PV installed capacity passed the 100GW mark in 2012, according to new figures from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association.

It adds that the landmark was reached last year after more than 30GW of capacity was connected to electricity grids across the globe in 2012. Global PV capacity now reduces CO2 emissions by 53 million tonnes per annum.

“No one would have predicted even 10 years ago that we would see more than 100 GW of solar photovoltaic capacity in the world by 2012,” said EPIA president Winfried Hoffmann.

“The photovoltaic industry clearly faces challenges but the results of 2012 show there is a strong global market for our technology. Even in tough economic times and despite growing regulatory uncertainty, we have nearly managed to repeat the record year of 2011.”