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IWR Expects More Than 1 Million New Solar Installations in Germany in 2023

Muenster, Germany - The continuing photovoltaic boom is leading to record growth in Germany this year.

The federal government's expansion target of 9,000 MW (9 GW) as an interim goal for the entire year 2023 has already been exceeded after eight months.

In order to achieve the expansion target of an 80 percent share of renewable energies in the electricity sector for 2030, the federal government wants to increase solar capacity to 215 GW (215,000 MW) by then. For 2023, the Internationales Wirtschaftsforum Regenerative Energien (IWR) in Muenster expects an additional solar capacity of around 13,000 MW (13 GW) alone. This is significantly higher than planned.

New solar capacity of 9,200 MW from January to August 2023 - all-time high from 2012 already exceeded

As of the end of August 2023, more than 700,000 solar installations with a capacity of 9,200 MW have already gone into operation in Germany. This is the result of the first evaluation of data from the market master data register kept by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). With the solar expansion to date in 2023, the previous annual all-time high in Germany from 2012 (annual expansion: just under 8,200 MW) will be pulverised after only eight months.

"If we continue the current growth in new PV installations in Germany until the end of the year, more than one million new solar installations with around 13,000 MW of solar capacity will go into operation in 2023," says IWR head Dr Norbert Allnoch.

Source: IWR Online, 29 Sep 2023