170 MW of new solar photovoltaic capacity was installed in Italy during the month of April, the Italian energy agency Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE) recently reported.
170 MW a bit lower than the 214 MW installed March, but also a good bit higher than the 126 MW of new capacity installed during February.
As of right now, 16.9 GW of total solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity has been installed across 515,702 PV systems as part of the Italian government’s feed-in tariff program. An additional 525 MW of capacity spread across 1,782 more PV systems are currently registered under the scheme but not yet finished.
PV-Tech notes: “The PV counter on the GSE website also reveals that €6.6 billion (US$8.7 billion) of funding has already been allocated, which means that just €100 million is left before the scheme hits its €6.7 billion cap and ends. The remaining funds are widely expected to be taken up by the end of the first half of this year.”
Regardless of the program’s imminent end, the Italian government has stated that it is confident that solar growth will continue at a good pace. It has forecasted an annual growth, after subsidies have ended, of around 1 GW.