European Solar Photovoltaic Market Report (2008)
At the end of 2007, cumulative European production of solar PV systems was 4,700 megawatts. Almost all of this generating capacity consists of grid-tied electrical systems. Such installations may be ground-mounted (and sometimes integrated with farming and grazing) or building integrated. Financial incentives, such as preferential feed-in tariffs for solar-generated electricity and net metering, have supported solar PV installations in many countries including Germany, the largest PV market in Europe. The report European Solar Photovoltaic Market analyzes this industry, starting from the basics to what is driving this industry. The report starts off with a brief overview of the European energy market which contains data on European energy statistics, outlook for the industry, the growing focus on renewable energy, and of course, the potential of solar energy in the region.