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January-October 2020: in Italy new PV capacity installed at 538 MW (+25%)

From January to October 2020, new PV power installed in Italy reached 538 MW, a 25% growth compared to 431 MW in the same period of 2019. This is what emerges from Terna – Gaudì data released by Anie Rinnovabili.
After the decline in March and the setback in April, both due to the effects of the lockdown, the photovoltaic sector had returned to growth with 69 MW of new installations in May (+47%) and 71.6 MW in June (+62%). But it was in particular the months of July and August that recorded the strongest growth: with 83 MW and 102 MW, new installations have marked an increase of 48% and 133% respectively. In September and October, on the other hand, 49 MW and 45 MW were connected, respectively, in line with what was totaled in the same months of 2019.

The activation of some large plants is worth mentioning: in July, two installations for a total of 18 MW went into operation in the province of Turin and a 3.1 MW plant in the province of Treviso. In October, instead, a 54.5 MW photovoltaic power plant in the province of Cagliari went into operation.

In terms of size, installations of less than 20 kWp accounted for 39% of the new power installed from January to October last year, while those above 1 MWp accounted for 21%. The segment that has grown the most is installations larger than 1 MWp, which increased from 29.5 MWp in the first eight months of 2019 to an impressive 113.9 MWp. This is followed by sizes 500 kWp to 1 MWp, which are up 105%, and sizes 200 to 500 kWp, which are up 37%.

Of the installations below 20 kWp of power, finally, it is only the size between 6 and 10 kWp to reverse the negative trend mainly related to the lockdown of the early 2020 and the subsequent stall generated while waiting for the Superbonus: with 34.6 MW of plants, this size registers an increase of 27%. On the contrary, new plants between 0 and 3 kWp (-22%), between 3 and 4.5 kWp (-8%), between 4.5 and 6 kWp (-8%) and between 10 and 20 kWp (-8.1%) are still decreasing.

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