Germany installed 447 MW of solar capacity in July 2020, an increase of 11 MW (2.2% increase) from June 2020, according to the latest numbers announced by the federal network agency Bundesnetzagentur. Germany had installed 302 MW during the same month last year.
In June, a total capacity of 437 MW was added, which was a decrease of 2% when compared to 446 MW installed in May 2020.
As per the data released by the federal agency, the total cumulative capacity at the end of July reached 51.98 GW. Nearly 2.4 GW of solar installations was added in the first half (1H) of the calendar year (CY) 2020, as compared to 2.1 GW during the same period last year.
Germany installed a total capacity of 3.3 GW in 2013, 1.9 GW in 2014, 1.5 GW in 2015, 1.52 GW in 2016, 1.75 GW in 2017, and 3 GW in 2018. Total solar installations in 2019 reached 3.9 GW.
Based on the numbers, COVID-19 does not seem to have affected solar installations drastically in Germany. Whereas Indian solar installations in Q2 of 2020 collapsed due to stringent lockdown in the country triggered by COVID.
According to Mercom India Research’s newly released report Q2 2020 2020 India Solar Market Update, India added only 205 MW of solar capacity in the second quarter of 2020 (Q2 2020), an 81% decline from the previous quarter’s 1,090 MW of additions. Compared to the same period last year, installations during the quarter were down by 86% from 1,510 MW in Q2 2019.
Recently, France’s Data and Statistical Studies announced that the country added 379 MW of new solar capacity during the first half (1H) of 2020. France had managed to install 405 MW of solar capacity in 1H 2019. These new installations are mainly concentrated in the southern part of the country. The total cumulative installations in France reached 10.3 GW at the end of June 2020.
Earlier, according to the data released by the National Energy Administration (NEA), 11.52 GW of solar capacity was installed in China during the first half (1H) of 2020. Large-scale solar installations accounted for 7.08 GW, and distributed solar accounted for 4.43 GW at the end of June. The cumulative installed solar capacity reached 216 GW at the end of June 2020, out of which 149 GW accounted for centralized grid-connected solar capacity, and 67 GW for distributed solar capacity.
Rakesh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.