Czech Republic is EU's third largest installer of new solar plants in 2010.

By bne IntelliNews February 24, 2011
The installed output of new solar plants in the Czech Republic was the third highest in the EU in 2010, the European PhotoVoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) said on its website. Only in Germany and Italy were built more solar panels last year. The Czech Republic added 1,820MW of solar photovoltaic power (PV) installations to its grid last year and became the fourth largest EU country in terms of installed PV capacity. Market leader is Germany, which added 6,500MW of new installations to its already existing 9,800MW of PV systems. Germany is followed by Italy and Spain. In 2010, PV was the leading renewable energy technology in terms of new capacity growth by almost 13,000 MW in Europe. The energy output of these new PV installations corresponds to the electricity production of two large coal-fired power plants. At the end of 2010, the cumulative installed capacity of PV in the EU amounted to more than 28,000 MW, with an energy output that equals the electricity consumption of around 10mn households in Europe, the EPIA said. The association expects the number of new solar plants in the Czech Republic not to significantly increase in the next few years, as the government decided to cut support to investors building solar plants. We remind that the government introduced a 26% withholding tax on solar energy and raised the fees for expropriating land from the agricultural fund for building solar power plants, seeking to ease the increasing electricity prices triggered by the solar energy boom.

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