Solar power in Austria

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As of the end of 2013, Solar power in Austria consisted of 690 MW of cumulated photovoltaic capacity, of which almost 40 percent were installed within the last twelve months. As with most other European countries, 99 percent of all solar power systems are connected to the electrical grid.[1] Austria has also a large capacity of solar heating at its disposal. With more than 3,500 MWthermal the country ranks second in the EU, only behind much larger Germany.[2]

In 2009, the site of Zwentendorf power station became Austria's largest solar power station with an investment of 1.2 million Euro, with the addition of 1000 photovoltaic panels.[3] Zwentendorf was intended to be Austria's first nuclear power plant, but after a vote in 1978 prohibiting nuclear power in Austria, was never completed.[4]

In September, 2011, Austria's largest solar power station, 2 MW, was under construction in the Niedere Tauern mountain range.[5]

Photovoltaic installations[edit]

Photovoltaic deployment in Austria had been rather modest for many years, while in other European countries, such as Germany, Italy or Spain installations were booming with new records year after year until 2011. The tide has turned in 2012, as annual PV deployment jumped to more than 200 megawatt in an overall declining European solar market. The European Photovoltaic Industry Association forecasts, that Austria, together with other midsized countries, will contribute significantly to European PV deployment in the coming years.[6]

Year end Installed
(MWp)
Capacity
(MWp)
Refs
2008 4.6 32.4 [7]
2009 20.2 52.6 [7][8]
2010 42.9 95.5 [8][9]
2011 91.7 187.2 [9][10]
2012 234.5 421.7 [10][11]
2013 268.7 690.4 [11]
Source: Photovoltaic Barometer

Capacity in MWp[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ EUROBSER'VER. "Photovoltaic Barometer - installations 2012 and 2013" (PDF). http://www.energies-renouvelables.org. p. 7. Archived from the original on 9 September 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  2. ^ EurObserv'ER: Solar thermal and concentrated solar power barometer - May 2014
  3. ^ History
  4. ^ Austrian Nuclear Plant Becomes Solar Power Station
  5. ^ Albasolar provides 2MW for the largest solar Park in Austria
  6. ^ a b "Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics 2014-2018" (PDF). www.epia.org. EPIA - European Photovoltaic Industry Association. pp. 21,24,27,31. Archived from the original on 12 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  7. ^ a b EUROBSER'VER. "Photovoltaic Barometer - installations 2008 and 2009" (PDF). http://www.energies-renouvelables.org. pp. 4,5. Archived from the original on 16 June 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b EUROBSER'VER. "Photovoltaic Barometer - installations 2009 and 2010" (PDF). http://www.energies-renouvelables.org. p. 4. Archived from the original on 16 June 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b EUROBSER'VER. "Photovoltaic Barometer - installations 2010 and 2011" (PDF). http://www.energies-renouvelables.org. p. 6. Archived from the original on 16 June 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b EUROBSER'VER. "Photovoltaic Barometer - installations 2011 and 2012" (PDF). http://www.energies-renouvelables.org. p. 7. Archived from the original on 16 June 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  11. ^ a b EUROBSER'VER. "Photovoltaic Barometer - installations 2012 and 2013" (PDF). http://www.energies-renouvelables.org. pp. 5,6. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 

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