Poland is an EU solar market to watch

Solar in Poland is growing rapidly, with a current 3.9 GW capacity. The country is well on track to reach its NECP goal of 7.8 GW of solar by 2025. The Instytut Energetyki Odnawialnej (IEO) has reported that by December 2020, 10 GW worth of  preliminary grid project permits were acquired, marking the sustained growth of solar in Poland. 

In SolarPower Europe’s Country Profile and EU Solar Market Outlook we predict that through 2024, Poland’ annual solar capacity will increase by 46% as renewable energy prices continue to drop, distributed energy technologies grow further, and newer innovations take over the market. But the solar opportunity is far greater: there is the potential for a 300% increase in Poland’s solar capacity by 2024. 

On an EU level, currently Poland has a 12% solar market share. However, as France and other large EU markets scale-up, the current prediction is that Poland would shrink to a EU market share of 6% by 2024. However, if Poland strives to increase deployment and capture the solar potential, it can remain a competitive European market. 

We thank the Polish Society for Photovoltaics (PV POLAND) for their contribution to the EU Solar Market Outlook. 

Photo: Workers installing solar on a residential roof in Ochojno, Poland (Wjarek, Shutterstock)

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