European Solar Power Market, Forecast to 2025

Double-digit Growth is Forecast for the European Solar PV Market, Thanks to Declining Prices, Ambitious Targets and Strong Growth in Utility-scale Projects
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Published: 24 Oct 2018

This research presents an analysis of the European solar power market. This study includes an in-depth analysis of the market with a specific focus on nine countries—Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Turkey and the Netherland—besides the Nordic Countries and Rest of Europe. End-user groups are residential, commercial & industrial and utility scale. Installed capacity and expected trends in end-user segments vary across countries. Application and technology are covered from the EU perspective. This study provides the description and analysis of the European solar power market at the top-level, as well as at the regional market level. Following a significant drop in capacity addition in 2016, the European solar PV industry staged a recovery in 2017 by adding 8.6 GW solar capacity. The region is expected to add 16.5 GW by 2025 and grow at a CAGR of 8.4%. The European solar market generated €9.64 billion in 2017. It is expected to perform well in 2018 and generate revenue of €11.7 billion, increasing by 23.3% over the previous year. Continuing declines in solar PV costs, re-modelled support schemes and regulations, and energy storage alternatives are the key drivers for the market. Self-funding, power purchase agreements (PPAs) and leasing will remain the main financing models in EU countries. New business models such as on-site direct wire mini PPAs will be used to overcome regulatory barriers. The research methodology adopted is a combination of primary and secondary research. Secondary research involves desk-based research. Primary research involves interaction with market participants and getting their perspective and feedback on our analysis.

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