PV adds 30GW in 2012, EPIA says

The world added about 30GW of grid-connected PV capacity in 2012, compared to 31.3GW the year prior, as emerging solar markets failed to completely offset flagging demand in Europe.

The 2012 figure may yet be upwardly revised by 1-2GW, leaving the world with another record year on its hands, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), which provided the estimate.

EPIA initially pegged 2011 additions at 27.7GW, only to later revise it to 31.3GW.

However, if the 2012 figure holds static, it would be the first time in years that the industry has not topped its effort from the previous year. Globally, some 16.6GW of PV was added in 2010, 7.2GW in 2009 and 5.6GW in 2008.

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