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Demand For PV In The Middle East And Africa Is Increased By 170% This Year.
- Aug 22, 2018 -

Demand for PV in the Middle East and Africa is increased by 170% this year.

According to GTM Research data, PV demand in the Middle East and Africa is expected to grow by 170% in 2018.


It is expected that this year's PV deployment will reach 3.6GW, reaching 20GW in 2020. The 83.7GW installed capacity will be installed in the region over the next 2018-2023 years.

The report also discloses that 12.3GW utility-scale solar projects are currently under construction, and 21 GW solar projects are in the pre-contract phase.

Tenders for major utilities such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have increased regional demand, and Africa is expected to contribute more than 6.4 gigawatts of solar installed capacity from 2020, with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates accounting for half of all new solar installed capacity in the region by 2023.

GTM Research predicts that the global solar market's new installed capacity will drop to 85.2 GW in 2018, mainly because China decided to limit its two major markets, utility size and distributed generation (DG), by the end of May.

The installed capacity of solar PV in Brazil totaled 1.6 gigas.

According to official statistics, by the end of June 2018, Brazil had installed 1,307 MW of large-scale solar power, while 296 MW of distributed photovoltaic (below 5 MW) power. In the past 12 months, the installed capacity of grid connected photovoltaic is 1.36 gigawatts.

Brazil had 1,601 megawatts of grid-connected solar installed capacity at the end of June 2018, according to the monthly communique of the Ministry of Energy and Mining (MEM) on power system monitoring.

By the end of June 2017, utilities-scale solar power accounted for only 145 megawatts, compared with 92 megawatts of distributed devices. That means a total of 1.36 gigawatts have been connected to the country's power grid over the past 12 months, and both sectors have grown more strongly than ever before.

However, most of the 1.36 gigawatts are installed in the second half of 2017. In fact, MEM emphasized that the new solar power generated in the first six months of this year is only 337.9 megawatts.

Despite this strong growth, solar power accounts for only 1% of Brazil's total electricity generation, of which 0.8% includes large solar power facilities and 0.2% comes from distributed generation.

Hydropower is still the largest source of electricity, accounting for 63.7%, followed by thermal power plants (including biomass), accounting for 27.2%. Wind energy is the third largest source of electricity, accounting for 8.1% of the total installed capacity of 12.9 gigas.

Looking ahead, MEM says it expects the newly installed PV capacity to reach 490.2 MW in 2018 and 495.1 MW in 2019. However, MEM typically provides conservative forecasts, especially because of the huge potential of distributed generation, which could be much larger in the next two years.