According to new data released by the Belgian trade agency Promotion des Energies Renouvelables (APERe), Belgium’s new photovoltaic deployment last year exceeded the 1GW threshold for the first time. This Central European country will have an installed capacity of approximately 1,010 MW in 2020, setting a new record in terms of new photovoltaic deployment. As of the end of December, its cumulative solar capacity has exceeded 6GW.
In 2020, the total installed capacity of photovoltaic systems in Belgium is 1,010 MW, of which 800 MW in the Dutch-speaking Flemish Region, 150 MW in the French-speaking Wallonia Region, and 50 MW in the Brussels-Capital Region.
For comparison, the newly installed photovoltaic capacity in 2019 and 2018 was only 544MW and 367 MW.
Both Flanders and Brussels have significantly increased new installed capacity this year, while Wallonia has significantly reduced. The main reason for this slowdown is that large-scale installations with 250-750 kW have dropped by 60%, and super-large installations with 750 kW and above have dropped by 85%.
In Flanders, the government announced a 15-year grace period for owners of photovoltaic systems that use net metering to avoid installing smart meters. Subsequently, residential installations increased by 45%. However, the grace period was invalidated by a ruling of the Constitutional Court in January.
Across the country, small installations with a scale of no more than 10kW account for 60-65% of the total installed capacity, while photovoltaic arrays with 10-250 kWp account for 10%, and installations less than 10 kW or greater than 250 kW account for 2% each.