The 27 countries in the bloc generated nearly 39 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity from solar panels in June and July, up 10.9 TWh from 2018, according to data from Ember.
New records were also set in eight EU countries, including Spain and Germany, according to the report, as panel production and use increased.
“There are exciting green shoots in the major solar markets where solar is taking off, but overall it is not growing fast enough,” said Ember analyst Charles Moore.
Total production from solar panels is lower than the supply of electricity from coal, which stood at 14% for the region in June and July 2021, according to the report.
As part of a set of climate policies, the European Commission has proposed an overhaul of the rules on renewable energy, which decide how quickly the bloc should increase the use of sources such as wind, solar and produced biomass. from pellets or wood chips.
It set an interim target for the EU to increase the share of these renewables to 40% of final consumption by 2030, from around 20% in 2019.
Ember data showed that Germany maintained the largest share of solar power generation in the region, from 11.5 TWh to 13.4 TWh, which represented 17% of the total electricity produced in the region. the country during the summer period in 2021.
Spain experienced the strongest growth for the summer period over four years, more than doubling from 3.1 TWh in 2018 to 6.4 TWh in 2021, which represented 16% of the total electricity produced in the country in 2021, according to data.
The Netherlands posted the second largest growth in four years, almost tripling solar panel production to 3.2 TWh from 1.1 TWh in 2018, increasing the country’s share of total electricity from 10% to 17 %.
The substantial increase in electricity generation in both countries was a “reflection” of ambitious legislation, Charles said.
Italy was the third largest producer of energy from solar panels in 2021 but did not experience substantial growth over the same period, from 5.7 TWh to almost 6 TWh, according to the data.
Solar supply in the EU-27 has increased on average by 14 TWh per year in 2019 and 2020 and is expected to do the same in 2021, but will need to more than double to reach 30 TWh per year to meet the climate targets of 2030, according to The report.