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Posted on on May 26th, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (


From the publisher of EU Renewable Energy “Barometers.”

The 2013 EurObserv’ER Photovoltaic Barometer has been released. This new report focuses on developments in Europe regarding photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation for the year 2012.
The bi-lingual EurObserv’ER PV Barometer is available for free download at:
(PDF, English/French, 24 pages, 2.2 MB)

Key data for the year 2012 for the European Union (EU-27):
–       Photovoltaic capacity connected in the EU in 2012: 16.5 GWp (22.0 GWp in 2011)
–       Installed PV capacity 68.6 GWp in the European Union at the end of 2012 (52.1 GWp end 2011)
–       Photovoltaic electricity generated in the EU in 2012: 68.1 TWh (45.3 TWh in 2011)

ENGLISH – Read more in the press release:

FRANCAIS – Plus d’informations dans le communiqué de presse:

DEUTSCH – Lesen Sie weiter in der deutschen Pressemitteilung unter:

ESPANOL – Si desea más información, consulte la nota de prensa en español en:

Another way to stay informed on future releases is to follow #EurObserv’ER through Twitter at

See also the EurObserv’ER policy files at with renewable energy policies in all 27 EU Member States for all technologies.
The next EurObserv’ER release will regard solar thermal energy (water heaters and concentrating solar power).
About the EurObserv’ER Barometer: Targeting the press and the interested general public, the EurObserv’ER consortium releases ‘Technology Barometers’ every other month.
The barometers focus on the latest state of renewable energies (solar energy, wind power, hydropower, geothermal energy and bioenergy) in EU member states.

Note: the interactive database on the website —
(click on ‘Interactive EurObserv’ER Database’ on the homepage) —
allows you to download the Barometer data separately.
This allows you to create your own graphs to be used in your publication.


Direct links to all 2013/2012/2011 EurObserv’ER publications:

Solar Photovoltaic Barometer
(April 2013, PDF, 26 pages, English/French language, 2.2 MB):

Wind Power Barometer
(February 2013, PDF, English/French, 24 pages, 2.4 MB):

‘The State of Renewable Energies in Europe’, 2012 edition
(January 2013, PDF, English/French language, 240 pages, 15 MB)

Solid Biomass Barometer
(December 2012, PDF, English/French language, 16 pages, 2.1 MB)

Biogas Barometer
(December 2012, PDF, English/French language, 14 pages, 2.0 MB)

Renewable Municipal Waste Barometer
(December 2012, PDF, English/French language, 12 pages, 1.9 MB)

Biofuels Barometer
(July 2012, PDF, English/French language, 21 pages, 3.6 MB)

Solar Thermal Barometer
(June 2012, PDF, 24 pages, English/French language, 3.7 MB):

Ground source Heat Pump Barometer
(September 2011, PDF, English/French language, 20 pages, 2.6 MB)


Kind request: if you are referring to EurObserv’ER data in an article, report or other medium, please reference the source as follows:
“Source: EurObserv’ER, HYPERLINK “, 2013”.

When including a web link to an article on the Barometer, for technical reasons please use and not a direct link to the PDF file.

The EurObserv’ER barometer is a project supported by the European Commission within the DG Energy “Intelligent Energy Europe” programme.
It is also supported by Ademe, the French Environment and Energy management Agency, and Caisse des Dépôts.
The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the author.
It does not represent the opinion of the European Union, nor that of Ademe, or Caisse des dépôts.
Neither the EACI, the European Commission, Ademe nor Caisse des dépôts are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

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