With major policy changes on the table in the UK, Germany, France and at the EU, 2015 will be a crucial year for renewables
By Bernd Radowitz, Berlin & Christopher Hopson, London
Friday, January 02 2015 Updated: Friday, January 02 2015
The European renewables market is expected to be largely stable in 2015, but it will continue to evolve, as governments in key markets such as Germany, the UK and France weigh up important policy changes and the EU takes decisions that will impact on the energy industry for the next 15 years.
About 8.7GW of wind and 10.7GW of solar are in line to be installed across Europe this year, according to the IHS and Solarbuzz consultancies, respectively, with the market continuing to be policy-driven — yet with a small, but growing, crop of projects being built without government support.
Despite its overcast, cloudy weather, the UK will be the biggest solar market in 2015, with Solarbuzz predicting 3.1GW of installations — eclipsing both Germany (1.9GW) and France (1.45GW).