According to data recently released by the Italian Photovoltaic Association, the installed capacity of photovoltaic systems installed in Italy in the first half of this year was 2.3GW, an increase of approximately 12% compared with the same period in 2022. As of the end of March this year, the country's cumulative installed photovoltaic system capacity reached 27.4GW.

About 47% of new PV systems added in Italy in the first half of this year were from residential PV systems, with recent growth driven by the commercial and industrial sector (C&I) and utility-scale PV projects with an installed capacity of more than 1MW.

"The number of photovoltaic systems connected to the grid increased by 49% in the second quarter compared with the first quarter of this year," the Italian Photovoltaic Association said.

Grid connection of photovoltaic systems above 1MW, which had been stalled from July 2022, resumed in the second quarter of this year. Specifically, two 10MW photovoltaic power stations in Piedmont and Puglia and a 36MW photovoltaic power station in Sardinia have been connected to the grid.

On the contrary, the installed capacity of PV systems in the residential sector fell slightly, from 569MW in the first quarter of 2023 to 528MW in the second quarter, due to the expiration of the incentives provided.

Across Italy, the regions with the highest newly installed photovoltaic capacity are Lombardy (429MW), Veneto (353MWS) and Emilia-Romagna (235MW).

To date, Lombardy has installed a total of 3.58GW of photovoltaic systems, maintaining its leading market position in Italy and widening the gap with Puglia. A total of 3.18GW of photovoltaic systems have been installed in Puglia. Lombardy leads the way with 429MW of PV systems installed in the first half of the year, followed by Veneto (353MW) and Emilia-Romagna (235MW).