Photovoltaic meets 4.3% of Italian electricity demand in February 2013

Italian grid operator Terna SpA has reported that electricity generation from solar photovoltaics (PV) increased 11% year-over-year in February 2013 to 1.11 TWh, enough to meet 4.3% of demand.

In the first two months of 2013 PV produced 1.87 TWh, a 3.2% increase over 2012 and enough to meet 3.5% of demand. In 2012 PV met 5.6% of electricity demand in the nation, the highest percentage in any large nation to date.

High percentage of Italian renewable electricity generation

Overall, Italy has a one of the highest rates of electricity generation from renewables of any large nation. PV, wind energy, geothermal power and hydroelectricity have met 23% of demand in the first two months of 2013.

The nation met 25% of demand with these renewables over the full year 2012, slightly higher than Germany’s 23% renewable generation.