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Sustainability 2017, 9(5), 783; doi:10.3390/su9050783

Snapshot of Photovoltaics—March 2017

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Directorate C: Energy, Transport and Climate, Energy Efficiency and Renewables Unit, Via E. Fermi 2749, I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 11 April 2017 / Revised: 28 April 2017 / Accepted: 5 May 2017 / Published: 9 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
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Renewable energy use, especially from solar photovoltaic electricity generation, is growing at a much faster pace than the rest of the economy world-wide. The significant cost reduction of solar PV over the last decade and the zero-fuel cost volatility have increased solar PV’s attractiveness. In 2016, the newly installed solar PV power of about 75 GW was more than all the world-wide installed capacity until the end of 2011. The fact that the Paris Agreement went into force on 4 November 2016 will be another accelerating factor for the use of electricity from renewable energy sources. Apart from the electricity sector, renewable energy sources for the generation of heat and environmental friendly synthetic-fuels for the transport sector will become more and more important in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: renewable energies; photovoltaic; energy challenge; policy options; technological development; market development; Paris Agreement (COP 21) renewable energies; photovoltaic; energy challenge; policy options; technological development; market development; Paris Agreement (COP 21)

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