Solar PV installed capacity in Flanders, Belgium, experienced a 69.15% drop this year since 2011.
According to Flemish energy regulator VREG, Flanders has added 245MW of new PV capacity so far this year, beaten only by biogas which generated 250MW, bringing the region’s total installed PV capacity to 1.94GW.
These figures correlate with the decrease in green certificates awarded to consumers from the Flemish electricity board VREG. In 2011, 84.264 certificates were offered, but in 2012 the number fell by over half to 36.594.
Residents of Flanders can sell green certificates to their electricity provider, which essentially works in the same way as a feed-in tariff in other European countries.
In 2011, the region installed 794.144MW which can be attributed to residents clamouring to install solar panels before the quarterly cut to green certificate prices.