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Belgium’s cumulative installed PV capacity surpassed 2.6GW at the end of 2012, according to provisional statistics released by Belgian renewable energy association Apere.

Apere said this means that at least 525MW of new PV capacity was added in Belgium in 2012 –  although the association stressed this figure could eventually be revised upward due to several additional PV projects that were completed in 2012 but are still undergoing examination.

The French-speaking region of Wallonia ended 2012 with more than 500 MW of installed PV capacity, while the Flemish-speaking region of Flanders closed the year with 2,061MW.

The region of Brussels, despite only having 15MW of cumulative PV capacity at the end of 2012, registered an 83% annual growth rate. Belgium’s three regions each have their own individual incentive schemes, and each region has its own regulations for solar.