Italy added 170MW of new PV capacity in the month of April, according to the Italian energy agency Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE).

This figure is down on the 214MW figure recorded in the previous month, though it is higher than the 126MW recorded in February.

To date, a total of 16.9GW of PV capacity from 515,702 PV systems have been installed in Italy under the government’s feed-in tariff, while a further 1,782 PV systems with a combined capacity of 525MW are currently registered to the scheme but not yet operational, GSE figures reveal.

The PV counter on the GSE website also reveals that €6.6 billion (US$8.7 billion) of funding has already been allocated, which means that just €100 million is left before the scheme hits its €6.7 billion cap and ends. The remaining funds are widely expected to be taken up by the end of the first half of this year.

Despite the removal of the subsidies, the Italian government remains optimistic and has forecast an annual growth of 1GW in solar capacity.