Solar accounted for 1.3% of electricity demand in 2011 across the European territories covered by umbrella grid operator body ENTSO-E, figures published by the organisation reveal.
Across the 41 grids in 34 countries covered by the European Network of Transmission Operators for Electricity, PV and solar thermal produced 45,649GWh of electricity in 2011.
This was more than double the total output in 2010, when solar contributed 21,539GWh of electricity.
The organisation’s 2011 statistical summary also reveals that at the close of last year, ENTO-E territories had a total of 47.6GW of installed solar capacity. At the end of 2010 the comparable figure stood at 28.2GW.