Solar Magazine – The Hard Numbers

While consumers in Flanders bought almost 50 percent more solar panels in the first 5 months of the year, companies are still lagging behind. This week in ‘The Hard Numbers’ the Flemish PV market.

These are new figures from the Flemish Energy and Climate Agency (VEKA). While consumer installed capacity has grown from 47.76 to 70.66 megawatts, corporate capacity fell by 63 percent in the first 5 months of the year.

748 additional installations
Incidentally, these are preliminary figures, which means that actual growth will be even higher. For example, the figures for installations less than 10 kilowatts for January were previously upgraded from 5.94 to 7.05 megawatts and later 8.16 megawatts. In the new data, that figure has also been increased again, to 8.39 megawatts. Such increases therefore occur on an ongoing basis. For example, since the last update for April, VEKA has registered an additional 748 new installations; good at 3.37 megawatts. The figures for the month of May are therefore also lower than the actual realized capital.

The reason is that new installations have to go through several steps. As a result, in many cases they are only registered by the network operators a few months after commissioning. Data from the most recent quarter are therefore by definition incomplete and according to VEKA an underestimation of reality.

By asset class
The table below shows the newly installed solar panel installations registered by VEKA in 2022. The stated capacities are the capacities of the inverter (alternating current).

Active class

Number of installations

Power (inverter)

Less than 10 kilowatts

16,430

70.67 megawatts

10 to 40 kilowatts

15

0.33 megawatts

40 to 250 kilowatts

15

1.56 megawatts

250 to 750 kilowatts

Larger than 750 kilowatts

1

16.00 megawatts

Total

12,849 th most common

72.60 megawatts

By province
The distribution of the number of new installations in 2022 per. province is as follows:

Province

Number of installations

Power (inverter)

Antwerp

4,026

17.91 megawatts

Limburg

2,202

26.23 megawatts

East Flanders

3,997

17.38 megawatts

Flemish Brabant

2,835

12.99 megawatts

West Flanders

3,401

14.06 megawatts

Total

16,461

88.57 megawatts

The 2 graphs below show the number of new installations at consumers (less than 10 kilowatts) and the inverter power involved for the period January-May in 2021 and 2022.

25 percent more installations
The table below compares the number of new installations in the calendar years 2021 and 2022 and shows that this has increased by 25 percent.

System size (number of installations)

Jan-May 2021

Jan-May 2022

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Less than 10 kilowatts

13,031

16,430

+ 26 percent

10 to 40 kilowatts

61

15

– 75 percent

40 to 250 kilowatts

336

15

– 96 percent

250 to 750 kilowatts

35

– 100 percent

Larger than 750 kilowatts

7

1

– 86 percent

Total

13,470 th most common

16,461

+ 22 percent

The table below shows a comparison between the capacity of the new installations in the calendar years 2021 and 2022 and shows that this has fallen by 21 percent. This is due to the commercial market (red systems larger than 10 kilowatts), which welcomed 63 percent less power in the period January-April compared to the previous calendar year.

System size (power in megawatts)

Jan-May 2021

Jan-May 2022

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Less than 10 kilowatts

47.76

70.66

+ 48 percent

10 to 40 kilowatts

1.46

0.33

– 68 percent

40 to 250 kilowatts

36.54

1.56

– 93 percent

250 to 750 kilowatts

16.31

REACH

Larger than 750 kilowatts

10.50

16.00

+52 percent

Total

112.57

88.55

-21 percent

4,423.15 megawatts
In addition, Flanders has minimally increased the amount of solar panels that will be installed in 2021, from 298.29 megawatts to 298.48 megawatts. It is again a bit closer to the target of 300 megawatts, which Energy Minister Zuhal Demir used last calendar year.

According to VEKA, Flanders now has a total of 4,423.15 megawatts of photovoltaic systems at the end of April. The diagram below shows the installed capacity per calendar year up to and including May 2022.

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