Well done, Italy! Renewable energy target for 2020 already surpassed in the country
20 Mar

Well done, Italy! Renewable energy target for 2020 already surpassed in the country

Italy is doing very well in terms of renewable energy and, as for now, over 17% of its energy comes from renewable sources. These are the latest data released by Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical office.

What’s even better, is that Italy is basically ahead of its target for 2020, having tripled the figure of 6.3 percent in 2004.

Italy is not the only country in Europe that has reached its target: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland, and Sweden have also already achieved the feat. A satisfying result that places Italy 13th out of the 28 member states.

In particular, the country seems to love solar power – and that shouldn’t be surprising, since everyone knows how warm and lovely Italian sun is. The renewable energy sector might also create even more benefit for the country: after the local government agency GSE has published new rules for the revamping and repowering of existing installations, it is believed that the new rules will create new business opportunities for both solar manufacturers and developers.

The Italian regions with the largest growth in terms of new renewable energy plants are Basilicata, Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Lombardy, Veneto, Valle d’Aosta e Tuscany.