In our Country (Italy) mean annual solar radiation ranges from 3.6 kW per square metre in the Po river plain area, to 4.7 kW in Central-Southern Italy, to 5.4 kW in Sicily: consequently some regions have a production potential that is very high, however, it can be said that the entire national territory is characterized by very favourable conditions for the installation of plants for the production of solar power. Italy is one of the countries with the largest production of solar energy and is in the vanguard also in the sector of research of technological innovations.
According to Gestore dei Servizi Elettrici (GSE) in 2012 in Italy there were 478,331 solar power plants, with an installed capacity of 16,419.8 MW. So between 2011 and 2012 the number of photovoltaic installations grew by 44.9%, while the installed capacity of 28.5%.
(Source: Rapporto statistico 2012 – Impianti a fonti rinnovabili, GSE 2013)

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