July 28 (SeeNews) - Italy installed 190.1 MW of wind farms and 127.4 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the first half (H1) of 2015, Italian renewable energy association ANIE Rinnovabili said Monday.
Solar installations revived in May and June after weaker activity in January-April, ANIE noted. The combined capacity of newly installed small solar system, of between 3 kW and 6 kW, was 46 MW. In the 20 kW-200 kW range, H1 installations were 27.86 MW.
As regards to wind power, the 190 MW of new capacity came mainly from small systems too. The number of installations for the period under review was 384.
The country also installed 53.9 MW of hydropower capacity, spread among 95 plants.
Italy ranks second in Europe in terms of solar capacity with 18.45 GW operational at the end of 2014, according to the EurObserv’ER. Germany is number-one with 38.3 GW. Italy also had 8.66 GW of wind at the end of last year, a report by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) shows.