GVR Report cover Europe Residential Solar PV Panels Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Europe Residential Solar PV Panels Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Technology (Thin Film, Crystalline Silicone), By Grid Type (On-grid, Off-grid), By Country, And Segment Forecast, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-966-3
  • Number of Report Pages: 80
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2019 - 2020
  • Forecast Period: 2022 - 2030 
  • Industry: Energy & Power

Report Overview

The Europe residential solar PV panels market size was valued at USD 32.23 million in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.6% from 2022 to 2030. The rising concerns over carbon gas emissions caused by power generation and the transition from nonrenewable energy to renewable energy are some of the key factors expected to result in a surge in the demand for residential solar energy and panels in Europe over the forecast period.

U.K. residential solar PV panels market size, by technology, 2020 - 2030 (USD Billion)

The U.K. is the largest market for residential solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in Europe owing to the higher adoption of solar PV panels for residential applications. The favorable government policies are expected to promote the growth of the market in the country. The homeowners in the country can easily sell their surplus electricity to various power companies in the area.

The government of the U.K. has set a net-zero electricity grid target by 2035 and plans to stop using fossil fuels for energy generation. The country has been issuing favorable policies to achieve this target.  In January 2022, the government of the U.K. reduced the tax on solar PV panels and other renewable power generation products to promote the adoption of solar PV panels for residential applications. The value-added tax was reduced by 5% for the installation of residential solar PV panel systems.

The U.K. started the implementation of renewable energy with the implementation of Renewables Obligation (RO) in 2002. The renewables obligation was last amended in 2015, which is still in effect today and is currently the main support mechanism for renewable energy projects in the U.K. The policy implements obligations for electricity suppliers in the U.K. for a certain portion of their electricity to be obtained from renewable sources. The policy also implemented a system of feed-in tariffs for small-scale power generation.

In January 2022, the government of the U.K. announced a reduction in VAT for solar panel and their installation. Homeowners receive a 5% tax deduction in VAT for the installation of solar PV systems in their homes. People with disability and those over 60 years may be eligible for further tax cuts on their solar PV systems.

Technology Insights

Based on technology, the Europe residential solar PV panels market has been segmented into thin film, crystalline silicon, and others. In terms of revenue, thin film accounted for the largest share of 46.27% in 2021. The growth can be attributed due to its narrow design, strong durability, and manufacturing from flexible & lightweight materials. Thin-film solar PV panels find major application in commercial and utility-scale projects as these lightweight panels have reduced installation costs. The low efficiency of thin-film solar PV panels is compensated with the economies-of-scale installation. Thin-film solar panels are being developed as a cost-effective substitute for silicon-based solar modules as these panels can be easily produced in mass.

Crystalline silicon is witnessing high demand and outperforming production capacities, which are driving the prices. The crystalline silicon segment is expected to progress at a CAGR of 6.9% over the forecast period. Crystalline silicon panels are manufactured by encapsulating cells of crystalline silicone in a grid between glass and an anti-reflective coating which make up the larger panel.

The others segment includes the organic and concentrating types of solar PV panels. Organic solar PV panels use conductive organic polymers or small organic molecules to generate electricity. The majority of organic solar PV panels are polymer based and are used for off-grid applications in consumer electronics and home appliances. Organic solar PV panels are not as efficient as thin film and crystalline silicon making them unviable for large-scale energy production.

Grid Type Insights

Based on grid type, the market is segmented into on-grid and off-grid. In terms of revenue, the on-grid type segment accounted for a 96.96% share in 2021. The dominant position of the on-grid type segment in the solar PV panels market can be attributed to the low operating cost of the on-grid system and grid-connected PV systems being able to transfer energy through the grid coupled with their non-complexity. On-grid PV systems have low operating costs as the excess electricity generated by them is transmitted to grids.

The increased demand for grid-connected solar power sources and the surged usage of solar energy storage solutions, along with government policies and incentives, to encourage the installation of solar PV systems contribute to the growth of the on-grid type segment of solar PV panels market in the region.

Europe residential solar PV panels market share, by grid type, 2021 (%) 

The off-grid type segment is projected to grow at a CAGR of 18.1% over the forecast period. Off-grid systems are self-sustaining systems as they store and save energy obtained from solar PV into batteries for use when grids face power outages. The rising energy demand from isolated locations worldwide, along with the formulation and stringent implementation of various regulatory policies for decentralizing the power generation sector, is expected to positively influence the growth of the off-grid type segment.

Country Insights

In 2021, the U.K. held the largest share of 17.17%. Factors including reducing dependence on oil and gas for energy production and promotion of small-scale solar PV panel installation for self-consumption for end users are projected to drive the adoption of the solar PV panels for residential applications over the forecast period.

The increasing cost of generating electricity using fossil fuels coupled with the carbon emission goals set up by different countries to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases is expected to propel the growth. The countries in Europe have implemented favorable regulations and incentive schemes for the adoption of residential solar PV panels. The European Union has increased funding to promote R&D and manufacturing activity of solar PV panels which is one of the major factors driving the region's growth.

Based on revenue, France is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.1% from 2022 to 2030. The government of France has implemented various incentive schemes to promote the use of solar PV panels for residential use as a part of its energy transition process from fossil fuels. The country provides preferential loans to homeowners who want to install solar PV panel systems in their houses.

The loans are tax-free and offer a low interest rate to incentivize people to set up a solar power system. Homeowners who generate more electricity than the consumption can sell the surplus electricity back to power companies at a premium price of up to USD 0.203 per kWh.

In 2016, the government of Germany introduced a subsidy on solar PV panels with battery storage installations in houses. The scheme provides loans to homeowners on up to 25% of the total cost of the installation of solar PV panels and storage solutions. The country also has a feed in tariffs for the surplus energy generated by the solar power station. The feed in tariffs were up to USD 0.14 per KWH for the sale of the surplus energy generated.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is characterized by the presence of many local, regional, and global suppliers. It is very competitive and every player is constantly competing for a greater share. Fierce competition, rapid technological advances, frequent changes in government policy, and strict environmental regulations are some of the key factors that can drive the industry’s growth. Vendors compete for cost, product quality, reliability, and aftermarket service. Providers need to offer cost-effective and efficient products to survive and succeed in a highly competitive market environment. Some prominent players in the Europe residential solar PV panels market include:


  • E.ON UK plc

  • EDF Group

  • Edison Spa

  • Enel Spa


  • ENI Group

  • Jinko Solar

  • LG Electronics

  • LONGi

  • TotalEnergies

Europe Residential Solar PV Panels Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2022

USD 34.74 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 62.33 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 7.6% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2019 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030  

Quantitative units

Volume in MWh, Revenue in USD Million, and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Technology, grid type, country

Regional Scope


Country scope

France; Italy; Spain; U.K.; Germany; Poland; Portugal; Belgium

Key companies profiled

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, Ltd.; ENGIE; E.ON UK plc; EDF Group; Enel Spa; ENI Group; Jinko Solar; LONGi; Trina Solar; TotalEnergies; LG Electronics; Edison Spa

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Europe Residential Solar PV Panels Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at regional and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2019 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the Europe residential solar PV panels market report based on technology, grid type, and country:

Europe Residential Solar PV Panels Market Segmentation

  • Technology Outlook (Volume, MWh; Revenue, USD Million, 2019 - 2030)

    • Thin Film

    • Crystalline Silicon

    • Others

  • Grid type Outlook (Volume, MWh; Revenue, USD Million, 2019 - 2030)

    • On Grid

    • Off Grid

  • Country Outlook (Volume, MWh; Revenue, USD Million, 2019 - 2030)

    • Europe

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • Poland

      • Portugal

      • Belgium

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