On the 18th of March at the 2nd edition of the Clean Energy Industrial Forum in Brussels, SolarPower Europe presented a new paper entitled ‘An industrial policy for solar in Europe’, outlining a supply-side industrial strategy for the solar value chain in Europe.
The paper, developed with the support of SolarPower Europe’s Industrial Competitiveness Task Force, details SolarPower Europe’s key asks and recommendations to further support the growth of the European solar industry.
The key targets for a practical solar supply side policy from the paper include:
- More than 300,000 solar jobs by 2030 in Europe compared to 81,000 Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs) in 2016.
- At least 20% of Europe’s electricity demand powered by solar energy by 2030, driving the competitiveness of the EU PV supply chain, and therefore job creation and value creation in Europe.
- To reach at least 30 million solar roofs installed in Europe by 2030.
- Accelerate the deployment of utility-scale solar in Europe.
- Boost the market uptake of innovative solar technologies developed in Europe such as Building Integrated PV and floating solar.
- Explore the contribution of solar energy beyond the power sector, through solar-based sector coupling.
- Policymakers should provide an attractive business environment and develop top runner investment programs for large-scale manufacturing facilities in cutting-edge solar technologies.
- Re-open negotiations on the Environmental Goods Agreement and work with international partners to eliminate trade barriers on green goods and support European solar companies in accessing new markets.