European Parliament confirms commitment to solar

Today, the European Parliament has formally approved the recast Renewable Energy Directive .

Aurelie Beauvais, Policy Director of SolarPower Europe said: “Today’s vote shows the European Parliament’s strong commitment to solar and our clean energy future. The 32% renewable energy target will significantly boost solar deployment and add thousands of new local solar jobs in Europe. The recast Renewable Energy Directive also ensures a strong framework for self-consumption and prosumers; securing the rights of EU households and businesses to self-generate, consume and store the energy they produce. This is a major achievement and is paving the way toward EU leadership in solar and renewables”

Beauvais added “Now we need to ensure that the upcoming electricity market design is fit for solar, by enabling small-scale solar, active consumers and securing appropriate rules for storage, demand response and aggregation to provide new services. The right market design coupled with the new Renewable Energy Directive, will fast-track the energy transition and unleash a new solar age in Europe.

Member States will have to apply the Renewable Energy Directive into national laws and take effect on 1 January 2021.

For more information

Kristina Thoring – Communications Director

T: +32 2 709 55 26

Email: k.thoring@solarpowereurope.org

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