11 August 2016

SolarPower Europe passes the 150 member milestone

SolarPower Europe now represents more than 150 organisations active across the whole solar value chain in Europe. This is an increase in membership of over 50% compared to the beginning of last year.

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25 July 2016

Solar industry unveils new tenders guideline

SolarPower Europe's tendering task force has developed new guidelines which outline best practice for tendering schemes that are easy to implement, whilst ensuring that policy objectives are reached cost-effectively. From 1st January 2017, the EU State Aid regime for environmental protection and energy require Member States to issue tenders for the procurement of new solar plants above 1 MW. 

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20 July 2016

Commission shift to electrified transport on the right track says Platform for Electro-Mobility

The Platform for Electro-mobility welcomes the Commission's Strategy for Low Emission Mobility in driving the shift to clean, low carbon transport powered by electricity. Integrating all type of emissions is one key element of the uptake of electric vehicles, especially in cities and urban areas, allowing local and regional authorities to better comply with other European standards beyond CO2 emissions.

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19 July 2016

Binding renewable energy target - legislative proposals must now deliver

The post-2020 renewable energy directive must act as a spine for the renewable energy target and hold Member States to account.

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13 July 2016

SolarPower Europe Addresses the Informal Energy Council

Today SolarPower Europe CEO James Watson, addressed the Informal Energy Ministerial meeting in Bratislava under the Slovak Presidency.

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5 July 2016

Joint position paper on the review of PEF in the framework of the Energy Efficiency Directive

The signing organizations of this joint statement support the European Commission's initiative to review the PEF value based on a standardized calculation method.

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5 July 2016

The Solar Industry of Europe calls for the End of Trade Measures on Chinese Solar Panels and Cells

Today 34 solar and renewable energy organisations sent a letter to Commissioner Malmstrom calling on the European Commission to end punitive trade measures on Chinese solar panels and cells. The organisations, representing over 1,3 million European jobs and more than 120,000 European companies, believe that the measures are having a negative impact on the solar sector in Europe.

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23 June 2016

O&M Best Practices Guidelines launched at Intersolar 

SolarPower Europe published its Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Best Practice Guidelines at Intersolar Europe. The Guidelines are the result of the work of the O&M Task Force convened in January 2015.

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21 June 2016

2016: Global solar boom, European demand slowing

SolarPower Europe released its flagship market report the 'Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2016-2020' showing that a total of 229 GW of solar power was installed in the world end of 2015, an over 45-fold market increase in only 10 years.

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16 June 2016

Energy Union proposals to unlock the benefits of demand sideflexibility and energy efficiency

The energy sector has embarked on a fundamental transformation. A crucial element of this transformation is the development of the demand side of energy markets through energy efficiency, demand side response, distributed generation, storage, the use of digital technologies.

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09 June 2016

Making the EU ETS relevant after the Paris Agreement

We, a group of companies involved across the energy sector, urge the EU to use the current revision of EU ETS to deliver the required low carbon investment signals to meet the long term objective agreed in Paris.

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 4 May 2016

SolarPower Europe Celebrates 100GW Solar Power Installed in Europe 

According to new information from IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), Europe recently reached an important solar energy milestone, installing 100 gigawatts (GW) of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) power. To mark this key development, SolarPower Europe, the industry association for solar power in the region, will hold a celebratory event on 29 September 2016 in Brussels.

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22 April 2016

SolarPower Europe joins the Platform for Electro-mobility 

The Platform for Electro-mobility is a collaborative multi-stakeholder effort to accelerate the transition in Europe towards sustainable multimodal electromobility, mobility that uses zero-resource electricity (wind, solar, wave, tidal) as the prime energy source.

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20 April 2016

Europaische Solarverband SolarPower Europe kritisiert EEG Entwurf

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5 April 2016

Cross-sector group of industry associations call on EU to deliver flexible power markets

SolarPower Europe and a group of other industry associations from different sectors have today called for ambitious proposals for electricity market reforms in 2016. The industry associations are challenging policymakers to adopt a flexible and dynamic energy system, making the best use of innovative and distributed supply and demand options.

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4 April 2016

Solar and Storage: Regulatory Adjustments needed to unlock huge Potential 

Solar and storage are mutually reinforcing and provide new opportunities for European consumers as well as for the grid. To unlock this potential, SolarPower Europe, the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) and the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers (EUROBAT) presented today joint proposals in a new policy paper on Solar and Storage.

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7 March 2016

SolarPower Europe calls for 35% renewable energy target

Today SolarPower Europe officially called on the European Commission, Member States and European Parliament to show more ambition on renewable energy in the light of the successful conclusion to COP21 in Paris. 

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4 March 2016

EGM: Four New Board of Directors Elected 

Four New Directors have been elected to the SolarPower Europe Board at the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 2 March. "We are delighted with our new board members, who represent diverse and strong market players bringing great competencies to our association," says Oliver Schafer, President of SolarPower Europe. 

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3 March 2016

2015: A Positive Year for Solar

In 2015, solar grew by 15% in Europe connecting 8 GW of solar power to the grid. Global grid-connected solar increased by 25% to an estimated 50.1 GW in 2015, from 40.2 GW in 2014. SolarPower Europe presented its industry figures today at the 11th Solar Market Workshop. 

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9 February 2016

European solar market grows 15% in 2015

In 2015, European countries connected around 8 GW of solar power systems to electrical networks, according to first estimates by SolarPower Europe, the association of the solar power sector in Europe. Demand for solar power systems in European countries increased by around 15% year-on-year, compared to 6.95 GW of new grid-connected solar power capacity in 2014.

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13 December 2015

New climate agreement fast-tracks energy transition

After two weeks of negotiations a climate agreement to curb greenhouse gases and limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2C has been reached.  "We are delighted by the outcome of COP21. The Paris agreement puts the energy transition in the fast-track as 196 countries have committed to legally binding targets, retreating from polluting fuels and investing in clean, sustainable energy" says Oliver Schafer, President of SolarPower Europe.

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7 December 2015

European Commission launches expiry review on solar trade measures

On Saturday 5th December, the European Commission announced the formal initiation of an expiry review into the trade defence measures in place on solar modules and cells imported from China. This means that the Minimum Import Price (MIP) and duties are extended for a maximum period of 15 months, while the European Commission conducts a review of the situation.

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6 December 2015

Global Solar Council launched at COP21

The Global Solar Council (GSC) has been established by the leading regional and national solar associations to unify the solar power sector at an international level, share best practices and accelerate global market developments. 

"Today the solar power sector has united to fight climate change," says Bruce Douglas, Chairman of the GSC and Chief Operating Officer at SolarPower Europe. 

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3 December 2015

Commitment towards a renewable-based energy system in Europe: a unique opportunity to limit global warming

Moving away from the extensive use of fossil fuels by focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency is an absolute prerequisite to stay below a 2 degrees Celsius temperature increase. Technical solutions to ensure a fuel switch in electricity production, heating and cooling of buildings, industrial processes as well as transport already exist.   

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3 December 2015

Solar Power Making a Major Contribution to Jobs and Wealth in Europe, but the Full Potential is not yet Realised

A new EY study assessing the socio-economic contribution of solar to jobs and value added in Europe is launched today. The study notes the impressive contribution that solar is making to job and wealth creation in Europe today and that by 2020, this contribution will grow. It also shows that the level of jobs in the solar sector has fallen from around 180,000 in 2008 to around 110,000 today.

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20 October 2015

European power sector says YES to an ambitious global agreement at COP21

11 associations active in the European energy sector urge the 196 parties to the Convention to reach an ambitious agreement at the end of this 21st session.

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18 November 2015

RES Statement on the State of the Energy Union

The European renewable energy industry welcomes the first State of the Energy Union which reiterates the Commissions commitment to a decarbonised energy system and sets milestones for the future governance of the Energy Union.

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6 October 2015

Minimum Import Price and Duties on Solar Modules and Cells: European Parliament Calls for their Conclusion

Today MEPs representing all major Political Groups in the European Parliament called on the European Commission to end the Minimum Import Price (MIP), anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on solar panels and modules from China. 

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22 September 2015 

21 European Solar Associations call on the European Commission to end anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on solar panels and cells 

21 EU solar associations, representing 19 EU member states, called on the European Commission to end the Minimum Import Price (MIP), anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on solar modules and cells imported from China.

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21 September 2015

Joint letter from the Renewable Energy Industry on investment protection

The current uncertainty in the European renewable energy investment climate could ripple throughout the wider economy. This is why we call on the Commission to adopt effective European measures, which would provide the much needed protection to our, and other economic, sectors.

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18 September 2015

Letter to UK government

The recent UK consultation on solar feed-in tariffs contains drastic policy changes that could severely limit solar development in the UK, in particular for residential rooftops. The UK government could close the successful feed-in tariff scheme from 1st January 2016.

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17 September 2015

SolarPower Europe Welcomes 50 New Members in 2015

SolarPower Europe, the new EPIA, has seen record growth in the number of members in 2015. More than 50 new members from across the value chain have joined the association this year; including large industry players, national solar associations, through to start-ups and SMEs.

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15 July 2015

ENTSO-E and SolarPower Europe release a joint report on increasing Solar Generation while Maintaining system stability even in Solar Eclipses

On the day of the Summer package ENTSO-E and SolarPower Europe are launching their common report Solar Eclipse: the successful stress test of Europes Power Grid.

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Date : 25 June 2015

Solar Power for all: We Want a Solar Powered Europe!

Brussels, 25 June. Today as part of the launch of SolarPower Europe, the new EPIA, a continent wide campaign was kicked off to get people from all over Europe involved in the call for more solar power in Europe! The campaign launch also sees the unveiling of the new SolarPower Europe website.

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Date : 16 June 2015

SolarPower Europe comment on European Commissions progress report on 2020 renewable energy targets

16 June, Brussels. Today Climate and Energy Commissioner Arias Canete has launched a progress report on the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive. The report finds that binding national targets have helped Member States to step up their ambition on renewable energies and affirms that the majority of Member States are well on track to meeting their renewable energy targets. 

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Date : 09 June 2015

2014: New record year of growth for the global solar sector

Munich, 09 June 2015. SolarPower Europe, the new EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industry Association), released today its flagship market report the Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2015-2019. James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe  stated it reveals that the global solar sector has reached a cumulative capacity of 178 Gigawatt (GW) in 2014, multiplying the installed capacity by a factor of 100 in only 14 years of development.

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Date : 28 May 2015

European Photovoltaic Industry Association rebrands: SolarPower Europe - The new EPIA

Brussels 28 May. Today the members of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) voted to re-brand the organisation as SolarPower Europe. With 100% of the vote in favour of the change, CEO James Watson proudly commented: This is a true endorsement of a new era in the rapid evolution of solar power in Europe. Our organisation has reached 30 years of age and the nature of our sector has fundamentally changed from where we were back then. The new brand reflects the growth and expansion of the scope of our organisation.

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Date : May 2015

EPIA joins the SETI Alliance

 

Brussels 11 May. The Alliance of the Sustainable Energy Trade Initiative (SETI Alliance) is proud to announce that EPIA, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, has become our latest member. EPIA represents the European solar sector, covering the whole value chain, from fabs and equipment to power sales.

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Date : May 2015

Alectris Joins EPIA Taking Seat on Solar PV O&M Task Force

Athens, Greece. 6 May 2015:  Alectris, a global service provider for the integrated care of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy assets, today announced it has joined EPIA, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association and has taken a seat on the organization's recently formed Solar PV Operations and Maintenance Task Force.

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Date : April 2015

EPIA calls for free and fair trade between Europe and China

Shanghai 27 April. Schaefer stated that: EPIA is a strong supporter of free and fair trade and we would like to see trade relations between Europe and China, on solar modules and cells, return to normal undistorted, fair trade as soon as possible, when the duties and respective price undertaking expire in 2015.

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Date : March 2015

Europe's solar market falls over 30 percent in 2014 as global solar installations continue to grow

Brussels 26 March. The 10th annual Market Workshop of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) announced that about 40 Gigawatt (GW) of solar were installed globally in 2014. China, Japan and the USA continued to lead the world's solar market for the second year in a row. Europe installed around 7 GW with the UK leading installations for the first time.

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