Europe needs an over-arching strategy for the solar power sector. With several solar stakeholders such as: European researchers, production equipment suppliers, raw and processing materials companies, inverter manufacturers, and many others, being world leaders in their fields, we need an industrial strategy to make sure that Europe continues to lead on solar.

For this reason, SolarPower Europe is pioneering an industrial competitiveness strategy for solar in Europe. After twelve months of intensive engagement, in February 2017 the European Commission launched the “Clean Energy Industrial Forum”, with a dedicated “Renewable” branch under the patronage of Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete.

The Clean Energy Industrial Forum represents a major achievement for SolarPower Europe, but more importantly, represents a real opportunity for an industrial policy to be developed for solar in Europe.

SolarPower Europe industrial strategy objectives
and 2030 vision

1. Jobs and general value added (GVA) must be dramatically increased in the solar sector by 2030

The European solar industry should support 300,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2030, from around 100,000 today

2. By 2030 the value contribution of the overall solar value chain in Europe should increase from today´s 70 %.

3. Europe has inherent advantages in grid integration, the deployment of storage, renewable forecasting and the management of balancing markets fit for renewables

R&D&I should be adequately supported over the coming decade, across the value chain, especially in segments where Europe is currently a front-runner

4. Sector coupling should be enhanced to provide more opportunities for job creation and value creation in Europe.

5. European-based technology and service providers should be present in all major emerging markets and support a substantial share of the European market

6. A comprehensive approach to the value chain must be deployed through the industrial strategy.

Join Solar Power Europe’s Industrial Strategy Task Force

The Industrial Competitiveness Task Force is working to ensure that the EU has global leadership on the existing and next generation of solar technologies, manufacturing and services.  

If you want to join this task force, contact Sonia Dunlop


  • Develop policy recommendations for a European Solar Industrial Competitiveness Strategy
  • Contribute to all three pillars of the European Commission’s Clean Energy Industrial Forum (renewables, batteries, and buildings), in close cooperation with EU policymakers
  • Ensure high-level solar CEO’s representation at the renewables high-level meeting under the patronage of Commissioner Arias Cañete
  • Organize joint workshops and stakeholder sessions to discuss specific issues such as quality control and financing requirements for solar industries

"Europe is a solar industry leader. The European solar industry is a front runner in R&D and manufacturing of equipment, inverters, raw and processing materials. Now is the moment to create a strong industrial basis for our sector for generations to come.“

Christian Westermeier - Wacker Chemie

Industrial Strategy Task Force Leader

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