SolarPower Europe has gained extensive experience in international project cooperation and is participating in several EU funded projects, with the aim of addressing issues of strategic importance for the growth of the whole PV industry. SolarPower Europe is currently involved in the following EU-funded projects:




The project aims at joining Europes Research & Development (R&D) efforts in support of its PV industry. Funded under the European Commissions 7th Framework Programme (FP7), CHEETAHs objectives are:

  • To solve specific R&D issues in the EERA-PV Joint Program
  • To overcome the fragmentation of European PV R&D
  • To intensify the collaboration between R&D providers and industry so as to accelerate the industrialization of innovations

SolarPower Europe, in cooperation with the project consortium and with the support of its Members, will help building up an active dialogue among industry stakeholders aiming at innovation/technology transfer and knowledge dissemination. The improvements and activities of the project partners that are relevant for the industry will be presented via different communication channels (with a distinction between short- and longer-term measures). SolarPower Europe will work on PV systems cost reduction drivers and will assess the impact of research on future cost reduction (impact on learning curves).

The first public event of the Cheetah project took place at this year's EU PVSEC in Hamburg, on Wednesday 16th September 2015. You can find more information about the outcomes of the event here.

Duration: January 2014 - December 2017

For more information on the CHEETAH project please contact Mate HeiszBusiness Analyst at 


The Horizon 2020 funded project CrowdFundRES brings together: 1) Renewable energy project developers whose access to financing is getting more challenging 2) The part of the public that has an interest in investing even very small amounts of their savings in renewable energy projects 3) Crowdfunding platforms who act as intermediaries facilitating the financial transaction between the public and the project developers.

The project aims to contribute to the acceleration of the renewable energy growth in Europe by unleashing the potential of crowdfunding for financing renewable energy projects.

In order to achieve this, the work has been structured for achieving the following objectives:

  • Gain a deep understanding of the public perception of crowdfunding
  • Analyse the challenges faced by the application of crowdfunding for renewable energy projects in Europe
  • Develop guidelines that support easier, more effective and wider accepted practices in crowdfunding renewable energy projects
  • Apply the guidelines and review them based on practical experience
  • Improve the market and regulatory frameworks. Promote the crowdfunding concept and its advantages among those who could contribute or raise funds.

To meet the first two objectives, the project is running some surveys which we encourage you to take:

Duration: February 2015 - February 2018

For more information on the CrowFundRES project please contact Christophe Arnaud, Policy Advisor at 




The IEE-funded project Market4RES focuses on electricity market design to support a more efficient integration of renewable electricity(RES- E) into the pan-European electricity system, in line with the 2020 objectives and their follow up towards the 2030 targets.

In particular, the project aims to:

  • Contribute to an open and transparent debate on the potential evolution of the EU Target Model after 2020.
  • Identify and recommend steps for the implementation of policy, legislation and regulation across the renewable energy sectors.
  • Identify and recommend concrete steps so relevant market actors can accept and adopt the main results of the project. 

Duration: April 2014 - September 2016

For more information on the Market4RES project please contact Thomas Doering at



The main objective of this FP7 funded EU project is to support activities for all stakeholders from the PV sector to collaborate together to achieve the binding and mandatory European target for the year 2020 as well as to give a fundamental contribution to the implementation plan of the Solar Europe Industry Initiative. The project creates Secretarial support for the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform.

Duration: September 2013 - August 2016

For more information on the PV TP SEC III project please contact Giorgia Concas at 


Following up on the achievements and the success of the 2 European projects PV LEGAL and PV GRID, the new Horizon 2020 EU funded project PV FINANCING started in January 2015 and will run for 30 months. The overall goal of the project is to analyze the links between innovative PV business models and facilitate the access to financing. More in detail, PV FINANCING aims to define and evolve new PV business and financing models, to disseminate them among stakeholders, to shape the necessary policy framework for their application and to remove barriers that prevent those models from realization.            

Consequently, the goal of PV FINANCING is to help stakeholders from specific PV segments to implement projects based on these new business models, while applying innovative equity and debt financing schemes. Private investors, decision makers in banks and insurance companies will be introduced to the new business models, allowing them to include these results in their decision making process as regards new investments while decreasing the transaction costs and increasing the availability of financing for PV projects.

Duration: January 2015 - June 2017

For more information on the PV FINANCING project please contact Sonia Dunlop, Policy Advisor at 





The H2020 EU funded project that started in March 2015 and will run for 24 months aims to increase trust from investors, financers and insurance companies by establishing a common practice for professional risk assessment based on PV technical and financial due diligence. The project will focus on technical risks, on the way they translate into costs and on the way financial returns appear in different business models.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • To develop, document and establish practices for evaluating and mitigating the technical risks associated with investments in photovoltaics over the project life cycle, i.e., during development, operation and decommissioning.
  • To develop, document and establish practices for valuing such risks when modeling the costs of a PV investment as investors do when evaluating the life cycle costs of such projects.
  • To evaluate how these risks affect the electricity production and the expected return on investment in different business models.
  • To enable the key actors, and particularly the financial market actors, to widely adopt the project results as best practices for the mitigation of risk of sustainable energy investments with current and new business models.

Duration: March 2015 - February 2017

For more information on the SOLAR BANKABILITY project please contact Mate Heisz, Business Analyst at 



Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)


The RECP, a development programme funded by the European Commission and several EU member states, supports the development of vibrant renewable energy markets on the African continent. It facilitates African and European business cooperation through the provision of market information, the identification of specific project opportunities and targeted match-making activities. Further, the RECP supports projects in Africa in reaching bankability and connects them with financiers seeking investment opportunities. 

While many European solar companies are increasingly interested in Africas rapidly developing energy markets, its often difficult to find reliable information or partners, and access to these markets. To close this gap, SolarPower Europe and the RECP formed a partnership. Under the partnership, SolarPower Europe will inform its members of RECPs services and be their first point of information. The RECP will support and advise companies entering into the African solar market. Lastly, RECP will also support companies in identifying the right source of funding for their projects in Africa.

RECP is currently preparing to roll out the core of its advisory services in early 2016 and we will keep all our members updated on upcoming cooperation opportunities and services offered by RECP.

For more information on the RECP partnership please contact Tina Stojanovic at