National Energy and Climate Plans

Discover what National Energy and Climate Plans mean for solar

EU countries are required to develop National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) as key instruments for the EU to deliver on 2030 climate and energy targets.

The NECPs are the framework for member states to outline their climate and energy targets, policies and measures to reach the 32% renewable energy target by 2030. The NECPs are crucial for the solar sector because each member state will set specific targets for solar deployment and define how they plan to achieve it.


Why are NECPs important for solar?


The NECPs are crucial for solar. They will form the basis for the EU-28’s energy policy and strengthen the business environment for solar investments in Europe – predictability, efficiency, and transparency.


Throughout the process, SolarPower Europe is working very closely with its National Association partners and with the European Commission to ensure that the ambitions outlined by national governments reflect the significant potential of solar energy in Europe and that the political and regulatory framework is fit for purpose.


As the lowest cost and most easily deployed clean energy technology, solar will help member states realise their full renewable potential and achieve a sustainable, inclusive, and cost-efficient energy transition.

Want to find out more about National Energy and Climate Plans and the EU27’s climate targets?

Members of SolarPower Europe can download the NECP table, which gives an analysis of member states’ solar targets and policy measures, including auction schedule, power grid and markets, permitting and end-of-life, electrification, corporate renewable PPAs, research and innovation.

Not a SolarPower Europe member, and interested in the NECP overview? Reach out to our Business Development team.

October 2021

From October 2021, the EU Commission makes an assessment of the member states’ progress every two years.


March 2023

By the 15th of March 2023, and every two years thereafter, member states should report to the Commission on the status of the implementation of their NECPs (progress report), including progress on reaching the targets, updates on policies and measures, and projections.


June 2023

By the 30th of June 2023 member states must submit a draft update of the NECPs to the Commission or justify that the current plan remains valid.


June 2024

By the 30th of June 2024 member states should notify the Commission of a final update to the NECPs unless they have justified that the current plan remains valid.

Former Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete meets representatives of National Solar Associations to discuss National Energy and Climate Plans
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