How solar-based electrification can accelerate European decarbonisation

SolarPower Europe’s new report ‘Solar Electrification: solutions for a decarbonised energy system’, illustrates the multifaceted benefits of solar-based electrification, revealing the potential of solar electricity to power transport, agriculture, smart buildings, and difficult-to-decarbonise industries.

The European Commission’s long-term decarbonisation strategy, ‘A Clean Planet for All’, presents a vision of a climate neutral society in 2050, and states that in order to achieve this target, renewable-based electrification must significantly increase, replacing fossil fuels in Europe’s energy mix and across all sectors of the economy. In just a couple of years, solar has become the most affordable clean energy technology, and this report examines how to harness this power to accelerate the European Green Deal, ensuring a just transition for all citizens while increasing the competitiveness of key sectors of the economy, such as electric mobility and agriculture. Solar electricity can become the bedrock upon which the EU’s ambitious climate strategy can be accomplished – all while boosting regional economies and creating local and highly-skilled green jobs.

Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO SolarPower Europe, said: “Fully decarbonised electrification is key to a cost-effective, long-term climate strategy. Indeed, solar power already offers the solutions needed to achieve climate neutrality. Solar is unique in the way that it empowers consumers, creates jobs, and contributes to European industrial competitiveness both through direct electrification, or indirectly through the production of renewable hydrogen.”

Simone Antonelli, Head of Regulatory Affairs Central/Eastern Europe and North Africa at Enel Green Power, said: “The European Union’s Clean Energy Package legislation is an essential step towards renewable-based electrification. Now it is key that that this legislation is implemented and effectively enforced, with the inclusion of detailed plans for deep and wide solar electrification in member states’ National Energy and Climate Plans. This will ensure solar can fully lead the way to a carbon neutral economy before 2050.”

The report ‘Solar Electrification: solutions for a decarbonised energy system’ is a product of SolarPower Europe’s Solar Electrification Task Force, which represents  leading companies in this field, led by Enel Green Power.

For more information

Kristina Thoring – Communications Director

T: +32 2 709 55 26

Email: k.thoring@solarpowereurope.org

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