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13 June 2024

SolarPower Europe shines at European Sustainable Energy Week

SolarPower Europe wrapped up an energising week of insightful events at the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussels.

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11 June 2024

SolarPower Europe wins European Association of the Year

SolarPower Europe won ‘European Association of the Year’ and ‘Best Association Podcast’ at the International & European Association Success Awards during the Associations World Congress held in Graz, Austria.

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31 May 2024

SolarPower Europe's Rooftop PV Strategy Day 2024

On May 28, SolarPower Europe held a Rooftop PV Strategy Day at our offices in Brussels, hosting members of our Buildings & Prosumers Workstream alongside representatives from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER).

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29 May 2024

Solar innovation spotlight: Highlights from the 2024 ETIP PV Conference and EVERPV-RESiLEX workshop

On 22-23 May, the ETIP PV Steering Committee; the 2024 ETIP PV Conference; and EVERPV and RESiLEX joint workshop took place in Brussels.

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15 May 2024

SUPERNOVA project launches in Italy

On 11-12 April, we launched our SUPERNOVA project at the NOI Techpark, at Bolzano, Italy.

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10 May 2024

Solar communicators gather in Brussels

Solar communicators from national solar associations and solar companies gathered in Brussels for the Solar Communications Forum meeting.

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30 April 2024

Solar for Ukraine: Solar and storage system installed on Irpin school

On 18 April 2024, the Energy Act for Ukraine Foundation officially inaugurated a hybrid solar and storage system at Irpin School No.1; the event was attended by German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck.

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19 April 2024

National solar associations gather in Brussels for strategy day

On 18 April, the representatives of the national solar associations spanning across Europe gathered in Brussels for the annual strategy day.

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13 March 2024

GET.invest are on board Mission Solar 

During our SolarPower Summit on 5 March, GET. Invest supported 4 sessions to foster discussions about the opportunities to scale up renewable energy markets across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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8 March 2024

Solar Week 2024: #MissionSolar has landed

With a gathering of over 440 participants, 27 engaging panels, and an impressive lineup of 115 distinguished speakers, SolarPower Summit 2024 undeniably stood out as the largest edition to date.

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1 March 2024

SolarPower Europe CEO joins Clean Energy Transition Dialogue with European Commission President and Vice President

SolarPower Europe CEO, Walburga Hemetsberger, joins two Clean Energy Transition Dialogues to discuss key topics for the energy transition with European Commission President and Vice President.

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21 February 2024

EU Solar Buildings Strategy Day

On 21 February, participants from SolarPower Europe's Buildings & Prosumers Workstream, SEAMLESS-PV Project, manufacturers, research institutes, associations, and members of the European Commission convened in Brussels for the EU Building Strategy Day

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21 February 2024

Have your say in shaping the solar research and innovation agenda

Applications are now open until the 15 April to join the ETIP PV Steering Committee

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8 February 2024

2023: A milestone year for renewable energy in Europe - Unveiling Ember's Electricity Review

2023 was the year in which renewable energy took a major step forward while CO2 emissions, coal and gas reached record lows, according to the yearly European Electricity Market review published by Ember.

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24 January 2024

Solar Quality Summit Europe 2024

The Solar Quality Summit 2024 event took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Barcelona, from 23-24 January, with around 300 participants.

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15 January 2024

IEA report shines spotlight on solar's pivotal role in global energy transition

The latest International Energy Agency (IEA) report, 'Renewables 2023,' has confirmed solar power's leading position in steering the global energy transition.

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8 January 2024

The role of innovation in shaping a sustainable solar industry

On the 7th of November, during our Sustainable Solar Europe conference, representatives from five European funded projects - including RESiLEX and TRUST-PV - discussed the role of European innovation in shaping sustainable solar technologies.

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14 December 2023

A landmark COP28

From 4-9 December, members of the SolarPower Europe team participated in COP28 in Dubai.

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11 December 2023

Empowering Change: Sustainable Solar Europe 2023

In December 2023, Sustainable Solar Europe returned to Brussels for its second annual edition bringing the sector a 360° perspective on solar sustainability.

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1 December 2023

SolarPower Europe member Energy Act for Ukraine Foundation will install solar for a Ukrainian school

Under our ‘Solar Supports Ukraine’ Campaign, SolarPower Europe members will jointly develop a hybrid solar and storage system for the Bucha, Lyceum No. 3 school.

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17 November 2023

#SolarWorksFair 2023

On 16 November, SolarPower Europe held the second edition of its #SolarWorksFair.

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27 October 2023

RE-Source 2023

The RE-Source 2023 event took place in Amsterdam from 25-27 October, this year in a brand new location, to accommodate more participants than we have ever had before!

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25 October 2023

Electrification Alliance launches its new Electrification Manifesto

On 23rd October, as part of the Electrification Alliance, SolarPower Europe held the launch event of our Electrification manifesto, which we unveiled to EU Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson.

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20 October 2023

IEA launches first-of-its kind grids report

On 17th October, the IEA published a grids report report which presents a comprehensive overview of today's electricity grids, and how they affect the renewables potential worldwide.

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16 October 2023

Renewable Hydrogen Summit 2023

On Thursday 12 October 2023, the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition, founded by SolarPower Europe, WindEurope and Breakthrough Energy, hosted the Renewable Hydrogen Summit, at the Radisson Collection Hotel in Brussels.

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12 October 2023

ETIP PV Steering Committee meeting and manufacturing tour

On 10-11 October, the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) was based in Berlin for its Steering Committee Meeting, and a factory visit at Oxford PV’s site in Brandenburg an der Havel, Brandenburg.

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9 October 2023

Renewable Energy Forum Africa (REFA) 2023

Renewable Energy Forum Africa (REFA) unlocks 13 million dollars investment in renewables in Africa, during 3 day conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

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6 October 2023

SolarPower Europe activities at EU Industry Days 2023

Members of the SolarPower Europe team headed to Malaga to take part in EU Industry Days 2023, during a crucial time of the European solar industry.

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6 October 2023

Energy sharing breakfast briefing

On 6 October, we organised a joint workshop with the Portuguese Representation to the EU, on energy sharing in the EU Electricity Market Design.

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22 September 2023

EUPVSEC Conference 2023: The innovation platform for the global PV sector

On 18-22 September, over 1500 participants attended the EUPVSEC conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

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22 September 2023

SolarPower Europe celebrates 300 members! 

SolarPower Europe now represents over 300 members across the solar value chain.

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24 July 2023

Renewable Energy Forum Africa (REFA)

SolarPower Europe and the African Solar Industry Association (AFISA) launch new conference for spurring renewables investment in Africa.

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18 July 2023

Catch up on the progress of TRUST-PV, a Horizon 2020 funded project

The TRUST-PV project has been active within the solar industry for over 3 years now, delivering key milestones thanks to the hard work of TRUST-PV’s partners.

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13 July 2023

Solar Supports Ukraine: Frontline Kharkiv City Hospital Now Solar Powered

Under the Solar Supports Ukraine fundraising campaign, project donor BayWa r.e. and implementing partner RePower Ukraine completed a solar installation on one of the largest hospitals in Kharkiv.

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23 June 2023

SolarPower Europe at EU Sustainable Energy Week

SolarPower Europe wrapped up a week of insightful events for EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels - the biggest annual event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe.

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19 June 2023

SolarPower Europe at Intersolar 2023

The biggest solar event of the year, Intersolar Europe, took place from 12 to 16 June in Munich. A whopping 105,000 visitors attended throughout the week for conference events, and to explore the exhibition.

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11 June 2023

SolarPower Europe welcome new Chair and Vice Chair of the National Associations Committee

The National Associations Committee brings together representatives from over 40 National solar PV and renewable associations (NAs) in the European Union and beyond.

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23 May 2023

SolarPower Europe Rooftop PV Strategy Day: Accelerating solar on buildings

On 23 May, SolarPower Europe hosted members of SolarPower Europe’s Buildings & Prosumers Workstream, at our offices in Brussels, for a Rooftop PV Strategy Day.

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11 May 2023

ETIP PV Conference 2023: EU’s solar PV innovation requires more ambition and investment

On 10 and 11 May, around 150 participants attended the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) conference in Brussels.

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9 May 2023

Europe Day 2023: Celebrating the European Year of Skills

On Europe Day 2023, the EU officially launches the European Year of Skills which will focus on investing in the skills of all European citizens in preparation for the green and digital transition.

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3 May 2023

What is the EU's RES Booster?

As a response to the current energy security and climate threats, the European Commission approved new emergency regulation to accelerate renewables in Europe.

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14 April 2023

Menlo Electric and the Energy Act for Ukraine Foundation to install solar for a Ukrainian school

Under our 'Solar Supports Ukraine Campaign,' SolarPower Europe members Energy Act for Ukraine Foundation and Menlo Electric will jointly develop a solar and storage installation for the Bucha, Lyceum No. 3 school, one of the projects which we are fundraising for.

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12 April 2023

National solar associations gather in Brussels

On 6 April, SolarPower Europe hosted representatives of Europe’s national solar associations at our offices in Brussels for a solar strategy day.

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6 April 2023

Joining forces to communicate Europe’s solar story

On 8 March 2023, SolarPower Europe launched the Solar Communications Forum during the SolarPower Summit. This initiative provides a forum for communications professionals to discuss, coordinate and align on solar communications.

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13 March 2023

SolarWeek: The race is on!

From 5th -10th March, we celebrated a stellar solar week in Brussels. The race to a solar-powered Europe is on, and we are getting ready to overcome all hurdles, sprinting towards the 1 TW solar finish line.

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9 March 2023

SolarPower Europe launches Solar Jobs Guide

SolarPower Europe launched its Solar Jobs Guide at SolarPower Europe’s SolarPower Summit during a session on ‘Workers and Skills: Getting Ready for Solar.

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8 March 2023

Women and solar

For International Women's Day, discover how solar energy is helping address inequality across the world.

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24 February 2023

Ukraine war, one year on: Solar Supports Ukraine

Today marks exactly one year since Russia’s devastating invasion of Ukraine. One year on, continued support to Ukraine has never been more important. That is why, in December of 2022, SolarPower Europe, the German Solar Industry Association (BSW), and the Ukrainian Solar Energy Association (ASEU), launched a widespread donation campaign, ‘Solar Supports Ukraine.’

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2 February 2023

Solar Quality Summit Europe 2023

The Solar Quality Summit Europe 2023 took place in Barcelona from the 24-25 January. The conference, organised by SolarPower Europe and Intersolar, brought together over 200 stakeholders in solar quality management, including investors, service providers and technology providers.

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25 January 2023

SolarSaves: Supporting Europeans through the energy crisis

The SolarSaves campaign aims to show the versatility of solar, and how it can really benefit everyone as well as helping Europe meet energy security and climate goals.

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21 December 2022

EU solar energy associations launch €300,000 Ukraine fundraising campaign

On 22 December, the German Solar Industry Association (BSW), SolarPower Europe and the Ukrainian Solar Energy Association (ASEU) launched a widespread donation campaign, ‘Solar Supports Ukraine’ to support Ukraine’s energy infrastructure and the citizens of Ukraine.

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15 December 2022

A new way of working

This has been a big year for SolarPower Europe. Solar installation records have been broken across the continent and power from the sun has been recognised as the kingpin for achieving a transition to clean energy for our security and climate. In light of these advancements, we have restructured our workstreams to best represent the priorities of the sector.

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12 December 2022

Shining a light on sustainability

As solar supercharges in Europe and across the world, the focus is on sustainable growth of the sector. One key element of this is ensuring solar not only protects, but nurtures and promotes biodiversity. We talk to Lightsource bp's Director of Environmental & Social Planning, Penny Laurenson, about their initiatives.

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9 December 2022

The launch of the European Solar Photovoltaic Industry Alliance and the synergies with ETIP PV

On 9 December 2022, the European Commission launched the European Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Industry Alliance at a high-level conference in Brussels.

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2 December 2022

Passion for solar - the first ever #SolarWorksFair!

On Thursday 1st December, SolarPower Europe hosted its first ever #SolarWorksFair, bringing together the solar industry, education providers and job seekers in one virtual space for informative sessions, networking opportunities and more!

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24 November 2022

EDAMA, GIZ Jordan, SolarPower Europe launch Solar Deployment and Operation Guidelines for Jordan

At the Solar Quality Assurance and Digitalisation Conference, SolarPower Europe, together with EDAMA and the Jordanian Association for Energy, Water & Environment -GIZ Jordan launched guidelines for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of solar projects and Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Best Practice Guidelines.

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17 November 2022

SolarPower Europe joins EU Pact for Skills

On 16 November, SolarPower Europe CEO Walburga Hemetsberger participated virtually at the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) of the European Commission’s first ever annual flagship event, the European Employment and Social Rights Forum, in Brussels.

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3 November 2022

COP27: SolarPower Europe Activities

From the 7th to 18th November 2022, members of the SolarPower Europe team will be in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt for the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), participating in discussions about how solar is leading the transition to clean energy, vastly reducing our emissions and providing energy security for all.

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2 November 2022

Sustainable Solar Europe 2022: how can we ensure sustainable growth?

Sustainable Solar Europe is our new flagship event, co-organised with Intersolar. The conference took place in Brussels on 27 October.

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13 October 2022

Global Solar PV Supply Chains: Quo Vadis Europa?

On 11 October, SolarPower Europe organised a webinar where we heard from industry experts and key decision-makers on the state of play regarding solar PV supply chains around the world, what the latest policy developments are, and what this means for Europe.

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7 October 2022

RE-Source 2022: Over 1000 key players gather for Europe's premier PPAs and onsite sourcing event

This was a record year for the RE-Source event with over 240 buyers present, more than doubling the numbers from the previous year.

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4 October 2022

The first ever Africa Renewables Investment Summit: A rundown of the event

From 26th to 29th September 2022, members from SolarPower Europe’s International Cooperation team made their way to Cape Town, South Africa for the inaugural Africa Renewables Investment Summit (ARIS).

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30 September 2022

SolarPower Europe at European Sustainable Energy Week 2022

The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the biggest annual event which takes place in September to recognise initiatives to save energy, and move towards renewables for cleaner, more reliable and affordable energy.

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23 September 2022

#SolarJobsWeek 2022: A week of everything solar jobs!

This was a week dedicated to raising awareness around the wide variety of career opportunities available in the solar sector and the announcement of the upcoming #SolarWorks projects we have been working on.

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12 September 2022

A new Ember report unveils Europe’s record solar summer

In this latest report by Ember, they highlight the new records set in Europe for solar generation over the summer months. 18 of the 27 EU Member States set new solar generation records, equating to 99.4 TWh of solar electricity – a 28% increase from summer 2021.

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8 September 2022

RE-Source 2022: Direct sourcing of renewables – the key for Europe’s energy competitiveness, security and climate goals

The RE-Source event is the largest annual gathering in Europe of renewable energy buyers and suppliers. With more markets opening up to the corporate renewable sourcing opportunity, RE-Source 2022 is the perfect platform to network, learn and do business with key players from the renewable energy world.

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31 August 2022

Join us at Africa Renewables Investment Summit (ARIS)

SolarPower Europe are working with the African Solar Industry Association (AFSIA), the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and RenewAfrica, supported by GET.invest, to organise Africa Renewables Investment Summit.

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29 July 2022

SolarWorks Shorlisted for Digital Communication Award 2022

SolarPower Europe’s SolarWorks Campaign has been shortlisted for the Digital Communications Awards 2022.

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19 July 2022

SolarPower Europe’s Emerging Markets meet with the Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority

In the run up to COP27, SolarPower Europe’s Emerging Markets met with the Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority to present report on solar investment opportunities in the Middle East.

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7 July 2022

IEA: Exponential Solar PV Growth Needs Diversified Supply Chains

The world should strengthen and diversify solar panel supply chains to secure the net-zero transition, the International Energy Agency has said in a new report this week.

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1 July 2022

Energy Security Needs Energy Storage: Outcome of Renewables + Storage event

Breakthrough Energy, EASE, SolarPower Europe, and WindEurope jointly organised the event “Energy security needs energy storage” in Brussels on 30 June 2022. The event discussed the role of energy storage in the European Commission’s REPowerEU Action Plan, its energy response to the war in Ukraine.

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31 May 2022

SolarPower Europe and Vietnam Clean Energy Association agree new partnership

Ahead of a new SolarPower Europe report on the country, SolarPower Europe and the Vietnam Clean Energy Association sign a new collaboration agreement.

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23 May 2022

Commission launches interest survey for projects in clean tech manufacturing and pilots for deep decarbonisation technologies

The Commission will double the funding for the next large-scale call, planned to open this autumn, to around €3 billion.

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4 May 2022

SolarPower Europe at Intersolar Europe 2022

The SolarPower Europe team will be attending Intersolar Europe in Munich next week (9-12 May 2022), we can't wait to meet our members, partners and colleagues again!

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29 April 2022

New podcast: Live from SolarPower Summit 2022

SolarPower Europe’s Shine On podcast is back! In this special episode, we report live from the SolarPower Summit 2022, which took place on 31st March in Brussels.

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29 April 2022

SolarPower Summit 2022: Key solar takeaways

One month on, we are taking a look back at the SolarPower Summit – our first in-person summit in 2 years gathering key solar stakeholders to confer on how to take solar to the next level in Europe.

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22 April 2022

IPCC Report on Mitigating Climate Change

The IPCC's 6th Assessment outlines the climate mitigation options available to us now, highlighting solar as a key player in achieving our climate goals.

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13 February 2022

European Solar Initiative – One Year On

As part of the EU Industry Days 2022 the European Commission and solar industry came together to reflect on the progress of the European Solar Initiative.

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8 February 2022

How do we reach next-level solar? Find out at SolarPower Summit 2022

2022 is set to be another bright year for solar as we continue to lead the energy transition in Europe.

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8 February 2022

EU Solar Strategy: Public consultation is open!

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on solar energy in the EU, as part of the preparation of a new strategy on solar energy, due for publication later this year.

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1 February 2022

Interview with Solar Team Eindhoven: “By using our greatest energy source, the sun, we can make mobility not about energy consumption rather energy production"

SolarPower Europe had the pleasure of speaking with an inspiring group of young innovators from Eindhoven who have designed and created their own ‘Self-sustaining House on Wheels’, a solar-powered motorhome!

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31 January 2022

2022: The Year of Terawatt Solar

Bright news is on the horizon, with solar set to reach another key milestone this year. In a new dawn for the sector, global installed solar generation capacity is expected to reach 1.1 TW in 2022, with the TW frontier being crossed for the first time in spring 2022.

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