A new way of working

SolarPower Europe Workstream Restructuring

15 December 2022

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 May 2022, the European Commission published the landmark EU Solar Strategy, as part of its REPowerEU package in response to the Russian war in Ukraine. In parallel, SolarPower Europe wrapped up its previous strategy, and geared up for a change of speed and direction in the coming years.

Along with this change comes a revamp of our workstreams to reflect our priorities moving forward. The new structure works to address all barriers to solar deployment and get the world truly ready for a solar revolution.


SolarPower Europe Workstreams 

  • Manufacturing 
  • NEW Land Use and Permitting 
  • Product Sustainability 
  • NEW Supply Chain Transparency 
  • NEW Grids and Flexibility 
  • NEW Markets and Investments  
  • Lifecycle Quality 
  • NEW Buildings and Prosumers 
  • Digitalisation 
  • Renewable Hydrogen and Electrification 
  • Global Markets  


Following the restructuring of our workstreams, elections were held to appoint the new chairs and vice chairs, who will be working alongside our policy experts and industry members to define our positions and advocacy actions over the coming years. 

Land Use and Permitting
Eva Vandest, new chair of Land Use and Permitting Workstream

New Chair: 

  • Eva Vandest, Amarenco 


Vice Chairs: 

  • Stephen Schindele Head of Product Management Agri-PV  Baywa r.e.
  • Penny Laurenson Director of Environmental & Social Planning, Europe & International, Lightsource bp 

European ambition and goals for Solar Energy have increased exponentially to achieve the energy transition To successfully achieve those targets, the solar sector has to be an example and leader in sustainable development, respectful of nature and European citizens. Therefore the Land Use and Permitting Workstream will share experience, expertise and recommendations to increase best practices in land management, through a specific focus on biodiversity and dual-use business models like Agrisolar and Floating PV 

Eva Vandest


Grids and Flexibility

New Chair : 

  • Torsten Knop, Head of European Regulation, EON 


Vice Chairs : 

  • Christian Barba International and BD Storage Director, EDP Energies
  • Laurent Drion EU Public Affairs Renewables & Power, TotalEnergies 
Supply Chain Transparency

New Chair: 

  • Ozer Ergul, , Group Head of Procurement, Aquila Capital 


Vice Chairs: 

  • Peter Faisst Legal Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa Trina Solar 
  • Jose Garcia Felix Discipline Leader - Asset Development and Operations Onshore Renewables, Equinor 
Ozer Ergul, new chair of Supply Chain Transparency Workstream

The workstream has an important mission and responsibilities of ensuring the energy transition is just, inclusive, and respects human rights.

Ozer Ergul

Group Head of Procurement, Aquila Capital

Markets and Investment 

New Chair: 

  • Zosia Riesner, Director of Power Markets Europe, Lightsource bp 


Vice Chairs: 

  • Guillaume Dupret, Energy Market Director Akuo 
  • Juan Carlos Rucian Castellanos, Head of Renewable European Affairs, Iberdrola 
Buildings and Prosumers
Sofia Barbosa, new chair of the Buildings and Prosumers Workstream

New Chair: 

  • Sofia Barbosa, Head of Regulatory Affairs Greenvolt 


Vice Chairs : 

  • Alison Finch VP Marketing Europe SolarEdge
  • Maria Colom Cifuentes Head of Decentralized PV, Engie 

I am very honored to serve as chair of the Buildings and Prosumer workstream. At Greenvolt we see this as a huge opportunity and responsibility. There is a need to unlock the vast potential of solar energy in buildings, which offers a robust solution to lower electricity bills with minimal environmental impact and increase our energy independence. SolarPower Europe and its members can count on our full commitment and enthusiasm to help drive this agenda which puts the consumer at the heart of the energy transition.

Sofia Barbose

Head of Regulatory Affairs, Greenvolt

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