SolarPower Europe shines at European Sustainable Energy Week

13 June 2024

SolarPower Europe wrapped up an energising week of insightful events with a vibrant and diverse community of energy stakeholders for European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussels.

EUSEW is the biggest annual event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe.


We kicked off our sessions on day 2 of EUSEW, with our Deputy CEO Dries Acke participating in a session on clean tech, stating; "Let’s be anything but complacent about the challenges we face. The only structural, competitive, solution for Europe, is solar, wind, renewables, and flexibility for our grids."

Following this, during a session on streamlining permitting for renewables, our Senior Policy Advisor Jonathan Bonadio, highlighted how; "Major grid capacity bottlenecks threaten solar projects, with many installed but awaiting connection. To secure 50% electrification by 2040, we need flexibility solutions like storage, and demand response."

That afternoon, the Renewable Energy Skills Partnership organised a session on ‘the role of Net-Zero Academies in developing renewable energy skills,’ shortly after the launch of our updated paper outlining 18 recommendations and best practices across 4 priority areas, on how to address the skills gap and build a future-ready renewables workforce. During the discussion, Martin le Vrang, Deputy Head of Unit at the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the European Commission, said; "We need the renewables workforce to deliver the energy transition... At least 66,000 jobs are needed in solar manufacturing by 2030."

During a parallel session, our Head of Supply Chains, Anett Ludwig participated in a panel discussion on scaling up energy renovation stating; "The European Solar PV Industry Alliance has set a goal of at least 30 GW of EU solar manufacturing at each stage of the value chain. The alliance will play a crucial role in reshoring solar manufacturing to Europe."


Kicking off day 3,  the Energy Storage Coalition oganised a session on ‘Energy storage + renewables: the proven formula in action.’ Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Deputy Director-General at the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission said; "We must encourage EU Member States to share best practices in non-fossil flexibility, as their starting points greatly vary."

Later on, our Policy Advisor Carmen Correas López, joined a session on the competitiveness of wind, solar and ocean energies, affirming that; "We need to carefully design non-price criteria. EU Members States should also support the opex – the running cost of solar factories. These solutions will keep our solar manufacturing industry alive."

We’re already excited for next year’s EUSEW, and the opportunity to delve deeper into everything sustainability.

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