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11 July 2024

Statement: Solar sector proposes more robust cybersecurity rules for distributed energy

In anticipation of the increasing digitalisation of the energy sector, SolarPower Europe have published a new position paper on cybersecurity, setting recommendations for a harmonised cybersecurity baseline for solar. Alongside the position paper, SolarPower Europe has issued an accompanying statement.

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28 June 2024

Statement: EU leaders agree on Strategic Agenda

During the European Council meeting on 27-28 June 2024, the EU’s 27 heads of state and government adopted its views on the Union’s Strategic Agenda for 2024-2029. SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement in reaction.

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25 June 2024

TRUST-PV project wraps up with an exciting Green Energy Training week in Rome

On 25 June, TRUST-PV, the 4-year Horizon 2020 funded project, began a concluding week of activities in Rome with its final General Assembly, and a Green Energy Training (GET) week for partners and stakeholders.

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24 June 2024

New analysis: Renewables and grid flexibility would slash electricity prices by a quarter by 2030, by a third by 2040

New modelling shows that more renewables, electrification and flexibility can boost European competitiveness, slashing average day-ahead energy prices by 25% by 2030, and by 33% by 2040.

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21 June 2024

Europe celebrates European Solar Day with record 70.1 GW of new solar capacity in 2023

European Solar Day celebrates the continent's rapid solar expansion, with the total operating solar fleet surpassing the 300 GW mark.

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20 June 2024

Solar Inverter Industry Bids for an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI)

The European solar industry has launched their initiative to deliver an IPCEI for solar inverters. At the launch of the paper ‘Inverters 2.0: Strengthening Europe’s inverter industry’, representatives from the inverter industry presented the IPCEI concept to Kerstin Jorna, the European Commission's Director-General for Industry.

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18 June 2024

New report: Global solar installations almost double in 2023 but leaves emerging economies in the dark

SolarPower Europe’s annual Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2024-2028 reveals that, in 2023, global solar yearly installations grew by 87% on the previous year. However, record growth is not experienced in all parts of the world, with 80% of installations concentrated in the top 10 markets – which disproportionately include advanced economies.

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17 June 2024

Statement: Council rubberstamps Nature Restoration Law

Today, EU Environment Ministers adopted conclusions on the EU Nature Restoration Law. SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement in reaction.

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17 June 2024

Over 400 organisations call on EU leaders to recommit to the Green Deal

Ahead of the upcoming European Leaders summit, which will set the EU strategic priorities for the next 5 years, at least 449 cross-sector organisations have come together, united in a robust call to strengthen the mandate of the EU Green Deal.

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11 June 2024

New analysis reveals European solar battery storage market increased by 94% in 2023

Latest analysis from SolarPower Europe reveals that, in 2023, Europe installed 17.2 GWh of new battery energy storage systems (BESS); a 94% increase compared to 2022. This marks the third consecutive year of doubling the annual market.

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30 May 2024

Statement: Council adopts conclusions on fast-tracking the EU electricity grid

EU Energy Ministers adopted conclusions on the EU’s electricity grid infrastructure.

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27 May 2024

European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics elects new members to its Steering Committee

On 22 May 2024, the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) Steering Committee met to discuss the platform’s latest activities and elect and re-elect 20 members.

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27 May 2024

Statement: Council approves the Net-Zero Industry Act

Today, the EU’s 27 governments approved the Net-Zero Industry Act in Brussels. The move follows the European Parliament plenary vote in April and marks the final step of the process before publication and entry into force.

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24 May 2024

ETIP PV Conference 2024: The Potential of Solar PV Technologies with Digital Tools for Responsive Power Systems

On 22-23 May, around 110 participants attended the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) conference in Brussels.

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15 May 2024

New agrisolar digital map presents over 200 projects across Europe

SolarPower Europe has launched a new digital map highlighting more than 200 agrisolar projects across Europe.

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13 May 2024

EU marks REPowerEU anniversary with a new renewables package

On the second anniversary of the REPowerEU package, the EU has introduced a new package to support renewables roll-out.

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10 May 2024

Navigating the skills challenge: Building a future-ready renewables workforce

The Renewable Energy Skills Partnership has published a paper with 18 recommendations on how to address the skills challenge.

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8 May 2024

EU Rooftop Solar Standard alone could solar power 56 million homes

Solar Power Europe's latest preliminary analysis suggests that the EPBD could drive the installation of 150 to 200 GW of rooftop solar in the next years, leveraging the potential of EU’s rooftops. This is assuming that 60% of public buildings are suitable and fall under the scope of the EU Solar Rooftop Standard.

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25 April 2024

Statement: European Parliament approve the Net-Zero Industry Act

At the last plenary session before European elections, MEPs approved the Net-Zero Industry Act.

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24 April 2024

New analysis: EU countries increase 2030 solar goals by 90% but grid planning trails

With 26 of 27 EU Member States having submitted their National Energy and Climate Plans, by weighted average, solar targets have increased by 87% compared to previous solar goals. Despite the boost in ambition, NECPs fail to truly connect the dots with what now matters to make the energy transition a reality: grid deployment, modernisation, and flexibility.

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18 April 2024

10 New Directors join the SolarPower Europe Board

SolarPower Europe held its annual assembly in Brussels, with the re-appointment or new election of 10 of the Association’s Board positions.

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17 April 2024

New report unveils investment opportunities for solar in Oman

SolarPower Europe, supported by the Global Solar Council and the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), launched its solar investment opportunities report for Oman.

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15 April 2024

Solar Charter unites EU governments and solar sector in commitment to reshore solar manufacturing in Europe

23 EU Energy Ministers and 100 representatives from the European solar sector signed the EU Solar Charter during an Informal Energy Ministerial in Brussels.

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26 March 2024

Statement: European Commission announces co-programmed partnership for solar photovoltaics

SolarPower Europe has issued a statement on the European Commission publishing its ‘Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025-2027,’ where it decided to form an official co-programmed co-programmed partnership for solar photovoltaics.

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20 March 2024

Have your say in shaping the solar research and innovation agenda

The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) has 15 open spots on its Steering Committee, and is inviting all solar industry and research experts to apply!

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15 March 2024

Statement: EU Supply Chain Sustainability Law Lands

SolarPower Europe has issued a statement on EU Ambassadors reaching agreement on the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive.

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14 March 2024

Statement: Council agrees on EU Forced Labour Ban Regulation

SolarPower Europe has issued a statement on the near finalisation of the EU Forced Labour Ban Regulation.

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12 March 2024

Statement: European Parliament agrees on the EU Solar Standard

SolarPower Europe has issued a statement in reaction to the EU Parliament agreeing on landmark rooftop solar standard.

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6 March 2024

Solar Excellence Shines Through: SOLAR MATERIALS Wins the Solar Startup Award 2024

SOLAR MATERIALS were awarded the Solar Startup Award 2024 for their efforts to make solar more circular, and recover more raw materials in the recycling process.

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5 March 2024

Speech: EU Energy Commissioner at the Solar Power Summit

EU Energy Commissioner, Kadri Simson, kicked off Day 2 of the SolarPower Summit 2024 with a keynote speech.

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5 March 2024

EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson presented with the European Solar Champion Award

In recognition of her contribution to the European solar sector, SolarPower Europe is pleased to present the inaugural European Solar Champion Award to EU Energy Commissioner, Kadri Simson.

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4 March 2024

Speech: Mission Solar 2040

On the occasion of the SolarPower Summit 2024, SolarPower Europe President, Aristotelis Chantavas delivered the opening speech: Mission Solar 2040.

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4 March 2024

Statement: Solar Pledge planned at EU Energy Council

At today’s EU Energy Council meeting, the 27 EU Energy Ministers and representatives from the European Commission discussed the current landscape of the European solar industry. SolarPower Europe CEO Walburga Hemetsberger participated in the meeting and made the following statement.

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14 February 2024

Electrification Alliance Statement on Europe's 2040 Climate Target

The Electrification Alliance published a joint statement reacting to the EU Commission's proposed 2040 climate targets.

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7 February 2024

Statement: EU finalises the Net-Zero Industry Act

The co-legislators of the European Union agreed on the final form of the Net-Zero Industry Act.

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6 February 2024

Statement: EU proposes 2040 climate targets

Today the European Commission published a Communication on the EU’s climate targets for 2040. This Communication will form the basis of debate by EU lawmakers, and is likely to translate into a legal proposal under the next European Commission. SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement in response.

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6 February 2024

Power Plant Strategy: is it a risk for Germany’s reputation as a climate leader?

The Energy Storage Coalition has released a short statement on Germany's Power Plant Strategy.

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5 February 2024

Statement: EU Commission remarks on solar manufacturing crisis

This evening, EU Finance Commissioner, Mairead McGuinness gave a statement in the European Parliament on the current price crisis facing the European solar industry. SolarPower Europe has issued the following reaction.

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23 January 2024

SolarPower Europe launches milestone End-of-Life Best Practice Report

SolarPower Europe has launched its ‘End-of-Life Management: Best Practice Guidelines,’ to provide a complete overview for handling end-of-life solar panels, at Solar Quality Summit Europe 2024.

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18 January 2024

TRUST-PV will organise two R&I workshops at Solar Quality Summit Europe 2024

On 23-24 January, TRUST-PV, the 4-year Horizon 2020 funded project, will organise two sessions at the Solar Quality Summit Europe 2024 conference in Barcelona.

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15 January 2024

Europe’s latest Agrisolar guidelines now available in Japanese

Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA), Japan Solar Sharing Federation (JSSF) and SolarPower Europe jointly announced the Japanese version of “Agrisolar: Best Practice Guidelines."

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14 December 2023

Statement: Electricity Market Design Revision

Overnight, EU lawmakers agreed the final text for the EU Electricity Market Design Revision. SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement.

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13 December 2023

Statement: COP28 approves landmark deal

On 13 December, the COP28 climate summit approved an unprecedented deal to transition away from fossil fuels for the first time.

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12 December 2023

New report: EU solar reaches record heights of 56 GW in 2023 but warns of clouds on the horizon

SolarPower Europe's flagship annual market outlook for solar power reveals another year of record EU growth of 56 GW, but no room for complacency ahead.

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11 December 2023

Statement: EU Agrees a dedicated Hydrogen network operator

SolarPower Europe has issued a statement in reaction to the EU agreeing a dedicated Hydrogen network operator.

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8 December 2023

Statement: Council of EU position on Net Zero Industry Act

SolarPower Europe has issued the following the Council of the EU adoption of the position on the Net-Zero Industry Act.

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7 December 2023

SolarPower Europe launches landmark floating solar report

SolarPower Europe launched the landmark ‘Floating PV Best Practices Guidelines’ at its Sustainable Solar Europe event in Brussels.

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30 November 2023

New report unveils investment opportunities for solar in Kazakhstan

SolarPower Europe, supported by the Global Solar Council and the Association of Renewable Energy of Kazakhstan (AREK), publishes the second edition of its report on solar investment opportunities in Kazakhstan.

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29 November 2023

Over 420 European organisations warn of irresponsible trade defence measures on solar products

In a joint statement, 433 European solar companies and associations warn that trade measures would injure the EU solar sector to the detriment of the EU’s green energy transition at a critical moment in time.

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28 November 2023

Statement: EU Grids Action Plan

SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement following the European Commission's publication of its Grids Action Plan.

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27 November 2023

SolarPower Europe Statement

In light of a recent media report regarding SolarPower Europe and the Solar Stewardship Initiative, SolarPower Europe has issued a statement.

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27 November 2023

SolarPower Europe launches Bulgarian Agrisolar Best Practice Guidelines

SolarPower Europe launches Bulgarian version of the Agrisolar Best Practice Guidelines, with the Bulgarian Association for production, storage and trading of electricity (APSTE).

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21 November 2023

Statement: European Parliament position on Net-Zero Industry Act

SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement following the European Parliament's adoption of its position on the Net-Zero Industry Act.

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16 November 2023

REScoop.eu scoops the 2023 Solar Diversity Champion Gold Award

REScoop.EU was awarded the Gold Solar Diversity Champion Award, during the closing session of our online #SolarWorksFair.

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15 November 2023

Video Statement: What's going on with European solar manufacturing?

SolarPower Europe Policy Director, Dries Acke, sets out our positions around European solar manufacturing.

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6 November 2023

SolarPower Europe launches French Agrisolar Best Practice Guidelines

SolarPower Europe launches French version of the Agrisolar Best Practice Guidelines, with the support of French industry.

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26 October 2023

RE-Source 2023 marks 7.8 GW PPA record but industry urges for barriers to be removed to reach EU net zero objectives

Consistent growth of renewable corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) proves that corporates are stepping up their commitments to the energy transition. But corporate energy buyers are calling on policymakers to use the EU Electricity Market Design (EMD) reform to remove the remaining barriers to PPAs.

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23 October 2023

Net Zero? It’s all about electrification

The Electrification Alliance unveiled a new ‘Electrification Manifesto’ urging the European Commission to fast-track the electrification of Europe. At the launch event, European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson was named the winner of the inaugural ‘European Electrification Award’

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20 October 2023

Solar Stewardship Initiative publishes first solar supply chain ESG Standard

Following the successful conclusion of the SSI pilot and public multi-stakeholder consultation, the new SSI ESG Standard has been published – it’s the first supply chain ESG Standard tailored to the needs of the solar PV sector.

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18 October 2023

Statement: EU Council decide position on Market Design

SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement following EU27 Ministers deciding a negotiating position on the revision on Electricity Market Design.

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11 October 2023

Electricity and solar industry join forces to get Europe’s grids ready for a solar PV revolution

With over 600 GW of total installed solar capacity targeted by 2030, Europe’s electricity network must get ready to accommodate solar’s exponential growth and enable faster decarbonisation.

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2 October 2023

Industry Statement: How to save the renaissance of European solar manufacturing

On behalf of the SolarPower Europe Board, the secretariat has issued the following joint statement. This follows reports of European governments considering the application of trade barriers to solar PV products entering the single market.

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29 September 2023

European Net-Zero Academies should accelerate training and address urgent skills shortages

The Renewable Energy Skills Partnership has published a statement of 10 recommendations on Net-Zero Industry Academies.

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26 September 2023

New report reveals that jobs in European solar jumped by 39% in 2022

SolarPower Europe’s latest EU Solar Jobs Report reveals that the EU's solar workface grew by 39%. While previous estimates expected 1 million jobs by 2030, it now looks likely that sustained solar growth will deliver 1 million jobs already by 2025.

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22 September 2023

New analysis: EU country action on renewable acceleration laws is as low as 13%

A new paper from SolarPower Europe evaluates 16 EU countries’ delivery on 8 key areas of improving the paperwork procedure for completing solar energy projects. The paper reveals which EU countries are continuing to miss the chance to benefit from home-grown, climate-friendly, renewables due to inefficient rules and paperwork.

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13 September 2023

Statement: State of the Union Speech 2023

SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement on today's State of the Union address given by European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen.

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13 September 2023

Statement: Electricity Market Design European Parliament vote

SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement ahead of the European Parliament Plenary vote on Electricity Market Design.

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12 September 2023

Statement: Final vote on the Renewable Energy Directive

SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement reacting to the RED vote in the European Parliament.

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11 September 2023

Record-low solar PV prices risk EU's open strategic autonomy

SolarPower Europe has written to the European Commission warning that, without immediate action, European solar manufacturing companies face further announcements of insolvency.

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4 August 2023

EU countries’ solar targets for 2030 jump by 63% - but reality still outstrips ambition

New analysis from SolarPower Europe reveals that, with almost half of new draft NECP plans submitted, EU countries are aiming to more than double EU solar capacity by 2030.

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19 July 2023

Statement: Making energy cyber resilient

SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement reacting to the ITRE vote on the Cyber Resilience Act.

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19 July 2023

Statement: ITRE vote on Market Design

SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement reacting to the ITRE vote on Electricity Market Design.

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22 June 2023

SolarPower Europe launches new Agrisolar Digital Platform

Alongside an updated Agrisolar Best Practices report, SolarPower Europe has launched a dedicated digital platform on all things Agrisolar.

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21 June 2023

46 GW of new solar power in 2022: Europe celebrates its first European Solar Day

A new Europe-wide solar number for 2022 released in celebration of the first ever European Solar Day

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20 June 2023

Delivering on the Green Deal while increasing jobs? Electrification is the answer

The Electrification Alliance published a new skills briefing paper

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15 June 2023

Statement: Market Design Revision can't open the door to coal

SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement on the circulated REV6 Market Design revision, which opens the door to coal - posing significant climate risk.

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14 June 2023

Industry-first Urban Solar Power Best Practice Toolbox Launched

SolarPower Europe has launched its report, ‘Solar Cities: 21 solar solutions for the city energy transition,’ to outline all the ways solar and cities can support one another.

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13 June 2023

New report: Solar for the masses as global solar rooftops skyrocket by 50%

SolarPower Europe launches its latest Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2023-27

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8 June 2023

Statement: Electricity Market Revision Compromise Draft REV4

SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement on the circulated REV4 of the compromise draft on the Electricity Market Revision.

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8 June 2023

Q&A: How is Belgium transforming old solar panels into next-generation batteries, for the future of e-mobility?

A Q&A explaining how Belgian researchers are exploring the benefits of silicon in the development of new, higher energy-density, batteries technologies, which would allow electric vehicles to be recharged quickly, and travel further.

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7 June 2023

Statement: Solar, nature's best friend

SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement on the EU's Nature Restoration Law.

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6 June 2023

Statement: Commission Report on Market Revenue Cap

SolarPower Europe has published a statement following the European Commission report reviewing emergency interventions to address high energy prices.

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31 May 2023

Statement: EU-US Trade and Technology Council

SolarPower Europe has published a statement, following the EU-US Trade and Technology Council's meeting in Brussels on May 30th and 31st.

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30 May 2023

New EU27 Country Level Solar Target Database

SolarPower Europe has launched a National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) database.

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17 May 2023

Flagship Solar Supply Chain Sustainability Initiative Launches Public Consultation

SolarPower Europe and Solar Energy UK's Solar Stewardship Initiative, has launched its public consultation.

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16 May 2023

Statement: EU Electricity Market Design Update

SolarPower Europe has published a statement following Nicolás González Casares MEP's submission of amendments, to the European Commission's proposal to revise the EU Electricity Market Design.

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5 May 2023

Energy Storage Coalition launched - more flexibility to help decarbonise Europe

The launch event of the new Energy Storage Coalition attracts 150+ participants in Brussels

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6 April 2023

SolarPower Europe elects new Board members

At SolarPower Europe’s annual general meeting, elections were held to appoint key members of the Board, including the President, two Vice-President positions, and two members of the Board of Directors.

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30 March 2023

Statement: EU reach provisional deal on 45% renewables

Overnight, EU negotiators agreed to set a binding 42.5% renewable target for Europe for 2030, with a further 2.5% indicative target.

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21 March 2023

Pact for Skills: Launch of large-scale renewable energy skills partnership

Renewable energy trade associations and representatives of installers of clean technologies, with the support of the European Commission, have set up a large-scale skills partnership for the renewable energy industrial ecosystem.

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16 March 2023

Statement: Net-Zero Industry Act Publication

As part of the Green Deal Industrial Plan, the European Commission published the Net-Zero Industry Act. The Act aims to support the manufacturing of clean energy technologies in Europe, including solar PV.

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14 March 2023

Statement: EU Electricity Market Design

SolarPower Europe has published its reaction to the Commisison's proposal to reform the EU’s electricity market design.

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14 March 2023

Statement: European Parliament votes in favour of Solar Rooftops

SolarPower Europe has published a reaction to the European Parliament's adoption of the European Performance of Buildings Directive.

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10 March 2023

Solar Excellence Shines Through: Solar Start-Up Award 2023

Enernite were awarded the Solar Start-Up Award 2023 for their efforts to make it faster and easier for developers to plan and build solar farms.

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9 March 2023

New report: Solar PV + Heat Pump combos saved Europeans up to 84% on household energy bills in 2022

SolarPower Europe launches its 'Solar Powers Heat 2023' report revealing how solar PV and heat pumps empower households to reduce gas use and save on energy bills.

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13 February 2023

Statement: Delegated Act on Additionality

The European Commission has published its long-anticipated Delegated Act on additionality which sets rules for the deployment of renewable hydrogen projects.

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10 February 2023

Statement: EU Council 9 February

European leaders made a number of decisions setting the direction for travel on the Green Deal Industrial Plan.

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9 February 2023

Statement: European Parliament votes on Renewable Hydrogen & Solar Rooftops

SolarPower Europe has published a reaction to the European Parliament's ITRE Committee votes on the Gas Package and the European Performance of Buildings Directive.

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1 February 2023

Statement: EU Commission publishes Green Deal Industrial Plan

SolarPower Europe has published a reaction to the European Commission communication on the EU Green Deal Industrial Plan.

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31 January 2023

Statement: Position Paper Green Deal Industrial Plan

SolarPower Europe has published a position paper on the forthcoming publication of an European Commission communication on the EU Green Deal Industrial Plan.

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