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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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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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6 February 2024

Statement: EU finalises the Net-Zero Industry Act

Today the co-legislators of the European Union agreed on the final form of the Net-Zero Industry Act. While the final text is not yet published, SolarPower Europe has issued a statement in reaction to the press conference and Council of the EU press release outlining the NZIA key provisions.

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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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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: EU Agrees a Rooftop Solar Standard

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

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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 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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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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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: 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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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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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

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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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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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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30 January 2023

Statement: EU Electricity Market Design

SolarPower Europe has published a position paper on EU Electricity Market Design.

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27 January 2023

SolarPower Europe Director Announced as new Chair of Global Solar Council

SolarPower Europe’s Director of Global Affairs, Máté Heisz, takes over as chair of the Global Solar Council as announced at the 13th IRENA General Assembly in Abu Dhabi.

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25 January 2023

SolarPower Europe launches industry-leading solar digital best practices platform

SolarPower Europe launches industry-leading Solar Best Practices Platform to award quality badges to solar project developers.

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17 January 2023

Statement: Green Deal Industrial Plan

SolarPower Europe's response to European Commission President von der Leyen's speech on the Green Deal Industrial Plan.

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13 January 2023

Statement: Spanish non-paper on electricity market functioning

SolarPower Europe's response to the non-paper from the Spanish government on electricity market functioning.

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20 December 2022

Landmark emergency EU law to support rapid solar installations

The EU adopts an emergency law to address the calls from its citizens and industries for a structural, renewable-based, solution to the energy crisis. Meanwhile, EU Energy Ministers were unable to agree a higher, 45% renewables target for Europe for 2030.

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19 December 2022

New report reveals EU solar power soars by almost 50% in 2022

SolarPower Europe’s annual progress report for solar power reveals that the EU installed 41.4 GW of solar in 2022, up 47% from the 28.1 GW installed in 2021.

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16 December 2022

Statement: European leaders decision on a renewables industrial policy

SolarPower Europe's reaction to the European Council agreement on an ambitious European industrial policy for renewables.

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14 December 2022

Statement: European Parliament Renewable Permitting Vote

SolarPower Europe's reaction to the European Parliament position on permitting procedures for renewable projects.

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13 December 2022

Statement: EU Energy Council 13 December

Gas price cap discussions hold back emergency renewable legislation.

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9 December 2022

New EU effort to build enough solar panels to power 9 million homes a year

To ensure we have solar panels to power energy security plans, the EU has launched the European Solar PV Industry Alliance as a funnel for solar manufacturing financing. Now industry needs a dedicated solar fund to flow into this new funnel.

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7 December 2022

New analysis reveals over 1 million European homes are solar battery-powered

Our latest figures on home batteries installed in European homes – which are used to support rooftop solar PV systems – demonstrate a clear trend of consumers seeking protection from high electricity prices.

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5 December 2022

Leading Environment, Climate, and Nature Groups unite with solar sector in common call for sustainable solar acceleration

Birdlife Europe and Central Asia, CEE Bankwatch Network, CAN Europe, the European Environmental Bureau, Euronatur, and SolarPower Europe have published a joint statement on the acceleration of sustainable solar.

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1 December 2022

SolarPower Europe launches first ever online solar recruitment platform

SolarPower Europe launched the #SolarWorks Platform, the first online recruitment tool dedicated to solar, during the first annual virtual #SolarWorksFair.

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28 November 2022

SolarPower Europe publishes new Vietnam solar investment report

Today, during the Green Economy Forum & Exhibition (GEFE) in Ho Chi Minh City, SolarPower Europe launched its solar investment opportunities report for Vietnam.

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25 November 2022

SolarPower Europe And E.DSO Join Forces To Call For A Stronger European Distribution Grid

E.DSO and SolarPower Europe have issued a joint statement calling for emergency measures to facilitate grid connection and integration of solar generation for coming winters.

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24 November 2022

EU Energy Ministers take critical step, but fail to rubber stamp emergency renewable law 

EU Energy Ministers have, in principle, agreed to adopt emergency legislation to accelerate the roll out of renewables to tackle the energy crisis. While Ministers were expected to make a formal decision, today’s informal agreement paves the way for full adoption of the Regulation next month.  

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14 November 2022

MEPs vote to include REPowerEU measures in national recovery plans

On 10 November, the European Parliament voted to adopt their position on the inclusion of REPowerEU measures in the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), an EU funding mechanism.

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10 November 2022

EU proposes Emergency Legislation to accelerate renewable deployment

To address sky high energy bills, yesterday the European Commission has proposed emergency regulation to speed up the roll-out of renewables. This follows the request of European leaders on 20th October for the Commission to put forward such a measure.

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31 October 2022

SolarPower Europe extremely concerned by Commission proposals on Electricity Market measures

SolarPower Europe issues letter to European Council and Commission to express concerns around the Commission non-paper on electricity market interventions.

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28 October 2022

MEPs vote on Financing a Renewable Recovery and Accelerating Project Permitting

Key European Parliament Committee votes took place on the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), an EU funding mechanism. While not the final stage of the legislative process, the votes act as critical steps in the revision of key EU renewable energy laws.

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27 October 2022

SolarPower Europe launches a biodiversity and land-use toolbox for utility scale solar

Co-authored by Birdlife, this new toolbox for the solar sector offers guidance on identifying suitable land for solar deployment, and the potential environmental opportunities and challenges of utility-scale solar projects.

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26 October 2022

EU Energy Ministers discuss electricity market interventions, ambition on solar buildings falls short of necessary action

EU Energy Ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss the energy crisis, with the agenda covering the latest EU emergency measures in the electricity market intervention, and upcoming legislation on decarbonising Europe’s buildings.

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21 October 2022

SolarPower Europe Statement: European Council Conclusions aimed at Boosting Renewables

SolarPower Europe's statement following European leaders' request to the European Commission to develop an emergency measure package for renewable deployment.

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19 October 2022

18 organisations behind cross-sector call for an ambitious EU solar mandate to secure climate and energy security

In a joint letter, 18 organisations from across the economy, including NGOs and city representatives, the construction, EV, and renewable heating sectors, and flexibility service providers, as well as solar PV and solar thermal industries, call on EU Energy Ministers and the European Parliament to support an ambitious EU solar mandate.

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19 October 2022

SolarPower Europe publishes new Tunisia solar investment report

Today, during the Salon International de la Transition Energétique in Tunis, SolarPower Europe launches the second edition of its solar investment opportunities report for Tunisia.

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12 October 2022

Newly Elected Chairs of the European Technology & Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics

Elections in Brussels see Rutger Schlatmann become the new Chair of the European Technology & Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV), with David Moser and Jutta Trube as Vice-Chairs.

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11 October 2022

SolarPower Europe welcomes new European Commission Solar PV Industry Alliance

Today the European Commission has formally endorsed a new Solar Photovoltaic Industry Alliance, with the aim of scaling up manufacturing technologies of innovative solar photovoltaic products and components, to reach 30 Gigawatt of annual solar energy manufacturing capacity by 2025 across the full PV value chain.

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11 October 2022

13 Solar CEOs call on the EU Commission to urgently support European solar PV manufacturing

In an open letter, 13 CEOs of leading European solar organisations urge the European Commission to take bold action to boost investment in Europe’s solar PV industrial base, in order to reinforce the Commission’s solar deployment and energy security ambitions.

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6 October 2022

European businesses want to source renewables to tackle energy crisis; but emergency measures risk threatening PPA market

In the midst of Europe’s energy crisis, caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its subsequent cuts of gas exports to Europe, the RE-Source 2022 event started today. Organised by the RE-Source Platform, Europe’s largest corporate renewable electricity sourcing event will gather 1,000 key players in Amsterdam to exchange on renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

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4 October 2022

Solar Industry unites behind Supply Chain Sustainability Initiative

SolarPower Europe and Solar Energy UK launch the Solar Stewardship Initiative (SSI), setting out the solar industry’s concrete plan to reinforce a responsible, transparent, and sustainable solar value chain.

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30 September 2022

SolarPower Europe Statement following Extraordinary Energy Council

Today, the Energy Council has discussed the energy price crisis and adopted a Council Regulation on an emergency intervention to address high energy prices. We take note of the Regulation’s provisions to cap market revenues on inframarginal generation technologies but are deeply concerned about patchwork implementation.

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