Today the European Commission has published a Communication on the Green Deal Industrial Plan.
Accompanying our previous position paper, SolarPower Europe has issued the following statement.
Dries Acke, Policy Director of SolarPower Europe:
“Industrial policy focus on critical renewable energy supply chains is a good thing.
However, we’re worried by the lack of focus in today’s Communication.
We need support specifically for the bulk technologies that net-zero and energy security are based on.
Solar is the reality of the energy transition. Energy geopolitics is being redrawn specifically around solar technology.
Not all net-zero technologies are in the same boat – not in terms of strategic importance, or even the impact they’re feeling from the Inflation Reduction Act.
We also have concerns about the timeframe involved – proposed state aid revisions under this Communication will apply until 2025. The US is operating on a 10-year time frame. We were advocating for flexibility until 2030.”
Keeping 30 GW of European solar manufacturing by 2025 in reach
Simplifying EU state aid rules. Leveraging existing EU funds. Maximising demand for best-in-class EU solar.Read the position paper now
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