EU Council 9 February

SolarPower Europe Statement

10 February 2023


European leaders met yesterday in Brussels. Overnight they made a number of decisions setting the direction for travel on the Green Deal Industrial Plan.

Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO at SolarPower Europe, said: 


“Leaders agree with us. EU subsidy rules should be simplified and allow for targeted support for a limited group of clean tech sectors. EU leaders should also recognise the value in having the timeline of this support aligned with that of the Inflation Reduction Act – until at least 2030. 


It is critical that when European leaders meet again in March, they clearly set out the strategic sectors that can expect support. 


Solar is driving the energy transition. Already, by 2025 we’re looking at adding up to 100 GW of solar panels to EU energy generation, every year. That’s far more than any other energy generation technology.


It’s clear that to achieve net-zero and energy security goals, solar PV needs to be on the state aid short list, which only focuses on the true technologies that are driving the bulk of the green transition. That means solar PV, wind turbines, heat pumps, batteries, and EVs.


We need to rapidly future proof the European solar manufacturing base, within the global solar supply chain. A resilient solar supply chain means stronger EU energy security. Ultimately, stronger energy security means a stronger Single Market. 


In a value chain, demand is as important as supply. 


We are pleased to see that European leaders have promised to update public procurement rules, and promote European standards, to stimulate demand of green tech. These moves should encourage the uptake of ‘best in class’ solar products, leveraging European competitive advantage."


Read our joint letter calling for EU Green Public Procurement for solar PV products

Signatories call for harmonised green public procurement rules for solar PV products to be a political priority.

Questions? Get in touch.

Bethany Meban
Head of Press & Policy Communciations

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