State of the Union Speech 2023

SolarPower Europe Statement

13 September 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


Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe (she/her): 


“It was good to hear President von der Leyen’s commitment to critical industry made in Europe, and that Europe will do whatever it takes to keep its competitive edge. 


This promise must translate into action. Solar project developers face inflation-driven headwinds. Europe’s solar manufacturers are at risk of bankruptcy. 


We have the foundation of the EU Solar Strategy. We have the new European Solar PV Industry Alliance with the goal of reshoring 30 GW of solar manufacturing in 7 years.


Europe is betting on solar to drive the energy transition. That means we need continued and decisive action to support grids, accelerate permitting, expand the solar workforce, and to urgently address today’s crisis in the solar supply chain.”

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Bethany Meban
Head of Press and Policy Communications

+32 492 97 82 48
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