Solar Power Europe calls for 5 GW solar module factories to be established in Europe

Solar power association »Solar Power Europe« (SPE) has launched a major policy push for an industrial strategy for solar in Europe. The core element of this call for action »is the ambition to see large scale module manufacturing« set up in Europe. »Demand for solar is set to rise soon to around 15 GW a year in Europe and we should now see a concerted effort to deliver on every segment of the industrial value chain,« said SPE President Christian Westermeier.
»Not only do we want 5 GW cell and module factories in Europe, driven through relaxation of state aid laws, but we also want to see specific regulatory support to ensure that finance is accessible, land is made cheaply available to manufacturers, energy costs are kept low and that administrative burdens to develop and grow solar manufacturing companies are addressed and reduced,« says Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director at SPE.
Solar Power Europe’s key recommendations will be put in front of the European Commissioner for Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, in January at the next high-level Clean Energy Industrial Forum. The organization represents over 35 solar industrial players backing the call including Wacker, SMA, Total, Weidmuller, Voestalpine, Solarwatt, ABB, Enel and Meyer Burger.

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