The EU wants to massively expand the capacity of the European solar industry. An important building block is the new European solar photovoltaic industry alliance, which the EU Commission has officially approved. This means that the call for membership in the alliance can be published in November. The alliance aims to improve manufacturing technologies for innovative solar photovoltaic products and components, accelerating the deployment of solar energy in the EU.
“To achieve Europe’s renewable energy goals – and to avoid replacing dependence on Russian fossil fuels with new dependencies – we are establishing a Solar Energy Industrial Alliance,” said EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton. “With the support of the Alliance, the EU could achieve an annual solar energy production capacity of 30 gigawatts across the PV value chain by 2025. The Alliance will foster an innovative and value-added industry in Europe, leading to job creation here. The European solar industry has already created more than 357,000 jobs. We have the potential to double these numbers by the end of the decade.”
The Alliance is one of the concrete initiatives of the EU Solar Energy Strategy, adopted in May 2022 as part of the REPowerEU plan. The EU’s goal is to expand solar energy capacity by 320 GW by 2025 and 600 GW by 2030.
Once established, the Alliance will bring together industry players, research institutes, consumer associations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders in the photovoltaic field. It will create an action plan for the solar industrial value chain in Europe. And it will engage with the EU and member states on a wide range of issues: such as research and innovation, technology, industrial supply chain, raw materials, access to finance, customers, international partnerships and global supply chain resilience, circular economy, sustainability and skills.
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