As much as 97 percent of world production of photovoltaic modules takes place outside Europe, of which China is responsible for 2/3. Despite this, the Europe still has the potential to build a strong solar industry. However, this requires greater financial and regulatory support from the EU and recognition of photovoltaics as a sector of strategic importance, as indicates the Solar Energy Now coalition, in which Polish institutions and companies from the PV industry also participate.
“The European Green Deal supports the development of photovoltaics. Looking at the flagship postulates such as the promotion of renewable energy sources, building a zero-emission industry and business, which essentially has a sustainable impact on the environment, photovoltaics perfectly fits each of these elements,” Michał Skorupa, president of Foton Technik, a company from the innogy Group, said.
The annual turnover of the photovoltaic industry in Europe is currently estimated at approx. €5 billion. In May, nearly a hundred companies and institutions from 15 countries formed the Solar Europe Now coalition, which aims to support and build the European PV industry. The coalition called on the EU institutions for greater regulatory and financial support for photovoltaics, including in the field of research, innovation and implementation of new technologies, arguing that the PV sector is part of the Green Deal and can significantly contribute to the implementation of the EU climate policy.
Among the hundreds of entities participating in the Solar Europe Now, there are also Polish producers of photovoltaic modules: Bruk-Bet Solar, ML System, Saule Technologies, Hanplast and X-Disc. The Warsaw University of Technology and the Institute for Renewable Energy also got involved in the initiative.