Members of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) voted Thursday to rebrand the organisation as SolarPower Europe.

Members of the group voted 100% in favour of the name change, with CEO James Watson noting: "This is a true endorsement of a new era in the rapid evolution of solar power in Europe. Our organisation has reached 30 years of age and the nature of our sector has fundamentally changed from where we were back then. The new brand reflects the growth and expansion of the scope of our organisation."

SolarPower Europe President Oliver Schaefer announced the result, stating: “I am delighted that we have taken this positive step to give our association a modern and future oriented brand. We will build on the achievements of EPIA, fully recognizing how much success we have had in the past. But now is the time to take the association forward and to reflect that we now have members all along the solar value chain and are fully inclusive of all segments in Europe.”

Watson added: “SolarPower Europe reflects three clear aspects of who we are today: Solar - we cover the whole solar value chain through our members; Power - electricity is our business; Europe - our geographical home.”

The new moniker will be launched at Intersolar Europe, which will take place from June 8-10 in Munich. SolarPower Europe will help lead the interests of the solar market in Europe while building growth and business opportunities for solar companies across the continent.