European platform for PV innovation relaunched to promote solar uptake

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The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) has been relaunched to advise policymakers and promote the uptake of solar across Europe.

Funded by the European Union (EU), ETIP PV is an independent body that offers advice on solar PV competitiveness, digitalisation, industrialisation, life-cycle quality and integrated technologies.

Following the European Commission’s landmark EU Solar Strategy, the renewal of the ETIP PV will support policymakers through the technical design and implementation of the defining European solar regulation of the decade, the body said in a press release.

Its recommendations may cover areas such as research and innovation, competitiveness, education and industrial policy.

Published in May, the EU Solar Strategy includes a target for the bloc to reach 400GWdc of installed solar PV by 2025 and almost 740GWdc by 2030, a significant jump on previous ambitions.

The EU proposed four initiatives to boost deployment as part of the strategy, including a rooftop solar programme, widescale permitting reform, addressing the skills shortage and greater support for PV manufacturing.

The ETIP PV, which is set to run from 2022 to 2025, is structured around a permanent steering group and topic-specific working groups of solar PV industry and academic experts.

New steering committee chairs will be elected during a meeting on 10 October 2022.

Trade association SolarPower Europe forecasts that around 39GW of solar will be deployed across the EU this year, up from 27GW last year, as countries scramble to deploy more renewables and reduce the use of Russian gas.

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