Poland, Spain and six other governments join industry calls for segment to become strategic axis of COVID-19 comeback, with new SolarPower Europe platform now launched to help the cause.
The sourcing of PV cells and modules from authorised providers was due to become mandatory for certain projects in April but the country is granting a six-month extension to help with COVID-19.
EU production line of 5 to 10GW a year is possible and would help deliver the required 117GW-to-630GW capacity push, experts say as separate study touts PV’s job benefits for coal regions.
CEO talks top trends around bifacial, bankability and module industry consolidation as part of onsite interview series at this year’s conference in Penang.
Low-cost perovskite, cadmium telluride cells, PV field factories and grid integration of solar-plus-storage among research schemes bagging US$128m DoE funds after import barriers were tightened.
Government plan to bring back manufacturing ‘champions’ is either Europe’s second chance or a quest doomed to fail, depending on who PV Tech asks.
EDF, Engie and others will back decade-long policy and research scheme to bring back upstream ‘champions’, able to take on Asian rivals.
Tumbling module prices will help PV attain US$0.048/kWh costs in 2020 and outcompete 700GW of global coal, with India and Italy as the G20’s cheapest.
300,000-strong solar workforce could see bloc add 30 million rooftop installations by 2030, says SolarPower Europe as it anticipates new policy roadmap.