By Marie Latour, National Policy Advisor, European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA)
The benefits of solar photovoltaic (PV) power are well known, and, as this awareness rises and the cost of generating PV electricity declines, the technology is becoming more competitive with conventional electricity sources in market segments all across Europe. But bureaucratic hurdles remain a persistent threat to the widespread installation and integration of PV, often making it difficult to take advantage of the technology. In many countries, administrative processes and permitting procedures still require significant improvement. As a result, planning and connecting a solar photovoltaic system to the grid can still take several years in Europe.