The Vice-President of the European Commission proposed that “Europe needs to be separated from natural gas as soon as possible to protect citizens from the impact of high energy prices”. The European Photovoltaic Association proposed that more attention should be paid to solar energy, and the EU’s cumulative installed capacity of photovoltaics in 2030 is expected to be 1TW.

In July 2021, the EU adopted the “Fit for 55” energy and climate package proposal, which proposed to increase the proportion of renewable energy in energy supply by 2030 from the previous 32% to 40%. In February, the European Commission’s proposal confirmed a 40% renewable energy target.

At the opening of a recent conference on “How a resurgent European photovoltaic industry can meet the climate and energy security challenges facing the European continent”, EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson emphasized that by 2030, Europe’s demand for photovoltaic power will increase from 3% to 15%. %. The European People’s Party (EPP), the largest group in the European Parliament, has also approved a proposal for the EU to achieve a target of at least 45% renewable energy by 2030, asking the EU to set a more ambitious renewable energy target.

As the largest group in the European Parliament, the main reason why the EPP is eager to revise the February proposal is the recent Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the resulting energy crisis.

On February 28, Germany’s economy ministry presented a draft pending legislation that would speed up the expansion of wind and solar infrastructure, bringing the goal of 100% renewable energy supply forward by 15 years (to 2035).

By the end of 2021, the cumulative installed capacity of photovoltaics in the EU will be 165GW. According to the “European Photovoltaic Market Outlook 2021-2025″ released by SolarPowerEurope, the EU’s photovoltaic installed capacity will reach 672GW in 2030, which is equivalent to an average annual installed capacity of 56.3GW in the next nine years.

The target is raised to 1TW this time, and the average annual installed capacity will reach 92.8GW, which is expected to increase by 65%.

(Prediction of rooftop photovoltaic installations and ground photovoltaic power plants in the next five years)

SPE proposed a roadmap for the EU to achieve the 1TW PV installation target by 2030, and put forward 4 policy requirements:

1. Mandatory installation of photovoltaics in new buildings, prohibition of the use of fossil fuel boilers and large investment to increase the development of rooftop photovoltaics;

2. Stop charging grid connection fees and require member states to identify suitable photovoltaic sites;

3. Support smart solar and hybrid projects with dedicated CEF-E, RRF funds;

4. Provide 1 billion euros of support to accelerate the deployment of EU photovoltaic manufacturing capabilities.

SolarPower Europe believes that with the right framework, 1 TW of installed solar capacity in Europe can be achieved by 2030: “Solar deployment in Europe has exceeded expectations year after year, succeeding in some of the most difficult market environments. We call The European Commission recognizes the true power of solar energy and sets the ambition needed to achieve our climate and security goals.”

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