The EU plans to accelerate the deployment of rooftop photovoltaics

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association said that all EU countries will require the installation of photovoltaic systems on all new public and commercial buildings by 2026 and on all new homes by 2029.

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The European Photovoltaic Industry Association recently issued a statement from the European Union (EU). The European Parliament and the European Council have recently reached an agreement to promote the installation of rooftop photovoltaic systems in EU countries.

They set building energy efficiency targets, directives to decarbonise the EU building stock and took key steps to accelerate the installation of rooftop photovoltaic systems to meet remaining electricity demand.

Jan Osenberg, policy advisor of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, said: “EU negotiators recently signed an agreement on EU photovoltaic standards, achieving a milestone in accelerating the deployment of renewable energy.” According to this agreement, by 2026, all EU countries will require the installation of photovoltaic systems on all new public and commercial buildings; on all new residential buildings by 2029, on all non-residential buildings that have undergone relevant renovations by 2030 Install photovoltaic systems on all existing public buildings by 2020.

The European Commission adopted the measure as part of the EU rooftop PV strategy to combat the energy crisis. In addition to promoting the installation of photovoltaic systems in all building areas, the measure will also enhance the effective integration of photovoltaic systems into the building construction process. For example, combining rooftop construction and photovoltaic systems reduces costs and uses limited available labor as efficiently as possible. It is said that in the future, rooftop photovoltaic systems will be as common as owning household appliances. This is a smart move and an important step towards the future.

Implementation of the Directive must ensure effective integration with construction practices and building requirements. This will facilitate access to private financing solutions, in particular supporting innovative solutions such as the installation of photovoltaic systems on building facades. EU departments and stakeholders can draw on best practices from measures already implemented in nine EU countries.

The European Commission said in a statement: “We welcome this interim agreement between the European Parliament and the European Council to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption in EU buildings. The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) will support the EU in Alliance-wide efforts to decarbonize buildings.”

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