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Grid parity for PV electricity can be reached in two years

01/2011 – According to a study by Fraunhofer Institut for Solar Energy Systems ISE, the learning effects connected with PV installations cause a rapid decrease of the actual costs. Grid parity could be reached within two years in areas with a high solar irradiation rate. (source: EUWID)


17.5 GW of new installations in 2010

01/2011 – A growth of 130% against the previous year, according to a quarterly report „PV Demand Database“ by the British market research institute IMS Research. According to IMS, this increase is mainly due to the new installations in Italy. For 2011, a global growth of 20.5 GW is expected. (source: EUWID)


Building-integrated PV (BIPV) still growing

01/2011 – The European market volume of BIPV is expected to double itself to 2.7 billion Euro by 2016, according to a study by Frost & Sullivan. (source: EUWID)


Advanced reduction of feed-in tariff at more than 3.5 GW new PV installations

01/2011 – The German government and the solar industry agreed an advanced reduction if forecasts predict new installations of more than 3.5 GW. The reduction will then already be introduced in July 2011 instead of the beginning of 2012. (source: EUWID)


Czech Republic: the adoption of a retroactive measure breaks investors’ confidence

Brussels, 9 December 2010: After the adoption by the Czech Parliament on 9 November 2010 of an amendment on the retroactive impact of revenues from PV systems, yesterday the Czech Senate confirmed the decision. With immediate effect, PV plants that were guaranteed to receive a fixed Feed-in-Tariff for a period of 20 years will have to pay a tax on the revenues generated - this breaks the confidence of investors. (source: EPIA)

COP16: European industry calls upon world governments to support photovoltaic electricity as key solution to bridge the global energy gap and reduce emissions

Cancun, 7 December 2010: The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) presented today at COP16 concrete evidence in support of an accelerated deployment of photovoltaic (PV) solar electricity across the globe to bring clean energy to both the developed and developing world. (source: EPIA)

Triple market volume for thin-film PV by 2016

12/2010 – A study by the market research company Nanomarkets predicts the global thin-film market to triplicate from 2.1 billion USD in the current year to 5.9 billion USD in 2016. (source: EUWID)


PV electricity generation increased by 74%

12/2010 – In the first nine months of the durrent year, the generation of electricity from PV installations in Germany has increased by 74%, from 5.7 TWh to 9.9 TWh, according to an analysis by the working group Energy Balances (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen, AGEB). (source: EUWID)


Concentrator Photovoltaics Technology has Reached Commercialization

Munich, 11th November 2010 - Approximately 20 MW of Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV) systems will be deployed in 2010 and the market is expected to reach a GW level in the next 5 years. With multiple commercial scale power plants connected to the grid in 2010, CPV technology is now ready for take-off. (source: EPIA)

Photovoltaics needs a reliable regulatory framework to develop full potential

Brussels, 11th November 2010 - Yesterday, the European Commission released its energy strategy communication titled “Energy 2020”. The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) recalls the importance of preserving all necessary national support instruments in order to accompany the transition of renewables, in particular photovoltaics, to their full competitiveness in the short and medium term. (source: EPIA)

Thin Film technologies go mainstream

Munich, 10th November 2010 - With ramped-up production capacities, Thin Films show great potential for large-scale projects and buildings. Their bankability is now better ensured and with prices continuously dropping, the technology is definitely becoming mainstream. Whatever the technology, appropriate regulatory frameworks are now crucial in ensuring an effective integration of photovoltaic (PV) electricity to the grid. These were the main conclusions of the 3rd EPIA International Thin Film Conference, held yesterday in Munich, Germany. (source: EPIA)

Photovoltaic power poised to become mainstream source of energy
in all Sunbelt countries by 2030

Brussels, 28 October 2010 - Countries of the Sunbelt (located within +/- 35° latitude around the equator) represent today about 75% of the world’s population and 40% of the global electricity demand. Furthermore, about 80% of the forecasted growth of the world electricity demand in the coming 20 years will originate from fast developing economies in that region. Characterized by an intense solar irradiation and often, high electricity prices, countries of the Sunbelt, where PV has a unique competitive potential, constitute an immense opportunity for PV to become mainstream by 2020 and to become a major electricity source by 2030. (source: EPIA)


Roofs could technically generate up to 40% of EU’s electricity demand by 2020

Madrid, 23 June 2010 - With a total ground floor area over 22,000 km2, 40% of all building roofs and 15% of all facades in EU 27 are suited for PV applications. This means that over 1,500 GWp of PV could technically be installed in Europe which would generate annually about 1,400TWh, representing 40% of the total electricity demand by 2020. (source: EPIA)


The European Solar Photovoltaic Industry is ready to co-finance 1,235 million euro in R&D in order to achieve competitiveness in all its market segments

Madrid, 1 June 2010 - The Solar Europe Industry Initiative (SEII) that will be launched on Thursday in Madrid during the European SET Plan Conference will contribute to achieving 12% Solar Photovoltaic (PV) supply of the EU electricity demand by 2020. (source: EPIA)


PV could significantly overshoot the 20 GW target of the MSP

Valencia, 12 May 201 0 - Gathered together in Valencia for the first of a 2-day high-level conference on the Mediterranean Solar Plan (MSP) within the framework of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union, over 550 participants, including ministers and representatives from the 43 Mediterranean countries, have discussed the potential of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity in the Mediterranean region. The MSP constitutes one of the major initiatives of the Union for the Mediterranean and its prime objective is to develop 20 GW of renewable electricity capacity by 2020 in the Southern Mediterranean area, as well as the necessary infrastructures for the electricity interconnection with Europe. The conference is intended to enhance and facilitate the implementation of the MSP in terms of infrastructural requirements, policy frameworks and associated financing. (source: EPIA)


A bright future shines on the solar photovoltaic electricity market

Brussels, 12 April 2010: The global solar photovoltaic electricity (PV) market counted an additional increase in installed capacity of about 7.2 GW in 2009, reaching a total capacity of over 22 GW world-wide. This has been the most important annual capacity increase ever and is particularly impressive in light of the difficult financial and economical circumstances during the past year. In 2010, global cumulative installed PV capacity is expected to grow by at least 40%, while the annual growth is expected to increase by more than 15%. During 2009, Germany remained the largest market, with Italy ranking second and Japan and the U.S. markets to follow. Germany most probably will remain the largest market in 2010, while new markets in particular from Southern Europe, Asia and the U.S. will grow significantly. (source: EPIA)


More than 200 international experts pave the way for photovoltaic module recycling

Berlin, 26 January 2010: More than 200 experts in photovoltaic (PV) energy, waste management and recycling participated today in the 1st International Conference on PV module recycling organized by PV CYCLE and EPIA in collaboration with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Attendees had the opportunity to learn first-hand from different industry associations and companies what is currently being done to implement recycling mechanisms and to minimise the environmental impact of end-of-life solar panels. (source: EPIA)


Solar Energy: Key Solution to CO2 Challenges in the Developing World

Copenhagen, 14 December 2009: Intense debate at COP15 centres on the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions in developing countries without limiting their economic growth and ability to make life better for their citizens. EPIA (the European Photovoltaic Industry Association) is in Copenhagen to make the case that solar provides the opportunity for developing countries to leapfrog traditional energy dependence on fossil fuel to producing clean energy. (source: EPIA)


Thin Film: a key PV technology to reach 12 percent of EU’s electricity by 2020

BRUSSELS, 16 November 2009 - The Thin Film industry is more than ever ready to contribute to the 12% target set by EPIA in its recent SET For 2020 study. This was confirmed by the 260 participants of EPIA’s 2nd International Thin Film Conference that took place on 12 November 2009 in Munich. (source: EPIA)


Solar Photovoltaic Power Essential to Meet the 20% Renewable Energy Target

HAMBURG, 24 September 2009 – Despite the global economic downturn, solar photovoltaic power retains huge, largely untapped potential to help Europe meet its energy and environmental goals.

“The fundamentals of the PV industry are and remain strong, as indicated in our SET for 2020 study,” said Adel El Gammal, Secretary General of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) at the 6th European Photovoltaic (PV) Industry Forum held on 23 September in Hamburg. It needs an ambitious policy support for the next 3 to 9 years, until photovoltaic power is able to compete with conventional electricity on price.