Refocussing Europe’s energy policy, and deploying massive volumes of renewables in the European Union, as soon as possible, is critical to the continent’s stability, security, and prosperity. Investments are already flowing in Europe: in 2021, solar grew by 34% year-on-year to add about 26 GW of generation capacity, reaching a cumulative EU solar capacity of 165 GW. That’s 136% more than the 11 GW added by the EU’s No. 2, wind power. That’s more than all other new renewable, fossil fuel, and nuclear capacities combined in 2021.
This paper “Raising Solar Ambition for the European Union’s Energy Independence” by SolarPower Europe sets out exactly what solar power can deliver for the EU’s climate goals in the short-, medium-, and long-term. Ten flagship solar-supporting initiatives, through eight key actions, will build the necessary foundations for the European solar terawatt age.
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