Monday, February 6, 2023

ESCM points to key factors for creating a competitive European PV manufacturing ecosystem

letter sent by specific organization 8 key points Built around both the speed of implementation required in this rapidly growing market, and the need for a holistic support approach making the framework powerfully attractive.

The ESMC appreciates the desire of the European Commission to address issues of strategic importance to Europe by creating the European Solar Photovoltaic Industry Alliance (the Alliance). The framework introduced by the European Commission in the EU Solar Energy Strategy responds to the continuous requests of the European community of photovoltaic energy manufacturers.

ESMC welcomes the upcoming launch of the Alliance as a timely and necessary step to address key challenges facing the PV manufacturing industry. ,It is now a cornerstone in the development of a competitive European PV manufacturing industry across the entire PV value chain and ensures PV deployment is in line with the ambitious targets described in the EU Solar Energy Strategy.“, emphasizes Dr. Johan Lindahl, ESMC Secretary General.

The association welcomes the increase in the European PV manufacturing target from 2025 to 30 GW across the value chain, in line with ESMC’s previous proposal. However, ESMC has strongly proposed to increase it further with the aim of photovoltaic manufacturing 80 GW for 2030.

As a key objective for the Alliance, the ESMC argues that the cumulative effect of incentives for the European PV ecosystem developed by the Alliance should be equal to, or as close as possible, to non-EU manufacturers. It is about creating a framework so that the operating cost structure of the entire European photovoltaic value chain is globally competitive. The ESMC argues that there is a critical need to create appropriate incentives for the expansion of European PV manufacturing capacities.

Support policies are the backbone of the European photovoltaic industry’s competitiveness. The ESMC’s proposals include the need for a faster and stronger European response than the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) with the aim of leveling competitive conditions and considering support measures for operating costs and capital, which will benefit new and existing photovoltaics. There are significant investments in manufacturing. projects. In front of the US IRA, European photovoltaic construction “it’s burning“And in the opinion of Zygimantas Vaianas, Policy Director at ESMC, an immediate response is needed.

The ESMC proposes concrete support measures such as the creation of a special financial vehicle of 20 billion euros to accelerate and reduce the risk of investment, develop effective purchase agreements for local production, comply with EU regulations on labor laws and Establishment of regulations, hidden subsidies, CO2 footprint and circularity. All of this is to spur innovation and accelerate authorization processes for the deployment of photovoltaic energy and the construction of industrial plants for the manufacture of photovoltaic energy. The implementation of these measures should be reflected in a specific Alliance Action Plan that provides clarity and confidence for European PV manufacturing developers and investors.

ESMC is prepared to spare no effort and dedicate all necessary measures, taking concrete actions, to the success of the alliance that will bring about a positive change in the European PV manufacturing landscape.

Next week (December 9) the European Solar PV Industry Alliance counts on the full support of the ESMC in the framework of the launch conference in Brussels. The European photovoltaic manufacturing industry has been invited to participate in this important event. Registration is made available on the European Commission Alliance website.

ESMC, which currently has 50 members, is an organization representing the interests of the European photovoltaic manufacturing industry. The ESMC aims to promote and support the PV manufacturing industry and its value chains at a European level, by creating a supportive political environment.

We rely on major industrial companies, organizations and research centers operating in the photovoltaic sector based in Europe.

Photo: ITER Photovoltaic Laboratory – Tenerife – Spain

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