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News announcement7 March 2024Directorate-General for Energy1 min read

Stakeholders invited to submit feedback to a call for evidence on innovative forms of solar deployment

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The Commission has published a call for evidence as part of the preparation for a recommendation and guidance on innovative forms of solar energy deployment. Interested stakeholders are invited to submit their feedback for 4 weeks until the call closes on 2 April 2024.

Current levels of deployment of solar energy, based mainly on rooftop and ground-mounted installations, are relatively high. In 2023, solar PV was responsible for 8% of the electricity generated in the EU and it was the fastest growing technologies. However, projections indicate that they are not sufficient to meet our targets. The EU Solar Energy Strategy, published in 2022, sets out ambitious solar deployment targets for 2025 and 2030 and foresees that, in order to reach them, the EU needs to install, on average, around 45 GW per year over this decade. It underlines that innovative forms of deployment can play an increasingly important role in accelerating the deployment of solar energy.

The strategy identifies 5 types of innovative forms of deployment that either allow for multiple use of space (agri-PV, floating PV, transport infrastructure PV) or are integrated with other products (building-integrated PV and vehicle-integrated PV). However, these innovative forms of deployment face several categories of regulatory and non-regulatory barriers. The Commission believes that a recommendation to EU countries accompanied by guidance on good practices can contribute to identifying solutions to overcome the common barriers these innovative forms of solar deployment face across the EU. The evidence collected through this call will feed into preparations of this Commission Recommendation and the guidance document, which is due for publication before the end of June.

Feedback received will be published on the Commission website and therefore must adhere to the feedback rules.

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Publication date
7 March 2024
Directorate-General for Energy