MEPs need to maximise EU photo voltaic rooftop potential


MEPs need the European Union to capitalise on the immense potential of rooftop photo voltaic within the EU. The European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) adopted on July 6 the Maximizing Energy Efficiency in Buildings report, SolarEnergy Europe stated on July 7. The subsequent step would be the European Parliament voting on the report throughout its plenary on the week of September 14.

The report helps the large roll-out of solar energy as a part of the EU’s upcoming Renovation Wave initiative in September 2020, together with the launch of a pan-European photo voltaic rooftop programme. This programme would purpose to fulfill the rooftop potential of the EU, which may produce approximately 680 TWh each year in response to the JRC and promote the deployment of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and distributed storage, SolarEnergy Europe stated in a press launch.

SolarEnergy Europe Policy Director and Interim CEO Aurélie Beauvais famous that the ITRE Committee has taken an necessary step to recognise solar energy as a key strategic worth chain within the EU. “This is essential to strengthening European leadership in renewable energy, as well as increasing our energy security. Around the world, Europe is already seen as a leader in renewable technologies, with BIPV products in particular being developed in European R&D centres and manufactured on the continent. We should build on this momentum and ensure that European innovation continues to produce future-proof technologies that align with the climate goals of the European Green Deal,” Beauvais stated.

Today, greater than 90% of buildings within the EU go unused once they may assist mitigate CO2 emissions by having photo voltaic put in on them, in response to Miguel Herrero Cangas, Policy Advisor and Coordinator of the Solar Buildings workstream at SolarEnergy Europe. “Currently the EU building stock accounts for 36% of the region’s emissions, and installing solar on available rooftop space could save up to 7 million tonnes of CO2 each year. In addition, rooftop solar is incredibly labour-intensive and will bring highly-skilled, local jobs and growth in line with a Green Recovery and the European Green Deal,” he stated.

Further, the Maximizing Energy Efficiency in Buildings report highlights European management in BIPV and means that renewable power applied sciences needs to be recognised as a key strategic worth chain.