BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 31, 2006 (Refocus Weekly) The solar PV industry in Europe has adopted a strategy to reach a market of 2.7 GWp in Europe in 2010.
Members of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association adopted the strategy to develop European and global markets for solar PV. The goal of 2.7 GW is sufficient to supply seven million families, and to reach a global market of 5.4 GWp.
EPIA members unanimously approved the strategy, which will run until 2010 and which expands the 2003-to-2006 strategy that was market-oriented. The new strategy expands to include new activities such as environmental issues and to provide a clear focus on promotion of solar.
The action plan will be articulated in four sectors: competitiveness, innovation, quality and promotion. The global budget will enable EPIA to allocate Euro 10 million over four years to implement the strategy.
Achieving competitiveness will include strategies for mass production to allow cost reduction. Innovation will be supported by PV research financing reaching Euro 250 million a year. The pursuit of quality is designed to improve the image of PV. The promotion sector will address improvements in the association’s communication.
A new board was elected for four years, the same duration as the new action plan, with the new president being Winfried Hoffmann of German-based Schott Solar. Vice presidents include Ernesto Macías of Isofoton (Spain), Murray Cameron of Phoenix SonnenStrom (Germany) and Boris Klebensberger of SolarWorld (Germany).
With 80 members from the solar PV sector, EPIA represents 95% of the European industry and 80% of the global PV industry.
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