EPIA RSS FEEDhttp://www.epia.org/European Photovoltaic Industry Associationfr-frCopyright 2010 epia.orgThu, 30 Oct 2014 13:09:56 GMThttp://www.epia.org/index.php?eID=epiaRSSITinfo@epia.org info@epia.org60 epia.org http://www.epia.org/fileadmin/templates/images/logo.jpg http://www.epia.org/ <![CDATA[EPIA Members Directory – 2015 Edition: Update your company profile]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-396EPIA will shortly begin the official update of Member companies’ profiles in the EPIA Members Directory, giving our members the opportunity to enhance their brand’s visibility by reaching key stakeholders from the whole PV value chain and the energy sector.]]>Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:20:10 GMT<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE - Council decision on 2030: Lacking Ambition]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-395The European Council adopted a Climate and Energy framework for 2030. While the agreed EU-binding target of at least 27% for renewable energy is too low to unlock the full potential of solar, it represents an important signal that investments in solar photovoltaics will continue.

Read the Press Release here.]]>
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:15:13 GMT
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: A difficult start for the first-ever Vice-President for Energy Union]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-391European Commission President-elect, Jean-Claude Juncker, has initiated significant structural changes to the Commission. The most visible one is the introduction of a two-level college of Commissioners, consisting of seven Vice-Presidents and 20 Commissioners.]]>Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:55:14 GMT<![CDATA[HIGHLIGHT: European Commission study brings welcome transparency on the true cost of energy ]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-394The European Commission has released on 13 October its long-awaited interim report on “Energy subsidies and costs in the EU”, assessing both direct public support and un-accounted external costs for the different energy sources.]]>Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:26:46 GMT<![CDATA[News test sous categ]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-361Tue, 05 Aug 2014 10:57:27 GMT<![CDATA[Clear national targets and appropriate regulatory frameworks key to solar growth, says the International Energy Agency]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-389Solar Photovoltaic Energy Technology Roadmap 2014”, the International Energy Agency (IEA) confirms that solar has undergone tremendous cost reductions in the last years and that the potential for further cost decline is still huge. ]]>Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:53:28 GMT<![CDATA[Join EPIA at the European Utility Week]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-385
This year’s edition of the European Utility Week will take place on 4-6 November 2014 in Amsterdam. During three days of global energy industry-related discussions, the event will bring together 10.000+ international smart energy stakeholders and 300+ speakers.]]>
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:19:34 GMT
<![CDATA[Joint Industry Letter on the need for a strong renewables energy target for 2030]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-386In the run-up of the European Council on 23-24 October which is expected to decide on a Climate and Energy package for 2030, 16 energy businesses and associations, including EPIA, have sent a Joint Letter to the EU Heads of State and Government calling on them to agree on a binding renewable energy target of at least 30% by 2030.

Read the Joint Letter here.
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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:19:45 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: European Commission study shines light on the true cost of energy]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-384The European Commission study on “Energy subsidies and costs in the EU”, released today, demonstrates that the direct total cost of conventional energy technologies, such as coal and nuclear, is much higher than the direct cost for solar energy.

Read the Press Release here.]]>
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:27:30 GMT
<![CDATA[EPIA statement on the approval of UK State Aid for Hinkley C]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-378Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:23:39 GMT<![CDATA[EPIA shared its vision at the O&M Europe Conference]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-393More than 250 stakeholders from across Europe gathered to the Solar O&M Europe Conference (7-8 October 2014, Milan) to discuss with 30 experts about solar power plant performance optimisation, portfolio management and return maximisation. EPIA moderated a panel discussion that included representatives of Enel Distribuzione, Terna, Eclaeron, Fiamm and Schneider Electric. 
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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:31:09 GMT
<![CDATA[REserviceS Project Final Event: Solar can replace conventional generators]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-379The REserviceS Project Final Event, organised on 30 September 2014 in Brussels, has concluded two and a half years of extensive research from the project partners. Funded by the European Commission, the REserviceS project has developed guidance for a cost–efficient and market-based approach for the use of grid support services provided by Solar and wind.]]>Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:25:14 GMT<![CDATA[PV GRID Final European Forum: Solutions for a smooth integration of high levels of solar into the grid]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-380A partner of the project, EPIA organised the PV GRID Final European Forum which took place on 29 September 2014 in Brussels. The event which gathered over 75 participants, focused on findings and future steps for solar photovoltaic (PV) large-scale integration at distribution level in Europe.]]>Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:07:21 GMT<![CDATA[Findings of the SOPHIA Project Final Event]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-382

With more than 70 participants from the solar R&D community, the solar industry and the European Commission (EC), the SOPHIA Final Event focused on solar research infrastructure, highlighting important needs and requirements for the coming years in order to accelerate the growth of solar and enhance EU competitiveness.

Taking place on 23 September 2014 in Amsterdam, the event presented valuable results from collaborative research initiatives across the EU, setting benchmarks for future work.

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:23:03 GMT
<![CDATA[Free trade is vital for the future of the solar industry]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-369Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:00:07 GMT<![CDATA[Joint Renewables Open Letter on energy subsidies and costs to Vice-President Oettinger]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-373On 06 October 2014, ten organisations from the European renewables sector, including EPIA, sent an Open Letter to Günther Oettinger, Vice-President of the European Commission, calling on him to ensure that the study “Energy subsidies and costs in the EU” is made public well before the next European Council, and not delayed further.

Read the Open Letter here.]]>
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:26:13 GMT
<![CDATA[The Overview of Support Schemes extended and revamped - Q4 2014 is now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-375EPIA has extended, updated and revamped its quarterly overview of support schemes in Europe. The overview provides a synthetic, though complete overview of existing support schemes for PV in 31 countries in Europe (EU 28, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine).

Please find the overview here (log in to the Members Area of the website first).]]>
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:29:52 GMT
<![CDATA[The presentation of the Policy-Communications Working Group Meeting is now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-300
To access the presentation and the list of participants, click here (log in first to the Members Area of the website).]]>
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:37:06 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE - Hinkley Point: The Commission’s credibility is at stake]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-371The European Commission could shortly announce that it will approve the UK State Aid for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant. In order to be serious about competition in the energy sector, EPIA believes that it is vital to maintain a balanced approach towards the different energy technologies.

Read the Press Release here.]]>
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:53:22 GMT
<![CDATA[ADVERTORIAL - Exclusive for EPIA Members: Visibility opportunities & brand promotion solutions]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-390Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:05:52 GMT<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: A cost-effective energy transition requires streamlined regulation]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-370PV GRID and REserviceS, two projects in which the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has been actively involved, have presented outstanding results during their respective final events on 29 and 30 September in Brussels. Opportunities and solutions for large-scale deployment of renewables, such as solar photovoltaics (PV), have been identified and discussed with over 150 participants.

Read the Press Release here.]]>
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:45:49 GMT
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: All Change in Brussels, A new political class for a new European renewables framework]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-367As EPIA’s new CEO, I’d like to welcome you all to this edition of the Solaris Newsletter, which focuses on the big changes that have been happening in Brussels and EPIA’s activities in the forthcoming EU PVSEC and EU Utility Week conferences.]]>Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:54:07 GMT<![CDATA[HIGHLIGHT: Join EPIA activities at the 29th EU PVSEC]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-365EPIA will be present at the 29th EU PVSEC through various events that will give the opportunity to discuss the evolution of the solar PV sector and the future of the industry at European and global levels.]]>Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:30:14 GMT<![CDATA[Join EPIA activities at the European Utility Week, the annual landmark event of the energy sector]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-366This year’s edition of the European Utility Week will take place on 4-6 November 2014 in Amsterdam. During three days of global energy industry-related discussions, the event will bring together 10.000+ international smart energy stakeholders and 300+ speakers. It will comprise 10 different content tracks on topics ranging from Renewable Integration to Smart Metering to Smart Cities.]]>Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:46:42 GMT<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: Storm warning for the Italian photovoltaic sector]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-363The Italian Senate adopted on 07 August 2014 a Decree-Law that introduces significant retroactive cuts of the guaranteed Feed-in Tariffs (FiT) and new taxes for self-consumed electricity. These new rules will seriously damage the investment climate for solar PV in the country and the image of Europe as a stable investment centre.

Read the Press Release here.]]>
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:27:11 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: European Council calls for 30% Renewables target by 2030]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-362EPIA supports the position of the European Heads of State on the target for renewables and calls for them to confirm this commitment during their meeting on 23-24 October. This is a step in the right direction and provides the opportunity for Europe to maintain a lead in the renewable energy sector. Nevertheless to be truly effective, national targets are still needed to deliver the energy transition that Europe requires to meet its CO2 reduction commitments.

Read the Press Release here.]]>
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:29:14 GMT
<![CDATA[SOPHIA: EPIA to organise the Final event]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-364As a SOPHIA project partner, EPIA is organising the project final event within the frame of the upcoming 29th EU PVSEC (European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition). Taking place on Tuesday 23 September 2014 from 09:00 to 12:00 in Amsterdam, this high-level event will focus on important results of the SOPHIA project such as the findings of the the
Strategic Research Infrastructure Agenda (SRIA)
. Featured speakers include high level representatives from the European Commission, the PV research community and the PV industry. 
   
For more information about the event please click here.
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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:21:52 GMT
<![CDATA[The website of the CHEETAH project is now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-360CHEETAH - Cost-reduction through material optimisation and Higher EnErgy outpuT of solAr pHotovoltaic modules - joining Europe’s Research and Development efforts in support of its PV industry - is a combined collaborative project (CP) and coordination and support action (CSA) funded under the European Commission’s 7th Framework programme. CHEETAH’s aims to solve specific R&D issues in the EERA-PV Joint Program and to overcome fragmentation of European PV R&D in Europe and intensify the collaboration between R&D providers and industry to accelerate the industrialization of innovations. ]]>Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:34:07 GMT<![CDATA[Last call for free access to Europe's leading PV research facilities]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-359
Funding from the European Commission is making it possible to put 48 pieces of high-performance photovoltaic research infrastructure at the disposal of visiting researchers free of charge. “We are very pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to the PV community,” said Philippe Malbranche co-ordinator of the project through which funding will be provided (“SOPHIA RI”). This is the last SOPHIA RI call for Transnational Access (TNA) projects. “The EC is going to cover the costs of a team from one country using facilities based in one or more other countries providing that results are shared with the owner of the facility/ies and, if interesting, published”, continued Mr. Malbranche.]]>
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:52:35 GMT
<![CDATA[UK: European Commission approves 'Contract for Difference' scheme]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-357The European Commission (EC) has concluded that the proposed UK Capacity Market is in line with EU state aid rules.
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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:29:55 GMT
<![CDATA[Germany: European Commission approves new EEG 2014]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-355The European Commission (EC) has found the new German Renewable Energy Act (EEG 2014) to be in line with EU state aid rules.]]>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:31:40 GMT<![CDATA[EPIA shared its vision at the O&M Europe Conference]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-381Solar O&M Europe Conference (7-8 October 2014, Milan) to discuss with 30 experts about solar power plant performance optimisation, portfolio management and return maximisation. EPIA moderated a panel discussion that included representatives of Enel Distribuzione, Terna, Eclaeron, Fiamm and Schneider Electric. ]]>Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:20:12 GMT<![CDATA[PV GRID and REserviceS Final Events: Shading light on PV grid integration and grid support services potential]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-345
The PV GRID Final European Event, organised by EPIA in close cooperation with BSW-Solar, will take place on 29 September 2014 in Brussels, in order to present the project final results. During different thematic sessions, DSOs, representatives of the PV industry as well as external experts will discuss technical and regulatory solutions for a smoother integration of high shares of PV into the grid. The event will be followed by a networking cocktail.]]>
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:22:55 GMT
<![CDATA[ADVERTORIAL: Encouraging signs for Intersolar India 2014: New Indian Government backs solar energy]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-340The fact that the new Indian government is giving so much precedence to solar energy is hardly surprising, as solar irradiation in the country amounts to between four and seven kilowatt hours (kWh) per square meter per day. With around 300 days of sunshine each year, India therefore has ideal conditions for overcoming its energy deficit with the aid of solar power in the future. Since many regions currently have no working power grid, off-grid solar installations (or ‘microgrids’) also play an important role here alongside large-scale solar power plants. The technologies, products and services employed are this year being showcased from November 18–20 at Intersolar India by around 200 exhibitors in the fields of photovoltaics (PV), PV production technologies, solar thermal technologies and energy storage systems. During the exhibition, many exhibitors will introduce their products and services in thirty-minute presentations on the Presentation Stage in Hall 5, providing visitors with a concise overview of the latest technologies and trends.]]>Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:44:59 GMT<![CDATA[Italy: EPIA sends an Open Letter to the Government on the proposed Decree-Law]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-358EPIA sent on 15 July 2014 an Open Letter to the Italian Ministers of Economic Development, and of Economy and Finance about the newly proposed Decree-Law DL 91/2014.
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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:36:57 GMT
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Attack defeated, European Court of Justice confirms Renewable Energy Directive]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-341National support of renewable energy sources is in full conformity with the EU Treaty. This judgement was made by no one less than the European Court of Justice in its ruling on the Ålands Vindkraft case (C-573/12) on 01 July. With such a clear confirmation of the validity of the Renewable Energy Directive, the EU Court is sending an important signal to investors. Indeed, the Directive appears strengthened by this ruling, giving Member States the full means to live up to their 2020 national binding targets.]]>Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:05:59 GMT<![CDATA[HIGHLIGHT: PV providing flexibility to the distribution grid - From troublemaker to solution provider ]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-338With growing shares of photovoltaics (PV) being integrated into the electricity system in Europe, it is no surprise that questions of grid management and stability are increasingly coming into focus. What still is more surprising to many players in the energy field, however, is that PV systems themselves hold a large and often untapped potential to support the distribution grid.]]>Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:04:42 GMT<![CDATA[Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics 2014-2018: Exclusive extra-content for EPIA Members now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-343
Following the recent launch of the “Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics 2014-2018”, EPIA Members have access to exclusive extra-content that will help them further develop their businesses. ]]>
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:57:13 GMT
<![CDATA[Off-grid PV as a viable option for rural electrification]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-350
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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:03:27 GMT
<![CDATA[IEA PVPS Task 13 launches new reports]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-342
The International Energy Agency of the Photovoltaic Power Systems (IEA PVPS) is one of the collaborative R&D Agreements established within the IEA. Part of the IEA PVPS Programme, the so-called Task 13 project has recently released its results for the years 2010-2014. ]]>
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:23:58 GMT
<![CDATA[Presentations of the Event of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform on PV and home & building automation now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-352
The presentations of the Event of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform on PV and home & building automation that took place on 26 June 2014 during the EUSEW 2014 are now available online.

To access the presentations and the agenda, click here.
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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:53:57 GMT
<![CDATA[Presentations of the EPIA-EDSO For Smart Grids Event on flexible grid management now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-344
The presentations of the EPIA-EDSO For Smart Grids event that took place on 24 June 2014 at the EUSEW 2014 are now available online.

To access the presentations and the agenda of the event, click here.
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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:53:45 GMT
<![CDATA[Proceedings of the Policy-Communications WG Meeting are now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-339
The presentations of the Policy-Communications Working Group Meeting that took place on 03 July 2014 are now available online for EPIA Members.

To access the presentations and the agenda, click here (log in first to the Members Area of the website).
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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:02:41 GMT
<![CDATA[Presentations of the Sustainable Development WG Meeting are now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-337
The presentations of the Sustainable Development Working Group Meeting that took place on 25 June 2014 are now available online for EPIA Members.

To access the presentations and the agenda, click here (log in first to the Members Area of the website).
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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:33:38 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE - EPIA unveils new CEO: James Watson]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-331The Board of Directors of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) announced today that Dr. James Watson has been appointed CEO of EPIA. James Watson joins EPIA from Weber Shandwick where he has worked for more than six years, as the Director of Public Affairs in Brussels. 

Read the Press Release here.]]>
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:52:19 GMT
<![CDATA[Presentations of the EPIA-SunSpec Workshop now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-353
The presentations of the EPIA-SunSpec Workshop that took place on 05 June 2014 at Intersolar are now available online.

To access the presentations and the agenda, click here.
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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:52:46 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE - EU Court of Justice confirms full validity of RES Directive]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-335In its judgment on the Ålands Vindkraft case (C-573/12), the Court of Justice of the European Union reaffirmed today the conformity of the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) with the EU Treaty.

Read the Press Release here.]]>
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:09:26 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE - Distribution grid operation and photovoltaic flexibility: Proper regulation needed]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-334The integration of renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics holds an underestimated and untapped potential to offer flexibility services to the distribution grid but the regulatory framework is missing, as was highlighted today during an event held at the European Commission.

Read the Press Release here.]]>
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:09:14 GMT
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Photovoltaics in 2013 - Expanding and Globalising]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-326With nearly 40 gigawatts (GW) of newly-installed capacity worldwide, solar photovoltaic (PV) installations saw another record-year in 2013. At the end of last year, the world's cumulative installed PV capacity was approaching 140 GW, an amount capable of producing at least 160 TWh of electricity every year. This energy volume, which is equivalent to the electricity produced by 32 large coal power plants, is sufficient to cover the annual power supply needs of more than 45 million European households.]]>Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:43:59 GMT<![CDATA[HIGHLIGHT: New EPIA à la carte - Create Your Future!]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-325new "EPIA à la carte" membership structure recently adopted  will enable the association to reach out for a broader membership base and related business sectors, opening EPIA to new opportunities. ]]>Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:44:16 GMT<![CDATA[EU Sustainable Energy Week: EPIA participates in the EU’s big energy event]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-322The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2014 is on the move. Starting on Monday 23 June and lasting till Friday 27 June, the EUSEW is truly unmissable if you are interested in EU’s energy and environment matters.
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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:58:30 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE - Improved financing and securitisation can bring further down the cost of photovoltaics]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-321
Read the Press Release here.]]>
Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:59:18 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE - 2013: Record-year for solar photovoltaics, accelerating market globalisation]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-320
Read the Press Release here.]]>
Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:09:52 GMT
<![CDATA[European Commission imposes final duties on solar glass imported from China]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-313
As of 15 May 2014, solar glass imported from China will be subject to anti-dumping duties ranging from 0.4 to 36.1%, and countervailing duties ranging from 3.2 to 17.1%. Duties which were provisionally imposed on November 2013 will now also be collected.

This marks the end of a process launched on 28 February 2013 with the complaint launched by European solar glass producers.]]>
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:30:19 GMT
<![CDATA[Joint Renewables Open Letter on Europe's energy security to Presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy ]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-312Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:30:26 GMT<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: What’s wrong with the new State Aid rules for environment and energy]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-310Tue, 06 May 2014 17:27:55 GMT<![CDATA[HIGHLIGHT: EPIA activities at Intersolar Europe you cannot miss]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-309Intersolar Europe, taking place from 02 till 06 June 2014 in Munich, will be an intense moment for EPIA and the PV sector in general. ]]>Tue, 06 May 2014 10:17:38 GMT<![CDATA[The Overview of Support Schemes extended and revamped - Q2 2014 is now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-295EPIA has extended, updated and revamped its quarterly overview of support schemes in Europe. The overview provides a synthetic, though complete overview of existing support schemes for PV in 31 countries in Europe (EU 28, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine).

Please find the overview here (log in to the Members Area of the website first).]]>
Mon, 05 May 2014 12:45:46 GMT
<![CDATA[EPIA’s new contact details]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-287
Following EPIA’s move to new premises, our address, switchboard and fax numbers have changed. Our email addresses though remain unchanged. Please note the below new contact information and direct all future correspondence and calls to our new contact details.
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Mon, 05 May 2014 14:12:56 GMT
<![CDATA[CHEETAH: First months, first deliverables in sight]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-304The CHEETAH Project, whose name stands for Cost-reduction through material optimisation and Higher EnErgy outpuT of solAr pHotovoltaic modules, aims at joining Europe’s Research & Development (R&D) efforts in support of its PV industry.]]>Mon, 12 May 2014 17:28:21 GMT<![CDATA[SOPHIA: EPIA organises the Project's Final Event at the 29th EU PVSEC]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-303As a project partner, EPIA will organise the final event of the SOPHIA Project. This public event will focus on important results and in particular on the Strategic Vision Agenda on PV Research Infrastructure (SRIA). The event will take place within the frame of the 29th EU PVSEC, in Amsterdam in September 2014. 

More information on the event will be available here in due time. 
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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:54:05 GMT
<![CDATA[New EPIA "Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics 2014-2018" to be launched at Intersolar Europe ]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-298Tue, 06 May 2014 15:34:18 GMT<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE - State Aid Rules: Commission denies potential of small-scale renewables]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-293
Read the Press Release here.]]>
Tue, 06 May 2014 15:34:00 GMT
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: What’s next for the voice of photovoltaics in Europe]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-290Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:45:33 GMT<![CDATA[HIGHLIGHT: A competitive Europe needs renewables ]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-289Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:38:16 GMT<![CDATA[The internal energy market needs to bring real benefits to consumers]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-288In the coming months the European Commission is expected to put forward new proposals to enhance the functioning of retail energy markets. Almost 20 years after the first Directive setting common rules for the internal electricity market, concrete benefits from the liberalisation process to European consumers remain sketchy at best.]]>Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:34:26 GMT<![CDATA[Presentations of the EPIA-SEDC Conference on Consumers Empowerment are now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-286Presentations of the EPIA-SEDC Conference on Consumers Empowerment that took place on 19 March 2014 in Brussels are now available online.

To access the presentations, click here
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Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:37:54 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: The internal energy market needs to bring real benefits to consumers]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-282
Read the Press Release here.]]>
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:10:55 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: Want a competitive Europe? Embrace renewables]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-281
Read the Press Release here.]]>
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:10:49 GMT
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: 2013, a qualified record-year for photovoltaics]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-278EPIA released preliminary market figures1 for 2013 on 06 March 2014 during its 9th Market Workshop. With at least 37 GW of new photovoltaic (PV) capacity, 2013 was another record-year for PV. The global PV cumulative installed capacity reached an impressive 136.7 GW at the end of last year, representing a 35% increase compared to 2012.]]>Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:57:11 GMT<![CDATA[HIGHLIGHT: New State Aid Rules should support the renewable energy transition, not hamper it]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-280
The European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive with its national renewable energy targets for 2020 is a stepping stone towards a truly sustainable energy future. However, reaching these targets will require continued investments during the six coming years. In this regard, the upcoming Environmental and Energy State Aid Guidelines (EEAG) for 2014-2020 could help Member States address in a cost-efficient manner the remaining market failures renewables are still confronted with.
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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:08:47 GMT
<![CDATA[Italy: Rearrangement of the Conto Energia scheme]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-279
Profitability of PV systems could be affected in Italy by the rearrangement of the Conto Energia support scheme. Since the approval of the decree law “Destination Italy” on 21 February 2014, PV owners under the fifth Conto Energia may decide whether or not to extend the duration of the subsidies by 7 years.
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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:00:29 GMT
<![CDATA[EPIA welcomes the new project CHEETAH]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-274Since January 2014 and for 48 months, the CHEETAH project focuses on cost reduction through material optimisation and higher energy output of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, joining Europe’s R&D efforts and EPIA's strong involvement in support of its PV industry.
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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:22:39 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: A new Board of Directors for the European Photovoltaic Industry Association]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-272
Read the Press Release here.]]>
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:55:55 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: Record-year for photovoltaic markets in 2013, Asia taking over the leading role]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-271
Read the Press Release here.]]>
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:54:20 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE - New IEA’s report: Positive conclusions on power system integration of variable renewables]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-266Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:39:13 GMT<![CDATA[Presentations of the 9th EPIA Market Workshop now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-273
To access the presentations, click here (log in first to the Members Area of the website).]]>
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:47:32 GMT
<![CDATA[Presentations of the EPIA Annual General Meeting now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-277
To access the presentations, click here (log in first to the Members Area of the website).]]>
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:46:37 GMT
<![CDATA[New State Aid Rules should support the renewable energy transition, not hamper it]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-268EPIA, together with 27 industry associations representative of the photovoltaic (PV) sector of the whole European Union, has sent on 28 February 2014 an Open Letter to Commissioner Almunia to express our concerns on the Environmental and Energy State Aid Guidelines (EEAG) proposals recently put forward by the European Commission.
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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:47:22 GMT
<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: 2030 Climate and Energy Package - The European Council needs to rework the Commission’s proposals]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-262disappointing proposal for a Climate and Energy framework for 2030.]]>Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:52:45 GMT<![CDATA[HIGHLIGHT: The European Commission acknowledges that renewables help reduce wholesale electricity prices]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-263Part of the European Commission’s proposal for a Climate and Energy framework for 2030 released on 22 January 2014 is a communication on "Energy prices and costs in Europe". Parallel to that, the Commission has also presented a Staff Working Document on "Energy Economic Developments in Europe".]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:49:44 GMT<![CDATA[Italy: No more minimum guaranteed price for Ritiro Dedicato]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-256From 1 January 2014, PV systems up to 1 MW under the “Ritiro Dedicato” measure will no longer benefit from the minimum guaranteed price. The electricity produced will instead be remunerated at an average monthly price which varies according to the area where the PV system is installed and the time slot.]]>Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:28:13 GMT<![CDATA[Spain: Another harmful and retrospective measure under discussion]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-257A new version of the draft ministerial decree defining “reasonable profitability” for RES investments was issued beginning February 2014. 
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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:57:16 GMT
<![CDATA[Czech Republic: National PV association (CZEPHO) launches complaint against the Czech Regulatory Body]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-260In October 2013 CZEPHO launched a complaint to the European Commission about the partiality of the Energy Regulatory Body (ERO), denouncing its discriminatory behaviour against the PV sector.
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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:57:36 GMT
<![CDATA[Belgium: No more green certificate for residential PV systems]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-259The green certificate support scheme will come to an end in Flanders on 17 February 2014 for residential PV systems (up to 10 kW).
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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:36:30 GMT
<![CDATA[PV GRID: key recommendations to better integrate photovoltaics into European distribution grids]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-247Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:59:07 GMT<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: 2030 Climate and Energy Package: A long harvest for a little corn]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-244Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:42:39 GMT<![CDATA[EPIA analysis of the European Commission's reports on energy prices and costs in Europe]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-243EPIA prepared a Press Briefing on both documents, including a short summary of their main findings as well as a more detailed analysis.]]>Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:43:53 GMT<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: 2030 Climate and Energy package - Europe needs an ambitious binding target for renewables]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-242On 22 January 2014, the European Commission is expected to publish its White Paper on a Climate and Energy Framework for 2030. But will this proposal bring us closer to an ambitious and legally-binding renewable energy target that EPIA, together with the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) and other important stakeholders, has been and is working for? ]]>Mon, 20 Jan 2014 16:30:21 GMT<![CDATA[HIGHLIGHT: EPIA sends an Open Letter to the Bulgarian authorities on retrospective measures]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-237EPIA wrote an Open Letter to the Bulgarian Authorities on 20 December 2013 to express the association’s great concern about the Transitional and Final Provisions of the State Budget Act of Republic of Bulgaria (SBA of RB) for 2014, which was passed on 5 December 2013 by the National Assembly.]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:00:29 GMT<![CDATA[Revised State Aid rules: Positive elements for small-scale generation and existing investments, but further changes are needed]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-239The European Commission is revising the Environmental and Energy Aid Guidelines (EEAG) for the period 2014-2020, and launched at the end of December 2013 a final round of consultations on the basis of new draft proposals. ]]>Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:16:15 GMT<![CDATA[EPIA initiates a Joint Letter ahead of the launch of the formal state aid investigation against the German EEG]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-238Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:05:59 GMT<![CDATA[Horizon 2020 first calls: Dedicated briefing for EPIA Members now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-240The European Commission published on 11 December 2013 the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2014-2015. This Work Programme constitutes the first calls of Horizon 2020, the new European framework programme for Research, Development & Innovation (RDI), which follows the 7th Framework Programme (FP7). EPIA has produced a dedicated briefing exclusively for its Members.]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:02:41 GMT<![CDATA[Portugal: Drastic cuts of the feed-in tariff scheme]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-241On 23 December 2013 the Portuguese government announced a drastic decrease of the Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) for 2014, by up to 66% compared to 2013.]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:03:09 GMT<![CDATA[Italy: New capacity payment financed by renewables]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-229Article 99 of the Stability law foresees that fossil fuels will be financed by renewables. The article contains a new capacity payment for fossil fuels that will be funded "even with an adequate participation of different sources to the costs for maintaining the electricity system’s security".]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:11:13 GMT<![CDATA[POSITION PAPER: EPIA contribution to the ACER pre-consultation "Energy Regulation: a bridge to 2025"]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-230Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:10:08 GMT<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: European Parliament calls for a 2030 binding target for renewables]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-233Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:34:41 GMT<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Support mechanisms should be tailor-made and sustainable]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-228The solar photovoltaic (PV) technology has grown over the past decade at a remarkable pace, becoming a major source of energy globally. However, the European PV sector has been continuously facing retrospective measures and other unplanned changes that directly attack the stability and viability of existing and future investments in a number of countries.
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Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:31:20 GMT
<![CDATA[HIGHLIGHT: Better consideration of small-scale renewables and self-consumption is needed ]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-223Delivering the internal electricity market and making the most of public intervention”, which was accompanied by four annexes. This so-called “guidance package” aims to provide support to Member States in four areas: the design of renewable energy support schemes; the use of renewable energy cooperation mechanisms; the actions aimed at ensuring generation adequacy; and the incorporation of demand-side flexibility and demand response in electricity markets.]]>Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:59:19 GMT<![CDATA[Belgium: Grid connection tariff removed in Flanders]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-227The Court of Brussels removed on 26 November 2013 the grid connection tariff for photovoltaic installations in the region of Flanders. The fee, on average 66 €/kW depending on the grid operator was introduced in 2012 by the federal energy regulator CREG. The PV system owners, who have already paid the fee, will receive a complete refund.
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Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:29:22 GMT
<![CDATA[Bulgaria: New 20% tax on RES]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-226On 5 December 2013, the Bulgarian Parliament passed a new 20% levy on PV and wind entering in force as of 01 January 2014. The proposal was submitted to the Parliament by the nationalist Attack party after it was voted by the Bulgarian government on 28 November 2013.]]>Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:28:42 GMT<![CDATA[Netherlands: Transmission fee removed for small PV prosumers]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-217Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:13:46 GMT<![CDATA[New Overview of Support Schemes in Europe now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-216
You can download the document here (log in to the Members Area to access the document).]]>
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:14:16 GMT
<![CDATA[EU-China solar trade case: adoption of definitive measures]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-215Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:41:23 GMT<![CDATA[European Commission imposes provisional anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar glass]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-214Regulation imposing provisional anti-dumping duties on Chinese producers, ranging from 17.1% to 42.1%.]]>Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:58:29 GMT<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Utilities should embrace the renewables revolution]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-197Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:42:32 GMT<![CDATA[HIGHLIGHT: France must save its photovoltaic industry]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-203The transition to a decarbonised electricity system, where photovoltaic (PV) technology plays a key role, is becoming a reality all over the world. Nevertheless, the PV industry is still going through very difficult times, particularly in countries such as France.]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:42:51 GMT<![CDATA[European Commission's package on public intervention in the electricity sector]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-209communication entitled "Delivering the internal electricity market and making the most of public intervention", which is accompanied by a series of annexes. 

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Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:06:16 GMT
<![CDATA[Spain: Open Letter to the European Commissioner for Energy]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-208UNEF (Unión Española Fotovoltaica), an Open Letter to the European Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, asking for investigations on possible violation of the European law by the electricity reform prepared by the Spanish Government.

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Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:53:06 GMT
<![CDATA[Presentation of the Webinar on EPIA's 'Quality and Reliability' study now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-202With the continuous uptake of PV installations and the maturing of the industry, the quality of PV systems is increasingly coming into focus. To explore the topic in more detail, EPIA has proposed the development of a comprehensive study to highlight the reliability of PV applications, while identifying typical quality shortcomings along the PV value chain, and recommending measures to further enhance PV systems’ lifetime performance.
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Wed, 06 Nov 2013 17:11:41 GMT
<![CDATA[Presentations of the First European PV GRID Forum now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-194findings and future steps for PV large-scale integration at distribution level in Europe.]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:48:26 GMT<![CDATA[EPIA Activities and Membership – 2014 Edition: Update your company profile]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-196EPIA will shortly begin the official update of Member companies’ profiles in the “EPIA Activities & Membership – 2014 Edition. You will have the opportunity to enhance your brand’s visibility by reaching key stakeholders from the whole PV value chain and the energy sector at large.
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Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:10:53 GMT
<![CDATA[Presentation of the Webinar on the Financing Tools Review now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-193To provide guidance to its Members interested in sources of funding at EU level, EPIA has developed a new service: a selection and analysis of the most relevant financing instruments available in Europe.]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:46:34 GMT<![CDATA[New Overview of Support Schemes in Europe now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-191policy support frameworks in the EU 27, Switzerland, Turkey and now also Ukraine.]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:46:08 GMT<![CDATA[Open Letter to the French Ministers for Energy, Industrial Renewal and Economy]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-195Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:45:55 GMT<![CDATA[A strong industrial policy is crucial for Europe’s PV industry future]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-179To maintain and develop a strong PV-industry base in the long run, Europe needs a strong industrial policy that stimulates research & development (R&D) and eases access to financing. 

With more than 31 GW of new solar PV capacity installed worldwide in 2012, 55% of which in Europe, the old continent is still a leader in the development of PV. Nevertheless, the results from 2012 also signal for turning point that will have profound implications in the coming years. 
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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:45:41 GMT
<![CDATA[Review of available financing tools at EU level, a new service for EPIA Members]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-180Most renewable energy sources are relatively capital-intensive and photovoltaics (PV) makes no exception. Thus, access to financing is vital for the PV industry in order to be able to continue producing electricity at an increasingly competitive cost. In a challenging global economic context and while the PV industry is going through a complex period of consolidation, financing is more crucial than ever for all PV players.
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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:45:25 GMT
<![CDATA[ENTSO-E Ten Year Network Development Plan: PV potential should not be underestimated]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-174
The next TYNDP will be published in July 2014 by the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E).
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Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:30:17 GMT
<![CDATA[France: Draft 2014 Finance Law, implications for PV]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-183The French draft Finance Law for 2014 was presented to the Council of Ministers on 25 September 2013. It draws the finish line for sustainable development tax credit for residential PV.]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:44:36 GMT<![CDATA[Poland: Ministry of Economy proposes new RES support scheme]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-182The Ministry of Economy of Poland presented the new principles that will be applied to Polish support schemes for renewable energy sources (RES) during a press conference on 17 September 2013. Proposed measures would influence both new and already existing RES installations, thus representing a major change for the sector.]]>Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:15:14 GMT<![CDATA[Presentations from EPIA events at the 28th EU PVSEC now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-181IEA PVPS Task 1 & EPIA Workshop, the 10th European PV Industry Summit and the PV PARITY Final Workshop are now available. ]]>Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:29:19 GMT<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: A strong industrial policy, essential for the future of PV in Europe]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-169High-level speakers from the photovoltaic (PV) sector stressed the need for a proper European industrial policy as well as for financing PV innovation in order to maintain a strong PV industry in Europe.]]>Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:14:24 GMT<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: New business models to ensure robust PV development]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-168 PV market development with limited financial support: the role of new
business models” highlighted the
great potential of new photovoltaic (PV) business models such as
self-consumption to ensure the sustainable and cost-effective
development of PV.]]>
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:36:04 GMT
<![CDATA[PV PARITY Project: New report published on large-scale PV system integration feasible at modest cost]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-172New report published: Grid Integration Cost of PhotoVoltaic Power Generation - Direct Costs Analysis related to Grid Impacts of Photovoltaics

In a report published on 30 September 2013 in the frame of the European PV PARITY Project, the authors confirm that large penetration of PV in Europe between 2020 and 2030 can be accommodated at modest costs. The authors of the report, developed by the Imperial College of London, have analysed and quantified PV system integration costs in 11 key EU markets. 

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:21:04 GMT
<![CDATA[Industry Call for Binding Renewable Energy Target in 2030 Package]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-165Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:22:38 GMT<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: SET Plan Integrated Roadmap: Reinforced support to RDI for renewables is needed]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-163Discussions on a new approach to foster research and development for energy technologies will be launched by the EC very soon and should lead to the presentation of a new Integrated Roadmap of the Strategic Energy Technologies (SET) Plan by the end of the year. EPIA calls on the priorities set in the Solar Europe Industry Initiative Implementation Plan to be properly reflected.]]>Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:03:32 GMT<![CDATA[Fostering PV participation in the system operation with fair European balancing market rules]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-157Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:22:45 GMT<![CDATA[New Policy Update now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-162Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:33:24 GMT<![CDATA[New Overview of Support Schemes in Europe now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-87This document synthesises the policy support frameworks in the EU 27, Switzerland and Turkey. It includes a summary of all major types of support in place (FiT, GC), their levels and main features.

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:24:42 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: Solar PV Industry calls for fair European Balancing Market Rules]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-146Electricity Balancing Network Code drafted by the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E). By setting some common principles for the provision of balancing services, this Network Code could foster PV participation in system operation in Europe.]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:53:30 GMT<![CDATA[EPIA statement on the endorsement of the 'amicable solution' to the EU-China solar trade case]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-138EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht announced on 2 August 2013 the endorsement of the "amicable solution in the EU-China solar panels case" by the Council and the EC.]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:20:58 GMT<![CDATA[New Position Paper on self-consumption now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-137Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:10:55 GMT<![CDATA[Renewables at the core of EIB’s new energy guidelines]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-134After 10 months of comprehensive review, the European Investment Bank (EIB) adopted on 24 July its new Criteria for Energy Lending.
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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:22:14 GMT
<![CDATA[Market and grid integration of PV: EPIA at the forefront]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-133
The PV industry and EPIA are engaged in seeking solutions for PV integration into power markets and grids. In addition to the successful launch of the EPIA report “Connecting the Sun” in 2012, significant results have already been achieved within the frame of two European projects EPIA is involved in. New analysis has been published for both projects in the recent weeks.
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Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:22:24 GMT
<![CDATA[A positive move towards empowering energy consumers]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-124Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:45:11 GMT<![CDATA[2013-2015 Implementation Plan for Solar Europe Industry Initiative approved]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-123
The Solar Europe Industry Initiative (SEII) Team approved on 22 May 2013 the Implementation Plan for 2013-2015. The plan identifies the priorities for Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) for the PV sector at European level for the next 3 years.
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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:30:38 GMT
<![CDATA[Deal sealed on Horizon 2020: Good news for Research, Development and Innovation (RDI)]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-121
In a difficult period for funding of RDI activities, the European Parliament and the Council reached a deal on Horizon 2020, the 2014-2020 RDI framework programme of the European Union. 
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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:39:34 GMT
<![CDATA[European Court of Justice rules that private PV systems are exempt from VAT]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-120
The European Court of Justice has ruled that private household PV system owners can apply for a reimbursement of VAT, paid when purchasing a PV system, whether or not they make a profit on the energy fed back into the grid.
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Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:01:51 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: Microgeneration for macro benefits: EP wants more for small-scale electricity]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-117Brussels, 9 July 2013 – Members of the ITRE Committee today adopted a motion for a resolution stressing the vital role of microgeneration – i.e. small-scale electricity and heat generation – for Europe’s energy future.

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Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:14:27 GMT
<![CDATA[Emission Trading Scheme: European Parliament in favour of the backloading]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-119Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:39:16 GMT<![CDATA[Solar Industry Declaration]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-113Thu, 04 Jul 2013 14:55:24 GMT<![CDATA[EPIA Responses to the European Commission Green Paper]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-112The European Commission is expected to present new proposals for a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies by the end of this year. EPIA responded to the official public consultation, highlighting in particular the importance of a legally binding EU target of 45% for the share of renewable energy by 2030.]]>Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:31:15 GMT<![CDATA[EPIA comments on the EC’s draft General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) proposal]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-111The EC’s Directorate General in charge of Competition presented a draft proposal for a new General Block Exemption Regulation, as part of the modernisation of the EU State Aid policy. Several of the provisions proposed in Article 34 remain of high concern for EPIA.]]>Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:41:33 GMT<![CDATA[Proceedings of the EPIA Workshop: “From PV Quality to Bankability” now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-109 The EPIA Workshop: “From PV Quality to Bankability” took place on 19 June 2013. ]]>Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:49:06 GMT<![CDATA[IEA Report: Renewables to surpass gas by 2016 in the global power mix]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-108Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report (MTRMR) released by the International Energy Agency (IEA), power generation from hydro, wind, solar and other renewable sources worldwide will exceed that from gas and be twice that from nuclear by 2016.]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:28:07 GMT<![CDATA[New Fact Sheet on Materials Availability now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-107Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:48:26 GMT<![CDATA[New Fact Sheet on External Costs now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-105Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:47:24 GMT<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: European Parliament calls for further action to empower energy consumers]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-103 Brussels, 20 June 2013 – In a report adopted by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) stressed that the European Union’s internal energy market should be designed to empower consumers. PV industry supports effort by MEPs on ITRE Committee to ensure that the completion of the internal energy market should focus on end consumers.

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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:46:23 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: Solar photovoltaic industry highlights commitment to quality]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-102Munich, 19 June 2013 – With solar photovoltaic (PV) technology rapidly maturing into a mainstream source of electricity, industry leaders held a high-level workshop to discuss the importance of assuring quality products all along the value chain.

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:52:52 GMT
<![CDATA[The real trade story]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-95In the latest chapter of an ongoing trade dispute that has dominated the solar headlines for many months, the European Commission has decided to impose provisional anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panel imports into the EU.

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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:47:35 GMT
<![CDATA[PV industry focuses on quality]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-94high-level workshop at Intersolar Europe on 19 June 2013 in Munich, Germany, to discuss the importance of assuring quality products all along the value chain.]]>Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:47:02 GMT<![CDATA[Exclusive for EPIA Members: Detailed Country Scenarios 2013-2017 and Background document now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-99 Detailed Country Scenarios and
Background document from our "Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics
2013-2017
" is now available, exclusively for EPIA Members.]]>
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:48:20 GMT
<![CDATA[EPIA statement on EC decision to impose provisional anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panel imports]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-88The EC decided to impose provisional anti-dumping duties on imports into the EU of solar panels, wafers and cells originating in the People's Republic of China.

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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:48:49 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: Solar photovoltaics: Big market in 2012, big changes ahead]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-82MILAN, 8 May 2013 – The world added more than 31 GW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2012 – roughly the same amount as in the record-setting year of 2011 – according to a new report from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA). This significant market growth came even during a period of economic crisis and industry consolidation.

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Wed, 08 May 2013 11:32:29 GMT
<![CDATA[An EPIA for all seasons]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-75Winter is finally behind us, and the sun is shining in Brussels and also, I hope, wherever you are. But even in such nice weather allow me to revisit some important points from this past winter. As I mentioned in the April 2013 newsletter, EPIA Members agreed in our Annual General Meeting in March to focus on five strategic pillars that are important to the development of our sector: support policies; system integration and market design; market analysis; industrial policy and research; and sustainability. These pillars are all supported by dedicated actions and campaigns to further increase the visibility of the association.

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:37:16 GMT
<![CDATA[New EPIA report: “Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics 2013-2017”]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-74Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:36:52 GMT<![CDATA[EPIA comments on the consultation paper related to the Environmental and Energy Aid Guidelines 2014-2020]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-79 Guidelines as part of the modernisation of the EU State Aid policy. EPIA
responded to the related consultation paper, ahead of new proposals
which are expected for mid-2013. ]]>
Mon, 06 May 2013 17:05:41 GMT
<![CDATA[A clear vision for PV]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-10The solar photovoltaic industry has always been innovative and forward-looking, and this year is no exception. Our technology is becoming mature and mainstream, and that means we have to think differently about it – not as a niche product but as a serious player in the power system.

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:32:56 GMT
<![CDATA[EPIA responds to European Commission on climate and energy framework]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-9Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:32:20 GMT<![CDATA[EU funding opportunities for PV in NER300 call]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-65Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:45:39 GMT<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE - EU Green Paper on Climate and Energy: A first step toward crucial 2030 targets]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-63Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:45:50 GMT<![CDATA[Presentations of the 8th Market Workshop and Annual General Meeting now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-55Presentations of the 8th Market Workshop and Annual General Meeting are now available online for EPIA Members. Both events took place on 13-14 March 2013 in Brussels.

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Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:48:32 GMT
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE - Solar future: Photovoltaic industry sets clear goals]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-54Brussels, 14 March 2013 – Solar industry leaders gathered in Brussels for the Annual General Meeting of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) to identify challenges and set clear priorities for the coming years. They emphasised the need for more sustainable policy support for renewables, proper integration of solar PV into the electricity grid, and increased focus on industry innovation.

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:47:01 GMT
<![CDATA[EU-China trade investigations: Registration of imported products started]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-49Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:49:50 GMT<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE - PV and storage: powerful partners]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-53Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:48:07 GMT<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE - Solar photovoltaic industry to Energy Ministers on internal market: ‘Promote flexibility’]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-50Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:48:26 GMT<![CDATA[Contribution to the Public Consultation on Generation Adequacy, Capacity Remuneration and the Internal Energy Market]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-46communication on the internal energy market. ]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:49:09 GMT<![CDATA[European Parliament committees accept key energy infrastructure measure]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-35Industry, Research & Energy and Transport
& Tourism
committees have approved an important compromise amendment
on energy infrastructure. ]]>
Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:52:02 GMT
<![CDATA[Photovoltaic Industry calls on EU to take action against Member States that backtrack on support for renewables]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-34Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:51:35 GMT<![CDATA[Joint response to ENTSO‐E’s ‘2030 Visions’]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-33ENTSO-E, the organisation responsible for the planning and future development of the pan-European electricity network. In the document, stakeholders encourage ENTSO-E to better reflect Europe’s long-term renewable energy and climate goals.]]>Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:52:34 GMT<![CDATA[Interview of Frauke Thies, EPIA Policy Director, on PV grid integration for PV Insider]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-32]]>Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:03:07 GMT<![CDATA[EU increases support for smart grids but more needs to be done]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-31Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:03:26 GMT<![CDATA[EPIA reply to Commission’s Emissions Trading System proposal]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-23EPIA has submitted a reply to the European Commission's public consultation on the EU's Emissions Trading System (ETS). EPIA's position underlines the importance of coupling short-term measures with a clear longer-term framework, exploiting the full potential of PV in energy sector decarbonisation.

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:52:57 GMT
<![CDATA[PV GRID: New project to promote large-scale grid integration]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-2More than 20 partners have launched a Europe-wide effort to identify solutions to the wider integration of solar PV in Europe, particularly at the distribution level. 

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:53:22 GMT
<![CDATA[EPIA joins important grid task force]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-25EPIA has joined a special group of stakeholders involved in grid development created by ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators of Electricity. TSOs will play a key role in the debate over how to meet Europe’s energy challenges.

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Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:53:48 GMT
<![CDATA[EU-China trade investigations]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-24UPDATE: The European Commission has initiated on 8 November 2012 an
anti-subsidy investigation on solar panel imports from China, in
addition to the anti-dumping investigation it launched in early
September 2012. China launched an investigation on 1 November 2012 into
polysilicon imports from the EU; and on 5 November 2012 China lodged a
complaint with the World Trade Organisation regarding local content
requirements in some EU countries. EPIA is maintaining a neutral
position in all of these disputes.]]>
Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:54:32 GMT
<![CDATA[Minutes of the 27 September 2012 Board Meeting now available]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-19Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:55:13 GMT<![CDATA[EPIA response paper to the RES strategy communication]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-21Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:55:40 GMT<![CDATA[PV Observatory: New update of EPIA’s overview on support schemes]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-11Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:57:31 GMT<![CDATA[European Commission takes action to bolster emissions trading system]]>http://www.epia.org/news/news/#news-6Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:55:04 GMT