The Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan represents the technology pillar of the European climate and energy policy. It also represents the framework within which the Solar Europe Industry Initiative (SEII) has been established. 5 other European Industrial Initiatives have been created, each one dedicated to one of the low-carbon technology identified by the SET Plan.
The SEII focused on photovoltaics and concentrated solar power. It was launched in June 2010 with the goal of facilitating the reduction of PV generation costs and its integration into the electricity grid in a fast and cost efficient way. It is based on a 10 years technology roadmap that identifies the R&D priorities and ensures an alignment of public and private investments.
Every 3 years an Implementation Plan, drafted with the contribution of the PV industry, lists the R&D priorities that need to be addressed on the medium-term. The current SEII Implementation Plan covering the 2010-2012 period features 3 thematic pillars; cost reduction, system integration and preparing for cost and penetration beyond 2020 levels. The overall budget estimated for the implementation of the PV part of the SEII is € 9 billion, of which 10% should be provided by the EU budget, 20% by Member States and 60% by the private sector. The impact of the SEII is measured against Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
The governing body leading the implementation of the initiative, the SEII team, monitors its progresses, ensure links with the other European Industrial Initiatives and liaise with the SET-Plan Steering Group. The team is composed by industry representatives drawn from the EPIA secretariat, its Members, the EU Photovoltaic Technology Platform and representatives from the European commission (DG RTD), Member States, the European Energy Research Alliance and the European Investment Bank.
Find out more about how to contribute to the work of the Solar Europe Industry Initiative on the Members’ area!