ETIP Photovoltaics

July 26, 2017

Press release - More than 100 Companies & Organizations call for Policy Action for PV Manufacturing in Europe - 26 July 2017

Today’s announcement of Solar World implies that the company could have 
found an investor but wil  reduce its workforce by approximately 1200 
positions. It shows how key policy actions are needed to prevent the PV 
manufacturing industry from disappearing in Europe.  
Solar photovoltaics (PV) is a key enabling technology of strategic importance 
for the EU economy, providing energy independence, industrial jobs, and 
economic growth. It is inspiring a generation of young people, engineers, and 
scientists and is hugely popular with the general public.  
For more than two decades, Europe has been the driving force in 
technological development, state-of-the-art manufacturing (industry 4.0), 
sustainable production, and high-efficiency solar products. Even with the 
emergence of huge overcapacities outside of Europe, the EU value chain 
starting from raw materials to equipment to complete PV systems have 
successfully remained intact until now.  
To maintain at least some significant presence in Europe of every step in the 
production of a PV system, including cell manufacturing, researchers and 
manufacturers request immediate action from EU policymakers and national 
governments. 100 organizations, including manufacturing companies, 
equipment manufacturers, research centers and trade associations active in al  segments of the PV industrial value chain issued this cal  in June. The letter 
that they co-signed proposed a series of measures that public bodies can 
take, including relaxing state aid rules to adjust the levels of support given to 
PV manufacturing in Europe to the levels given to manufacturers in other 
regions of the world. 
The European PV Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP-
PV), the Global PV Industry & Technology Association (SOLARUNITED) and the 
Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres (EUREC) are 
planning the next steps to build on the momentum created by the letter. EU 
PROSUN supports this initiative.  
Together with the support of a unique R&D ecosystem, we believe in the 
ability of the EU PV manufacturing industry to retain its significant 
technological lead over companies outside Europe. 
 main  role  is  to  provide  consensus-based  strategic  advice  on  all  issues  relevant  to 
progressing research and innovation (R&I) efforts. 
For further information please contact: 
Bernhard Krause, ETIP PV Secretariat ( 

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