Open Letter from the European PV Community:
“Urgent Call for Action to Ensure a Sustainable Future for European
Organized by the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics
(ETIP PV), EUREC - The Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centers
and Solar United - The Global Solar PV Technology & Industry Association (Solar
United) as wel as equipment manufacturers, materials providers and PV
Manufacturing companies published today an “Open Letter from the European PV
This open letter is targeted and wil be distributed to European policymakers in order
to focus on the further development of photovoltaics in Europe.
Due to recent developments the industry is deeply concerned about loosing core
parts of the value chain which affects al other parts and puts R&D activities and
maintenance of EU's technological leading role at risk. The aim is to prevent loosing
production sites and to keep the value chain intact and strengthened.
Marko Topič, ETIP PV Chairman: “Photovoltaics (PV) is transforming Europe’s and the
World’s energy system. It is strategical y important for Europe to maintain strong
involvement in this technology and contribute to the energy union and sustainable
energy independence in Europe.”
This can only be achieved with an innovation-driven robust ecosystem of companies
and research centers supplying different PV-related products and services. Large-
scale manufacturing sites across the whole value chain are needed to ensure a
sustainable future of PV in Europe. Cheap finance, accelerated R&D and smart
regulation are the main ways to achieve sustainable PV manufacturing in Europe.
Solar photovoltaics (PV) is a sector of strategic importance for the EU economy,
providing energy independence, industrial jobs and economic growth. Since two
decades, Europe is leading in technological development, state-of-the-art
manufacturing (industry 4.0), sustainability of production and quality as wel as
efficiency of solar products.
There is hardly any other sector in the EU which received as much public dedication
and thril ed more young people, engineers and scientists. Even if the emergence of
huge overcapacities outside Europe led to a severe damage to the EU industry the
EU value chain from raw materials and equipment to complete PV solar systems
successfully remained intact until now.
Together with the support of a unique R&D ecosystem this is the basis for the EU
manufacturing industry to keep its significant technological advantage towards
industrial followers outside Europe.
To maintain solar R&D and EU manufacturing and to take further opportunities for
Europe, researchers and manufacturers cal for urgent action in seven requests.
The “Open Letter from European PV Community” is enclosed to this press
announcement and can be downloaded: link to the petition (http://www.etip-