As part of the REPowerEU plan, the Commission adopted in May 2022 an EU solar energy strategy, which identifies remaining barriers and challenges in the solar energy sector and outlines initiatives to overcome them and accelerate the deployment of solar technologies. Alongside the plan, the Commission also presented a Recommendation on fast permitting for renewable energy projects and a legislative proposal on permitting that will contribute to accelerate solar energy deployment in the EU. The EU solar energy strategy proposes 3 initiatives:
European Solar Rooftops Initiative
The initiative aims to accelerate the vast and underutilised potential of rooftops to produce clean energy. It includes a proposal to gradually introduce an obligation to install solar energy in different types of buildings over the next years, starting with new public and commercial buildings, but also residential buildings.
EU large-scale skills partnership
This partnership will address the skills gap in the EU and promote the development of a skilled workforce in the solar energy sector. Current bottlenecks in the workforce will become an opportunity for new green jobs in the clean energy transition.
EU Solar PV Industry Alliance
The Commission endorsed the creation of a new European Solar PV Industry Alliance in October 2022 to support the objectives of the EU's Solar Energy Strategy, which aims to bring online over 320 GW of solar photovoltaic by 2025 and almost 600 GW by 2030. On 9 December 2022, the European Solar PV Industry Alliance was launched by the Commission together with industrial actors, research institutes, associations, and other relevant parties.