Rosy future predicted for European solar energy

Rosy future predicted for European solar energy Rosy future predicted for European solar energy

The European photovoltaic industry is growing rapidly with its market share now standing at 25%, and Germany, the main EU force behind the industry’s expansion, now looking to export this energy, says German industry association BSI.

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“Support though the Government’s 100,000 roofs programme over the last three or four years means that Germany has now reached a position where it can look abroad,” Horst Dufner, industry specialist and a director of the European Solar Thermal Energy Federation told edie.

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Figures released earlier this year showed that the EU was unlikely to meet an official EU target to increase photovoltaic energy capacity to 650 MW by the end of the year (see related story). European capacity for 2002 was 391 MW with over 40% coming from Germany and a further 35% from Spain.

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