In this concise White Paper, Mihai Balan (Executive Director of the Romanian Photovoltaic Industry Association) explains the major policies, plans, and schemes that are contributing to Romania’s growth in RE capacity. In doing so, the various targets set by the government, in alignment with Europe's ambitions as a whole, are highlighted and compared.
Portugal’s solar energy market has its eyes set on dramatic growth. By the end of 2020, the country had just crossed the 1 GW of milestone cumulative PV capacity, representing 3.6% of the country’s total power generation. In the years leading up to 2030, the country will aim to increase that number nearly tenfold, having set a goal of between 8.1 and 9.9 GW of installed solar capacity by the end of the decade.
Mini-grids are considered to be a crucial solution for bringing power to the 761 million people around the world currently lacking access to safe, clean, and reliable energy. Especially in rural areas lacking central grid infrastructure, renewable energy-powered mini-grids could make a major contribution towards bridging the electrification gap.
The rapid growth of the Polish PV market has been one of Europe's biggest recent surprises. Its attractive auction scheme is scheduled to last until 2026 and is forecasted to already boost the market past 15 GW by 2025. However, it is also one of the most complex schemes of Europe, weighed down by heavy permitting.
In 2022, France's cumulative solar PV capacity reached over 13 GW. The French government is enforcing the country's ambitions to become a renewable energy leader by announcing the National Low Carbon Strategy, anchored in the Energy Transition Law of 2015.
On 7 September 2021, around 200 Dutch and European renewable energy players gathered for the 13th edition of Solarplaza's 'The Solar Future Netherlands' conference. On stage, more than 20 inspirational speakers and experts dug into the latest market developments. In the networking areas - both through facilitated opportunities and spontaneous meetings - professionals from across the value chain (re)connected and entered into lively discussions on the maturing Dutch solar PV market.
Decreasing technology costs coupled with improved regulatory conditions fuel a promising kickstart for the Dutch energy storage market. However, as the industry continues to mature, new problems will have to be tackled and creative solutions will need to be deployed in order to mitigate the issues related to today's renewable energy sources - grid capacity being the most pressing one.
On 2 September 2021, more than 200 local and international players active in the PV market met in person at the first edition of 'The Solar Future Poland', organized by Solarplaza. The event provided the unique opportunity to learn about the Polish market from 20 inspirational speakers, combined with many networking opportunities for professionals from across the value chain in one eventful day.