‘There’s no way around it’ – solar manufacturing regulation and reliance on imports discussed at LSS EU

The policy environment for solar PV in Europe needs to be balanced between the interests of developers and other industry parties, according to speakers at today’s Large Scale Solar Europe conference in Lisbon.

The second panel of the conference, focusing on “Europe’s Policy, Legislation and Progress towards 2023 targets”, saw speakers discuss the impact of Brussels’ policies on the downstream and manufacturing sectors of the European solar industry

Recent discussion around Europe’s solar manufacturing industry – or the reported lack thereof – has been heating up with regard to onshoring capacity. Whilst announcing currently unspecified financial support for the sector, European Commissioner for energy Kadri Simson cited a “very fragile situation” for the bloc’s manufacturers, which have been witness to significant oversupply from China and the exit of some prominent figures from the market over the last year.