The European Union must bear in mind its bold targets for solar energy deployment earlier than it considers any measures to curb imports of photovoltaic panels, wafers and different parts, a senior EU official stated on Monday.
European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness instructed the European Parliament that the EU was engaged on an enormous set of devices to assist the photo voltaic trade. At present, 97% of the panels deployed in Europe are imported, primarily from China.
“Provided that we at the moment rely to a vital diploma on imports to achieve EU photo voltaic deployment targets, any potential measure must be weighed towards the aims we now have set ourselves on the subject of the power transition,” she instructed lawmakers.
The Fee has set a goal of 750 gigawatts of photo voltaic era capability by 2030, from 260 GW in 2023.
Europe’s photo voltaic panel manufacturing trade has urged the EU to step in with emergency measures to keep away from native corporations shutting down below worth strain from Chinese language imports.
If these measures, together with shopping for up extra inventories of EU photo voltaic modules, couldn’t be finished quickly, it urged the Fee to think about “safeguard” measures that would embrace import tariffs and quotas.
McGuinness stated she acknowledged that photo voltaic panel costs had fallen by extra 40% attributable to world oversupply.
She stated the EU had guidelines coming in designed to make public authorities take into account components aside from worth when holding tenders for clean-tech tools. This would come with a push to make sure that not more than 65% of provide is from a single supply.
Below extra versatile state assist guidelines, she stated, the Fee had permitted 9 initiatives with a price range of greater than 12 billion euros for clean-tech tools, together with photo voltaic panels.
The EU can be working with nations, together with the US and India, to cut back reliance on Chinese language provide.
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