SolarPower Europe CEO, Walburga Hemetsberger, sat down with EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson to talk about a year that has changed everything for solar in the EU and how we can go even further, faster.
In a seismic shift for the energy landscape, the European Union added a record-breaking 41.4 GW of solar power in 2022. The new capacity is equivalent to the power needs of 12.4 million European homes, and replaces 102 LNG tankers. Annual EU solar power growth has increased by 47% from 28.1 GW in 2021.
In the face of an unprecedented energy crisis and heightened energy security concerns, EU total solar power capacity grew by a mammoth 25% in just one year – from 167.5 GW to 208.9 GW in 2022.
In the European Commission's EU Solar Strategy published earlier this year saw Europe's solar ambitions raised to a target of 750 GWdc by 2030. What needs to happen next to get ready for this unprecedented solar expansion?
Download the report here.