Hundreds of thousands of European citizens is European show at events across the continent to collect, their support for solar energy while solar days (ESD), show the enormous potential contribution of solar energy to meet the EU energy objectives.
The events, which take place in hundreds of locations from Tuesday is, 1 may, to Sunday, 13 may, have been developed around the audience, including the European policy and companies, but above all to help understand that the available solar technology offers the advantages of individual citizens today them.
The events include exhibitions of solar technologies, open days, training for employees of companies, street festivals for children, "Balloon dropping" and many more.
"A strong and growing demand for solar energy is an important factor for the development of an innovative and sustainable Europe." Solar thermal and photovoltaic are key industries for the European economy and the reduction of CO2 emissions ", says Xavier noyon, Secretary General of the European solar thermal industry Federation (ESTIF)" Special event: "solar citizens: people of responsible for their energy future"
In addition to the events in Europe, which has over 500,000 visitors in 16 European countries, welcomed a special event for the EU policy and stakeholders from the industry to expect is in Brussels on Thursday, 10 May. This round table titled "solar citizens: people of responsible for their energy future", highlights the political changes necessary to oversee the next phase of the solar energy integration into Europe.
Over 50 GW PV, approx. 26 GW solar thermal capacity in Europe by the end of 2011 installed
Over the course of the last decade, as Europe's energy market has to diversify has solar energy to a crucial source of clean, decentralised energy supply for many households. Up to the end of 2011, photovoltaic systems in Europe was installed - about 50 gigawatts (GW) 26 gigawatts, enough, to more than 15 million households with electricity supply while round (thermally) had in the year 2011, that is enough to over 12.5 million households with an average solar system for hot water heating is installed. European consumers, the dependency on traditional, to minimize non-renewable energy sources
"Solar energy offers enormous social benefits, including far greater measure of sustainability." This clean and safe energy source offers the Europeans the ability to reduce their energy costs and at the same time help continent achieving ambitious energy and climate policy objectives, "emphasizes Reinhold Buttgereit, Secretary General of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), the." More and more, European consumers are choosing to minimize their dependence on traditional, non-renewable sources of energy and to reduce their carbon footprint and their energy costs. Europe's energy roadmap 2050 and the EU energy goals for 2020 the EU politicians commit to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% below the level of 1990 to 2050 and to increase the share of renewable energy to 20% by 2020. Under the right policy and solar power market conditions, up to 12% of EU electricity demand could explain by itself by 2020. At the same time could concentrating solar meet up to 3.6% of the low temperature demand in the EU.