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Sunroad to identify barriers to the photovoltaic sector in the EU


Sunroad, a European Union-funded project that is developing a Strategic Roadmap of demand-side policy measures to foster the market up-take of European photovoltaic innovations, is launching a survey to identify measures required to promote innovative products and services on the European photovoltaic market.

Funded by the Framework Programme for Competitiveness and Innovation of the EC, Sunroad will develop a strategic plan for implementation of the most promising measures in the regions of Andalucía (Spain), Rhône-Alps (France) and Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony (Germany) and a plan for replication in other European regions and countries.

According to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, demand-side innovation policies support and increase the uptake of innovations in society. These can include legislation increasing consumer confidence in innovative products, safety regulations, standards, or public procurement. These demand-side tools complement supply-side policy tools such as public funding schemes. Creating effective links between demand-side and supply-side tools can improve the efficiency of the innovative system.

Sunroad demand-side policy measures for the Photovoltaic Roadmap include, at European level, a renewable energy investor platform to facilitate contact between companies and investors for large investments in photovoltaic and wind energy. Other measures include photovoltaic innovation demonstration projects to support the validation of innovative PV technologies at large scale.

Demand-side measures at the national and regional levels include photovoltaic education programmes, business model training for entrepreneurs interested in PV-related jobs, and solar power portals that will act as platforms for end users, promoting the advantages of self-consumption.

The survey is available to all those involved in the photovoltaic sector: companies, research centres, government agencies, investors, media, and the interested general public. The main goal of the survey is to help the European Commission to establish priorities in the photovoltaic sector.

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