Eight EU Members on Track for 2030 Solar Power Targets

A report from SolarPower Europe has revealed that only 8 of 27 EU member states are on track to meet their 2030 solar power targets. The EU National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP) required members to submit applications for their planned developments of solar power. Out of the 27 states, only 12 submitted their plans with 8 of them being on track for the deadline of 2030.

These 8 countries are not only on track, but are currently projected to meet their targets at least 3 years earlier – these include The Netherlands by 2024, Cyprus and Sweden by 2025, Croatia, Finland and Spain by 2026 and Denmark and Luxembourg by 2027.

The remaining 4 states have confirmed they will likely meet their development plans by 2030, but this is not 100% confirmed – these states are Italy, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovenia.

This report has come at the same time as the NECP confirming they are wanting to increase the 2030 target capacity for solar photovoltaic by 63%. This means that the overall goal jumped from 90 GW to 425 GW.

The report also comments on the likely developments of these projections by 2030, “Modelling current installation trends, we can see reality already outstripping this level of ambition. According to latest research, SolarPower Europe anticipates a most-likely scenario where over 900 GW of solar capacity will be installed in the EU by 2030.”

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Among the member states, Lithuania has seen the largest increase in its goals from the NECP’s revised targets – a huge 508% increase, for a total of 5.1GW in solar power, in order to reach the 2030 goal. However, they do not have the largest goal overall, which is held by Italy – required to meet a quota of 79GW by 2030.

The EU mandated that all member states must publish and implement a 10-years NECP plan. This includes policies, measures and developments all aimed at increasing their solar power capacity.

Some countries that did not submit their application along with the 12 states above include Greece, which is expected to reach it’s 7.7 GW goal next year. Bulgaria and Romania are also on track to hit theirs, despite not submitting their applications to the EU; with an ambition of 14.1GW and 3.2GW respectively.

Overall, the report shows promising results, with a large amount of EU member states being committed to the shared development of solar photovoltaic. If successful, the 900GW overall increase across the EU would be a momentous achievement in renewable energy and crucial collaboration between independent states.