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European solar power study launched

Twelve EU countries have launched a major investigation into the problems associated with installing advanced solar power systems.

The project, which is being led in the UK by the Renewable Energy Association (REA), aims to examine why installation of such schemes can take several years, with issues concerning connecting to the electricity grid also being covered.

Research has shown that solar systems have the potential to supply as much as 12% of Europe’s total power needs by 2020, but poor take up means it currently accounts for only 1% or 1.5m homes.

Head of onsite renewables Stuart Pocock said: “REA is delighted to be leading this important piece of work on the barriers faced by PV in the UK.

“With the tariffs due to come in next year, this project will provide a detailed examination of everything standing in the way of installations running as smoothly as possible.

“The project will deliver real benefits to improving the regulatory and administrative framework and helping to optimise the uptake of solar PV.”

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