Brussels, Belgium [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] A recent round table discussion hosted by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) focused on how solar power can help bring electricity to the estimated 1.6 billion people in developing countries who don’t currently have access to the grid.
The European PV sector is currently in the position to bring equipment, expertise and specialist knowledge to the developing world, in order to increase access to electricity.
“The photovoltaic technology has proven to be one of the best solutions to bring flexible and long term solutions for rural electrification in the poorest areas of the planet. Therefore the EC [European Commission] must ensure that their initiatives address the real energy needs and the suitable technology to provide sustainable access to electricity. A main criterion is to reinforce support to small and medium sized projects,” said Ernesto Macias, Vice-president of EPIA and president of the Alliance for Rural Electrification.Access to energy has been identified as one of the priority areas of the European Development Policy in order to fight against poverty in developing countries. The European Commission has recently put in place programs in order to trigger investment in sustainable energy projects in developing areas, such as: COOPENER, ACP-EU Energy Facility and the up-coming GEEREF (Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund).