New EPIA director elected

The decision was made at the association’s Annual General Meeting in Paris, France. The Schott Solar CEO stated: "I am honored to have been elected to the Board of EPIA. In 2010, solar photovoltaic power was the leading renewable energy technology in terms of capacity growth in Europe, and I am willing to join the efforts of EPIA and strengthen the momentum."

EPIA has also presented the first results of its study on the competitiveness of PV in the energy sector. In a statement it says the continuing reduction of PV installation costs has resulted in making the industry much more competitive. "This study reveals once more the continuous price decrease of PV in the most prominent European markets, and the competitiveness of PV will be reached well before 2020 in all major market segments," explained Ingmar Wilhelm, president of EPIA.??

Furthermore, the association says the study looks at the potential, and technical requirements, available for PV to be added into the existing distributed electricity network. "Already today, many major grid operators recognize the importance of PV as a decentralized means of power generation in the low and medium voltage grid area," added vice-president Winfried Hoffmann.