The European Commission has presented its proposal for a dedicated EU Solar Energy Strategy that foresees a doubling of targeted PV capacity to 320GW by 2025, and a further boost to almost 600GW by 2030, as the core part of the EU’s REPowerEU plan to end its dependency on Russian fossil fuels.

These front-loaded additional capacities displace the consumption of 9 billion cubic metres of natural gas annually by 2027, the Commission said.

The strategy also includes a solar rooftop obligation for commercial and public buildings by 2025 and for new residential buildings by 2029.