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Definition of competitiveness for photovoltaics and development of measures to accompany PV to grid parity and beyond


The PV PARITY project aims at contributing to the achievement of further PV penetration in the EU electricity market and to the attainment of PV competitiveness at the lowest possible price for the community.

Renewable energy technologies are crucial for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, diversifying our energy supply and reducing our dependence on unreliable and volatile fossil fuel markets.

Europe has recognised their importance by setting a 20% target of their share in the EU final energy consumption by 2020. PV could play an important role in the achievement of this target: the Set for 2020 study, which was published by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) in 2009, suggests that PV could cover up to 12% of the EU electricity needs by 2020.

Almost 20 EU Member States have ackowledged the potential of PV by establishing some support measures aimed at boosting the deployment of PV applications and at bridging the competitiveness gap between this technology and fossil fuel-based ones. However, feed-in-tariff and green certificate schemes have sometimes been critisised for being ineffective and too expensive and they are often being subject to sudden changes.

The PV PARITY project objectives are: 

  • to define PV competitiveness
  • to develop roadmaps to PV competitiveness for the target countries
  • to assess existing support schemes and develop alternative incentives for PV
  • to analyse costs and benefits of PV deployment
  • to assess the relevance of PV electricity flows between Europe and some MENA countries
  • to analyse the impact of PV on the grid
  • to develop policy recommendations for EU and national policy makers

The foreseen duration for this project is 30 months, starting in June 2011 and ending in November 2013.