It is madness that the thoughts of a small handful of companies supporting MIP are holding such power in the European PV market. 1.3 million people in the industry are against it. MIP is having a significant impact on European solar deployment. The irony of it all is that MIP was bought in place to protect manufacturing in Europe however it is now having the opposite affect. It is now having a significant negative impact on the non-module assembly upstream manufacturing jobs in European solar value chain which make up approximately 80% of upstream jobs.
MIP needs to go, increasing solar deployment and increasing solar jobs right the way through the industry.
As the trade measures add to the cost of solar, they are contributing to slowing down its deployment. This is contrary to the desire of the EU to effectively combat climate change and reduces the likelihood that targets, such as the goal of having 27% of energy from renewables by 2030, will be met. The recent launch of the Energy Union initiative aims to put the consumer at the heart of European energy policy, yet the duties add around 1,000 Euros to the installation of household solar, according to the STA’s recent study.