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Barriers to solar switch as panels in storage pile up
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21 Aug 2023 / environment Print

Barriers to solar switch as panels in storage pile up

Europe is stockpiling the same amount of solar panels as it has deployed, a new report has found.

According to Rystad Energy's Freedom from Fossil Fuels report, the equivalent amount of solar panels are stored in warehouses across the European Union, as were installed across the 27-country bloc in 2022.

Rystad Energy predicts that the number of panels in storage should grow to 100 GW.


For the energy research company, this is proof there are "significant bottlenecks and barriers" to solar installation.

"European countries need to expand training programmes for solar panel installers, address grid bottlenecks and streamline bureaucratic processes to get solar panels out of warehouses and onto the roofs of homes and businesses as fast as possible," Tara Connolly, Beyond Fossil Fuels Campaigner, said.

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