Spirit of Optimism in European PV Markets

The smarter E Podcast Episode 36 | January 28, 2021

2020 has been a surprising year for the european solar industry. Contrary to many official prediction in the beginning of the pandemic - the solar power technology industry just had it’s second best year in history. So how did this happen? How did the market change and which countries benefitted the most?

We talk about this with Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor, head of market intelligence and a member of the leadership team of SolarPower Europe.


1.38: What are the forecasts for the European solar market for the coming years?
7.40: About the largest EU solar markets Germany, Netherlands and Spain
12.50: What are the effects of the positive news?
15.45: Recommendations for policymakers on how EU member states can accelerate solar deployment

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About Michael Schmela and SolarPower Europe

Michael Schmela is the Executive Advisor, head of market intelligence and a member of the leadership team of SolarPower Europe, the European association of the solar power sector. Schmela has been working in the solar industry for over 20 years. After co-founding Photon-Magazine in 1996, he served in various positions in the Photon group, primarily as Editor-in-Chief of Photon International.

In 2014, Schmela started MISCHCO, a company offering strategy consulting and communication services to solar companies. In 2016, TaiyangNews, a digital news platform for the solar industry that Schmela founded, went online.

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