EU solar growth not enough to hit targets
Despite increasing by 38% last year to 391 megawatts (MW), solar photovoltaic installed capacity in the EU will miss a European Commission target of 650MW by the end of this year, according to Eurobserver, a consortium for the promotion of renewable energies. The "belated start up of national programmes" in certain countries and "the lack of political willpower necessary to ensure their application" are to blame for the slow progress, it claims. Eurobserver estimates that by 2010 the EU will have installed 1,400MW of cells, less than half the Commission target. See photovoltaic barometer.