EU Commissioner backs solar power

Energy Commissioner sets 2010 objective for increased use of solar power in EU

European Energy Commissioner Christos Papoutsis yesterday said he wanted to see half a million new solar power units installed across the EU by 2010. Mr Papoutsis was speaking at the start of a four-day international congress on renewable energies in Athens, Greece. The Commission is supporting the meeting, at which a chief topic of debate is its green paper on renewable energies which was published last year. In its paper the Commission called for a doubling of the penetration of renewable energies in the EU's total energy balance from 6% to 12%. Solar power industry organisations today gave a guarded welcome to Mr Papoutsis' announcement, which has come as a surprise. They wanted more details before giving further support.

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