08:00 – 09:00 Welcome & registration

09:00 – 09:15 Opening speech: State of Solar

Presentation of SolarPower Europe’s 2050 report. Christian Westermeier, President, SolarPower Europe

09:15 – 09:30 Executive interview

Pascal Canfin, Chair of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, European Parliament

09:30 – 10:30 Powering a climate neutral Europe by 2050: accelerators and missing links

The European Commission will issue a ‘climate law’ to be announced in spring 2020. This law is likely to call for new European ambition on reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 which could symbolise the beginning of a new legislative cycle of energy and climate policies.


What are the most promising technology solutions available to meet this challenge? How can we ensure a fair transition amongst EU member-states and across various sectors? What are the regulatory silver bullets which could help achieve this carbon neutrality goal?

This high-level introductory session will address these questions following the input presentation of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans*.

Input presentation: Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency 


Moderator: Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO, SolarPower Europe


Diederik Samsom, Head of Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, European Commission

Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister of Energy, Lithuania
Representative, Ministry of Environment and Energy of Croatia
Aristotelis Chantavas, Head of Europe, Enel Green Power
Eric Scotto, CEO, Akuo

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break


11:00 – 12:00 7 Solar solutions to deliver an ambitious, secure, and inclusive European Green Deal

This session aims to showcase the benefits of solar to deliver the European Green Deal. Solar energy, as the most affordable and most job intensive power generation source, with the highest level of public support, and which has pioneered several new business models such as Agri-PV and solar mobility is best placed to deliver a Green Deal for all Europeans.

How can we ensure solar’s full potential is reached? Do we need more initiatives at EU-level?

Input presentation and moderation: Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor, SolarPower Europe



Claire Roumet, Executive Director Energy Cities

Matthias Buck, Head of European Energy Policy, Agora Energiewende

Eugenio Quintieri, Secretary-General European Builders Confederation
Jochen Hauff, Director Corporate Strategy, Energy Policy & Sustainability, BayWa r.e. renewable energy
Representative from EuropeOn

12:00 – 13:00 Financing solar and innovative business models in the post subsidy era

Solar and renewables are becoming the most competitive energy sources worldwide. Solar alone has seen a cost reduction of over 90% since 2000, bringing our technology closer than ever to grid parity. In the meantime, new emerging business models (PPAs, participative financing) create new opportunities for solar developers in a post subsidy era.


Input presentation: Jenny Chase, Head of Solar Analysis, BloombergNEF


Moderation: Bruce Douglas, Deputy CEO, SolarPower Europe


Elizabeth Reid, Partner, Bird & Bird
Ekaterina Kargopoltseva, Director for Raw Materials, Auxiliaries and Utilities in Europe, AB InBev
Alain Desvigne, CEO, Amarenco
Jenny Chase, Head of Solar Analysis, BloombergNEF
Alessandro Boschi, Head of Renewable Energy Division, European Investment Bank

12:00 – 13:00 Green Deal Diplomacy & EU instruments to promote energy investment in developing markets

SolarPower Europe, in collaboration with GET.invest – a European Programme supported by the EU, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria – invites high-level representatives of the European Commission and European development finance institutions to speak about their initiatives aimed at fostering renewable energy development in emerging markets. The representatives will discuss major challenges facing the European renewable energy industry in entering these markets and make point how diverse European instruments can help the industry to overcome such. The representatives will present various pillars of the EU External Investment Plan (EIP) and showcase a number of support instruments available for private businesses in developing markets.


Keynote presentation: Carla Montesi, Director, DG DEVCO European Commission


Moderation: Máté Heisz, Head of International Cooperation, SolarPower Europe


Statements & panel:
Stefano Mantellassi, Vice-President Energy Solutions, Eni & Chair of the Emerging Markets Task Force of SolarPower Europe

Dorien Lobeek, Access to Energy Fund Manager, FMO

Eric Kaleja, Vice President Energy & Infrastructure Africa / Latin America, DEG

• Jean-Denis Collin, Regional Manager, ElecriFI

13:00 – 14:30 Networking lunch


14:30 – 15:30 Smart sectoral integration – a solar agenda?

The digitalisation and renewable-based electrification of key sectors of the economy (buildings, transport, power) can accelerate the energy transition, facilitate the integration of solar into the system, and unlock new business models for flexibility and consumer services.

What should the priorities be? How can this ‘smart sectoral integration’ be achieved at the lowest cost for European consumers, while maximising the benefits for the energy transition?


Input presentation: Stephen Woodhouse, Director, AFRY Management Consulting (previously Pöyry)


Moderation: Stephen Woodhouse, Director, AFRY Management Consulting (previously Pöyry)


Paula Abreu Marques
Head of Unit for Renewables and CCS policy, DG ENERGY, European Commission
Frauke Thies, Executive Director, smartEn
Jona Hampe, Head of PV International, E.ON

Martin Hackl, Global Director Business Unit Solar Energy, Fronius
Christoph Sutter, Head New Energies, Axpo
Roland Huempfner*, Head of European R&D center, Huawei 

14:30 – 15:30 Solar, sustainability and the circular economy
To achieve carbon neutrality, the solar industry must outline its commitments and look at sustainable development strategies, from CO2 performance standards to recycling and raw material sourcing.

What are the challenges and is the solar industry keeping up with the challenge of being fully sustainable?

Input presentation: Susannah Wood, Marketing and Service Development, Solarcentury – Presentation of SolarPower Europe solar factsheets

Moderator: Philippa Nuttall Jones, Editor in Chief, FORESIGHT


Stefan Degener, Managing Director & Vice-President of Business Development Europe & Africa, First Solar
Nancy Gillis, CEO, Green Electronics Council
Susannah Wood, Marketing and Service Development, Solarcentury

Oliver Friedrichs*, Managing Director, Take-e-way

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break


16:00 – 17:30 Towards European industrial leadership in solar

To achieve a climate neutral economy, the share of renewable electricity will have to increase to account for 80% of the European energy mix. The renewable-based electrification of all key sectors of the economy will be crucial. As the European solar sector has entered a new growth era – with over 80% growth year-on-year for 2019 and more than 20 GW annual growth by 2023 – now is the right time to support the growth of a robust European solar industry.

What could an industrial policy for solar look like? How can Europe become an industrial leader for solar? How can smart strategies be developed to preserve a cost-efficient and affordable energy transition? How can we ensure that an industrial policy and the European Green Deal go hand-in-hand?

Moderation: Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director, SolarPower Europe

Kim Jorgensen, Head of Cabinet Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, European Commission
Christian Westermeier, Chair of the Industrial Strategy Taskforce, SolarPower Europe
Ulrich Hadding, CFO, SMA Solar Technology
Christian Knechtel, CEO, VON ARDENNE
Gunter Erfurt, Chief Technology Officer, Meyer Burger Technology Ltd
Florence Lambert, Director, CEA Liten


17:30 – 17:45 Closing remarks and transition to evening reception

17:45 – 23:00 SolarPower Europe 35th aniversary party

This year, SolarPower Europe is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Established in 1985, we can look back with pride on Europe’s solar success story, as the cradle of this clean energy technology. We have more reasons to celebrate: solar is booming in the EU, with an over 100% market increase in 2019 and the next two years expected to see record-breaking installations.

Join us for an evening of solar celebrations and surprises at our 35th anniversary party on 29 September – the event will take place right after the SolarPower Summit at AREA 42. Let’s kick off the next solar decade the right way!