The European Solar Days go from strength to strength: date set for 2012 campaign as more countries join the effort
The European Solar Days successfully promote the use of a free unlimited renewable energy source available everywhere to everyone to generate electricity as well as heating and cooling: the SUN. The organisation of annual "Solar Day" events on a national level aims to raise public awareness of intelligent energy solutions and behaviours, particularly for Solar Thermal and Photovoltaics.
During the 4th edition, which was held from 1-15 May 2011, increasing support for solar energy was demonstrated with more than 8,000 events organized in 19 countries throughout Europe, attracting the participation of half a million citizens.
The European Solar Days Annual Conference is the main forum for representatives of network countries to assess the campaign results. It is also an opportunity to exchange views on how to enlarge the network and fire the enthusiasm of event organisers and participants alike.
"The European Solar Days face today a great challenge, as participants and event organisers increase their expectations and demand more from the organisations in charge of the European Solar Days campaign" says Riccardo Battisti, coordinator of the European Solar Days in Italy since the first edition in 2008 and responsible for the implementation of the 2012 campaign.
Representatives from Sweden and Ukraine also attended the conference as guests, since these countries will also be organizing Solar Days events in 2012 and have already done so in the past.
"The European Solar Days are based on the engagement of individuals, citizens, organisations, companies and public institutions all around Europe. They join efforts to promote solar energy to their fellow European citizens. This is a proven formula, which can be replicated and adopted in different countries" says, Pedro Dias, coordinator of the European Solar Days.
Building on the existing network and past experience, the number of event, participants as well as network countries taking part the European Solar Days are expected to continue to grow. During the Annual Conference the dates for the European Solar Days 2012 were confirmed as from 1 to 13 of May 2012.
European Solar Days - For a bright future
The European Solar Days campaign was originally launched in 2002 in Austria with the "Day of the Sun". Positive feedback encouraged organisers to develop the event further into an annual pan-European campaign running over a couple of weeks.
The European Solar Days are intended to promote the use of solar energy in Europe through a wide range of events: fairs, hands-on exhibitions, presentations, races of solar-powered devices, conferences, debates etc. Over the past 9 years, the initiative has drawn an increasing number of supporters: in 2011 more than 8000 events were held across 18 European countries. Event organisers included various organisations working in the solar equipment manufacturing industry as well as local authorities or educational institutions.
The 4th edition of this Europe-wide campaign was organised by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) together with the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) and a network of some 25 affiliated organisations, including NGOs, businesses and local governments. The European Solar Days' project is supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme of the European Commission.
For more information on the European Solar Days, access the official campaign website: http://www.solardays.eu/
About the organisers (ESTIF and EPIA):
The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) is the voice of the solar thermal industry, actively promoting the use of solar thermal technology for renewable heating and cooling in Europe. With around 100 members from 19 European countries, ESTIF represents the entire supply chain: manufacturers, service providers and national associations, which together cover 95% of today's solar thermal market.
With over 240 Members drawn from across the entire solar photovoltaic (PV) sector, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) is the world's largest photovoltaic industry association. EPIA Members are present throughout the whole value-chain: from silicon, cells and module production to systems development and PV electricity generation as well as marketing and sales. EPIA's mission is to deliver a distinct and valuable service driven from the strength of a single photovoltaic voice.
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