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22 November 2011



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05 October 2011



The PVs in Bloom project triggered over 19MW installed power of solar energy in Europe

Terrains of degraded conditions or security zones can be used of RES and provide solutions for European energetic independence without spoiling valuable soils

2163 municipalities across Europe were directly or indirectly involved in the promotion of clean sun energy via the PVs in Bloom Project, a partnership-driven initiative funded by Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, involving 3 countries from central parts of Europe and 3 from the South. “Added value offered by the project was pulling together different public bodies and private investors. Various actors were putting forces together and it turned out to be very helpful in obtaining concrete results”, concluded Erica Holland, coordinator representing the Lead Project Partner Unioncamere del Veneto, at the closing conference held in Budapest, 22nd September.

The irrational use of land resources for industrial, commercial and agricultural activities has lead in many countries to the abandonment of vast terrains in degraded conditions, evaluated Mr Francesco Pareti, head of the Eurosportello del Veneto. These terrains represent an exceptional opportunity for the use of RES and solutions of European energetic independence.

As many countries experienced the so called solar boom marked by relevant investments, it was followed by a deep fall of the industry as some support mechanisms such as Feed-In-Tariffs (FIT)were considerably reduced. However as stated by Prof. Donato Bedin from Unioncamere del Veneto, the experience of some of the partners, especially in Greece, tells us that the energy from the sun is economically sustainable.

Greece is the main country were the Project PVs in BLOOM achieves its sustainability: since the idea of building PVPPs on marginal areas was brought forth by the Project, it is now developing in Greece as a kind of investment that is feasible both financially and from the bureaucratic point of view. Greece represents therefore a promising market for investing in PVs on marginal areas in the next years.

Important to its future development are not only FITs but mostly the sensitivity and considerable attention from government to support installation of photovoltaic plants.

According to latest data of EPIA the photovoltaic market of Europe represents 81 of the global share with 40GW, considering that the sun radiation of the earth in one year turned in electric energy, using currently available technology, overcomes the potential of all the other energy sources available. Between 2009 and 2010 the solar market grew by 132 and its future growth depends on adoption of a different scenario. One foresees continuation of FiTs aligned with PV systems prices. However a policy driven scenario relies on a strong political will and minimizing administrative barriers. Obviously policy driven scenario offers almost double as fast growth as the moderate scenario. A 36-51 decrease of cost to generate solar power could be achieved on average by 2020.

The lessons learnt and strategic approach applied could be expanded to countries representing a lot of possibilities and not yet experienced like Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia or Turkey.  

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31 August 2011



Ground photovoltaic plants for giving re-qualifying marginal terrains gather the consensus of public and private investors in six EU member states.

PVS IN BLOOM project has triggered more than 19 MW of installed solar energy on marginal areas in Europe. The project is funded by Intelligent Energy Programme of the EC. The main objective of the project was to promote the requalification and re-gain of economic and social value of terrains that can not be subject to any economic or social use through the installation of small and medium sized ground photovoltaic plants (PVPPs). The project involved directly Italy, Spain, Greece, Poland, Austria and Slovakia.

The conferences which is to be held in Budapest, 22nd September, will promote project effective realizations and the most important solutions for combining renewable energy sources with a strategic approach to the management of areas characterized by intrinsic, induced or latent marginality (terrains that are no longer able to answer positively to investments or that have exhausted their primary and exclusive function).  This project approach encourages both the investments and significant increase of green energy production in Europe. It’s worth mentioning that for the future capitalization of know-how gained via PVS IN BLOOM, relevant national policies and regional strategies shall be in place for advancing electricity production based on Renewable Energy Sources in the framework of investments envisaging eco-sustainable processes.

The keynote speakers represent main actors of the RE industry and public sector representatives. The focus will be on the development of an advanced knowledge for specialized experts in the requalification of areas in latent marginality through RES, witnessing the realization of real plants in various marginalized areas in Europe and the formulation of new regulations promoting investments following the PVs in BLOOM approach, as well as institutional representatives which will describe the policy and market scenario in different EU countries (Italy, Hungary, Spain, etc.).

Each partner will be further acting as a national information point for provision of advice and assistance to actors interested in energy project employing methods of PVs in Bloom Project. Best practices and know-how have been multiplied in four manuals and guidance as follows:
Strategic Vision Document, Administrative Handbook, Technical Handbook, and Business Guide.

Program (to be completed)

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06 May 2011

2nd PVs In Bloom training session in Spain, Jaen

The 2nd session of training seminars in the frame of the PV in Bloom project organized by Project Partner University of Jaen will be held on May 5th - 6th and 10th - 11th at Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Energía y Medio Ambiente. CAMPUS DE LAS LAGUNILLAS. Building C6 Universidad de Jaén.


26 April 2011

6th Steering Committee and PVS IN BLOOM Project meeting

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The 7th April, Thursday, was carried out in Vienna the “sixth Steering Committee and Project meeting” to summarize the progress and final part of the European Commission’s project PVS IN BLOOM developed within the frame of the Intelligent Energy Europe programme.

One of the last meetings of all project partners was focused mainly on the trickiest part of all EU projects. How to guarantee the sustainability of the PVS IN BLOOM approach after the project’s end?

PVS IN BLOOM project is bringing on table what could be one of the most important solutions to combine renewable energy sources with a strategic approach to marginal areas management at the municipality level. In other words, PVS IN BLOOM is tracking, supporting and promoting the PV installation on lands that have no longer any economic potential. In terms of opportunity this approach represents both important figures in terms of investments and a significant rise of green energy production in the EU. The most important topic for the future PVS IN BLOOM approach is therefore marginal areas. The objective to present this approach at the EU policy level is a natural outcome of our experience.

Looking at the results of two years project will lead us to understand what could possibly guarantee the sustainability of PVS IN BLOOM approach after the project ends. As Prof. Bedin from Unioncamere Veneto suggested in his presentation, the focus has to be put on development of an advanced qualification for specialized experts in the requalification of marginal areas through RES. The experience of planting PVPPs on marginal areas gathered during the project and delivered to wide public through real implementations and publications, has created a critical mass for sustainability on different levels of perspective:

  1. Local/Regional level represented by professionals within project partners organizations able to address new EU projects for RES to be installed on marginal areas and external representatives of the Municipality Working Group, of waste utility companies and of RES supply services companies
  2. National level represented by Agencies for energy and environment or other sector associations as strategic allies at the national level able to individuate new opportunities for deployment of different technologies (not only PV) on marginal areas.
  3. European level represented by the start-off of new projects oriented to marginal areas in the direction of RES platforms.

The achievements of the project in terms of MW power installed on marginal lands reached 18,73 MW against 16,5 MW planned. There has been presented 4 regulation update proposals on the EU level. We’ve been able to open 7 information points in involved countries and we have created online community of professionals that so far generated more than 65000 clicks in conversations on our communication platforms.

These figures are motivation to all project partners to continue to develop PVS IN BLOOM approach focusing marginal areas as suitable ground not only for PV installations but for other RES as well.

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