The European Solar Days are a Europe-wide campaign to promote the use of solar
energy for production of electricity, heat and cold. What once started in 2002 in Austria as ‘Day of the Sun’, is now a multi-country effort of thousands of local events organisers ranging from solar equipment manufacturers, to church communities and local govern-ments. In 2008, the initiative was taken to the European level and the first European
Solar Days took place in 13 European countries with over 4.000 events.
The second edition of the European Solar Days takes place 15-22 May 2009 in 16 coun-tries. More than half a million citizens are expected to participate in the more than 7000 events in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United King-dom.
“The events are as varied as their organisers”, says Uwe Trenkner, Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF).” We have street festivities for children, educational events, exhibitions of solar technologies and much more. And we expect to grow even more in 2010”. Any stakeholder in the solar sector is invited to initiate events that promote the use of solar energy. On the Solar Days website (www.solardays.eu) contacts for each participating country are shown.
Solar energy is available everywhere in Europe and can be used for private and for commercial applications. The trend towards solar energy is not only visible in southern countries such as Spain and Portugal but also to be found in many other countries such as Germany, Norway and Sweden, where there is an ever growing number of photo-voltaic and solar thermal installations. “With the right support framework these clean technologies will become ever more important pillars of our energy supply in Europe” concluded Adel el Gammal, Secretary General of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).
The European Solar Days are coordinated by ESTIF in close co-operation with EPIA and supported by 24 organisations at a national and European level.