RePowerEU, solar panels on roofs: but is mandatory photovoltaic systems really possible?

The aim of the new plan from the European Commission RePowerEU is to invest in renewable energy and increase energy efficiency to combat the climate crisis and say enough about Russia’s dependence on fossil fuels. Among the measures also makes it mandatory to install solar panels on the roofs of buildings. But is mandatory photovoltaic systems really possible? We have collected opinions from experts and operators in the sector

With the package RePowerEU The EU intends to make the installation of solar panels on the roofs of various structures mandatory, gradually: in accordance with the provisions of the EU initiative Solar cell floorIn 2026 in particular, it will affect commercial and public buildings with an area larger than 250 square meters, from 2027 the obligation will apply to existing ones, while from 2026 for new residential buildings.

In fact, the goal is therefore to reproduce solar cell is mandatory as an energy production tool, in itself a commendable initiative that goes in the direction of liberation from fossil energy sources. But we wondered if these deadlines have a real chance of being met in the light of the current conditions, from which European countries, which are still largely dependent on other states for energy supply, start.

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We have collected opinions from experts and operators in the sector who are generally in favor of the initiative, but in some cases it highlights some confusion.

Agostino Re Rebaudengo, President of Elettricità Futura

Among the measures proposed by the European Commission in the REPowerEU package is the commitment to solar panels on all new buildings from 2030. This must be interpreted as a clear signal that the energy and construction sectors must move in parallel with energy conversion. The requirements for our buildings and the rules to be respected should evolve along with changes in context and technological innovation. For years, for example, energy certification has been mandatory when buying or renting a property.

That was not the case before. The package REPowerEU will be the subject of negotiations, but it is certain that we will see growth of distributed production and own consumption. Rethinking condominiums and houses from a smart and sustainable perspective also means reduce bills and emissions that are harmful to the climate and our health.

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Giorgio Ruffini, CEO of

I am Much in favor of the mandatory nature of the photovoltaic system on new construction or renovations. It must, of course, be an obligation that can be carried out with great simplicity, as one minimal power a little more than symbolic (for example 2kW) as having the function not to burden the cost of the building intervention, but to confront the citizen with a serious assessment of the possibility of installing a more powerful system or equipping it with storage.

To pose this problem at the time of a building intervention earns one reduce construction site costsof safety and design, all costs which have a devastating effect when a household solar cell is assumed and which in this way would instead be of a negligible additional amount.

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Daniele Iudicone, CEO of Simple Photovoltaic

The idea put forward by Europe can be put into practice, provided that its scope is contextualised. Although this measure can be applied immediately and above all to new buildings, for example houses, where it is already mandatory to install at least 1 kW, it is impossible to supply a mandatory solar cell for all homes. Solar cell systems are inherently cross-cutting, designed to adapt to any type of housing and specific needs, and this makes it impractical to create standardized systems for everyone. In short, we are talking about a dress that always goes tailored.

In order to concretely help our country to spread clean solar energy in a widespread way, it is essential to continue with measures similar to Superbonus, for example an energy Superbonus, with which you can make a tailor-made system with your own accumulators, to be useful even in the evening without having to buy energy from the grid.

We also need concessions for families, residents in single- and multi-family houses, while for owner-occupied flats it is necessary to think about energy community: This would make it possible to host photovoltaic systems even in homes that are currently more complex to operate.

In order to be clear, it is necessary to implement the European Community Directive and create a system that is as clear as possible for companies and customers, especially in the light of Superbonus, a major measure, but which has brought significant difficulties for all actors. involved.

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We hope for a common line that can favor this type of large-scale operation, which is crucial for securing an energetically independent future. Thanks to the scarcity of energy and the current geopolitical scenarios, it is now inevitable to take this type of direction.

The goal, along with all of them in the package, is very ambitious. In the case of Italy, we are not really sure that it will be prepared, but it is also true that “we have to start somewhere”.

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