The PV LEGAL project, an initiative co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Commission, has published today the result of six months of intense research in 12 EU countries which aimed at providing a thorough research and analysis of all the steps and costs incurred in order to comply with administrative and legal requirements when setting up a PV system in one of these countries. Although most EU countries recognise the potential of solar PV and implement support policies the national PV market is not yet expected to grow to its full potential due to bureaucratic hurdles.

In each country, the research has been conducted by surveying the necessary procedures to be complied with for the three main market segments: a) small-scale installations on residential buildings; b) small to medium-scale installations on commercial buildings and c) medium to large-scale ground-mounted installations on open lands. For each segment the project development processes have been identified and described in detail with information on duration, waiting time and legal-administrative costs of each process.

The PV LEGAL database is a very comprehensive tool which provides both market actors and policy makers with a detailed analysis of the situation and allows highlighting the best practices and existing bottlenecks.

As a next step the project partners will address recommendations to policy makers and grid operators in the main European PV markets by means of advisory papers as well as national forums (conferences) and ad-hoc workshops.


The PV LEGAL project gathers a group of 13 national PV industry associations together with the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and the Management Consultants eclareon:


- BSW-Solar, German Solar Industry Association (Coordinator)

- ASIF, Spanish Photovoltaic Industry Association

- Assosolare, Italian Photovoltaic Industry Association

- ENERPLAN, French Solar professional association

- HELAPCO, Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies

- PTPV, Polish Society for Photovoltaics

- REA, UK Renewable Energy Association

- SER, French Renewable Energy Industry Association

- ZSFI, Slovenian Photovoltaic Industry Association

- EPIA, European Photovoltaic Industry Association

- eclareon Management Consultants

Collaborating organisations: Holland Solar (NL), Czech Renewable Energy Agency, APESF (Portuguese Photovoltaic Industry Association), Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association.