With a New Year and new dynamics in EPIA, we have started 2015 with a new zeal to address the important challenges our sector is facing. EPIA and its members, First Solar and 3E, set up a workshop in early January to examine how to address the needs of O&M companies, asset owners and investors in order to ensure a more harmonised approach to O&M activities in Europe.
A number of leading companies were invited to a workshop with known high-level experts from the O&M and asset management business active in Europe, to share their knowledge and valuable experience. During the workshop the results of an EPIA survey on the challenges and opportunities experienced by O&M providers in Europe was presented. Following up on the results of the survey, all the experts participated actively in the panel discussions addressing a list of challenges of high business relevance. The full set of minutes and actions will be shared with the EPIA membership shortly.
All the participants agreed that there is a need for a set of guidelines on O&M activities in Europe, and that EPIA was best placed to support the discussions as an independent party. The attendees agreed that the results from the discussions exceeded their expectations and strengthened the desire to continue to work on this field, through creating a dedicated Task Force in EPIA that will handle specific priority topics identified by the experts. EPIA was acknowledged as the right platform to run and lead this activity and together with its expert-members produce industry led best practices/guidelines for O&M services throughout 2015.
This activity highlights EPIA’s new desire to drive the professionalisation of our industry, to ensure sustainable competition, risk reduction and an ever growing European solar sector.