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Solar seen claiming up to 60% of EU power mix by 2050

(EurActiv, 16 Apr 2020) A 100% renewable energy scenario developed by Finland’s LUT University predicts that electricity could make up 85% of the EU’s energy mix by 2050, more than 60% of which would be generated by solar panels.

A fully renewable energy system could be reached by 2050 under a “moderate scenario” and even by 2040 in a “leadership scenario,” according to the study, published on Wednesday (15 April).

“A 100% renewable energy system in Europe is absolutely possible from a technical perspective,” said Dr Christian Breyer, professor of solar economy at LUT University.

“It is also the most affordable and safest option to achieving climate neutrality in Europe by 2050,” he added.

The study “really shows the amazing potential that the European Union has when it comes to renewable electricity,” said Aurélie Beauvais, policy director at trade association SolarPower Europe, which commissioned the study.

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EurActiv, 16 Apr 2020: Solar seen claiming up to 60% of EU power mix by 2050