The current energy situation in Europe and in Italy reflects the growing dependence of the continent on oil and natural gas, with the resulting well-known environmental impacts, such as global warming, deteriorating air quality in medium/ large cities and the ever more frequent environmental disasters caused by oil tankers, etc.
The results of recent attempts in Italy to create a reasonable market for solar photovoltaic technology have been disappointing, with only a slightly increase in the rate at which solar photovoltaic (SPV) panels and components (supplied by manufacturers in East Asia) have been installed. In Italy, the production of SPV panels has dropped by 20% in the past three years.
The State aid granted both by the Central Administration and the European Commission in the form of support programmes has been distributed, in some cases, in a non-discriminatory way, and there has been no explicit focus on reducing the cost of manufacturing panels, although this is probably the most urgently needed measure. This is precisely the field of action of AISEF, a non-profit Italian association for the development of photovoltaic energy created in March 2003 with the aim of starting up a “virtuous cycle” of production and sale of SPV panels and plants at attractive prices through the creation of a leasing company. The most important part of the loan will be provided by voluntary funds with the stimulus of an effective advertising campaign. This fund will enhance research and development projects to obtain a more efficient production and therefore cheaper SPV cells and panels.
AISEF (Italian Association for Development of Photovoltaic Energy)
• Public Administration bodies and the energy authority
• Banks and financial agencies
• Installers, manufacturers and electricity operators
• Local Mountain association (Comunità Montana)
• Consumer associations
• Research centres
• Advertising agencies