All new buildings will be equipped with solar panels as part of the European plan

All new buildings should be fitted with solar panels as part of an EU plan. The ‘Solar Rooftops Initiative’ would introduce a legal obligation to install solar panels on public and commercial buildings, as well as residential properties, constructed within the territory of the European Union.

The leaders want to completely eliminate Europe’s dependence on Russian imports of gas, oil and coal as soon as possible in the wake of the war in Ukraine, reports The Independent. The proposal for mandatory solar panels is part of a plan called REPowerEU, published on Wednesday May 18.

Frans Timmermans, who leads the European Commission’s work on the European Green Deal, said: “It is clear that we need to end this dependency as soon as possible and much faster than we expected before this war. . In March we showed that it could be done, the Versailles European Council decided that it had to be done, today we are showing how it will be done.

REPowerEU has three main elements: energy savings, diversification of energy supplies and accelerated deployment of renewable energies. The Independent says it cost an additional €210 billion, with public and private sector investment needed, according to the Commission.

The solar panels initiative is part of the deployment of renewable energies. The Commission is proposing to increase its target for renewables to produce 45% of the EU’s energy by 2030, up from 40% previously.

This would require doubling the block’s ability to capture solar energy, as well as deploying twice as many heat pumps. Meanwhile, the Commission has suggested raising its energy efficiency target by reducing consumption by 13% by 2030.