The European Solar Days go from strength to strength: date set for 2012 campaign as more countries join the effort

The next edition of the European Solar Days – a coordinated campaign of national events aimed at promoting the use of solar energy – will be held from 1 to 13 May, 2012.

Brussels, 10 November 2011 The next edition of the European Solar Days – a coordinated

campaign of national events aimed at promoting the use of solar energy – will be held from
1 to 13 May, 2012. The initiative now includes more than 20 participants from 16 countries,
who gathered this week in Prague for the 2nd edition of the European Solar Days Annual
Conference.

The European Solar Days successfully promote the use of a free unlimited renewable
energy source available everywhere to everyone to generate electricity as well as heating
and cooling: the SUN. The organisation of annual "Solar Day" events on a national level
aims to raise public awareness of intelligent energy solutions and behaviours, particularly for
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaics.

During the 4th edition, which was held from 1-15 May 2011, increasing support for solar
energy was demonstrated with more than 8,000 events organized in 19 countries throughout
Europe, attracting the participation of half a million citizens.

The European Solar Days Annual Conference is the main forum for representatives of
network countries to assess the campaign results. It is also an opportunity to exchange
views on how to enlarge the network and fire the enthusiasm of event organisers and
participants alike.

"The European Solar Days face today a great challenge, as participants and event
organisers increase their expectations and demand more from the organisations in charge of
the European Solar Days campaign" says Riccardo Battisti, coordinator of the European
Solar Days in Italy since the first edition in 2008 and responsible for the implementation of
the 2012 campaign.

Representatives from Sweden and Ukraine also attended the conference as guests, since
these countries will also be organizing Solar Days events in 2012 and have already done so
in the past.

"The European Solar Days are based on the engagement of individuals, citizens,
organisations, companies and public institutions all around Europe. They join efforts to
promote solar energy to their fellow European citizens. This is a proven formula, which can
be replicated and adopted in different countries" says, Pedro Dias, coordinator of the
European Solar Days.

Building on the existing network and past experience, the number of event, participants as
well as network countries taking part the European Solar Days are expected to continue to
grow. During the Annual Conference the dates for the European Solar Days 2012 were
confirmed as from 1 to 13 of May 2012.

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