Almost two months after its first survey,
ITALIA SOLARE, the Italian association for the solar sector, has carried
out new research to see how much the prolonged lockdown has affected the
photovoltaic sector and what the forecasts are for the rest of the year.

The survey received 500 RESPONSES from PV system installers, designers,
distributors, material manufacturers, EPC/General Contractors/O&M and
system developers. They highlighted how the health EMERGENCY GENERATED
BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS LED TO A SIGNIFICANT DROP IN ORDERS: a
third of respondents (32% ) reported a contraction in new activity
between 75% and 100% compared to last year, while 40% said orders had
contracted between 25% and 74% and the remaining 29% by up to a quarter.

The FORECAST FOR BUSINESS PERFORMANCE IN 2020 as a whole remains
critical even though, compared to the March survey, there are fewer
respondents who expect orders to fall almost to zero: 70% of respondents
now say they expect have a drop in orders between 25 and 75%, while the
percentage (5.2%) of those who expect a contraction in their business of
more than 75% has fallen.

It is evident that the situation has put companies in grave difficulty
with 1 OUT OF 5 BUSINESSES INTERVIEWED SAYING THAT THEIR COMPANY RISKS
CLOSURE OR BANKRUPTCY. It’s due to have a serious impact on employees
too: 72% of respondents stated they will have to impose a reduction of
up to 25% in staff numbers, while 16% expect a contraction of up to 50%,
the remaining 12% estimate they will have to cut more than half of their
workers.

_»The results of our second survey show that the solar industry is
living through a major crisis, but at the same time we are confident
that it can start again quickly, but only if action is taken quickly and
effectively. More than incentives, solar businesses are calling for a
reduction in bureaucracy, which is the real obstacle for the sector.
Getting out of this difficult period is possible and must be done by
focusing on green development, the real engine for the future of the
country,» commented PAOLO ROCCO VISCONTINI, PRESIDENT OF ITALIA SOLARE._

In order to OVERCOME THE CRISIS, ITALIA SOLARE members are calling for
urgent measures to stimulate a revival of the sector, including :
unblocking authorization procedures for new photovoltaic plants starting
with ground-mounted installations associated with agricultural
activities; getting energy communities under way; reactivating credit
transfers in a way that pays particular attention to the needs of small
and medium enterprises; and facilitating (in terms of authorizations and
GSE procedures) the revamping and repowering of existing plants. THE
CRUCIAL ISSUE IS BUREAUCRACY, WHICH REMAINS MAJOR OBSTACLE, as well as
the procedures required by the GSE, which should support the development
of the PV sector rather than hinder it.