Greek PV, war against job losses
The Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies (HELAPCO) wrote yesterday an open letter to the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras reporting that three quarters of the solar sector jobs were lost this year only. HELAPCO also asked the Prime Minister to provide means of restarting the Greek solar PV market.
The words addressed to the Greek Prime Minister have a powerful tone reporting that besides the three quarters of the solar sector jobs lost so far, another one could by lost by the next year if no one tales any measures to prevent this
The solar PV industry also announced Samaras, with the help of HELAPCO that the solar sector has provided thousand of working places in the whole country. Moreover, they claim to have attracted significant investment from domestic and foreign sources in moments when the country was facing a big economic crisis and had the biggest unemployment rate on the continent.
HELAPCO is proud to announce that this year only, the PV sector supplied Greece with €1.5 billion, and over the past five years the association invested €4.5 billion.
Samaras is also reminded that the greek solar PV industry supplied 20,000 direct and 30,000 indirect jobs, benefiting about 100,000 Greek households. In specific terms, HELAPCO claims that 38,000 residential consumers and 14,000 companies have invested in the domestic solar market for the past years.
So, as HELAPCO reports, there are at least 40 % of the services, materials and components used in PV arrays that are manufactured domestically by Greece’s tax payers which are hired on 60 different job positions.
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