Alex Polfliet of the photovoltaic solar energy federation PV Vlaanderen told journalists that “A lot of companies have stopped trading, which means that a lot of jobs have been lost in the industry.”
The Flemish energy regulator André Pictoel predicts that sales of solar panels will pick up again during 2014. From 1 January people will be obliged to use sustainable energy in their homes. This could be solar power or a water pump.”
The industry has asked the government to start an information campaign to advise home-owners on the advantages of fitting solar panels.