When solar policy went digital

SolarPower Europe presented its new “When solar policy went digital” report at ‘Digital Solar & Storage‘ on 4-5 December 2018 at the BMW World in Munich. This report looks at how policy-makers and regulators from across Europe can and are encouraging innovative digital business models in the solar PV ecosystem. It aims to support European policy makers identify existing best practices for the uptake of digital solar services in Europe.

The paper looks at eight case studies from across Europe: two case studies of central data hubs or data exchange layers to facilitate access to energy data from Estonia and Denmark, three examples of collective self-consumption frameworks from Switzerland, Germany and France, virtual net metering in Greece and Lithuania and the use of regulatory exemptions or ‘sandboxes’ in the United Kingdom to encourage peer-to-peer trading.

Key findings in tweets

Digital #solar and #storage will accelerate the global energy transition and form the backbone of our future energy supply. Completely new technologies and business models will arise from this. They will be shaped by innovative companies to provide for a cost-efficient, sustainable and secure energy supply. It is now on the policy makers to create the regulatory environment to make the change happen.

We need a more harmonised and more European approach to digital energy policy to encourage digital #solar.We need to avoid a 27-speed Europe and market fragmentation in this space and ensure that policy-makers from across Europe learn from each other and move forward in a coordinated way to make the most of the opportunity of digitalisation in the energy transition.

#Digitalisation will make the energy transition cheaper According to the IEA report, the digitalisation of the power sector could help save up to $80 billion a year. This huge potential will alleviate public finances, but first and foremost the consumer bill.

Digital #solar and storage will come to form a new renewable energy baseload in Europe that will make the energy transition cheaper, generate more economic value and increase the number of jobs in solar.

The #digitalisation of the electricity system is at the very core of a successful energy transition to a fully flexible and electrified energy system based on zero marginal cost renewables such as #solar #PV

Question about the report?

Contact Sonia Dunlop, Senior Policy Advisor.

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