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Editorial: A Vote for Solar!
By Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO
On the 9th of May we celebrated Europe Day, a day that marks peace and unity in Europe. This year’s theme was about choosing your future. This is a fitting theme as the European elections are right around the corner, from the 23rd to the 26th of May.
The European elections will be highly important for the European solar sector.
The current European Parliament has been a major solar champion; from pushing for a higher renewable energy target of 35% to the right to self-consume electricity, it will be crucial to have Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) that are committed to solar and the clean energy transition. Have a look at our interviews with MEP Seán Kelly, Shadow Rapporteur on the Renewable Energy Directive and MEP Martina Werner, Shadow Rapporteur on the Electricity Market Design Directive, about the Clean Energy Package and what it will mean for the future of solar and Europe.
The EU’s 2050 climate and energy strategy will be highly important to solar. This is the EU’s strategy for achieving its long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050. It will be essential to have allies in the European Parliament that will help ensure our clean energy technology is the leading contributor to the EU’s 2050 climate strategy.
The next European Parliament should also oversee that the objectives set out in the Clean Energy Package will be fulfilled by member states. The National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) currently being penned by member states must be ambitious enough to reach the 32% renewables target.
The future of solar is looking bright in Europe. SolarPower Europe’s Medium Scenario sees demand surge by over 80% to 20.4 GW, and an 18% growth to 24.1 GW in 2020, which would be a new installation record, surpassing the 22.5 GW Europe added in 2011.It is critical that we have MEPs in the European Parliament that will push forward the huge potential of solar and accelerate the clean energy transition. Climate scientists have warned that we must take climate action now – we cannot afford a setback for solar and renewable energies.
With that said, I wish you all a good vote!
For information on how to vote: thistimeimvoting.eu
Highlight: High-Level Industry Forum at Intersolar Europe
By Meghann Kissane, Junior Communications Advisor
Intersolar Munich, 16th of May 2019 – 10:00-11:30 (Room 2 – Conference venue)
SolarPower Europe presented ‘An industrial policy for solar in Europe’, at the European Commission’s High-Level Clean Energy Industrial Forum (CEIF) on the 18th of March 2019, a report that outlines an ambitious supply-side industrial strategy for solar in Europe.
The High-Level Industry Forum held at Intersolar will gather top executives from leading energy and solar companies to discuss SolarPower Europe’s key recommendations and shape the contours of Europe’s future solar industrial strategy.
Keynote Speech: Paula Abreu Marques, Head of Renewables & CCS Unit, DG ENERGY, European Commission
Input presentation: Christian Westermeier, President of SolarPower Europe and Chairman of SolarPower Europe’s Industrial Competitiveness Task Force
Moderator: Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director, SolarPower Europe
- Giovanni Tula, CIO, Enel Green Power – How to Generate the Lowest LCOEs
- Hans Brändle, CEO, MeyerBurger – The Next Generation of Solar Cells Made in Europe
- Ingo Alphéus, CEO, Belectric Solar & Battery GmbH
- Jean-Baptiste Cornefert, Managing Director, Sonnen eServices – The Role of Storage in the European Energy Transition
- Jürgen Reinert, CEO, SMA – Reinventing solar: Beyond Hardware to Software & Service
- Luc Kwantes, CEO, Akuo Industry – Innovation and business agility at the core of Europe’s Industrial Solar leadership
Register here. (To register to this session, please insert the code TSEE19_hlif)
Meet SolarPower Europe at Intersolar Europe 2019!
By Lorena Morales González, Events and Marketing Assistant
The world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry, Intersolar Europe, will be held in Munich from the 15th to the 17th of May 2019. It is dedicated to the industry’s hot topics and connects people and companies from all over the world as an international industry meeting point under the motto “Connecting Solar Business”. Meet SolarPower Europe at booth B2.111 (Hall B2) or during the following events:
THURSDAY 16TH OF MAY
- High–Level Industry Forum
Room number: 2. Time: 10:00 – 11:30. Register now
- National Associations Task Force meeting – APESF
Room number: Zi. 428 – Staffelsee. Time: 13:00 – 15:00. Register now
- O&M side event: Innovations and Trends
Room number: 2. Time: 13:00 – 14:30. Register now
- Global Solar Association Workshop
Room number: 2. Time: 16:00 – 18:00. Register now
- SolarPower Europe Booth Party
Time: 18:00 – 20:00. Room: Stand B2 111. No registration needed, open to all Intersolar visitors.
SolarPower Europe has recently been awarded ‘Overall Best European Association’ at the European Association Awards (EAA). Join us at our booth to celebrate this great success with our team and members!
Would you like to book a meeting with our team? Please contact Alex Howe.
Hot of the press! Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2019-2023 is here!
By Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor and Head of Market Intelligence
SolarPower Europe’s presented its award-winning Global Market Outlook for Solar Power at Intersolar Europe on the 14th of May. The Global Market Outlook is considered the most authoritative market analysis report for the global solar power sector.
In this year’s edition there is a special focus on the GW-scale solar power markets in 2018, around the globe. In 2018, 11 countries installed more than 1 GW of solar; two more compared to the nine GW-scale solar markets in 2017.
The report shows that 2018 was a unique year for the entire global solar industry, as we were able to exceed the magic installation mark of 100 GW per year for the first time. This led the solar power sector to grow to over 500 GW or 0.5 TW. Last year, we again saw strong cost improvements with solar becoming the lowest-cost power generation source in more and more regions. At the same time, new applications have quickly progressed, such as floating solar, while corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements have reached a double-digit GW-level, and a market for merchant solar has emerged in several countries.
Download the Global Market Outlook 2019-2023 and gain insight to:
- The global solar market
- Trends: What’s hot in solar?
- GW-scale solar power markets in 2018
- The European solar market
- Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2019-2023
Thank you to the Global Solar Council, Intersolar Europe and all the national solar associations that contributed to the Global Market Outlook.
Come join our epic solar rooftop party!
By Kristina Thoring, Communications Director
Join SolarPower Europe’s annual midsummer solar celebration!
This year we will be hosting an epic solar rooftop party, where we will be unveiling our brand-new campaign.
The party will kick-off at 18:00 on the 20th of June 2019 and will take place in Brussels… with the mysterious venue to be announced 24 hours prior to the event!
Make sure you don’t miss out on SolarPower Europe’s 2019 rooftop extravaganza!
Register for the event here.
Small is Beautiful 2.0 – Welcome to the Small is Beautiful coalition
By Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director
Following the successful outcome of the Clean Energy Package negotiations, the Small is Beautiful campaign becomes the Small is Beautiful coalition, pursuing efforts to promote the benefits of a decentralised energy transition. On the 8th of May 2019, the coalition published its first joint letter, urging EU Energy Ministers to recognise the full potential of small-scale and locally owned clean energy solutions in Europe’s 2050 Long-Term Energy Strategy.
In November 2017, in the midst of the Clean Energy Package negotiations, SolarPower Europe established the Small is Beautiful campaign to support a proportionate market framework for small-scale renewable installations in Europe by calling for the priority dispatch to be maintained. The success of the Small is Beautiful campaign was driven by a unique mix of 18 major European organisations representing the renewable and cogeneration industry, electrical installers, construction industries, SMEs, property owners, cities and local authorities. Eventually, the campaign achieved more than a favorable market framework for small-scale solar installations in Europe; it shed light on the importance of promoting the uptake of decentralised energy solutions in Europe and brought the issue to the attention of national and European policymakers, guaranteeing a new breadth / scope for decentralised solar in Europe.
However, the “battle” has just begun, much more needs to be done to reflect the potential of small-scale solar in Europe. In November 2018, the European Commission published its Long-Term Energy and Climate Strategy with the aim of achieving a carbon neutral European economy by 2050. Despite strong acknowledgment of the related socio-economic benefits the Clean Energy Package, Europe’s 2050 vision does not reflect the contribution of small-scale solar and decentralised clean energy solar solutions to a cost-efficient and secure energy transition. This is concerning, as the long-term strategy will have a crucial impact on the next generation of EU energy policies and will shape investment decisions in the solar sector for years to come.
Not fully recognising the vast opportunities deriving from small-scale solar and clean energy solutions would be a missed opportunity: in Europe alone, more than 1.4 TW could be generated by rooftop solar installations by 2050, creating local jobs and supplying affordable and clean electricity to European SMEs, cities, commercial and public buildings, and citizens. This effectively puts the delivery of a successful, inclusive and cost-efficient decarbonisation of our economy at risk. To tackle this issue, members of the Small is Beautiful coalition have called on the European Commission to complete its 2050 long-term vision, fully acknowledging the contribution of small-scale clean energy solutions and delivering a thorough assessment to quantify the socio-economic benefits for Europe.
The Small is Beautiful coalition will keep promoting the benefits of decentralised energy solutions and advocate for a balanced European energy transition, striking the right balance between both centralised and decentralised renewables. To stay in touch with Small is Beautiful 2.0 and the Small is Beautiful coalition, follow the #SmallisBeautiful hashtag on Twitter!
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Become part of our Sustainability Task Force
By Raffaele Rossi, Policy Analyst
SolarPower Europe is pleased to announce that our Environmental Footprint Task Force is becoming the Sustainability Task Force!
The Sustainability Task Force, under the Chairmanship of Andreas Wade, Global Sustainability Director at First Solar, will cover a wide range of sustainability-related activities going beyond solar PV’s environmental footprint, such as sustainable finance and sustainability requirements for batteries.
Don’t miss the opportunity to engage in our two new sustainability workstreams: Sustainable Finance and Ecodesign for Batteries.
If you would like to join the Sustainability Task Force, please contact Raffaele Rossi.
Sustainable Finance working group
In May 2018, the European Commission published its Sustainable Finance action plan and legislative proposals, with the aim of redirecting finance towards sustainable and climate related products.
The Sustainability Task Force is contributing to shaping the EU taxonomy or classification system, defining top performing economic activities and products to ensure the solar sector will benefit greatly from these new requirements on green finance.
Ecodesign for Batteries working group
The Ecodesign for Batteries working group brings together experts from the Solar & Storage Task Force and the Sustainability Task Force to follow the preparatory study carried out by the European Commission for the application of ecodesign requirements on EV batteries and stationary storage. Binding recommendations could be proposed by the end of 2019 on the design of future EV and stationary storage, with a critical stakeholder meeting to be held on the 2nd of May 2019.
This working group is actively contributing to the EU consultation process to ensure that appropriate sustainability requirements are developed for EV and stationary storage applications.
Corporate sourcing going from strength to strength in Europe
By Bruce Douglas, Chief Operating Officer and Mariano Guillén, Policy Advisor
RE-Source 2019: the largest European event on corporate renewable energy sourcing is back on the 2-3 October in Amsterdam.
For the third consecutive year, over 1,000 leading corporate buyers, clean electricity suppliers and decision makers will meet in Amsterdam to share renewable energy corporate sourcing strategies, successes and lessons learnt. Taking place on the 2nd and 3rd of October 2019 in Amsterdam, the event will be the largest gathering of renewable energy buyers and sellers ever seen in Europe.
Even though 2018 was another landmark year for renewable energy in Europe, with corporates signing over 2 GW of wind PPA deals and installing over 2 GW of rooftop solar, 2019 promises to be even bigger, and so will be the opportunities to connect and capitalise on the corporate renewable sourcing boom during the event. With more markets opening up to the corporate renewable sourcing opportunity, RE-Source 2019 is the perfect platform to network, learn and do business with key players from both the buyer and supplier sides.
Join RE-Source 2019’s strategic partners Google, Microsoft, RES, Engie, Iberdrola and Enel in leading the green energy revolution and reaching the goal of moving from the 100 currently active corporates to 100,000!
RE-Source 2018 at a glance:
- Over 800 registered participants
- 220 prescheduled B2B meetings between clean energy buyers and suppliers
- Representatives from over 70 corporate clean energy buyers
- Speakers and support from senior political and industry figures
This year, we’ll have further B2B matchmaking activities and deep dive breakout sessions, and we’re extending the meetings to include more diverse buyer and supplier groups.
To learn more about the opportunity for B2B sponsors to meet energy buyers through formal matchmaking meetings, visit the RE-Source website.
For speaking opportunities, contact our Business Development team. Don’t miss this chance to position your brand as a sustainability leader among your peers, share your knowledge and raise awareness of the cost competitive nature of renewable energy.
- SMEs – from 100 to 100k
- Business models from on-site to PPAs and beyond
- Specialised country sessions
- Deep dive on cross-border, aggregation PPAs
- Guarantees of origin
- Best practices in corporate sourcing from around the world
- Corporate sourcing strategies for heating and cooling
- The role of cities and local authorities
Please note: The two last editions of RE-Source sold out in advance – so be sure to add it to your calendar.
So save the date and spread the word: we’re already looking forward to welcoming you to RE-Source 2019!
SolarPower Europe launches 2019 edition of the quality label Solar O&M Best Practices Mark
By Máté Heisz, Senior Advisor and Project Manager for International Cooperation
The Solar O&M Best Practices Mark is a quality label developed by SolarPower Europe’s O&M Task Force to promote transparency and excellence in solar Operation & Maintenance (O&M). Launched in 2018, already 12 leading O&M contractors have adopted it, who are listed in the Companies Directory of the www.solarmaintenancemark.com website.
In the new 2019 edition, the list of requirements of the Mark has been aligned with Version 3.0 of SolarPower Europe’s O&M Best Practices Guidelines to include new aspects reflected in the Guidelines such as revamping & repowering and innovations & trends.
O&M contractors are invited to download the interactive checklist for free and do the self-assessment to see if they are eligible for the Mark. The interactive Checklist will automatically determine on the basis of your responses whether you are eligible or not. The Checklist can be downloaded here.
SolarPower Europe members get a full exemption from the subscription fee. O&M contractors whose self-assessment is successful are entitled to register and be listed on www.solarmaintenancemark.com for free using the a coupon code to be exempt from paying the subscription fee. To get your coupon code, contact Máté Heisz.
Creating the Mark would not have been possible without our sponsors and supporters:
Official sponsor: AXIS
Featured supporters: Intersolar Europe, BayWa r.e., Siemens, Solar Trade Association
SolarPower Europe elects new Chair of the Solar Mobility Task Force
By Naomi Chevillard, Policy Advisor
On the 30th of April 2019 in Brussels, SolarPower Europe’s Solar Mobility Task Force elected its first Task Force Chair, Christelle Verstraeten, Senior Director for European Policy at ChargePoint.
Christelle Verstraeten enthused: “I’m delighted to be elected the Chair of the Solar Mobility Task Force. The decarbonisation of the transport sector is urgent, solar-powered electric mobility offers huge opportunities to fast-track cleaner transport in Europe. The Solar Mobility Task Force is currently drafting a solar mobility report, thought to be the first of its kind, which will outline business models and make policy recommendations that will increase solar-powered electric mobility in Europe. We invite all interested stakeholders to join us in the quest for cleaner e-mobility.”
The next Solar Mobility Task Force meeting will take place at Intersolar Europe on the 15th of May from 15:00 to 17:00 to share best practices and exchange experience. There are still some seats available, register here to join the task force meeting.
Meet SolarPower Europe at EU Sustainable Energy Week
By Lorena Morales González, Event and Marketing Assistant
Every year, the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and Executive Agency for SMEs) organises the EU SUSTAINABLE ENERGY WEEK (EUSEW) – the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe.
The 14th edition will take place from the 17th to the 21st of June 2019, with the policy conference taking place in Brussels from the 18th to the 20th of June 2019. This year’s theme is ‘Shaping Europe’s energy future’, and it will cover a series of activities with an EU-wide scope.
Join our side events!
Decentralised energy systems: models for a modern EU economy
18th of June – 16:00-17:30. Organised by SolarPower Europe.
This session aims at hearing from decentralised energy solutions and prosumers experiences from the ground and understanding how the energy transition can be realised in the public, the agricultural or the industrial sector or in a neighbourhood. To this end, projects developers will present in a pitch presentation format their projects. SmartEn will also present a report on the various models of decentralised energy solutions and prosumers.
The pitch presentations will be followed by a panel debate with the European Commission, aiming at addressing the place of decentralised energy solutions and prosumers in the Long-Term Strategy and and paving the way for the new generation of European Energy regulation.
Corporate sourcing of renewables: the case for SMEs and supply chains
20th of June – 14:00-15:30. Organised by EC, SolarPower Europe & RE-Source Platform.
This event will focus on the following questions:
What can the EU do to help SMEs to go 100% renewables?
What are the different options and models available to SMEs, and what are the policy barriers that are preventing their roll-out?
What can policymakers at a national level do to facilitate the corporate sourcing of renewables?
Together with the RE-Source Platform, a European alliance of stakeholders representing clean energy buyers and suppliers to promote corporate renewable energy sourcing, this event will look at how European policymakers can support that the industry’s objective to move from 100 to 100,000 corporate buyers in the European market.
All aboard! SolarPower Europe steps onboard Energy Observer in Amsterdam
By Meghann Kissane, Junior Communications Advisor
On Friday the 12th of April, SolarPower Europe stepped onboard the Energy Observer vessel as it docked in Amsterdam.
A former racing boat, the Energy Observer has been transformed into the world’s first hydrogen vessel, powered by a mix of renewable energies: solar, hydrogen, and wind, and is aiming for energy autonomy, with zero greenhouse gas emissions or fine particles. As 90% of trade worldwide is transported by sea, the decarbonisation of maritime travel will contribute significantly to meeting climate targets.
The vessel features more than 27 m² of solar: a combination of bifacial and curved solar panels. The modules used on the vessel are laminated using silicone gel and are texturized to create a non-slip surface, making it possible to walk on the vessel surface when wet. Each component of this model is tested and optimized under extreme conditions. The solar panels increase the total surface area to 168 m² for 28 kWp, and charge the batteries used for producing hydrogen from seawater. Through a process of desalinisation, purification, and electrolysis, carbon-free hydrogen is produced to supply the vessel’s electricity and heat requirements.
SolarPower Europe member ENGIE is also a main partner of the project, supporting the Energy Observer in its 6-year trip around the world, making 101 stopovers in 50 countries, and discovering along the way communities that are designing and engineering the future and favouring innovative carbon-neutral solutions.
SolarPower Europe spoke with Louis-Noël Viviès, Managing Director of Energy Observer, to find out more about the type of solar panels the vessel uses. Watch the video here.
Photo of the month
By Kristina Thoring, Communications Director
Messe München, the conference centre and venue for Intersolar Europe taking place from the 14th to the 17th of May 2019, sports rooftop solar. The two 1 MW PV systems installed on the roof generate approximately 1 million kWh of electricity annually.
News from SolarPower Europe members
Intersolar Summit Spain
18 June 2019, Barcelona, Spain – Spain’s first-choice conference for solar energy and corporate sourcing
SolarPower Europe and Spanish Solar Association, UNEF, have teamed up with the Intersolar organisers to shed light on Europe’s new solar boom market Spain with the Intersolar Summit Spain. The PV market development in Spain, the chances and opportunities of the announced grid parity, corporate sourcing models, regulation and policy issues will be discussed. The event will bring together the key stakeholders in this market, which is being driven by auctions and increasingly by subsidy-free corporate sourcing of solar power.
Are you interested in increasing your brand awareness in Spain or are you looking for companies searching for corporate sourcing deals? If the answer to one of these questions is “yes”, you should definitely have a deeper look into our sponsoring possibilities. As a sponsor you have the unique possibility to:
- Promote your company at the accompanying table top exhibition
- Be part of the conference program (Diamond and Gold sponsors only)
- Establish new business partnerships with 200+ attendees
- Meet buyers and push forward your corporate sourcing deals
Readying for the Solar PV Terawatt Era:
Annual Conference of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics
Annual conference of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV)
The ETIP PV conference “Readying for the TW era” will take place on 28 May 2019 at the BIP (Rue Royale 2-4) in Brussels, Belgium.
PV reached a new milestone of the end of 2018 with half a TW of installed capacity globally and more is expected to come in the coming years, with a growing market on all continents. In an expected multi-hundreds of GW annual market, challenges are numerous for the manufacturing industry, and policymakers. Low solar energy prices are unlocking new innovative business models which will reshape the energy landscape, for electricity consumers, mobility, buildings and the industry. This conference aims at presenting these challenges and bring some answers on how the approaching solar-PV TW era will shape the energy transition.
The conference will be complemented with two side events on 29 May 2019. More information about the side events will be available soon.
Find more information at https://etip-pv.eu/.
The Smarter E India – 3 exhibitions in one place
Join Intersolar India, ees India and Power2Drive India in Bangalore from November 27-29, 2019
Indians solar developments grew exponentially! In 2018, India’s solar market experienced a successful development with over 24 GW of large-scale solar PV capacity installed in the country, becoming the third largest solar market after China and the USA. Further announcements and new market opportunities in combination with the energy storage and electric mobility sector strengthen India to become an interesting and very promising market in the future: An estimated 600 million vehicles will be on Indian roads by 2030 – thrice the current number – making India one of the top three largest global car markets. The market potential for electrical energy storage in India is expected to be tremendous in the future. India’s policy to have 100% EVs by 2030 alone can create a $300 billion market for EV batteries in India.
Join The Smarter E and explore Karnataka as the most promising market in India!
Bangalore is India’s Silicon Valley, technology hub and the capital city of the state of Karnataka, India’s number 1 solar market, which installed over 2 GW, and together with the state of Telangana, accounted for approximately 50% of all installations across Pan India in 2017. Starting in 2019, Intersolar India, ees India and Power2Drive India will be held for the first time under the umbrella of The smarter E India – India’s innovation hub for the new energy world. The smarter E India will welcome more than 10,000 business professionals and over 250 exhibitors that showcase their products and enjoy lively discussions and networking possibilities.
Secure your place at The Smarter E India and keep your finger on the pulse of the Indian industry.
Save the date! Exhibition Date: November 27-29, 2019 I Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bangalore.
Exhibitor Information: Intersolar India / ees India / Power2Drive India / Apply Now.